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Spirit And Life Devotional: Forty Days Of Fear

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[pull_quote_center]I Samuel 17:11, 16, 24 NKJV “When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.”[/pull_quote_center]

Notice what was happening; Goliath would come forward and speak to the Israelites, asking them to present a man to fight him; but whenever the Israelites saw him and heard his words, they fled from him and were frightened. They were terrified and intimidated by his size, his appearance and his credentials. That went on for forty whole days!

Do you know what Goliath was doing? He was playing mind games with the Israelites! Day by day, the Israelites were being paralyzed and killed gradually with the words they heard from Goliath. Words are powerful weapons of warfare! When Sennacherib king of Assyria went to war with the Israelites, he first sent them words. He wrote them letters stating his exploits, and the Bible says that his men “called out with a loud voice in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten them and trouble them, that they might take the city.” You see, the purpose of the words was to bring fear, and then to take their possessions! That’s how Satan steals, kills and destroys!

You cannot continue to live in fear! Do you hear me? No report or threat or letter or analysis should frighten you! Psalms 125:1 says that those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever! Hallelujah! I CANNOT be moved! I refuse to fear! You cannot steal my confidence devil! No way! I’m not moved by the results, I’m not moved by this sack letter, I’m not moved by what the doctor has said, I’m not moved by what my landlord has said, neither am I moved by the storms rocking my boat! I know that my God is able! On my own I might fail, but this battle is the Lord’s and I know He never fails! I know how this story will end; I’ll be declared the winner! Hallelujah!

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