Read 1 Samuel Chapter 17 (see whole text below)
As I read about the story of Goliath, what stuck me is the taunting that this giant did against the people of Israel. I am also reminded of God’s word that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places and principalities. I believed the voice of Goliath spread a spirit of fear morning and night when he boomed his challenge against the people of Israel. Saul, the King was fearful of facing this apparently large in stature foe. Even though Saul was King, he abdicated his responsibility to step up and represent a strong and powerful army on behalf of the kingdom he represented. Why did Saul not fight? He was scared! He let the voice of the enemy cause him to doubt his ability to lead an army into battle to win. He allowed his mind to dwell on what looked scary – a giant in the midst – or a booming voice that kept challenging everyone who heard him that He wanted a challenger to take a stance. No one would take a stance because they all became disillusioned and dismayed by what they heard and saw. No one until David stepped up and said he would. David did not focus on this loud mouth bully, but he recollected how God was his strength, protector, and deliverer. David remembered how in his lifetime he had a testimony of winning against challenges like a lion who tried to kill the sheep he was tasked to guard. David knew if God was for him then how could anyone else stand before him.
Matter of fact, David was so confident in God’s ability to fight on his behalf against Goliath that he didn’t even take Saul’s armor to protect him. David used what he was familiar with and that being stones, a staff, and slingshot. When we are faced with mental challenges or even personal attacks; we need to remember how we made it through previously. God always makes a way of escape for us. This does not mean we are to cower in fear; but we can walk confidently in any situation and say mountain move out of my way. The interesting point to this story that I keep dwelling upon was that the head of the bully was shot down by a stone’s throw bullet. That is what we must meditate upon that when a landslide of negative words or even evil intentions try to come against us; pray that the head of that bully be cut down. The principle that try to defeat us as believers in God will never prevail because don’t get it twisted – Be not deceived GOD is NOT MOCKED! God’s people will never be put to shame when we trust in His ability to fight our battles for us. We don’t need much fancy gear to protect us and we certainly don’t need the back up from the cowards who sometimes lurk in our environment to aid us; like Saul was one who walked in fear. We need to be blessed by the anointing of The Holy Spirit. We need God’s power to dispel every ounce of darkness from our environment. God will give us wisdom to stand firm in faith against any seemingly large problem and win. The very nature of the beast, the mouth of the naysayer, the gigantic problem standing in our path to ultimate peace, victory, and progress will be cut down.
Just throw the stone of God’s truth towards that principle player who is trying to cause fear, stagnation, and defeat. God says trust in Him with all of our heart and lean not onto our own understanding because He directs our path. God fights our battles. God delivers us every time from the one who stands before us causing a problem. We may be an unlikely challenger to the giant in our midst we may appear to others as weak and not qualified; but when God blesses us and anoints us to go before our enemies; we can be confident that victory is definitely ours. Not only will we defeat the Goliath in our home, job, territory, and life; we will also have a testimony of how that head was cut off and the enemy’s mouth shut down. No more taunts will we hear. No more morning, noon, and night of negative messaging against us. Peace God leaves us. God is able to bring a peace that surpasses our own understanding on a matter. So, I ask you – ARE YOU READY TO KILL THE GOLIATH IN YOUR LIFE?
Be strong, courageous, and remember your past victories that God has brought you through. Pick up your 5 stones of grace, mercy and sufficiency that God provides you as the word of truth that you will hurl at the very head of the bully. Stand strong being upheld by the Shepherd’s staff. You are equipped to win with what you possess already in your life. Use your slingshot to decisively, intentionally, and precisely launch your strategic attack right at the very center of reasoning (the temple of that evil mindset) and get your adversary to fall right before you! It is with God that ALL things are possible. No more sickness, no more lack, no more fear, no more financial crisis, no more hunger, no more homelessness, no more isolation, no more abuse, no more crying, no more harm – JUST NO MORE! Time for you to allow the Lord to fight your battles and see the victory right before your eyes and everyone else will be able to witness the miracle from God too.
One more thing, after you come through your personal ordeal; don’t back down from the testimony that God has given you! When people ask who are you and how did you make it through…Let them know my Father empowered me with His word of truth, Jesus as my savior, and The Holy Spirit to guide me into all wisdom. Speak your truth without fear. You are an overcomer and your voice is needed so that others who may be facing their own personal Goliaths can find strength, encouragement, and hope to walk right up to their Goliath with confidence that what God did for you He can do for them too.
1 Samuel 17The Message
17 1-3 The Philistines drew up their troops for battle. They deployed them at Socoh in Judah, and set up camp between Socoh and Azekah at Ephes Dammim. Saul and the Israelites came together, camped at Oak Valley, and spread out their troops in battle readiness for the Philistines. The Philistines were on one hill, the Israelites on the opposing hill, with the valley between them.
4-7 A giant nearly ten feet tall stepped out from the Philistine line into the open, Goliath from Gath. He had a bronze helmet on his head and was dressed in armor—126 pounds of it! He wore bronze shin guards and carried a bronze sword. His spear was like a fence rail—the spear tip alone weighed over fifteen pounds. His shield bearer walked ahead of him.
8-10 Goliath stood there and called out to the Israelite troops, “Why bother using your whole army? Am I not Philistine enough for you? And you’re all committed to Saul, aren’t you? So pick your best fighter and pit him against me. If he gets the upper hand and kills me, the Philistines will all become your slaves. But if I get the upper hand and kill him, you’ll all become our slaves and serve us. I challenge the troops of Israel this day. Give me a man. Let us fight it out together!”
11 When Saul and his troops heard the Philistine’s challenge, they were terrified and lost all hope.
12-15 Enter David. He was the son of Jesse the Ephrathite from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse, the father of eight sons, was himself too old to join Saul’s army. Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to war. The names of the three sons who had joined up with Saul were Eliab, the firstborn; next, Abinadab; and third, Shammah. David was the youngest son. While his three oldest brothers went to war with Saul, David went back and forth from attending to Saul to tending his father’s sheep in Bethlehem.
16 Each morning and evening for forty days, Goliath took his stand and made his speech.
17-19 One day, Jesse told David his son, “Take this sack of cracked wheat and these ten loaves of bread and run them down to your brothers in the camp. And take these ten wedges of cheese to the captain of their division. Check in on your brothers to see whether they are getting along all right, and let me know how they’re doing—Saul and your brothers, and all the Israelites in their war with the Philistines in the Oak Valley.”
20-23 David was up at the crack of dawn and, having arranged for someone to tend his flock, took the food and was on his way just as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the camp just as the army was moving into battle formation, shouting the war cry. Israel and the Philistines moved into position, facing each other, battle-ready. David left his bundles of food in the care of a sentry, ran to the troops who were deployed, and greeted his brothers. While they were talking together, the Philistine champion, Goliath of Gath, stepped out from the front lines of the Philistines, and gave his usual challenge. David heard him.
24-25 The Israelites, to a man, fell back the moment they saw the giant—totally frightened. The talk among the troops was, “Have you ever seen anything like this, this man openly and defiantly challenging Israel? The man who kills the giant will have it made. The king will give him a huge reward, offer his daughter as a bride, and give his entire family a free ride.”
Five Smooth Stones
26 David, who was talking to the men standing around him, asked, “What’s in it for the man who kills that Philistine and gets rid of this ugly blot on Israel’s honor? Who does he think he is, anyway, this uncircumcised Philistine, taunting the armies of God-Alive?”
27 They told him what everyone was saying about what the king would do for the man who killed the Philistine.
28 Eliab, his older brother, heard David fraternizing with the men and lost his temper: “What are you doing here! Why aren’t you minding your own business, tending that scrawny flock of sheep? I know what you’re up to. You’ve come down here to see the sights, hoping for a ringside seat at a bloody battle!”
29-30 “What is it with you?” replied David. “All I did was ask a question.” Ignoring his brother, he turned to someone else, asked the same question, and got the same answer as before.
31 The things David was saying were picked up and reported to Saul. Saul sent for him.
32 “Master,” said David, “don’t give up hope. I’m ready to go and fight this Philistine.”
33 Saul answered David, “You can’t go and fight this Philistine. You’re too young and inexperienced—and he’s been at this fighting business since before you were born.”
34-37 David said, “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. Lion or bear, it made no difference—I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God-Alive. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.”
Saul said, “Go. And God help you!”
38-39 Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge.
David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off.
40 Then David took his shepherd’s staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath.
41-42 As the Philistine paced back and forth, his shield bearer in front of him, he noticed David. He took one look down on him and sneered—a mere boy, apple-cheeked and peach-fuzzed.
43 The Philistine ridiculed David. “Am I a dog that you come after me with a stick?” And he cursed him by his gods.
44 “Come on,” said the Philistine. “I’ll make roadkill of you for the buzzards. I’ll turn you into a tasty morsel for the field mice.”
45-47 David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”
48-49 That roused the Philistine, and he started toward David. David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine. David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt.
50 That’s how David beat the Philistine—with a sling and a stone. He hit him and killed him. No sword for David!
51 Then David ran up to the Philistine and stood over him, pulled the giant’s sword from its sheath, and finished the job by cutting off his head. When the Philistines saw that their great champion was dead, they scattered, running for their lives.
52-54 The men of Israel and Judah were up on their feet, shouting! They chased the Philistines all the way to the outskirts of Gath and the gates of Ekron. Wounded Philistines were strewn along the Shaaraim road all the way to Gath and Ekron. After chasing the Philistines, the Israelites came back and looted their camp. David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem. But the giant’s weapons he placed in his own tent.
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55 When Saul saw David go out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Tell me about this young man’s family.”
Abner said, “For the life of me, O King, I don’t know.”
56 The king said, “Well, find out the lineage of this raw youth.”
57 As soon as David came back from killing the Philistine, Abner brought him, the Philistine’s head still in his hand, straight to Saul.
58 Saul asked him, “Young man, whose son are you?”
“I’m the son of your servant Jesse,” said David, “the one who lives in Bethlehem.”
Remember Beloved without faith it is impossible to please God. It was David’s faith if God that lead to the victory against the Goliath he faced that day. So shall your faith lead you to multitudes of victories if you just believe that mountains will move when you don’t doubt God’s word of truth.
So, as we conclude with this word, please be reminded that David’s original task for that day was to feed his brothers. We may be along our journey and then a wrench is thrown in the program that thwarts our plans. We have to remain calm, vigilant, and focus when roadblocks come up to distract us from our mission. David did not let a loudmouth adversary scare him or shake him away from his purpose. David knew that he was called by God to take care of sheep. He knew that when he was faced with other mighty enemies like a bear and lion; God has his back and gave him the strength to overthrow them. So, this Goliath would not hinder his progress. This Goliath with all of his constant bragging and pompous demeanor would not get him sidetrack. He knew that if he took care of this Goliath that was mocking him and His people then he could go about his original tasks.
So, again, the choice is up to us whether we will yield to the naysayers, the ones who try to plot evil, the distractions, and the temptations. If we are going to get through our temporary roadblocks we will definitely need to remain focus and fearless. Faith in God to do the impossible is mandatory. Peace God will give us that surpasses even our own understanding of the things we face. We may not know how the matter will turn out; however if we just stand firm on God’s truth then we can rest assured it will turn out for our best benefit. God is always wanting us to have His best. Nothing can separate us from His love and God will never leave us or forsake us.
Now, the decision to choose His life and His truth remains squarely on us. It is going to be the difference between progress and prosperity. This fork in the road is now for you to make and reading this post today was not a mistake. You have the opportunity to have a better life. You have the chance to realize that all of the Goliaths in your life do not have to continue to be tormentors. You can choose life today and become free from this massive burden, bully, and bruise you feel. It is up to you and I pray you will seek the Lord while He can be found for you as your deliverer and Savior this day. Love to you all. Be made whole and set free. Amen Indeed.
Isn’t it time for you, me, all of us to live our best lives! Let’s shift it into a gear for next level living where we are actually obtaining the “hoped for good” in our lives. Time for us to achieve the bucket list of goals we once thought were so far off and removed from our grasps. We can and will do this one step at a time, one dream realized at a time, one conversation at a time can spark the fire needed to fuel our promise fulfillment! Amen INDEED!
Let the conversations ensue and the shifting occur for our next level transformation into what we were born to do – live life and that life MORE Abundant here on earth as it is in heaven.
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HERE I AM LORD, HELP ME TO CHANGE INTO THE PERSON YOU BIRTHED ME INTO EXISTENCE TO BECOME. ALLOW MY PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE (OUTLOOK AND THOUGHTS) BECOME NEW. LET ME KNOW IN MY HEART THAT YOU ARE GOD AND IF I TRULY TRUST YOU THEN I CAN BE LIBERATED – BASICALLY SET FREE TO LIVE A LIFE HERE ON EARTH LIKE YOU DESIRE ME TO EXISTS FOR AN ETERNITY WITH YOU IN HEAVEN. HELP ME TO VIEW YOU CLEARLY WITH A STEADFAST FOCUS! I ASK THAT ANY OBSTACLE THAT HAS HINDERED ME BEFORE OR IN MY FUTURE BE REMOVED SO THAT I CAN OBTAIN THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE FOR ME TO LIVE IN PEACE, LOVE, STRENGTH, POWER, AND FEARLESSLY. THANK YOU FOR EQUIPPING ME WITH ALL THAT I NEED (HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS AS MY SAVIOR) TO SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE THIS LIFE’S JOURNEY. I AM GRATEFUL, HUMBLED, AND WILLING TO BE YOUR FAITHFUL SERVANT. I AM HERE AND ASK FOR YOUR HELP EVERY SINGLE DAY. THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME AND PROVIDING ALL THAT I HAVE NEED FOR ACCORDING TO YOUR RICHES IN HEAVEN. AMEN (SO BE IT)!
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