The battle of David and goliath is one of the greatest examples of how faith overcomes – how to overcome giants in our lives – not just only of the physical great big stinking men type but how to overcome giants on the inside and giants of circumstance and difficulty.
The battle of David and goliath, though played out with a shepherd boy and a warrior is a great picture of the battle of fear vs doubt – with most of the victory happening NOT on the battlefield, but behind the scenes in the lead up to their face off.
Lets look at how the scenario began for David:
1 Sam 17:13 – 20 Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand. Now Jesse said to his son David, Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines. Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
1 Sam 17:28-29 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle. Now what have I done? said David. Can’t I even speak?
HOW TO KILL A GIANT: GET SOME ATTITUDE
David was the youngest – remember overlooked when the great prophet Samuel came to anoint the next king – at left at home AGAIN to look after the sheep. His brothers go off to war to become heroes and he has to stay home, like a kid. This could of made him feel insecure and insignificant – esp when his dad tells him to go take some kai to his brothers. Menial. Not very life changing or significant.
But even when his brother insults him David maintains an attitude of self confidence – or perhaps more so confidence in who he is and who he is called to be. His brother’s words were intended to make him doubt and retreat but David was not affected. He had a different perspective of WHO HE WAS – God’s.
To overcome self doubt we need to get a clear and accurate picture of who God says we are.
MEN AND WOMEN OF DESTINY.
To step out and be the person we are called to be and to do the things we are called to be we need to be people of FAITH – having faith in GOD – it is HIM who works in us – I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.
Overturn the doubt by fixing your eyes on Jesus and His truth and His words. It’s all about attitude. David’s attitude was one of faith. Not doubt. He was unshakable because He had faith in God’s unshakable power.
Life illustration: trike accident – bike accident – car accident
All happened because of my attitude – I am Claire and I can do it myself
NOW that’s not such a great attitude to follow BUT it shows you how attitude can determine outcome. Our attitudes determine our actions. Change your attitude and you can change your perception and outcome. An attitude of doubt will hold you back from stepping out. An attitude of faith will propel you into adventure and opportunity.
Faith provides eyes for the heart. Faith sees. ~ Bill Johnson
To overcome doubt we must REPLACE it with the opposite thing: Faith
Let your FAITH be bigger than your fear.
Doubt isn’t conquered by confidence in our own giftings or abilities, which may sound like a contradiction to what I have said and will say – but the reality is that doubt is conquered when we know the greatness and power and almightiness of God!
God is faithful.
God is powerful.
God is compassionate.
God is for us.
God is holy.
God is the Creator of the Universe.
God’s thoughts and ways and wisdom are higher and greater than ours.
He is omnipresent, omnipowerful and omniscient.
In other words, He sees all, knows all and has all the power.
He is awesome and glorious, good and great.
Have a holy confidence that is founded and grounded upon GOD and His abilities and resources!
HOW TO KILL A GIANT: PUT ON YOUR ARMOUR
1 Sam 17:38-40 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armour on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. I cannot go in these, he said to Saul, because I am not used to them. So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
You’ve got to have your own faith. You’ve got to have your own overcomingness. You cant do things based on caleb’s faith, or sophies faith, or your mum and dads faith. Its got to fit for you. And you’ve got to have your own strategy and your own relationship with God and your own understanding of faith and who God is and who He has made you to be and called you to be. You can’t live off someone elses giftings or annointings. You’ve got to know on the inside who God is and who He has called you to be and what He is doing in and through your life. Saul’s armour didn’t fit David, so David took it off. Saul wasn’t even prepared to wear his own armour to fight Goliath! It is YOUR faith that will bring the victory in YOUR life. That is why overcoming doubt is so important because it is YOUR faith that opens doors and breakthrough and sees the cool stuff God has planned done.
Part of this is reconciling that you are who you are. You are uniquely made. Uniquely gifted. Sauls armour fit saul. It wasn’t crafted to fit david. To be successful in battle you have to have protection that fits you. Too bulky and you’re weighed down. Too small and you’re left exposed. David understood that he had to fight Goliath as DAVID, not as a wannabe saul.
IF IN DOUBT ASK GOD:
Sometimes doubt is not an indicator of your spiritual connectiveness to God. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. Just because you have questions God isn’t going to disown you. Doubt is not always rebellion. Sometimes it IS, but sometimes its not. God is not afraid of your doubts and questions. Some questions or doubts we have in fact can be opportunities to strengthen our faith as we resolve the issues of our hearts. Be intentional about resolving doubt.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
Life Illustration: 7th form bio – evolution
I didn’t have a theological position on creation, I’d just got saved. So I asked God about it. Later that day I was reading in Hebrews: Hebrews 11: 3 “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” That was enough to answer it for me.
Another time I had a couple of JW who were very persistent in visiting me and witnessing to me. One of their tactics is to create doubt and then lure you over to “their side” since they will tell you the whole truth and nothing but the truth type thing. Again I didn’t have a response or answer. The next day was Sunday, and it was during the worship time, I was thinking about my doubts and thought I’d ask God. IMMEDIATELY He answered with the most perfect bible verse ever to overcome my doubts. Smashed them to smithereens.
YOU have to find the answers that conquer the giants in your life. Best place to go for the answers – go to the source. God. The creator of the universe. Who knows you inside out.
You know. There are times and seasons with God. Times when you feel really fired up and really aware of the presence of God. But there are other times when God seems distant and you’re pressing in to get momentum. The reality is that we are in a spiritual battle and we live in a world that is fallen. And the truth is that God will never leave us or forsake us, He is always near and His promises are true. We don’t live by feelings but we walk by faith. Don’t let doubt creep in if you’re not experiencing “happy happy joy joy” (you get me?) One of the greatest things we can ever doubt is “does God really love me?” we get that He loves the person beside you… you know what I mean. But does He really love ME???
John 3:16 for God so loved the world (that’s you… if you’re on planet earth, you’re part of the world) that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 5:6-8 Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
HOW TO KILL A GIANT: THE WORD IS YOUR WEAPON
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
Faith grows when we feed it with the Word of God. The Word is always correct and always true and always real and always the highest authority on any and every subject. You must submit your feelings and opinions to The Word and let the Word change you from the inside out.
Basically if God says it. It is. You have the power to CHOOSE to believe it. You make a CHOICE to overcome the perhaps natural inclinations to doubt by making a choice to trust God. Do whatever you can to change the way you think and go with what God says about Himself and who He is and what He can do.
Don’t give into the feelings of doubt but pray and take the thoughts captive. You have control of your mind and how you think. Don’t let a doubt or a fear spiral out of control. Its like the Gremlins. They started off as cute furry little creatures, harmless… what’s one little gremlin… but if you feed and water them they manifest into nasty nasty nasty creatures. Doubt and fear may seem like a small harmless thought but if you feed it and water it, it will manifest into a nasty in your life.
The Word of God is both an offensive and defensive weapon. Ephesians 6 describes it as a double edged sword. With it you offensively – you attack – the doubts and fears and obstacles. Use your sword (or machine gun as Isaac showed us in his day in the life) to challenge and change your attitudes. The Word gives you faith – and Ephesians 6 describes your faith as a shield to block the fiery darts and attempts of the enemy.
Remember – Jesus used the Word as a weapon to defeat the devil when He said “IT IS WRITTEN”
David’s attitude of faith becomes even more evident when he gets an audience with the king.
1 Sam 17:32 – 37 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 boy, and he has been a fighting man 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 delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. Saul said to David, Go, and the LORD be with you.
To David, the Word of God was that God was always with him to deliver him and overcome. God had delivered him from the bear and the lion and God would deliver him from the giant. There was no second guessing God. No but if. No doubt. David was unshakable in his faith in God. He had built up a history of seeing God at work in his life and a history of believing and trusting in God. He had a holy confidence because knew God was faithful.
Take the opportunities around you now to learn faith. Take the opportunities now to overcome doubt.
Build a life long history with God. You can look back through your life and see the evidence of God’s reality in your life. Tony was saying the other night at housegroup that when he got made redundant this year he was feeling stink and unsettled, until he changed his attitude and looked back at the times God had come through in his life and how God had been our provider and had never failed us. He looked back at his history with God and began to stir up thankfulness and look at the good things in His life that God was doing and it brought breakthrough. Tony had met with bears and lions before and so had strategies to tackle the giant with.
David’s skirmishes with the bear and the lion taught him to fight a giant and deliver a nation. What are the bears and lions in your life? Get spiritual muscles and warfare tactics by overcoming them so that on the day you hear the giants insults you’re ready to swing your sling and win!
Life illustration: pregnant with Evangeline
“So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. Exodus 23:25-26
Your circumstance may say one thing but if you have a specific to you promise from God then you can hold onto that in the face of any and every obstacle.
God’s Word is the highest authority – because its not just words in a book but it has POWER and CREATES “stuff”.
“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” ~ Oswald Chambers
Let God’s Word be the final word in your life. You CAN trust it. Go with the Word of God. Choose it. Make the choice to believe it and overcome the doubts with a choice.
Let’s continue on with what happened next with David and Goliath:
1 Sam 17:41 – Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield-bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
Good thing that David had unshakable faith and wasn’t influenced by the words an opinions of others. Just as he had fought a bear and a lion he had overcome the words ment to shame and scorn him by his brothers so the insults of Goliath didn’t affect his faith or self confidence, his God confidence.
1 Sam 17:45 – 50 David said to the Philistine, You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
David defeated the giant. But first before he even picked up those stones he defeated doubt and fear in his own life. He had an attitude of faith and confidence in God. He had resolved issues and learned lessons on the way to this epic battle that equipped him. And He took God at His Word. The battle was Gods. Naturally there was no logical reason why a 16 year old kid armed with a stone and a sling should defeat a fully grown fully armed freak of nature. But with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
Remember, fear and doubt arent conquered by confidence in our own giftings or abilities – but the reality is that doubt is conquered when we know the greatness and power and almightiness of God!
You can be a giant killer.
You can be a nation deliverer.
You can be anything and everything that God has called you to be.
But it will come down to your attitude and openness for God to work in and through you.
Remember the twelve Israelite spies. Ten doubted. Two had faith. The ten that doubted caused a millions to die in the wilderness. The two that had faith split the Jordan river and walked on dry land into The Promised Land and victory. Attitude. Choosing to believe God.
Today you have a choice.
Will you listen to the voices of “your brothers” – people who put your down and want to make you doubt? Will you listen to your own voice of doubt?
Or will you make a decision to have faith and trust God and overcome doubts? Will you be determined to have a mind shift from fear to faith? Will you defeat the lions and bears in your life? Will you feed your faith?