So it was a very great trembling

Do you ever fall short of complete victory in your life? It would seem that no matter how hard you fight, you keep loosing your battle. God wants us to live a victorious life. He wants us to succeed. In order for us to win our battles, we must step out in faith that He is willing to work the victory through us.

In 1 Samuel chapter 16 we find an account of a a battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. 1 Samuel 14:6 tells us how it began, “And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for

there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” Jonathan had faith that God could work the victory through them. Jonathan knew that God had the power to give victory. With that faith, Jonathan and one other guy took on an entire garrison.

In a later verse we find that Jonathan and his armorbearor killed about 20 men, I’m sure they could have easily kept going, but the circumstances change. In verse 15 we find, “There was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.” Did you catch that? The Philisines were so scared that they were shaking. And they were shaking so much that the earth began to shake!

In verse 16 we find that the Philistines were fleeing the battle and killing each other! King Saul learns of this and then he joins in fighting the Philistines. Other Israelites who had been cowering in fear joined in! And verse 23 says, “So the LORD saved Israel that day.”

I would like to challenge you, step out in faith in your spiritual battles. I don’t know what sin or shortcoming you need deliverance from, but whatever it is, trust God that He can give you the victory. Believe what He says. Just like Jonathan and his armorbearor stepped out in faith, you can step out in faith. You can gain victory over any sin or downfall in your life. Just like Jonathan’s victory encouraged others, your victory may too. As other’s see how God has used you, their faith will increase. Will you step out in faith? If you do, God can use your actions to encourage others, and work a great victory. Will you believe in God’s ability to give you the victory today?

“And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.” – Leviticus 6:8

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7

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