You and only you are in charge of your own destiny. Nobody else is responsible for how your life turns out. So what role does challenges play in our life? God allows challenges in our life so He can shape us into the men and women of God that He has designed us to be.
He is eager to display His glory, His splendor, and His power through us. If you are in a season where giants have showed up in your life then maybe this post can help. Because we are going to look at a young boy who did some incredible things when giants showed up in his life.
Let’s catch up on the narrative.
1 Samuel 17:8-10
“Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.”
Ok, well let’s share a little about what’s happening behind the scenes. King Saul and Israel are lined up to do battle with the Philistines but they have chosen to allow a great warrior to represent them in the battle. King Saul is back on his heels because he does not believe that himself on any in his army can defeat this giant.
DAVID THE SHEPHERD BOY SHOWS UP
David arrives on the scene as Goliath makes yet another one of his numerous appearances. He’s standing on the hillside. He’s berating the army of God.
“As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.”
David heard Goliath’s words but David is only enraged by words of this enemy. David is different from the soldiers. He hears the words of the giant but is unmoved and unafraid. He never allows the enemy to intimidate him. He could have been like everybody else, seeing the giant, hearing the giant, absorbing and repeating words, but David has a different source of faith. He believes His God can defeat this enemy.
Can you believe that God can defeat your greatest enemy?
Can you believe that your giants can be defeated?
QUESTIONS WE MUST ANSWER
Allow me ask you a question. What are you hearing? Many times are problems are strengthened due to what were listening to.
What the army heard from Goliath the Champion released fear in their lives. They were crippled to act and had no faith to engage their enemy. Like many of us, they were listening to the wrong voice that opened the door for fear and doubt to enter their hearts.
It is true that what we hear will define us at the crucial of times.
This is why we must know who we are in Christ. When you know who you are in Christ, you know what to do and what not to do. A little shepherd named David knew his God given identity, and personally knew a God who defeats giants. David was not trained in battle, but he did have some experience in seeing God defeat some former formidable enemies.
I Samuel 17:34-38
But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
David was a little boy with a big heart and certainly a heart filled with faith in God.
Here are a few keys from this passage of scripture to use in defeating your own giants:
- Never listen to the wrong voice.
- Never believe you are like everybody else.
- Never fail to use your faith to defeat your enemies.
- Never fail to turn your experiences into experience
- Never think God is not enough.