Moments in the life of a Pastor

Walking with God

26 Alone with God Facing the Giant Part II

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1 Samuel 17:33-51

33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” 34 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, 35 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. 36 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! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” 38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine. 41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. 45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 51 Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.

While the rest of the army was cowering in fear, David stepped forward to face the battle  As you get ready to face your giant, there are some things David teaches us that you need to remember.

  • Ignore the doubts expressed by the faithless around you. 17:33.

“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win!

Saul expresses his doubts and fears. People will tell you, “Just quit, It’s impossible, you will never win you’ll never get that ministry off the ground, you will never conquer that addiction. Satan loves to whisper those doubts in our ears and he will use others in the army to spread doubt! The question becomes, who are you going to listen to? What has God told you, do you believe Him?

  • Remember what God has done in your past” 17:34-37

The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!

David’s story concerned a lion and a bear trying to steal some sheep out of his flock, but when they attacked, God delivered both beasts into his hand. What David is reminding us to do here is to remember that the same God who has answered prayers before, who parted a sea, who stopped the sun from setting, who raised the dead, who provided a ram caught in the thicket, who has done all these things–HE IS STILL GOD! Just because your situation has changed doesn’t mean He has! David remembers his God story, do you remember yours?

  • Don’t fight your battles in other people’s armor. 17:38-39

“Then Saul gave David his own armor…..I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul.”

God will provide us with what we need, too often people have a little success and they try to dress you up in what they used. The problem in the church is that we spend more time reading other’s books about how they did it than God’s book on how to do it. Its ok to read how everyone else has done it and principles are fine but when we try to duplicate them piece for piece we find they don’t fit, often it’s not a one size fits all. The battle that David was about to fight was one where he needed speed and mobility, not the protection of armor. He was fighting an offensive battle not a defensive one, a fight where he brought the battle to the enemy.  Goliath had been taunting them for 40 days, this was not a time for cautious defensive posturing in heavy armor, it was time to bring it! We are called to fight the good fight and we are called to do it wearing God’s armor.

  • Act boldly in the face of intimidating circumstances. 17:43-48

48 “As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.”

When everything has been believed, the doubters dismissed, his God story remembered, the time came to act. Everything that had been shared up to this point is meaningless if it is not acted upon, Goliath must be faced, he must be confronted. Whether your Goliath is a present dilemma or pain carried over from your past, it is time to face it. There is a time to speak truth and there is a time to act on that truth, David didn’t just talk about courage and faith, he acted on it.

  • Remember whose battle it really is. 17:46-47

“Today the Lord will conquer you….This is the Lord’s battle”

We need to run out to face the enemy but we need to make sure that we don’t run ahead of God in the process. We do not fight the battle in our own strength but His. Many times we start out in His strength but somewhere on the way to the battlefield we try to take over. Are you ready to do battle? Is it time to face the giant in your life?  Are you running ahead of God? Maybe it’s time to get alone with God.

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