Remember your spiritual victories

There's present healing power in recalling how God's love has rescued us in times past.

People of all faiths rejoice in answered prayer. Tangible, convincing evidence of God's nearness and power, brought about by an understanding of God, produces inspiring memories. Even more valuable, healing proofs provide a foundation for ongoing spiritual progress.

The Old Testament's David, whose poetry of thanksgiving and praise to God has enriched the lives of countless multitudes, had a deep respect for his early victories, brought about through prayer and confidence in God. In one of his own verses in Psalms he writes, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God."

On one occasion when the Israelites faced the Philistine giant Goliath, young David asked King Saul for permission to meet in battle with this aggressor. He obviously gained new courage from remembering earlier successes, when he had defended his sheep from attack, because David concluded his plea to the king in these words: "The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." The record shows that there followed a swift and magnificent triumph.

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Second Thought
September 23, 1991

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