God is Our Conqueror: Who Goes Before You on the Support-Raising Journey

 

“David said to Saul, ‘Your Majesty, no one should be afraid of this Philistine! I will go and fight him.’ ‘No,’ answered Saul. ‘How could you fight him? You’re just a boy, and he has been a soldier all his life!’” 1 Sam. 17:32-33 (NIV)

The excuses against tackling something twice our size are always numerous. Because doing the impossible is not feasible by our own strength, we look at things from our own weakened perspective. Our thinking becomes, why do something hard when there is always an easier, even more comfortable route? So we go in search for something that doesn’t require the faith to trust in the power of God. Just like the Israelites, we often run away when God calls us to trust Him while raising support.

I love what David says to Saul, “Your Majesty, no one should be afraid of this Philistine!” He tells it like it is and exhibits a childlike faith in God’s power that the adults couldn’t seem to grasp in their fear. Then David went beyond just these words as he put his faith into action to face the giant—an act that no one else dared to do. He prepared by gathering stones, endured the taunts from both sides, and stood his ground when in the battle. In the end Goliath fell to a young, inexperienced boy.

So often we read stories like this, but do nothing to apply this truth to our current faith. Through this we know that God conquers the impossible for us, yet we still shake in fear when it comes to asking people to join God in His work. Sometimes we even feel defeated when we become so strapped into our own agendas that we miss seeing God show up in unexpected ways. I’m sure the Israelites weren’t expecting a kid to be used to show God’s strength. However, God still conquered the impossible in the end.

God asks for our obedience to show Himself strong. So, “People, no one should be afraid of this support-raising journey!”

  1. What excuses have you been making on the support-raising journey that hinder seeing God at work in the process?
  2. What steps do you need to take to conquer the giant God has set before you?

God is Truth: Our Lifeline on the Support-Raising Journey

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matt. 14:29-30 (NIV)

Do you truly believe, like Mary, that nothing is impossible with God? I am actually more like Peter in the fact that the thought of God’s miraculous power over the impossibility normally lasts for about a second—long enough to get out of the boat, but not long enough for me to walk all the way to Jesus. As soon as I recognize the storm I just hopped into, I flounder and whine, leaving Jesus to say, “You of little of faith. Why do you doubt?”

Raising support requires us to jump out of the boat, and staying on the journey requires us to maintain our focus on Jesus the entire way. The unfortunate irony of the support-raising journey is that we’re often conditioned to keep our focus on the money aspect. However, this is like telling someone to stare at the impossibility of the waves, instead of trusting that God is the One who called you into the storm and has power over our circumstances. One of the things we learn from Peter is that we sink when we take our eyes off Jesus.

The way I keep truth in the forefront of my thoughts is through a practice of praying back God’s attributes when Satan lies to me. When I doubt that God is listening to my plea, I pray back verses like 1 Jn. 5:14 or Ps. 116:2. When Satan tells me that I’m abandoned or alone, I pray back the truth of Deut. 31:8 and Heb. 13:5-6. Whatever storm comes your way, the truth of God’s character is found in Scripture. Declare that over the situation.

God asks us to not only to get out of the boat but to also keep walking on the water. In order to do that, we can’t let anything take our focus off of Him. Trust in His truths today, and allow Him to make the impossible happen.

  1. What lies are you believing? Look up verses that tell the truth of God’s character.
  2. Allow God to strip away the areas of your life that take your focus off God.