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“David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him’. Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth’. But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine’. Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you’.”
David declares himself to be a servant of Saul…much in the same way he described his father Jesse later in the narrative. David simply puts himself before Saul and states, “I am your servant.”
He also decided to recount the event of taking the lamb from the lion’s mouth . . the very lion that rose against him again. Sometimes your enemies look dead and defeated . . but they come back. David had the anointing both times to destroy the enemy. But the second time the enemy came against him he had a greater anointing . . destroy him with his very hands.
Specific enemies will often come back in your life. Sometimes you have to outlast them. Other times you have to let the grace of God carry you through situations. Regardless of the course of the battle, one thing is for sure, David is humbly yet confidently certain of the outcome of his battle with Goliath.
“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
King Saul does not get an earful of “I’ll show you how it’s done” . . instead he gets a heart full of “God will show up”. How did David get to that place?
Giant killers must know that not everyone believes in you. Saul, who is the king of Israel, said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”
Men and women who seek great victories on God’s terms for God’s glory will inevitably be confronted by the “you are not able” crowd . . or criticized by them behind backs and closed doors. Your boldness . . your audacity will expose their nominal, fear-filled faith. However, doubt-free faith-filled declarations of trust in the sovereign God must be prepared to dismiss the “you are not able” speech.
This shepherd boy is so full of God that not even the most influential man in the nation can swing his ability to believe God to deliver him out of this situation. Not everyone is going to believe that you’re able to do the things that God has called you to do. . . not everyone will be rooting for you . . some will even be rooting against you (sometimes for no other reason than it simply wasn’t their idea, at their time, in their limelight) . . and you need to be prepared to accept that while not acquiescing to their negativity.
The enemy wants to tell you you’re not God’s chosen . . you’re not God’s child . . you’re not God’s favorite . . God has no plans for you. After all, you’re all alone, far from the critic’s corner. Everyone will not believe in you.
I’m not sure that David understood whether or not he was really going to kill this giant, but I know that he believed he could. And I know that he believed that he was going to do it. David believed in himself and in the God that was leading him.
When you connect to God, through first-place-faith in Jesus Christ, He’ll put a belief in you that is undeniable, unshakable, immovable . . a faith that is able to dismiss all the disbelieving voices at the most critical of defining moments in your life.
That same belief will defeat every enemy and will cause you to believe in yourself even when your circumstances do not add up.
You have to believe in you and believe that if God said it, He will bring it to pass. God believes in you and He believes in your dream, your calling and your future .
Giant killers rehearse past victories to empower present challenges. Check out verse thirty-four . .
“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’.”
David rehearses personal past victories to gain present power in the situation that he is facing. That’s why every challenge God allowed was and is so important in your life. God allows those challenges is so that He can prepare and strengthen you for the next challenge.
Now think about it for a minute, that’s not fun to sign up for, but it’s true. God’s life in you is about you living your life for Him, bringing Him glory and bringing Him honor. The way that you live victoriously is that you learn how to conquer enemies and kill giants. When the giant that is in front of you is dead and defeated . . you move on more prepared to face another giant, never forgetful of God’s faithfulness to show Himself mighty.
The Enemies Within
To move forward in God’s will means every season in your life is a new opportunity to defeat enemies . . regardless of where you go. Have you already discovered that the biggest enemies are not out there? The biggest enemies are inside us. You have to conquer your fear and all the things inside of you before you’re able conquer those things that are coming against you.
The greatest giant you will ever encounter is your own mind. I looked up the word “re” . . you know what I’m talking about . . “re” . . including how it is used in the word “rehearse”. I know “re” is not a word. It’s just a prefix, but it has a definition . . it literally means a second time”. How many times have we had to remind ourselves a second time that God would do again what He has already promised and performed?
Our minds can become suffocated by present fears, present obstacles and enemies. We have to rehearse God’s faithfulness. We have to remind ourselves about God’s power. We have to review God’s principles. We have to remember God’s promises.
We have to rebuke the devil. We have to reverse the curse. We have to repeatedly subject our lives and our emotions to the Word of God.
When you regard the Word as the sole authority over your life, your emotions, your fears . . it will discipline your spirit and enable you to walk in God’s power, exhibiting all the fruit of the Spirit. It’s easy to get caught up in circumstances and emotions and start living your life in the carnal realm. This world is not going to make sense, offer peace or ever point you to God’s Word.
If you never learn to be God-centered and principle-focused from the Word of God, you will be up and down like a Ferris wheel. Even more critical, you will be horribly ill-prepared for the greatest tests . .the days that contain life-altering, soul-shaping defining moments.
Many believe in the God of history and the God of prophesy . . but somehow never recognize Him as the God of the NOW.
He is the God of the Now. Say yes to the greatest challenge facing you and watch God annihilate your enemies!!!