Women of a New Season: A mere field of lentils

II Samuel 23: 11-12: And after him, (Eleazar), was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite.  The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils.  So, the people fled from the Philistines. But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines.  So the Lord brought about a great victory.

Every year the same thing occurred over and over, the Philistines would plunder the crops.  David’s mighty warrior Shammah decided that enough was enough.  He stood his ground, kept the crops and wrought a great victory.

You should read this chapter for yourself because it is full of faith growing happenings and bravery. But suffice to say, this warrior had had enough.

When my husband and I were new Christians, we wanted so badly to be worthy of God.  Naturally we fell short very frequently. We were learning to pray for healing for others and it was exciting to see things happen.  Each year around the first of May, our youngest daughter, still a very little girl, would come down with pneumonia.  Our whole family, including Chuck and I, would say, “Well, May is coming up, Gina will probably go to the hospital with pneumonia again. And so, she did.

So that year, our pastor, a great man of faith, came to the hospital and prayed with her.  He told us to quit claiming the pneumonia for her each year.  “Take a stand with me,” he said, “and this will be the last year she has this problem.”

We had hungry hearts for God, so we weren’t angry or upset with his scolding.  Instead, we decided he was right, and like Shammah, we said, “enough is enough.” She never had pneumonia again.

It was a mighty lesson learned.  You have to learn to take a stand, even when it looks, hopeless, even when it makes you unpopular.

There are many of you reading this who are suffering from the devil coming back time and again, stealing your victory, your health, your relationship with your spouse, your money and your peace. It may seem like it isn’t worth much to fight, but fight you must.

Those lentils could feed thousands. Your money along with the money of others can do the same.  Your health is vital to a happy and productive life.  Your marriage can actually be blissful right here, and right now. You deserve the victory because you are a child of God.  God will fight for you, as he did for Shammah, giving him the strength to battle the enemy.

I promise you that if you’ll do your best to stand against the wiles of the enemy, you will receive victory.  Don’t take my word for it, instead read this last verse.  Until next time!

Romans 8: 28: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.


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