Courage to Do Exploits (July 11)

From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

July 11

Courage To Do Exploits

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 148:1-14 | 1 Chronicles 11:1 – 12:18 | Acts 28:1-31| Proverbs 19:1-3

Today’s Scripture Focus: 1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18

“Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors” (1 Chronicles 11:19b, NIV).

David’s mighty men were described as courageous, loyal, and strong. They followed David’s leadership and did “great exploits.”  Any leader longs to have men and women like these on their team. 

Courageous – They had faces like the faces of Lions (12:8). What a powerful image of courage.

Loyal – listen to their words of support. “We are yours, O David! We are with you, O son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.”  Some of the most valiant were willing to risk their lives to retrieve water from behind enemy lines, because they knew David was thirsty (11:15-19). That is loyalty. 

Strong— several times we see the words: “such were the exploits” (19, 24).  The stories told of these brave-hearted warriors show their strength again and again.  They were strong and victorious. ”But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory” (11:14). God sent these mighty warriors to David to extend his kingdom.  “They together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised.”

In our day, God is still extending his Kingdom (though not through military force as “the weapons we fight with are not of this world”). He is looking for mighty men and women who are courageous, loyal and strong in his strength. People who will “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power . . . so that . . . you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6).

He is looking for “brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear” (12:8). By putting on his armor and taking the sword of the Spirit praying and interceding, we too may do “great exploits.”

Spend time in his presence today and get to know the one who leads you victoriously in battle. Take the time to put on the armor and be equipped by his word for the exploits he has planned for you today. Gain courage and strength as you open your heart to Jesus (let him deal with those fears). Get to know your God and you too will do exploits, O mighty warrior. 

 “But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. “Daniel 11:32b (KJV)

Almighty God, enable me by your spirit to do exploits. May I be courageous, loyal, and strong. Extend your kingdom through my prayers and faithful obedience. Lead me, guide me, and use me today for your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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