January 17, 2017

Remember Who and Whose You Are

I love the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). The story of the little shepherd boy who defeated a 9 foot giant with only a sling and a stone. This past year, I felt as if I was against a giant. A giant so big, I felt helpless to battle it.

God took me back to this familiar story. What could I learn from this little shepherd boy He tapped to become the King of Israel?

The words I heard: Wendy, through this story, I am reminding you of who and Whose you are.

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Before David ever stepped foot on that battle field to fight Goliath, he knew who and Whose he was. We see this first through the words David spoke to King Saul when he volunteered to fight Goliath.

“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:34-37).

The shepherd boy remained undaunted because he remembered his personal experiences with God. How God faithfully provided for him as he watched over his sheep. David refused to allow the words of his brothers, King Saul or anyone else to define and direct him. Instead, he went back to the last place God had been faithful. The last time God provided for his every need.

As children of the Living God, we too should never allow someone else’s words or opinions define and direct us. We must STOP listening to the words of man and return to the last time God was faithful. Recall His faithfulness. The times we remember Him acting, moving, and providing on our behalf.

We again see how David remembered who and Whose he was through the words he spoke to Goliath:

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:45-47).

David measured Goliath not against his own strength but against the strength of his God. In the physical realm, the 9 foot giant should have won the battle. But he didn’t. David won and won big! He won big because the Commander of Heaven’s Armies was on his side. And He’s on our side too, my friend! Sometimes I forget this.

Whatever our obstacle … fear anxiety, sickness, financial struggles, marriage, rebellious children, depression … we do not fight alone. The Commander of Heaven’s Armies is on our side. He is for us and with us. His very Spirit indwells us to equip and empower us. He promises that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us.

The key is remembering who and Whose we are.

We have a cloud of witnesses behind us who knew this same truth. When Abraham acknowledged and depended on God, God made him the father of many nations. When Moses acknowledged and depended on God, He parted the Red Sea. When Joshua acknowledged and depended on God, the walls came tumbling down. When Daniel acknowledged and depended on God, the angel of the Lord shut the mouths of lions.

Is there something in your life over which the Lord wants to give you victory? Do you believe it’s too big for God? Reread the story of David and Goliath with fresh eyes and an open heart.

And then pray David’s prayer with me:

Father, today I come to you feeling overwhelmed. Powerless. Weak, feeling as if I can’t breathe. Like I can’t take that next step. I want to curl up and hide from the world. But, Father, I know those are lies. So, in full confidence, I come to You, the Commander of Heaven’s Armies, knowing who and Whose I am. In my weakness, You are strong. In my fear, You are brave. In my anxiety, You are peace. In my sadness, You are joy. In my despair, You are hope.

Today, I remember your faithfulness …  the last time You walked me through a hard place. You used it to mold, prune and train me. Through it You ensured I depended upon You and Your alone. You used it for my good and Your glory. Keep that memory ever before me. I want to trust You here again because I know You are for me.

This is YOUR battle. I know You are on my side. I trust You for victory. Empower me to walk through this in Your strength and power. I ask this in Jesus’ mighty and powerful Name. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer with me today, please let me know.

Comments

  1. Thank you for this post & prayer. Loved it.

  2. “David measured Goliath not against his own strength but against the strength of his God.” This statement sang out to me! I need to see my challenges through the lens of the eternal Creator. I need to measure the challenges against the limitless power that is at my disposal through Christ. Thank you, for always bringing beautiful thoughts to light and the empowering prayer.

    • Love, love knowing that truth spoke to you. It did to me when God spoke it to my heart. Thank you for taking the time to share and for your kind words.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  3. Nicci Ramirez says:

    Wendy, tears…. yes ma’am I prayed this prayer just now….THANK YOU!

  4. Amen! Thank you so much! I needed this today! I am soooo upset over an issue with my doctor, and I need God to fight for me on Monday. Please pray for me! Thank you!

  5. So thankful God used it. Praying He will show up for you in very real and personal ways. May you sense His peace and His comfort. May He give you the courage you need to speak truth in love, and may He prepare your doctor’s heart to receive it well.

    Blessings,

    wendy

  6. Felicia Black says:

    Yes this was me 20 mins ago. Thank you so much for this prayer, just made my tears go away.

    • Oh, I LOVE hearing that. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. I pray for God to bring the message to His girls who need to hear from Him. You are answered prayer today!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  7. Thank you for this prayer, Wendy. I prayed it with you. I really needed it today.

    • Dede, so thankful the Lord brought you here today and spoke to you through the words and prayer He laid on my heart. May you see His hand at work as you wait upon Him.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  8. Wendy, this post was well timed for me as well. Battling some discouragement after a crazy school day and prior to prep for ministry this evening. I paused to return to an account I appreciate as well…verses 39-40 really hit me. Saul has just dressed David in his own tunic, a coat of armor and bronze helmet when David takes them. He goes with what he’s used to.

    Sometimes in the hard seasons or difficult days I’m guilty of wishing I had someone else’s tools, skill set or gifts, but this example reminds me what I have and who I am is enough. Not because it or I am special, but it’s God who will deliver me just like He did David and He will equip me however He sees best.

    David’s brother’s words always stand out to me too – we will have those who question our motives and doubt our ways, but we must press on and listen to the voice of Truth!

    Thank you for these timely reminders and the powerful prayer. And your words about remembering tie right in with the lesson we will be studying tonight at Titus24U!! Remembering helps us resolve!!

    Blessings and prayers from the farm!

  9. Marian Retana says:

    Thank you Wendy for today’s devotional. Right now I feel overwhelmed because of my daughter and my two sons. They are going through hard thing and as a mom sometimes you want to solve everything. So thank you because I know we can defeat the giants because our Lord is powerful and with him we are victorious. Im gonna keep waiting for the Lord to answer because he is almighty. God bless you.

    • So thankful the Lord met you through this prayer as you stand in the gap for your children. God does GOOD things in the wait. May He show You His work along the way.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  10. Lesley Boyer says:

    Thank you.

  11. Tami Styer says:

    Thank you, Wendy, for the powerful prayer and words of wisdom. Last weekend I felt exactly that way – overwhelmed, powerless, just wanting to curl up or run away. It is amazing how God uses you to speak what I need to hear. I love reading your prayers and writing them in my journal. Thank you!

    • Tami, God is so good to go before us and lead us to the words and prayers we need to pray to be an OVERCOMER! I pray you will see Him at work through your prayers. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  12. SusanKelly Garrett says:

    Thank you for this powerful prayer.. I need IT!!!… I will use this prayer in the coming days and weeks, as my husband and I face an up hill battle of recovery from his stroke. and Thank you, and god and you!!!.

    • Susan, so thankful the Lord met you here today in this prayer. He knew what you needed from His Word to walk this walk with your husband. May He be as He promises, the strength of your heart and your Portion forever.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  13. YES! Wendy, I prayed the prayer today with you! And I’m facing a new challenge I feel called to do but often want to hide from as well because I simply feel too small. But if we will kill this giant who stands before us, just like David, think how many others also benefit that we will never know. Thank you for this encouragement today. Just what I needed this morning. Praying for you as well!

  14. Nicola Davies says:

    I just prayed this as well. Been battling with my health on and off for years. Had breakthroughs then something else. Feeling so weak and powerless. Thank you for reminding me that the battle is not mine but God’s. X

    • Nicola, He is God our Healer! I pray His healing hand will be a healing balm to your body. I pray that you know the fullness of the strength and power God promises in His Word that says when we are weak He is strong!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  15. Karen Shaffer says:

    Wendy,

    Your timing is impeccable! Thank you for this devotion and prayer. I needed this to keep my focus on our Lotd and not my circumstances, which Satan would love for me to drown in. I know there are going to be some tough days ahead regarding a particular situation in my life but I am trusting that “He will work it out for good”! Romans 8:28

    Blessings!
    Karen

    • Karen, I love how God’s timing is perfect. He knew what you needed and that you would read this message and prayer on the day you did. El Roi sees us and Jehovah Jireh provides for us. I’m so thankful to be a small part of His provision for you. May you see God’s hand at work in your tough situation in ways that you know He hears the cry of your heart and is at work.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  16. Wendy, thank you for reminding us who and Whose we are. So many days we feel small and unsure of life moments. Moments that steal the possibilities…His possibilities and promises for us and for the ones we love so deeply. My heart hurts daily for my wayward children. I place them daily in His hands and wait.

    Thank you again for sharing His words. Michele

    • Michele, I stand with you as you pray for your children. As they watch You stand confidently and fully in who and Whose you are, may the see something in You that they long for. May He bring believers across their path to speak into their lives in ways they can relate to and connect. He knows the cry of your heart. He will be faithful.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  17. Thank you Wendy ! I needed this for the battle in my family ~ I know I am HIS and He is with me and has gone before me and won…. God bless you ~

  18. My precious and dear friend… thank you for this life-breathing post. You show me what it looks like when we bring our ashes and God lovingly and powerfully turns it into beauty. “Remember who you are and Whose you are”… what a great tagline… I pray it grows deep roots in me and every person who reads this.
    In your prayer, you grabbed my heart by calling God the “Commander of Heaven’s Armies.” I need to remember that it’s His battle. And He’s equipped me with the five smooth stones I need.
    As you know, this post speaks loudly to me and I prayed the prayer for my dear friend Brandon. THANK YOU. I will be printing this off, ready to mail it!
    I love you!

  19. Donna Slazinski says:

    Wendy this was just what I needed to Read this morning. Thank you. I shared with with a few leaders last night that sometimes I feel so alone. Taking care of my parents who are elderly and not well, two businesses that are not doing well, real struggles in my 40 marriage and the only one in my immediate family that knows Jesus. I saved this writing on my phone so I can read it all day today. Thank you again.

    • Donna, thank you for taking the time to let me know how God used this message and prayer to speak to the hurt in your heart. God always goes before us. He knows what we need. I pray He meets you in very intimate ways as you seek to walk and live confidently in who and Whose you are.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  20. I spoke at a ladies smelting last evening and this was part of the intro…”When a drunk driver killed my mom I did not think there was any worse pain possible. Then we lost our 4 year old, Daniel, and our baby. However, the pain of the last 20 or so months eclipses even that. Each of us has invested in someone or something only to find either by their actions, attitude, or articulations, that our best wasn’t good enough. The rejection can devastate us or cause us to grow bitter or we can cry out to God and trust Him. It sounds simple and easy but it is a day to day battle. I heard one person say that a broken heart allows the Light, the word of God, to fall in. One word that the Lord kept bringing to mind as I prayed about tonight was surrender. ..” Although today I do not feel overwhelmed, those feelings definitely come. I used your prayer as a guide today and saved it for when the hard moments/days return. I so appreciate your words…not only today but each time I read or hear your words. Thank you so much. May God continue to use you and bless you.

    • Kathleen, your story is a powerful one. That after so much loss and rejection, you still praise, trust and look to God. What a testimony. And I love your words. They are so true, “a broken heart allows the Light, the Word of God, to fall in.” Thank you for sharing.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  21. Oops..meeting last night…not smelting. 🙂

  22. Julie Woodman says:

    Oh Wendy! You words are such a balm to my troubled heart. I have been going thru a difficult for over 3cyears now. The words of your devotion spoke right to my heart and your prayer was what my hurting spirit needed. I will pray that prayer over and over, remembering who I am and most importantly Whose I am. Thank you!

    • Julie, your words feed my soul this morning! It means so much to hear how God uses the words and prayers He lays on my heart. I pray You see His hand at work in mighty ways as you continue to pray this prayer and stand on His Word spoken through it.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  23. There is several big giants in my life and I thank you for reminding me who I am in Christ. Please pray for the giant in my husband life. Our marriage needs prayer.

  24. Thank you for this. It truly spoke to my heart today.

    • I’m so thankful you stopped by today. Thank you for letting me know you prayed the prayer and that it spoke to your heart. Answered prayer for this girl!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  25. Thank you Wendy for allowing me to pray such a powerful prayer with you. 🙏🏼

  26. Your insights always speak to my heart, Wendy. Thank you for this post!

  27. Thank you Wendy for this reminder that God is on my side and providing me with stones for life’s battles. I’m always trying to fight alone and I get so drained. Your prayer is just what I needed.

    • Annette, thankful God met you in the message and prayer today. It’s such a comfort to know we never fight alone. He empowers and equips us. He never leaves us or forsakes us.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  28. Timely, oh so timely for me. Not only did your post bless me and encourage me. All the comments from each of my sisters in Christ and your responses Wendy, spoke to my heart.
    Thank you for posting and for each sharing a piece of your lives in the comments, its such a blessing to know He is with each of us in our situations and circumstances. What a blessing to read each one and see how God is moving in each of you. What a blessed encouragement today.

    In His Love
    Denise G ♥️

    • Denise, I love community. It helps me to know I am not alone. And your words today are a sweet blessing to me after having take months and months away from blogging. It’s a gift to see God at work in the words He gave me and in these comments.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  29. Stephanie says:

    Thank you, Wendy! Thank you for words that express my heart when I can’t seem to find my own.
    It is your encouraging gift!

  30. Mema Jeanne says:

    Wendy, I so prayed this prayer thanking Him for His faithfulness in times past. My daughter, Laura, 36 years old, married, has a 6 year old, very active son, has been taken out of her job of teaching 9th grade math because of the stress caused by her MS. Now, they face a time of wondering ” how will we pay those bills, and how will our son adapt with a mom who will probably become physically unable to take care of him?” BUT, I know that I know that God has all of this situation in His Hands; He is faithful, and He has loved her with an everlasting love. She knows Christ as her Savior, but she so needs a personal relationship with Him. I BELIEVE that He is going to use this time in her life to bring her back to Him; she will see and feel His faithfulness as never before. Our God is so good; His grace is sufficient, and His mercies never end–they are new and fresh every morning. I will share this article and prayer with her. May He satisfy her soul as nothing else can or will. May she know Who and Whose she is as a daughter of the King. As always, God uses you in my life just at the right time. When Laura was first diagnosed with MS, I was doing your “Living So That” study, and James 1:2-4 and Hebrews 4:16 became my verses since then. I have leaned on them!!
    I love you in the Lord, Wendy Blight!!

    • Mema Jeanne, you have been a faithful friend to me. And your faith always pours through in your comments. I join you in praying for your daughter to come to know her Savior intimately and personally. May Jesus make Himself so very real to her that she will know that she knows it is Him. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement today. They bless me as I continue to study and write.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Mema Jeanne, what a joy to see your name again and read your words. Pausing now to pray for your loved ones! Blessings to you!

  31. Thank you, Wendy for this prayer. I prayed it. I also pray that I always remember who and whose I am. I pray too that I always go back to the times when God has been faithful to me because I struggle with my faith daily unfortunately. I know, in my mind, full well that God is ultimately in control, but I still try to “fix” my problems or worry most of the time. I pray to be delivered from this way of thinking and to trust God more. Thank you.

    • Thank you for letting me know and sharing a bit from your heart. I struggle with much the same thing … trying to fix things on my own. But, the more we surrender our issues and problems to Him, the more we realize His way is not only easier, it is BEST!! It’s a discipline; the more we do it, the easier and more natural it becomes. But we will never be perfect, so don’t be hard on yourself. 🙂

      Blessings,

  32. I am truly blessed by this community of sisters in Christ. I see the love of Jesus in each of you. His Love is so evident here. Thank you Lord for each of these beautiful saints! Thank you Lord for Your faithfulness and love in this community. Thank You Lord for Your faithful and loving daughter Wendy for all You have placed in her heart to share with us, to love on us the way she does. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  33. Wendy, I just prayed this prayer. there is an overwhelming situation in my life and I so need God’s help. please pray for me.

    • Lynn, praying for you now. May you see God’s hand at work in very personal ways, so much so that you know that you know He hears the cry of your heart and is working on your behalf.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  34. Sandra Gans says:

    Thank you for the post today and it is exactly what I needed to read. You are so wonderful!

    AMEN!

  35. kim stewart says:

    Thank you sweet Wendy for such beautiful encouragement and prayer for me right when I need it!

  36. Thanks for this Wendy!
    Just what I needed to read today! These are powerful words that I will revisit again and again.
    May He bless you as you bless others!

    • Susan, thank you for taking the time to leave a sweet word of encouragement and for letting me know you prayed this prayer. I pray you see God at work in and through this prayer as you continue to pray His Word.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  37. DONNA M TORRADO says:

    Oh Wendy! You have no idea how much I needed this. Thank you for being obedient, and writing about what God showed you. My life has really taken a flip and in my heart of hearts I know that God is at work but it is not easy. I know God is telling me to trust him. He is my provider. This has given me renewed strength. You always have a way to reach me.
    May God richly bless you!
    Donna

    • Donna, it’s always a blessing to see your name here. I’m so thankful God brought you here today to show you He hears the cry of your heart and remind you that He truly is at work.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  38. Wendy, thank you so much, I needed this reminder today!
    Our daughter is going through a nasty divorce and some days we get more bad news then we can process.
    Prayed the prayer w/you and am forwarding the post to our girl!
    xo
    ~Carol~

    • Carol, God’s timing is best. He sends what we need when He knows we need it. I’m so thankful He used the prayer He laid on my heart to minister to you.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  39. Charlotte Askew says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes…I read the whole article and I read the prayer. Then, I prayed the prayer. I needed the strength of that prayer this morning, especially this morning. I have felt myself wavering and when I waver in my faith, my life really wavers.

    Thank you so very much for knowing I needed this today!

  40. Delphene Fletcher says:

    Dear Wendy…thank u so very for your very powerful and encouraging message and Prayer…I am so very thankful and glad the Lord brought me here this morning. It’s amazing how God uses others as a stairway to get to us. I cannot Praise God and thank Him enough for the many many times He has come through for me through powerful messages and people to assure me of His faithfulness and love for me. I’m amazed at how God brought me here to be blessed and encouraged at a challenging time, when I’m going through some uncertain times at work. And with my mother who has just come home after spending almost a week in hospital. And now the challenge of me being away from family and my recovering mother, as I work and live in another country. But I am so thankful for God’s assurance through yr message and Prayer. I know God just wanted to further strengthen me by your message and I am so grateful to you for this Wendy. And may I please request you to pray for my mother that our awesome God will restore her back to perfect health. And that I recieve clarity of my job and that God will grant me the job I have been praying for, if it is in His will. As I pray for you Wendy..that God will continue to use to be a blessing to other. And I pray for all the lovely ladies here…that will bless and be with you all always. Blessings in His mighty name.

  41. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to my family in our times of struggle. Help us to recognize the enemy standing before as a defeated foe. We claim victory over his attempts to thwart our spiritual progress. As parents of a wonderful 14 year old young man, give us strength and courage to ‘parent’ him through the challenges set before him within his academic arena. Make Yourself known to him in a mighty way so that he KNOWS You are with him every moment of every day. Speak to his heart and draw him closer to You as he navigates the treacherous waters of 8th grade and begins to set his sights on high school . As parents, we desire to always steer him toward You – El Roi – Our Savior and Lord!

    • AMEN! What a beautiful prayer. We stand in agreement with your prayer today. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your prayer with us.

      Blessings,

      wendy

  42. Kathy Scott says:

    Powerful words of encouragement that made me realize how wonderful our God is. He brings us into His triumph over our enemies. We find victory as we trust in His strength and might. May I look to Him in every difficult situation. I see Him as the one who will bring His comfort and peace, despite the outward negative conditions I face.

  43. This was so on time . I needed to be reminded of whose I am ! Thank you so much Wendy ! With tears in my eyes ! !!! God bless you for your ministry and thank you as well ! !

  44. Melanie Thrasher says:

    Thank you, Wendy, for this timely message. I feel you and God gave it just to me.
    I appreciate you, you are on my gratitude list.
    Blessings,
    Melanie

  45. Susan Mattro says:

    Amen! I am His! Thank you for this wonderful teaching.

  46. Gail Woods says:

    I prayed this prayer today because it said just what my heart has been feeling. Thank you for sharing and reminding of the story of Goliath and others who persevered during hard times. God is my strength when I am weak and my peace when I fear.

  47. Joycelyn I Moore says:

    Hi Wendy! I’m so glad I opened this email today. I know God led me to it. I so needed this reminder. I’m at the mid-point of a 21 day fast and am also going through some financial troubles. I only work two 12-hour shifts a week and that has ended. This portion of our income, although minimal, is greatly needed to pay our monthly bills. God has seen us through many financial pressures in the past and I know he will see us through this one. But sometimes doubt gets in the way. I know that this is one of the devil’s tactics to discourage me. I also believe that God is allowing this trial to test my faith. Daily I’ve been reading the Word and praying to keep My eyes fixed on Him and not my circumstances.

    Your words touched my heart and I know that God used them to touch my heart with joy and hope and renewed trust in Him. Thank you.

  48. Your writing is powerful. Your prayers say what I can not put into words.
    Thank you!

  49. Thank you Wendy. I needed these words today. I did pray this prayer today knowing God heard my plea. I need to constantly remind myself that God is there, always, and I am the one who has stepped away. Again, thank you for sharing God’s truths with us all. Roberta

    • Roberta, so very thankful the Lord brought you to the prayer He laid on my heart and used it to minister to you. I love sharing God’s Words and the prayers He gives me. 🙂

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  50. Oh my friend Wendy. You always know exactly what to write. God uses you in such mighty ways. I’m so grateful He brought me to you, to sit & learn with your teachings. I prayed the prayer speaking over a specific issue I’m working through. Thank you. I love you Wendy.

  51. I not only prayed the prayer, but I printed this off, taped it into my journal and took a highlighter to it–and shared it with others! One person got back to me within minutes of sharing to say she was going to pass it on…One giant I’m facing is finishing my PhD. This is just what I needed to be reminded of! Thank you for sharing!

  52. So many things going on same time, health highest me. Finding out you have BPD at 58 years old and husbands health check ups every 6 months. The devil has really been playing havic each when I have 2 doctors one BPD and the other Fibromylogia and AS lower back fused together. This has truly been a blessing Wendy in reminding me our God is bigger. I also continue to pray for my husband nods salvation. I’m just seeing the light through the tunnel last year after my brother died in 2009 of cancer. Thank you!

  53. This morning I was praying Lord help me to overcome the worries for my country, my health and my family. Show me how to do this Lord. The very next devotion I read was Phil 4:8 the next devotion was yours. Thank you Wendy for being a strong women of God whom I have admired for years.

    God is bigger then my worries and cares. He has fought for me before and He will continue to do so because I am a child of the Living God. I have peace this morning that I have not had in months, Thank You Jesus!

    Blessings and peace MaryG

  54. Dear Wendy,
    This prayer is exactly me’. It brought sweet release to my anguished heart n depleted spirit. It met me at the point of my need. Through your sharing and prayer I am experiencing a renewal of spirit within me. Thank you and God Bless. I request you to kindly continue to pray for me.

    Ate.

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