June 2nd, 2012.
In Your Holy Spirit!
By Riqui Ricón *
David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 S 17.26).
When God instructed Samuel to anoint David king of Israel, he said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ (Acts 13.22). This is the quality that God looks in any of Your Daughters and Sons Borned Again: that you have a heart like His to obey His Word!
You may be thinking, as if I knew that! The interesting thing here is to understand that you, yes, you, also have that same quality. All you need to know is that without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11.6).
Just because you're reading this devotional is proof that you have faith (or that you're looking for). The easiest way I found to define the faith is, if God said it, then He is going to fulfill, if God spoke, then he is going to accomplish. This means that faith is believing God, believing His Word.
David did not beat Goliath with a slingshot and stone, beat him with their faith, telling all the people of Israel, including the very King Saul, Goliath was uncircumcised. What David was saying with that? Was establishing his victory: That giant bully does not have a covenant with God, We are!
It was not his experience of facing lions and bears which gave courage to David. In fact, allowing him to face lions and bears were known within a covenant with God by being aware that He will never fail in His Word.
When Goliath was insulting tactics of fear David by his gods, he could not be frightened, paid no attention to the offense, or the top of the height, or the muscles of the giant, but was strong in the Lord and the power of his might, putting their eyes, mind and heart in the Word of God. David hurried and ran toward the battle against the Philistine, saying out loud: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, 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. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 S 17.45-47).
Do you realize? David did not beat Goliath with a slingshot and stone. He won with his faith by putting the Word of God in his mouth.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Josh 1.8).
Like Joshua and David, you can face your giants in the certainty of defeat because God said so in His Word.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom 8.37).
The love God has for you is so great that he preferred to give his own Son, to pay all your sins, rather than lose you. This was done to justify you, forgive and thus establish you as His own Daughter (Son).
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8.15-17a).
God has not left you or leave you. You're more special for Him than David wad, since, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, now you are the special object of the New Covenant in Jesus’s Blood: a born again child of God.
by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant... But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises (Heb 7.22, 8.6)
This, the New Covenant is a better covenant, established upon better promises. It has a surety and a guarantee.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Jesus Christ himself is your surety in the New Covenant and the Holy Spirit is your guarantee!
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Rom 8.31-32).
Whatever the situation you are facing today, you do not need slingshot, or stone, all you have to know and believe is that God loves you and has pledged His word through the New Covenant in His Blood Son Jesus Christ, to make you a new creature, a born again child of God.
Get it by faith, believing it is so written in the Word of God. He has spoken concerning you, and it will fulfill, He has said, about you, and it will accomplish. God does not lie. Now you have Jesus Christ as your guarantor and the glorious Spirit of God as your warranty. There is no way you can lose!
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4.6).
Pray out loud:
Dear Heavenly Father, today I say no matter what happens around me, I will praise you and adore you because now I know what you've done for me and within me. Thank you, Lord Jesus, because You, being God, not consider it robbery to be equal with God something to hold on, but divest Thyself, taking the form of a servant, in the likeness of men: And being found in appearance as a man , You humbled Yourself, making obedient unto death, even death on a cross. All because You love me, for make me a born again child of God. Thank You for Your Blood! With it you washed all my sins. Thank You for Your resurrection! You beat the death and gave me eternal life. Thanks for the New Covenant! I am a Child of God! Blessed Holy Spirit, what I can say to you? I love you. I worship you and every day I need you more and more. You are my friend, my counselor and my helper. Thanks for being the promise of the Father which Jesus said would come upon me. Holy Spirit, You are my security, the earnest of my inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. There is no way I can lose! All things work together for good! I, _______________ (your name here), I have been called according to the purpose of God, my Father. Who predestined me to be made after the image of His Son, to Jesus was my big brother. God the Holy Spirit is in me and with me. Jesus, what I can say to this? If you're with me, who can be against me? Heavenly Father, if You do not espare Your own Son, but delivered Him up for love of me, why not also with Him give me all things? Who will accuse me if I am chosen of God? It is God who justifies me. Who is he that will condemn me? It is Christ that died for me, indeed, that is risen again for me, which is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for me. Who shall separate me from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? As it is written: Because of you I am dead all the time, I'm told as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things, I, _______________ (your name here), I am more than a conqueror through him who loved me. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior. So, Satan, you come to me with problems and diseases and afflictions, but I come to you in the name of Jesus, the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. God, my Father will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite thee, and cut off your head. I am healthy ! I am free! I am prosperous ! I'm happy! In Jesus’s name. Amen.
* Ricardo C. Peredo James © 2011
Reading and meditation of the Word of God
Make these daily readings and the end of a year you've read the whole Bible.
June 2 Ro 8/1 Sam 17 / Psalm 62