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‘For we walk by faith, not by sight.’ 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

Jesus said: ‘I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of Me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world.’ (John 16:33 CEV) Life keeps handing us problems that test our faith. How do you know how much weight a bridge can handle? By testing it.

Daniel’s success made him a target. Knowing he prayed regularly, his enemies persuaded King Darius that all prayers should be made to him as the king. Yet Daniel kept praying each day—in front of an open window, no less. When the king heard about it, he threw Daniel into a lions’ den. But God turned the tables. The next morning when Daniel came out, his enemies were thrown in. Then the king announced, ‘Daniel’s God… is the living God.’ (Daniel 6:26 CEV)

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the king’s idols. Even when they were warned to bow or burn, they said, ‘God… is able to deliver us… But if not… we will not serve your gods.’ (Daniel 3:17–18 ESV) And because they walked by faith, God delivered and promoted them.

Facing Goliath, David refused to wear the king’s armour. He said, ‘I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them.’ (1 Samuel 17:39 KJV) So what did he go with? ‘The name of the Lord’ (1 Samuel 17:45 KJV), and the rest is history.

The chances are you will never find yourself in a lions’ den, a fiery furnace, or facing a giant, though some days it will feel like it. But when you’re under attack:

(1) pray and claim God’s power

(2) walk by faith, and

(3) go in ‘the name of the Lord.’

SoulFood: Isa 61:1–9 Luke 4:16–30

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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