Giants don’t win every battle.
You are in charge of your own destiny. Nobody else is responsible for how your life turns out. So what role do 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 designed us to be.
We are giant killers. God is eager to display His glory, His splendor, and His power through us. Maybe liker David some giants showed up in your 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.”
Behind the scenes. King Saul and Israel are lined up to do battle with the Philistines. The Philistines have chosen a great warrior to represent them in the battle. King Saul is crippled with fear.
DAVID THE SHEPHERD BOY
David arrives on the scene as Goliath is berating the Israeli army.
“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.”
Goliath’s words enrage David. The words of the giant infuse David. He never allows the enemy to intimidate him. David believes God will help him take Goliath down.
Can you believe that God can defeat your greatest enemy?
Can you believe your giants can be defeated?
Goliath’s words sparked fear in King Saul. No one in the army stepped up to fight Goliath. Did they allow the words of Goliath to steal their faith?
Yes, they did.
Be careful what you hear.
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 former 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 small boy with a big heart.
Here are your keys to defeating your giant:
- 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 an experience.
- Never think God is not enough.
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