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Valley of Elah-Moving Forward-Throwing StonesOn our final day discussing the Valley of Elah we have an obligation to talk about running and moving forward. I don’t think the most difficult thing we wrestle with is facing our giants. The hardest thing we struggle with is fighting our giants daily and consistently. It’s easy to kill Goliath once. It’s hard to face Goliath day in and day out.

As we continue moving forward in our daily lives, we must also continue pursuing Jesus as any other relationship if we want it to flourish. If David defeated Goliath but the rest of the army never ran after the rest of the Philistines, no true victory would have been had. Not to be cheesy here, but as “soldiers for Christ”  (I know, I’m sorry, it just goes with the theme), we have a responsibility and an obligation to keep moving forward each day. We can’t sit back and remain in neutral because life is a mountain and neutral is just as dangerous as reversing backward.

Sometimes moving forward can happen with a new perspective. We often find ourselves on the wrong end of spiritual attacks. This goes wrong. That goes wrong. We’re under attack from “the enemy” (side note: not everything is Satan’s fault). But who is the one who should be scared? If Death=Goliath, and David=Jesus, and the Philistines=Demons, and We=God’s army, who is the one who should be afraid? Certainly not Christ-followers! We’re winning! And yet so often we believe ourselves to be on the losing side. How is moving forward an option if we’re paralyzed by fear like Saul?

I love the mountains. I would much rather go camping or be in a cabin in the woods than be on the beach. But man wasn’t created for to live in the mountain moments forever. We aren’t called to be in retreat all the time. 90% of our lives or more will be spent living in the valley. We’ll be there battling, sweating, and trying just to survive. But the Valley of Elah is a valley of hope. It was that valley where David began the conquering of the Philistines. It was in that valley that hope was restored to the Israelites as they watched their new King-Elect take charge. Through that Valley of Elah event, David began establishing a Kingdom that would one day be taken over by Yeshua, our Messiah. David kept moving forward so that his troops would do the same to inaugurate a new era.

The Valley of Elah is one of the most important symbols of the Christian life. It’s a story about a people who were powerless to save themselves, and on the brink on enslavement, a King took His place to rescue His people; but that is where the fight begins, not ends. When Jesus conquered the grave, the real battle began just like the real fight began once David vanquished Goliath. We fight our battles and keep moving forwardknowing in the long run that victory is already ours. But we mustn’t become like Saul who allowed himself to become so afraid that he was paralyzed from making any action. Just because we have victory doesn’t mean that the war itself is over yet. 

Keep moving forward. Continue praying. Endure fasting. Preach the Gospel. Persevere in consistency. Believe the truth. Hope in the Lord. Don’t give up!

via GIPHY

Verses to Pray About:

1 Corinthians 9:24-27:Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Luke 9:23: “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'”

Hebrews 12:1-3: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

 

 

 

 

Click Here to learn more about moving forward in the Valley of Elah with one of our seminars.

On our final day discussing the Valley of Elah we have an obligation to talk about running and moving forward. I don’t think the most difficult thing we wrestle with is facing our giants. The hardest thing we struggle with is fighting our giants daily and consistently. It’s easy to kill Goliath once. It’s hard to face Goliath day in and day out.

As we continue moving forward in our daily lives, we must also continue pursuing Jesus as any other relationship if we want it to flourish. If David defeated Goliath but the rest of the army never ran after the rest of the Philistines, no true victory would have been had. Not to be cheesy here, but as “soldiers for Christ”  (I know, I’m sorry, it just goes with the theme), we have a responsibility and an obligation to keep moving forward each day. We can’t sit back and remain in neutral because life is a mountain and neutral is just as dangerous as reversing backward.

Sometimes moving forward can happen with a new perspective. We often find ourselves on the wrong end of spiritual attacks. This goes wrong. That goes wrong. We’re under attack from “the enemy” (side note: not everything is Satan’s fault). But who is the one who should be scared? If Death=Goliath, and David=Jesus, and the Philistines=Demons, and We=God’s army, who is the one who should be afraid? Certainly not Christ-followers! We’re winning! And yet so often we believe ourselves to be on the losing side. How is moving forward an option if we’re paralyzed by fear like Saul?

I love the mountains. I would much rather go camping or be in a cabin in the woods than be on the beach. But man wasn’t created for to live in the mountain moments forever. We aren’t called to be in retreat all the time. 90% of our lives or more will be spent living in the valley. We’ll be there battling, sweating, and trying just to survive. But the Valley of Elah is a valley of hope. It was that valley where David began the conquering of the Philistines. It was in that valley that hope was restored to the Israelites as they watched their new King-Elect take charge. Through that Valley of Elah event, David began establishing a Kingdom that would one day be taken over by Yeshua, our Messiah. David kept moving forward so that his troops would do the same to inaugurate a new era.

The Valley of Elah is one of the most important symbols of the Christian life. It’s a story about a people who were powerless to save themselves, and on the brink on enslavement, a King took His place to rescue His people; but that is where the fight begins, not ends. When Jesus conquered the grave, the real battle began just like the real fight began once David vanquished Goliath. We fight our battles and keep moving forwardknowing in the long run that victory is already ours. But we mustn’t become like Saul who allowed himself to become so afraid that he was paralyzed from making any action. Just because we have victory doesn’t mean that the war itself is over yet. 

Keep moving forward. Continue praying. Endure fasting. Preach the Gospel. Persevere in consistency. Believe the truth. Hope in the Lord. Don’t give up!

via GIPHY

Verses to Pray About:

1 Corinthians 9:24-27:Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Luke 9:23: “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'”

Hebrews 12:1-3: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

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