GOLIATH!!!

Goliath stood over 9ft tall!  Talk about intimidation.  In the eyes of the Israelites, he was undefeatable.

1 Samuel 17: 8-11 Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

What is your perspective when it comes to the Goliath’s in your life?  Are the giants undefeatable or are you of the thinking that the bigger they are the harder they fall!?!

David prepared numerous times before he actually faced GOLIATH.

1 Samuel 17:34-36 But David persisted.  “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.

What giant is taunting you? Is it health? Is it finances? Is it marriage? Is it children? Is it your job?  What is mocking, belittling, heckling, tormenting the child of the Most High God. If you recap your life, you will find you have faced similar circumstances before and come out of them alive. You may have bumps and bruises to prove it, but you have lived to tell the tale another day. These trials all have been to prepare you for this moment. This is the moment your training kicks in. This is the moment you either fight or flee. This is the moment you either believe who you have been created to be or you don’t. This is the moment you trust the Lord your God. What are you professing over your giant? Do you say to yourself there is no way you can beat it or I have the victory? If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can tell this mountain be thou now removed. David was prepared.

1 Samuel 17:32, 36-37 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

Trust your instincts
– He had to believe that what the Lord had placed inside of him is already enough.

Wear your own armor
-He decided that the armor that everyone else wore was too cumbersome. You have to be your most authentic self.

Throw the stone
– Do you strategically chop it down piece by piece or do you face it head on?  This particular giant, David chose to take down in one fail swoop.

Trust your arm
– You have trained for this very moment. Don’t freeze up! David did not hesitate when his time came.

He is the same God yesterday today and forever! The same God who gave you victory over the last giant will certainly be the God that gives you the strength to slay this one. Check his track record!  He will Never leave you nor forsake you!

Prayer

Merciful and Gracious Father, help us to slay the giants of life strategically and with precision.  Help us to lean into your strength and wisdom.  Help us to do it with grace and without giving into the scare tactics of the enemy.  In Jesus’s Holy and righteous name Amen!

 

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