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In The Valley of the Brave

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 23:20-23 (NIV)

«Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors. He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.»

Reflection:
We learn about the incredible exploits of Benaiah, a valiant warrior who performed great feats of courage and strength. His story is not just about physical bravery but also about spiritual fortitude and divine empowerment. Benaiah’s name means «the Lord has built,» signifying that his strength and courage were not of his own making but were constructed by God.

Key Points:

  1. Divine Preparation:
    Benaiah’s courage and strength were a result of divine preparation. Just as Benaiah was equipped by God to face his challenges, we too are being prepared by God for the battles we will face. The Lord is building something special within us, equipping us with the necessary resources and strength to overcome our adversities.
  2. Facing the Impossible:
    Benaiah did not run from the lion; he pursued it. This act of chasing a lion into a pit on a snowy day symbolizes facing our fears and challenges head-on. It teaches us that with God’s anointing, we can confront and conquer what seems impossible.
  3. Spiritual Aggressiveness:
    The preaching emphasized the need for spiritual aggressiveness. We are called to be bold and courageous in our faith, not allowing fear or doubt to hold us back. Just as Benaiah was aggressive in his pursuit of the lion, we must be aggressive in pursuing God’s purpose for our lives.
  4. God’s Empowerment:
    Benaiah’s victories were not due to his own abilities but because of God’s empowerment. Similarly, our victories come from the Holy Spirit working within us. We carry not just something but Someone—the Holy Spirit—who empowers us to achieve what we cannot do on our own.
  5. Eternal Impact:
    Our actions and decisions have an eternal impact. Benaiah’s legacy was one of honor and valor, and our legacy can be one of faith and obedience to God. Our faithfulness today can influence generations to come.

Action Steps:

  1. Identify Your Lion:
    Reflect on the challenges or fears you are currently facing. What is the «lion» in your life that you need to confront?
  2. Seek God’s Empowerment:
    Spend time in prayer and the Word, asking God to equip you with the strength and courage you need. Remember that it is through His Spirit that you are empowered.
  3. Take Bold Steps:
    Just as Benaiah pursued the lion, take bold steps towards overcoming your challenges. Trust that God is with you and will guide you.
  4. Encourage Others:
    Share the story of Benaiah with someone who may be facing their own «lion.» Encourage them with the truth that God is building something special within them and will empower them to overcome.
  5. Celebrate Victories:
    Acknowledge and celebrate the victories God gives you, no matter how small they may seem. Each victory is a testament to God’s faithfulness and empowerment in your life.

Assistant Pastor, Rosy Castillo

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