As you lift your eyes from the path ahead of you, there stands a giant. When all things seem to be going well, a problem seems to rise out of no where to block you from what lies ahead. God’s purpose is that you will move forward into your future. This means that the giant in front of you must fall for God to accomplish His will through your life.
Get Your Heart Ready For Growth
David was a man that God had chosen to lead His people. He had no special characteristics nor was from any family of renown. But he did have a heart that was solely fixed on doing the will of God. This is exactly why David could be chosen for such an amazing task as being king of Israel. He knew that God was the Good Giver and he had a thankful heart towards Him in all the situations he faced. This attitude that David possessed allowed him to be a vessel in which God could show His strength and goodness to Israel. Goliath was the champion of the Philistine army. He would have been a trained warrior from birth whose name would have reverberated throughout the hearts of the Israeli warriors. His attitude was that of pride, which stands directly against the heart of God. Goliath knew his strength, which was justifiably powerful, and flaunted that against all his opponents.
1 Samuel 17:10-11 (KJV) And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
We all face issues in life that are real. Living with God doesn’t mean we will never face problems. Every single person in the world will face difficulties in some area. However, we have the strength of God on our side which is stronger than all the giants in our path. As we experience fear in life, bring that to God in prayer and ask Him to transform you so that you can overcome that challenge. David understood that God was greater than Goliath and promised to be with Him. This allowed David to transform the fear in his heart to that of godly courage. He saw the victory when no one else could see. He saw the way in which God could overcome in a way that people could not. Goliath was still standing there though. He didn’t magically disappear, but David knew the enemy could never stand against God.
God Is With Us Through The Trial
1 Samuel 17:26 (KJV) And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
We are the chosen children of God and have the authority and right to rule this world. We need not bow down to evil and fear. There is always hope and a future with the Holy Spirit living inside of us. God is wanting to partner with us so that we, together with His strength, can bring about the glory of God. However, there will always be whispers and voices around us that don’t see our situation through the lens of God.
1 Samuel 17:28 (KJV) 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.
David was only a shepherd boy at that time. He had no track record of victory. He hadn’t had military training which would have allowed him to stand toe-to-toe against their champion. But David knew that he was going to be victorious because of the character and promise of God. We cannot go blindly into every life situation and think that we will win, for that would not be listening to the wisdom of God in our lives. However, there are times and moments when God wants to accomplish something specific within our lives. As we hold onto this calling from God, we know that we cannot fail as long as we follow Him. David knew that he was chosen for his specific task and would not let anyone or anything take that away from him.
1 Samuel 17:32-33 (KJV) And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
God Wants To Gift You With New Skills
If you are chosen for a task, God will be there for you so that you can see it through. Jesus has died on the cross so that we could be filled with the Holy Spirit. God will never give up on us as long as we continue to move forward through the challenges that we face in His name. Our victory does not become our own, but rather it is God’s victory through our life. This was the heart of David which is exactly why he could become victorious. The outcome didn’t rely on his ability, but on God’s ability.
1 Samuel 17:34-37 (KJV) But David persisted. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 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. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
David also had confidence because throughout all his previous challenges, God had been there with him and is building upon the skills he has gained. God wants nothing in your past to be wasted. His desire is to orchestrate your past experiences into your future victories. David didn’t know that he was going to defeat an enemy champion when he was protecting his sheep against animals. But all those experiences strengthened him and showed him the character of God as he relied on His power.
The giant in your path can fall. God is positioning you in a place where you can strengthen yourself so that you can overcome the obstacle to your future. God is going to use your past experiences to help you gain something new today so that you can defeat the enemy in your life. Fear will be defeated. Mistrust will go. God is getting you even stronger so that you can do even more than you imagined.
10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
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