Are you facing hefty trials right now? Does it seem that your world has turned black and that there is no hope? Do you feel that God may have abandoned you and left you to your own devices? There is great news! The story of David and Goliath will give you principles about how to defeat these “giants” that you are facing right now.
Saul and his army were extremely discouraged. Goliath, who was 9 feet tall, was making a mockery out of Israel’s army. Not a single Israelite would accept his challenge to fight him, and whoever lost, his army would be at the fate of the victor’s army. No one in Israel was courageous or fit enough to win such a battle. It was humanly impossible!
Impossible that is, until David, a young lad, untrained in military devices, came on the scene. When hearing about the challenge, he stood firm and answered this challenge with courage and determination. 1 Sam 17:32 “David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’”
We all know the outcome of the battle. David was victorious and defeated the giant. You can too! Here are 7 principles that will help you defeat the giants in your life.
1. Don’t be scared.
1 Sam 17:24 “Then the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.” NIV No one in Israel was able to defeat Goliath, because they were scared! Being scared takes away all your courage and your determination to be victorious.
2. Be objective: look at the real issue at hand.
1 Sam 17:26 “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” NIV No one in Saul’s army recognized the real issue at hand: the Philistines were intimidating the Israelites by showing them how much more powerful they were compared to the Israelites. The God of Israel’s reputation was at hand!
3. Have confidence in the power of our living God.
When confronted by King Saul about his young age, David replied confidently: 1 Sam 17:37 “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” NIV Being confident in oneself will eventually lead to defeat. But relying in God for deliverance assures you of victory!
4. Don’t pretend to be someone you are not.
1 Sam 17:38-40 “Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off.” NIV
Saul wanted David to be clad like a soldier. He was under the impression that no one but a soldier could defeat that giant. If David had tried to please his king by wearing that armor, he would have been trying to be someone he was not, and he would have lost the battle! Don’t try to please others. It will make you even more vulnerable!
5. Defend God’s name.
1 Sam 17:45 “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.’” Don’t let yourself, a child of God, be depressed by circumstances. Jesus promised in Matt 28:20: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” NIV Stand on this promise and tell the liar (Satan) that you are more than victorious by the power of the Lamb!
6. Have always an eternal objective in sight.
1 Sam 17:46-47 “This day the LORD will hand you over to me, … and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” NIV How can we feel defeated when we keep our eyes on Jesus, knowing full well the outcome of our life.
7. Acknowledge that your battles are the Lord’s.
1 Sam 17:47 “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” NIV Don’t trust in human devices for personal and/or national security. Only by putting your trust in the Lord, will you experience victory in your life.
What are you waiting for? The challenge stands in front of you. That giants of depression, trials, and discouragement are challenging you. Will you flee and be defeated, or will you stand firm, victorious in the Lord? The choice is yours my friend.
In His love,
Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org