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Upgraded Weapons

Since 1907, Temper Tools has used the slogan “The right tool for the right job.” In the face of a giant, warring Philistine, a shepherd boy selected five stones as the right tool for the job.
Consider the scene in 1 Sam. 17: Philistine and Israeli armies are gathered; battle lines are drawn. Goliath is “a champion,” outfitted with bronze and chain mail, who boldly defies Israel and begs for a fight. This makes Saul and his army quake and shake (technically: “dismayed and greatly afraid”).

Enter David. The youngest brother. Shepherd, and delivery boy of loaves and cheese to the army. He shrugs off his brother’s taunts and Saul’s ill-fitting armor (not the right tool for the job), and tells Goliath, “the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.” You know the rest of the story: “David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.”
But there is a sword in ours; the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). Today, we don’t use stones to fight. We have the Rock (Ps. 18:2) -- and the Holy Spirit (John 14). For whatever trials or giants we face, these ARE the right tools for the job. Where are we trying to fight in our own strength? It will never be enough. Let’s upgrade our weapons and find victory.

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According to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Americans spend an average of nine hours a day with digital media. Nine hours! This is a jump from about three hours in the 1990s. When we consider the original size of computers, servers, and cell phones, the technological changes of the last 20 years are astounding.

But there’s a form of communication that hasn’t changed at all: prayer. Our proverbial hotline to Heaven. Imagine, 24/7 access to the throne of the Most High God! We don’t need Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, Pinterest, or any technology to commune with God. What we do need is a broken and contrite heart (Ps. 51:17), humility (James 4:6), fear of the Lord (Prov. 1:7), and to seek after Him (Ps. 14:2). And of course, we need to believe that He exists (Heb. 11:6).

God says, “Come as you are.” Unlike Facebook, we don’t have to “like” or “share” anything or second-guess our comments and edit them. We don’t need to send Him a selfie because He knows EXACTLY who we are. Made in His image and likeness. We can cast all our anxieties upon Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Rejoice today that you are known. And as much as God wants to transform you into the image of His Son, He loves you for you. You are known, and you are loved.

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