Monday, March 25, 2019

Your Battle Plan to Defeat Goliath

Many stories in the Old Testament teach us valuable lessons we can apply today. When David killed Goliath (1 Samuel 17), it teaches us about how to conquer our giant problems. Your Goliath may be a situation that you’re afraid to face or a problem that looks too big to handle.
Every Israeli soldier was afraid to face Goliath. "When all the men of Israel saw the man, they fled from him and were greatly afraid" (17:24). David was the only one who wasn't afraid and was confident he would win. Here’s how he did it.

1. Conquer your fear by placing your complete trust in God. Fear weakens your willingness to win. If a boxer is afraid before he steps into the boxing ring, he will lose the fight. David wrote, "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You...In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” (Ps. 56:3-4). He knew that trust forces out fear.  

2. Pray for God’s wisdom on how to proceed. Some people will give you wrong advice on how to fight the battle. King Saul tried to get David ready for battle by putting his bronze helmet and armor on him. David put on the armor and could barely walk (17:38-39). If he had tried to fight Goliath following Saul’s advice he would have been killed! But God knew the best way to defeat Goliath was with a rock and sling. The Lord will tell you the correct way to attack your problem—and it might not be the way it has always be done.

3. Remember God's faithfulness. As a shepherd, David had killed a lion and a bear that tried to attack his flock (17:34-36). Those were training exercises to get him ready for Goliath. He knew God would be with him in the fight because of His past faithfulness. He said, “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God” (17:36). When God calls you to do something, He will make it happen. “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thess. 5:24).

David didn't take credit for slaying the giant but wanted the Lord's name to be exalted, "that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel" (17:46). Now go take down the giant you’re facing today so that God will be glorified.
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