Show Some “Spunk” … Some Godly “Attitude!”

I LIKE CHRISTIANS WHO EXHIBIT SOME “SPIRITUAL SPUNK” – SOME “GODLY GUSTO” – SOME “ANOINTED ATTITUDE”!! 

Now I know there is a risk… It’s incredibly easy to slip out of the spiritual and godly into the self-serving and carnal. 

I’m a farm boy and we were around horses a lot… I’ll take a horse any day with a bit of “spirit” over one that you had to spur and give a whip to go anywhere.  If you’ve got a good cutting horse there are times you really don’t know if the horse is “in charge” or the “rider” (in fact it’s a marvel and delight to watch one work in a herd of cattle).

I think young David, in the Goliath story, exhibited a bit of “Spiritual spunk” – “Godly gusto” – and “anointed attitude” …  See what you think…

When David heard Goliath taunt the armies of Israel this was his response… “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine the he should defy the armies of the Living God?!”

After volunteering to fight this frightening, intimidating champion of the Philistines (and having his motives challenged and being “put down” by his brother, Eliab), he responded, “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like on 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!”

When Goliath ridiculed David’s audacity to challenge him, “David said to the Philistine, ‘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.’”

“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.  So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”  (All of this from 1 Samuel 17 … you ought to read it for yourself today!)

Gotta tell you… I like that kind of spunk!  I like that kind of faith!  And I like the fact that David’s personal ego did not get in the way of honoring God for the victory!  His overarching concern was the honor and reputation of the Lord.  GOD GIVE US MORE PEOPLE WITH “SPIRITUAL SPUNK” – “GODLY GUSTO” AND “ANOINTED ATTITUDE”!!  (I want to be that kind of person!)

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