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“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.” – 1 Samuel 17:8-10
And this is the key verse . . .
…”On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” – 1 Samuel 17:11
While human fear was writing the headlines before the battle even began, David was only interested in God’s report and guidance.
What the crowd heard affected them with fear and dismay. In other words, they allowed what they heard to release a spirit of fear inside of them. They were listening to the wrong source. They were not walking by faith, but by sight.
When David arrives on the scene Goliath makes yet another one of his numerous appearances. He’s standing on the hillside. He’s berating the army of God. He’s challenging. Meanwhile, Saul has lost his anointing and is paralyzed in fear of this enemy.
So who will confront this enemy? It will require a man of courage and a man with the anointing of God. We must have more anointing now than we’ve ever had before.
“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.”
Questions we must answer
Allow me ask you a question. What are you hearing? Many times are problems are strengthened due to what were listening to.
What are you hearing will define your life at the most crucial of times. God’s desire is for you to build yourself up, to have ears to hear His Word and to face your giants.
David heard Goliath’s words and did not believe those words. He heard the voice of negativity, lack, lies, and intimidation and never balked. He could have been like everybody else, seeing the giant, hearing the giant, absorbing and repeating words, but David had his own source of faith. He believed God!
You and only you are in charge of your own destiny . . nobody else is responsible. God allows enemies to play a provoking role in your life. God allows challenges so He can shape you into the man and woman of God that He’s designed you to be. He is eager to display His glory, His splendor, and His power through you.
If you are cringing and retreating in the face of giants, God is telling you today that you can become stronger, that you can rise up and defeat your enemies.
“And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why did you come? And with whom did you kleave the few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride, and the naughtiness of your heart; for you have come down to see the battle.
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.” – 1 Samuel 17:25-31
The next thing that David does is…
give his life entirely for God’s purpose. Unlike David, we often live too much for ourselves. When David’s brother, Eliab accuses him of pride and arrogance David responds by saying, “Is there not a cause?” In other words, David is saying that there is a reason “I’m here.” David willingly took on God’s cause.
David took on this cause because he saw the cause as a God’s call over his life. David arrived at this battlefield not knowing the circumstances. His Father, Jesse sent him to deliver a package to his brother who were soldiers in Saul’s army. We do not know if he knew the status of the battle with the Philistines, but I can tell you that when he saw there was a cause he realized it was his assignment.
David was willing to take on a battle that wasn’t his.
I think the church must be willing to take on the battles facing this generation.