Displaying Christian Sermons by tag: 1 Samuel
John Hagee (June-02-2022) Daily Devotional: 1 Samuel 16:13 - Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.
The anointing of God does not guarantee a trouble-free life, but it is the power that pulls us through the trouble.
When the prophet, Samuel, anointed David as Israel’s next king, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him from that day forward. Samuel departed for home, and David returned to his father’s flocks.
Later, when an evil spirit troubled King Saul, he sent for David to play the music that soothed him. Finally, he was in the palace where he belonged! But when his father called for help, David left for home.
When Israel warred against the Philistines, David went to check on his brothers. There, the anointing rose up to defeat the arrogant Goliath with one stone. David’s fame grew, and so did Saul’s jealousy. Threatened with his murderous rage, David was forced to flee.
For years, David ran from Saul – hiding, pondering Samuel’s words, questioning his anointing. But at the appointed time, God fulfilled His promise and exalted David to king.
You are anointed for God’s purposes. Seeming setbacks do not diminish His calling for your life. In the waiting, He will strengthen and prepare you for promotion. His plan may be years in the making, but your perseverance will be rewarded.
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the Spirit of the sovereign Lord anoint you for His purposes. May you not grow weary in the waiting, for you will reap the reward.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - 2 Samuel 19:10b-20:13
- New Testament - John 21:1-25
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 120:1-7, Proverbs 16:16-17
John Hagee (July-30-2022) Daily Devotional: 1 Samuel 17:26 - Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
David, the shepherd boy, stood on the hillside and listened to the arrogant dares of Goliath. The fighting men of Israel cowered in the shadow of the giant, but a fierce determination sprang up in David’s spirit.
He looked at the soldiers on either side of him and asked, “Is there not a cause?” David found cause to speak up and take action.
All around us are opportunities to step out and step up in faith. We step over our fear because we are captured by a cause that demands a response. We meet challenges “in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel” (I Samuel 17:45).
We focus on strong marriages that defy the odds. We determine to train up our children to love Jesus so that they will experience a lifelong relationship with a faithful Savior. We purpose to bring God’s light into our workplace, to speak up for those without a voice, to share the Good News in our communities.
Where is God asking you to step up? It could be as simple as putting down your phone to be more present with your family. It could be as difficult as foreign missions. Whatever He calls you to, do not delay. Is there not a cause?
Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you step up where God is calling you. May you fulfill every accomplishment for which He has destined you. May you meet every challenge in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel!
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - 2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27
- New Testament - Romans 13:1-14
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 23:1-6б Proverbs 20:11
John Hagee (March-09-2023) Daily Devotional: 1 Samuel 17:47 - Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.
King David is the quintessential example of a warrior. Even as a boy, he demonstrated remarkable courage and faith in God.
In 1 Samuel 17, he stands on the hillside overlooking the Valley of Elah. Below him stands Goliath, the mammoth giant, who mocks God and taunts the Israelites. “Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us” (verse 9). While the grown men around him trembled in fear, courage blossomed in David’s heart.
He remembered the cause for which Israel fought. He looked at his older brother, Eliab, and those around him, “Is there not a cause?” (verse 29). Why would Israel not stand up to Goliath? God had not brought them this far to hand them over to Goliath. David’s courage hardened into conviction: God would deliver them from the blasphemous giant.
David developed his battle plan. He went to the brook and selected five stones. Was this in case he missed? No! Bible scholars tell us that Goliath had four brothers. David was sending a message. He was not going down to the valley to start a fight; he was going to finish one!
David marched out to meet Goliath with five smooth stones and a slingshot. Goliath scoffed at the sight of the lad: “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” (verse 43). David sized him up, but he did not flinch. He knew where his strength originated. He had no doubt in Whose name he stood. He confidently called out to the mammoth: “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (verse 45). One smooth stone sailed unerringly through the air to bring down a formidable foe.
Across the centuries, a triumphant cheer still rises in our hearts! If God came to David’s aid, certainly He will come to ours. In the face of our invincible enemies, God can bring them to dust with something as simple as a small stone.
Today's Blessing: Unconquerable God, I choose to be a warrior for the King of kings. I believe the battle belongs to You. I march out to meet my enemy in the name of the Lord. Victory is mine through Christ Jesus. In that mighty name... Amen.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Numbers 11:24-13:33
- New Testament - Mark 14:22-42
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 52:1-9, Proverbs 11:1-3