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'So David conquered the Philistine giant.' 1 Samuel 17:50 TLB

First Samuel chapter 17 is the backdrop for the story of David and Goliath. The shepherd slays the warrior. The boy conquers the giant. God gives David victory over his giant, to inspire us to confront our own giants.Giants can be tangible or intangible: the things we can't overcome because, seduced by fear, we think we can't. They can also be unattainable goals, unfinished projects or unfulfilled dreams - the 'loose ends' of life that keep us mired in mediocrity. A giant is anything or anybody keeping you from being or doing what God wants you to be or do. Giants can be internal or external, real or imagined, physical or emotional. A giant could be an attitude, a habit, a belief, a philosophy or a memory. It could be a person who stands between you and God; between who you are and who God wants you to be; between where you are and where God wants you to go; between what you believe and what God wants you to believe. Giants have one goal - to stop your progress and prevent you from reaching your destiny.But giant-killers see victory in the shadow of defeat! They perceive every fight as a test where the challenge is to turn a negative into a positive. Conflict is accepted and resistance is expected. To them, conflict is growth, and overcoming an enemy is the prerequisite to promotion. Giants can expose our hidden strengths, be a measuring stick for our growth, and feed our confidence in God. Giant-killers see opportunity in opposition, potential in problems, and victory in the shadow of defeat. And with God's help you can become a giant-killer.

Soulfood: Rom 12-14 Jn 11:1-16 Ps 105:1-15 Pro 30:1-4,

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The winning attitude



'You armed me with strength for battle.' Psalm 18:39 NIV

Each of us is fighting a battle of some kind. Our battles come in many different varieties but we can overcome them - with faith in God that refuses to quit! One person with many struggles in life was David, and he understood the importance of maintaining the right perspective. He said, 'You armed me with strength for battle' (Psalm 18:39 NIV).The grace you receive from God will always be equal to the challenges you face. Always! Did you know that Lord Nelson, England's famous hero of the sea, suffered from seasickness all his life? Yet this man who sank Napoleon's fleet refused to let his personal struggles rob him of his destiny. He not only learned to live with his weakness, but to conquer it every day. All of us have our battlegrounds. And while nobody pins a medal on us for winning, nothing can diminish the satisfaction of knowing we didn't quit, or the joy of knowing we overcame by God's strength. Whose strength? God's! 'You armed me with strength for battle.'The story's told of a little boy who lost his right hand in an accident. When the doctor questioned him about his handicap, he replied, 'I don't have a handicap; I just don't have a right hand!' Later the doctor discovered the boy had gone on to become one of the leading scorers on his high school basketball team. His philosophy in life was: it's not what you've lost but what you have left that counts! That's the winning attitude, and with God's help you can develop it.

Soulfood: Rom 9:17-11:36 Jn 10:22-42 Ps 83:9-18 Pro 29:23-27,

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Understanding your child



'You saw my bones being formed.' Psalm 139:15 NCV

The psalmist wrote: 'You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother's body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old' (Psalm 139:15-16 NCV).God has already determined your child's potential; now it's up to you to help him or her discover and develop it. You'll see it in their temperament, their gifts and their interests. Resist the temptation to treat all your children the same way; they're different! Cain was a farmer and his brother Abel was a shepherd. Jacob and Esau were twins, yet they couldn't have been more different. And how about the Prodigal Son who restless, left home and became a 'party animal', while his older brother stayed home to tend the estate? You must love each of your children unconditionally, but develop them individually. Who are they? What do they like? What do they succeed at? How do they handle change? How do they behave when they're alone? Start listening to what your children value, what they fear, and what they need. Make sure they're anchored spiritually in God's Word. Don't force them to go the way you wish you'd gone. Help them discover their own identity, and become their biggest backer. If that means putting your own dreams on hold for a while, do it. You'll never regret it.Your children are your future; your very essence will live on in them. And one more thing: the trees we grow today produce the fruit we eat tomorrow. So pray and ask God to help you understand your child.

Soulfood: Rom 7:1-9:16 Jn 10:11-21 Ps 83:1-8 Pro 29:19-22,

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