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DAVID, THE GIANT SLAYER

Have you ever been faced with a challenge that seemed too much for you to overcome? Are you passing through a phase today where people tend to think there is no way out for you?

I have a good news for you! All you need to overcome such will be discussed in this episode.

On a certain day, a little boy, David was faced with an impossible-to-overcome challenge. It happened that war broke out between Israel and the Philistines as seen in the seventh chapter of the book, “Bible Giants of Faith”. David’s brothers were enlisted in the army to defend their land. On the day of the war, David’s father, Jesse, sent him to visit his brothers on the battle line.

When David got there, he saw and heard one giant man called Goliath harassing the Israelites and cursing the name of God. He got angry at the giant’s outburst and he wanted to challenge the giant to a fight for the Lord’s sake. David said to his people,

“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

So many people tried to persuade him, including King Saul. But David was so adamant that he was eventually left to face Goliath. When Goliath saw this, he was furious. How could they send such a weakling to confront him? But David was not moved by him. He stood before Goliath and said,

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin but I come against you in the name of the Lord whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel”.

See that! What audacity!

God is Bigger Than Your Adversity and Adversary

He trusted not in his armor (he actually had none) nor in his weapon, but in God who can do the impossible.

The most shocking part was that this boy was going to fight Goliath with his slingshot and a bag containing five stones. Slingshot and five stones! To kill a giant? Can that even kill a dog?

Surprisingly and against all odds, David killed Goliath with a sling and a stone.

After this event, David became a national

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GOD DOES NOT REWARD FALSE CHARITY – Matthew

Honest Charity Deserves Good Reward

It is good to be good! When we act in good faith, people are blessed, and God is glorified.

No doubt that God sees our charity efforts. He is surely keeping the record, and he will reward them in due time.

God and his angels rejoice when someone goes out of his way to bless his fellow human being, but not only are heavenly hosts celebrating the good deed, but God keeps the record; he will hands down his good reward for the effort.

Since an act of charity is honorable in the sight of the Lord, Christians are encouraged to engage in it.

Charity Worker, Check Your Motive

Not all charity works are visible to others, but some can’t really be kept secret from the public eyes. In such a situation, people may acknowledge and shower praises on the worker. However, the charity worker must take caution and not get carried away with the praises he receives.

A person who does a thing to receive human praise has gotten all he deserves. He may not necessarily receive God’s reward afterward since he’s all out seeking human’s approval and praises.

Seek God’s Endorsement, not a human endorsement! #endorse

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As children of God, our efforts must not focus on receiving human’s praises but must focus on glorifying God.

When selfishness is not the driving motive, the result of our efforts will be so praise-worthy in the presence of God.

Meanwhile, besides any human’s praises and acknowledgment, God knows how best to reward our righteous services that focus on helping humanity and glorifying the name of God.

God will reciprocate our true efforts with riches and glory in his kingdom. He will also bless us on earth.

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you; they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Matthew 6:2-4).

God’s Reward Awaits Your True Services

God is an honest deity; he also respects people who share the same attribute. True worshipers score a high mark with God, but people’s pleasers won’t go far!

As a child of God, you should evaluate your motive in any matter.

Ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I’m doing: Am I doing it to receive human’s praises, or I’m doing it to receive God’s praises?”

Self-seeking praise may go well with humans, but it doesn’t go well with God. Let your efforts be motivated by love; let your action glorify God! 

Allow God to Guide Your Actions Human flesh is in enmity with God – Flesh will encourage you to go in the way of human satisfaction, which means you will have to seek human praises to meet the demand. The flesh will motivate you to parade your charity, but the Holy Spirit of God can help you overcome that challenge. Those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God! Ask God to give you the strength and power not to be selfish nor seek

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