God’s protection and power!

After securing the promise of God’s blessing in 2 Samuel 5:19, David marched against the Philistines who had gathered for battle in the Valley of Rephaim, only three or four miles southwest of Jerusalem, and there he administered to them a resounding defeat. 

Ironically the Philistines abandoned their idols to the Israelites as Israel, in Samuel’s early days, had surrendered the ark of the covenant, the token of God’s presence, to the Philistines (1 Samuel 4:11).

But the Philistines rallied and came up to Rephaim again (2 Samuel 5:22). This time the divine strategy was different. Israel circled behind the Philistines and when they heard a marching-like rustle in the balsam trees they attacked and drove the Philistines from Gibeon. All could see the evidence of God’s protection and power on David and his kingdom.

By | 2018-09-09T16:36:02-05:00 September 13th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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