“And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. . . And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.” I Samuel 17:38-39b
As soon as David said he would fight Goliath, there were those who wanted to tell him HOW.
You will never lack for people who have an opinion on hoW you should live your life; but no matter how well intentioned they are and how good their advice is, YOU cannot walk in THEIR shoes. Nor can you live by THEIR faith. God’s supernatural answers will come by faith. . . YOUR faith!
Even if you have only a slingshot’s worth of faith, God wants to work in you. He wants your faith to GROW. Faith grows through use and exercise.
Your faith is PROVEN through experience. I)avid had “proved” his slingshot on the lion and the bear. . . God empowered it to work on the giant.
You may think you have a SMALL amount of faith, but remember. . . you have a BIG GOD! Pray your own prayer, make your own confession, reach for your own armour, take on that “shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16), and God will empower it!
“Omnipotent Father, I know You have a suit of armour tailor-made for me. I will put on the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and then trust Your power to overcome giants. Amen.”
“David said moreover, 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… .“ I Samuel 17:37a
David had never faced a giant before. However, he had experienced some real victories in the face of danger before, of which he testified publicly.
Sometimes, in the turmoil of today’s crisis, you may forget the many times that God has come through for you in the past. Instead of trusting your loving Father, you may find yourself complaining or speaking words of doubt. Stop it! Stop prophesying failure and begin to believe that God will bring the victory again!
Revelation 12:11a says: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony. . . .“ The enemy will battle with you in your mind and can be defeated only when you begin to SPEAK. There is something supernatural about the WORD of your TESTIMONY!
In the wilderness, Jesus combated the devil by SPEAKING the Word. “It is written. . . ,“ he said, at three different times, followed by quoted Scriptures. (See Luke 4.) He did not merely THINK on the Word; He SPOKE it.
You can do the same today!
“Father, thank You for giving me my very own personalized testimony with which I can speak of Your faithfulness and goodness to the world around me. Amen.
“And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” I Samuel 17:32
Giant problems exert a tremendous controlling force upon your life. They keep you from becoming all you are capable of becoming in God’s kingdom. They keep you from experiencing the JOY God wants you to have.
This giant Goliath had been insulting the armies of Israel twice a day for forty days before little David came on the scene. Perhaps others had THOUGHT about challenging the giant, but no one SPOKE UP. . . except David.
David put his MOUTH where his FAITH was. He began to tell others, “I can do it!” He committed himself and put God to task by telling others of his intentions to fight the giant.
If you are battling a giant HABIT or DEPRESSION today, reveal your intentions to overcome it. Tell your spouse or Christian friend. Reach out for the help and accountability of the body of Christ. . . do not try to do it alone.
Romans 10:10 says: “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation.” (Emphasis supplied.)
“Precious heavenly Father, grant me the boldness I need to openly proclaim my intentions to overcome the giants in my life. Thank You for Your promise of VICTORY! In Jesus’ Name, amen.”
“And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? And with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.” I Samuel 17:28
David was a shepherd boy, not a giant killer. Everyone knew that, especially his brothers, and they were obliged to remind him of his lack of qualification. They even suggested that David was acting in pride.
David rejected the negative. Verse :30: “. . : he turned from him toward another. . . . ” He turned away from his negative brother and kept moving toward the battle.
This world is a negative place. From childhood people are indoctrinated with the negative. Nursery rhymes, such as Jack and Jill, Humpty-Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Rock-A-Bye Baby, all end in failure and distress.
God’s Word exhorts you to pull down those negative strongholds that bombard your THOUGHTS and IMAGINATIONS (See II Corinthians 10:4-5.), to not conform to the world’s pattern of behavior, but to be ‘TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a) (Emphasis supplied.)
“Father, at times I need to turn a deaf ear to people with negative attitudes. In the Name of Jesus, I pull down old strongholds gripping my thoughts. Please renew my mind today. Amen.”
“And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israelis he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.” I Samuel 17:25
There stood the entire Israeli army, day after day, listening to the insults hurled from the ungodly lips of the great giant, Goliath. Paralyzed with fear, none of Saul’s trained fighting men had the courage to accept the challenge and fight Goliath. Then a little shepherd boy named David came on the scene and asked, “Is there not a cause?” (I Samuel 17:29b)
What did David have that motivated him to ACTION? In a word, David had a CAUSE . . . a grounds for action a reason for doing something. He saw the spiritual warfare beneath the external problem, and it angered him enough to step out and trust GOD to give the victory!
Discover the CAUSE that will motivate you to take the first step in resisting the enemy to overcome your problem. It may be the FEAR OF GOD or LOVE OF FAMILY that motivates you. Without a CAUSE, you have a BE-CAUSE . . . a poor excuse.
Do not tolerate that giant in your life. There is good CAUSE to approach him boldly with confidence in God!
“Father, I am tired of facing these giants in my life that are getting in the way of my progress toward effectively performing Your will. Help me to overcome them. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”
“But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” Mark 10:30
It was what God called an evil report of GIANTS that kept Israel out of the land of promise (Numbers 13). It is still GIANTS that keep Christians from receiving the promises of God in their lives.
SPIRITUAL GIANTS are big, obvious problems. If you RUN FROM them or learn to TOLERATE them, therein lies the problem. You will never CHANGE what you RUN FROM or TOLERATE!
It has always been God’s plan for His people to challenge and overcome the GIANTS. God’s land of promise must be cleared of GIANTS. Along with the hundredfold blessings mentioned in Mark 10:30, note the word “persecutions”! This life is not heaven . . . just the land of promise. . . and there are GIANTS that must be overcome.
GIANTS of lingering illness, habit, secret sin, fear, doubt, insecurity, disappointment, discouragement, bitterness, stress, financial pressure.. . ALL OF THESE MUST GO! Believe for it. . . face up to it . . do not tolerate it. Attack and overcome the GIANTS in your land with the good report of the Word of God! IT WORKS!
“Father, I refuse to run from or tolerate the attacks of the enemy any longer. Let faith and hope in Your promises spring forth in my life to defeat my GIANTS. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” I Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Resurrection only comes through death, and the Spirit of God grows as the flesh is brought under subjection. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might he destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7)
Since the death and resurrection of Jesus nearly 2000 years ago, mankind has been able to experience that same RESURRECTION POWER of the risen Christ. HOW? Through a “born-again” experience, when Jesus puts within you His Spirit. “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. (Romans 6:8)
Your mortal body now is alive. . . alive to the reason that God put you on earth. You are alive to give praise, honor, and glory to Him. You are alive to the needs of others around you. You become a better citizen in the community.
Continue to recognize that Jesus’ RESURRECTION POWER is in your life today and be thankful. Demonstrate the power of the resurrected Christ in WORD and DEED.
“Omnipotent Father, help me grasp the full magnitude of what it means to experience Your RESURRECTION POWER Let my life be a testimony of You. Amen.”