๐Ÿ WITH MASTERY ALONE OR WITH GOD? ๐Ÿ€

Then Saul said to David, โ€œYou are not able to go against this Philistine to fight him. For you are [only] a young man and he has been a warrior since his youth.โ€ Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear, and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them since he has taunted and defied the armies of the living God.โ€ Then he took his [shepherdโ€™s] staff in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones out of the stream bed, and put them in his shepherdโ€™s bag which he had, that is, in his shepherdโ€™s pouch. With his sling in his hand, he approached the Philistine. The Philistine said to David, โ€œAm I a dog, that you come to me with [shepherdโ€™s] staffs?โ€ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. Then David said to the Philistine, โ€œYou come to me with a sword, a spear, and 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 taunted.

1 SAMUEL 17:33โ€ญ, โ€ฌ36โ€ญ-โ€ฌ36โ€ญ, โ€ฌ40โ€ญ, โ€ฌ43โ€ญ-โ€ฌ43โ€ญ, โ€ฌ45 (AMP)

I had to quote the referenced verses in this write up for a reason. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, so while I was reading one evening, David’s story as stated in these above verses crossed my mind.

David is just one man I love – his bravery, courage, etc. He is just a blessed man!.

He faced the giant, not even the skilled men in the Israelite’s army at that time could face. But then looking closely at it, David couldn’t have been able to achieve this victory alone too, you know. Beyond all the mastery he had been exposed to by experience as a shepherd boy, he knew he could only have achieved it by God’s involvement. Even when he referenced him killing the lion and bear, that tried attacking the herd of sheep he was tending to; he mentioned that it was God that granted him the victory.

Many times we love seeing ourselves being the cause of a good result we get or have had. But the reality is we could never have achieved that on our own. The children of Israel can attest to this while on their journey to Canaan land (the land of promise) and I also can attest to this. Because there are some things I can do now that people very close to me, believed otherwise but then God believed I could and now I can!. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Dear reader, it could seem like you have put in a lot of work and you deserve some praise at least yeah. Definitely, you do. ๐Ÿค— But then you and I would need to pause briefly and read together the verses stated below:

Then they returned to Joshua and said to him, โ€œDo not make all the people go up [to fight]; have only about two thousand or three thousand men go up and attack Ai; do not make the entire army go up there, for they [of Ai] are few.โ€ So about three thousand men from the sons of Israel went up there, but they fled [in retreat] from the men of Ai. The men of Ai killed about thirty-six of Israelโ€™s men, and chased them from the gate as far as [the bluffs of] Shebarim and struck them down as they descended [the steep pass], so the hearts of the people melted [in despair and began to doubt Godโ€™s promise] and became like water (disheartened).

JOSHUA 7:3โ€ญ-โ€ฌ5 (AMP)

Did you read that?. Without God in the picture, the children of Israel faced such great shame and defeat. Despite their efforts and number.

But the story changed, when He (God) was back in the picture; after the trespasser was out of their midst.

Israel has sinned; they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them [to keep]. They have even taken some of the things under the ban, and they have both stolen and denied [the theft]. Moreover, they have also put the stolen objects among their own things.

JOSHUA 7:11 (AMP)

AND

Now the Lord said to Joshua, โ€œDo not fear or be dismayed (intimidated). Take all the men of war with you and set out, go up to Ai; see, I have given the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land into your hand. Then the Lord said to Joshua, โ€œReach out with the spear that is in your hand [and point it] toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.โ€ So Joshua reached out with the spear in his hand [and pointed it] toward the city. And all who fell that day, both men and women, were twelve thousand, all the people of Ai.

JOSHUA 8:1โ€ญ, โ€ฌ18โ€ญ-โ€ฌ18โ€ญ, โ€ฌ25 (AMP)

This is really the case of “If God is for us then who can be against us”. Please never lose sight of the God behind the scenes. It is forever by His Grace and mercies and not our own strength or efforts. I believe you know that?. So many things remind us of this daily. As there are many people with great grades and achievements but still not achieving their full potential. ๐Ÿ˜

As much as we put in our efforts. Let’s never forget the God who is in care of perfecting it all; the God behind the scenes – working it all out for our good. God bless your heart!.

P.S: Thanks to all my WordPress family and to all my post readers via Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp. It’s been a graceful year with your support via comments, likes, feedback, etc. I am accountable to you all and I am blessed having you in my community. Much love from here. โค

And yes Jesus loves you much more! – Don’t forget that!.

2020 here we come….. ๐Ÿ’ƒ

HCC loves you and Mercy does too. ๐Ÿ˜

Happy new year!!!!!. ๐Ÿ’ƒ

It shall be a great new year, full of His immense surprises for you. Believe it and hold on to it. God bless you. ๐Ÿ™

โคโคโคโคโคโคโคโคโคโคโค
Happy 2020!!!!

๐Ÿ’ฎ#HCCounsels#๐Ÿ’ฎ

47 Comments Add yours

  1. May the year 2020 overflow with blessings โ€ฆespecially the blessings of faith, peace, hope, and love. I love you my sister and friend.โคโค

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    1. Amen!.
      Amen!!.
      Thanks sis. And you too. ๐Ÿค—
      Love you too. โค๐Ÿค—

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  2. Queen Karen says:

    Happy New Year Mercy ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ˜Š. May this new year bring forth many of Godโ€™s blessings to you and your family ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ

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    1. Thanks Karen!๐Ÿค—
      Amen!. And you too sis. โค

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  3. GenesisBlogs says:

    Wow happy new year to you too

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  4. jlp260 says:

    Enjoyed your post. It reminded me of Ephesians 3:20: “God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.” Have a blessed new year.

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    1. Glad to know you do. ๐Ÿค—
      Yes. He is so able!.

      A graceful father we have.

      Thanks and you too. โค

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  5. vicklea says:

    I loved this post, especially the reminder that I am blessed!

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    1. Really glad you did. Thanks ma’am. โค
      Smiles. You are!. ๐Ÿค—โค

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  6. What a great way to intertwine the lives of David & Joshua. I love seeing Biblical figures in a new light.

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    1. ๐Ÿค— Thanks sis.
      I am glad it came in a new light. โค

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  7. Reblogged this on My Life in Our Father's World and commented:
    We can be confident that He is at work behind the scenes.

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  8. Alison Lewis says:

    Amen!! Happy New Year!!

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  9. bukolaorry says:

    Wishing you a wonderful 2020. May this new year bring everything you’ve always desiredโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰

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    1. Thanks sis. ๐Ÿค—
      Amen. Amen!
      And you too sis. โค

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  10. David was a man acccording God’s heart and trusting Him. He was aware of the power of God to work through him and kill the giant, not by his own strenght but God’s. He is a good exemple, I am currently reading a devotional about his life… I wish you a happy new year!

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    1. Yes he was. Just love his love for God!.
      Absolutely!.
      Wow!. That is really great. I hope to have an excerpt on it. If possible. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

      Thanks. And you too. โค

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  11. Mariuxi Yglesias says:

    Thank you for sharing! Sometimes when we face our own giants, we don’t see how blessed we actually are that we don’t have to face them aloneโค๏ธ

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    1. You are welcome. Glad to. ๐Ÿค—
      Yes!. The many battles He wins for us. ๐Ÿ™Œ
      ๐Ÿ™‚ Apt!!

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  12. Michelle says:

    Amazing post! Wishing you a wonderful new year!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks ma’am. ๐Ÿค—
      And you too. โค

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  13. Dawn says:

    Happy Birthday little sister! I appreciate all your prayers, support, and love too. Praying Godโ€™s best for you in 2020! โค๏ธ

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    1. Birthday.. ๐Ÿ™ˆ
      My birthday is in March sis. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thanks a lot for the wishes still. In advance I receive. ๐Ÿ’ƒ
      You are welcome. โค

      Amen!!!. And you too. ๐Ÿค—โคโค

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      1. Dawn says:

        Lol sorry! That was supposed to be Happy New Year! (Writing too fast). But ok Happy early March birthday. โค๏ธ

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        1. Smiles.. Awww.. I understand
          Yes sis. It’s countdown already. ๐Ÿ’ƒ
          Thanks. โค

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  14. God is always working even when it may seems like it not.
    Happy glorious New Year !! May this year bring forth all your heart desires and more.
    Happy 2020! Go forth and prosper.

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    1. Yes dear. He is!.
      Thanks sis. ๐Ÿค—
      Amen!!. And you too. โœ‹๐Ÿ™‚
      โคโค

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  15. Amen. Amen!!
    Thanks ma’am.

    Love you too sis. โค๐Ÿค—

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  16. Amen to this. All glory belongs to God. For without Him we cannot do the impossible.
    Yes! We are blessed, not lucky. No lucky charms..haa. great post, lady!

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    1. You are welcome sis. Yes all to Him!.
      Absolutely!
      Yes o. We are blessed by Him greatly. Smiles.. Yes o!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜
      Thanks sis. โค

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      1. My pleasure. โ™ฅ๏ธ

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  17. Great post! Looking back at my life… there are so many things I couldn’t have survived or achieved without God’s help. He is, indeed, the God of Possibilities. Yes… 2020, here we come!

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    1. Thanks ma’am. ๐Ÿค—
      Hmm. True! ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      The same here. If not for Him indeed!.
      Yes He is. Able!
      Yes o. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ

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  18. David is my favorite character, because even when he messed up, he was quick to repent….And GIVE God the credit for everything in his life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes ma’am. Smiles. He was a grounded man!. ๐Ÿ˜
      Thank you so much ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ฏโค

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  19. DeborahMarie says:

    Happy New Year! Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much ma’am. โค
      ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™Œ

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  20. Hephzibah says:

    ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Mercy! Wishing you a wonderful and blessed New Year 2020!! โค๏ธ Just realised that it had completely slipped my mind to wish you!! โœจโญ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‡

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    1. Thanks dear.
      Amen!! Abe you too. ๐Ÿ™
      Awww. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much. โค

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Gere Ochuko says:

    Happy New Year
    Have an amazing and beautiful year ahead

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