The Enemies of Obedience

And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

1 Samuel 17:33

Ponder This

When you get ready to live for God, you’re going to face enemies. You’re going to face those who are in despair. They’re going to be howling calamity. You’re going to face those with disdain. They’re going to be laughing at you. And you’re going to face those with discouragement who say, “It can’t be done.” You’re going to face the same thing little David faced. We all face it every day.

We must learn to close these people out and to get alone with God in the secret council halls of the Almighty. We must keep our eyes on God, or we’re going to lose the battle. Everyone around will say, “It can’t be done” or “You haven’t got what it takes to do it.” They laugh at you and ridicule you. I believe one of the reasons that David was mighty for God is that he spent time alone with God.

  • When have you faced opposition to your obedience to, and faith in, God?
  • How does your own mind speak in opposition at times?

Practice This

Make a list of the ways you tell yourself that you can’t do what God has called you to do. Make a contrasting list of the promises of victory God has made to you.

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