Daily Devotional

Not By Skill

Not By Skill

7th November 2020

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17: 1-53


“And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.” (1 Samuel 17: 25)

When David arrived at the battle field, there was talk amongst the men of Israel about what would be done for anyone who succeeded in defeating Goliath. Those men included David’s brothers. They were soldiers, schooled in the art of warfare. They knew how battles were fought and won. David was not a soldier; he was a shepherd boy, but right in the bush, he had encountered God and experienced deliverance from the lions and bears. David was schooled in divine encounter.

Friend, in all your getting, crave for divine encounters from God. Deepen your intimacy with God. Wake up each day with a fresh desire for more and more of God. Seek to encounter God again and again in your alone moments. Seek to encounter the presence of God and have it fill you till you are filled to the brim. Seek to get deeper into the depths of God, surrounded by His glory, and feasting in His presence.

David had never fought a war, all he had were divine encounters in the bush, all he knew was to prevail over the lions and bears by the help of God, and he defeated the same Goliath that kept the entire army of Israel in fear for forty days. By the force of his encounters, he defeated a man who could not be beaten by trained soldiers. Your divine encounters will empower you to defeat the ‘Goliath’ that ‘trained soldiers’ can’t beat.

When the trained men of Saul failed to beat Goliath, David rose to the occasion and defeated Goliath, cutting off his head in the process. When men of skill failed, the man with divine encounters did not fail. If you dare to dive deeper into the depths of God, you will succeed where men of skill fail. If you deepen your intimacy with Jesus, He will capacitate you with the ability to slay the Goliaths of this world.

Training is good enough, but it is not enough. Get into the depths of God, and you will attain the victories that training alone will not give you.


By my divine encounters, I defeat every skilled ‘Goliath’, in Jesus’ name!

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Memory Verse

“He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.” (Psalm 18: 34)

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