David fought the giant with faith and the Word of God.
Yes, he used stones but his primary weapon was his confidence in God’s Words.
This attitude and faith is 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.
In our lives we can look back at all that God has done beginning with the most significant and life changing : Jesus died on the cross to rescue us and save us.
In this reality and truth we can have faith that because of salvation that Jesus has defeated all the giants we face.
Jesus is the ultimate David. The ultimate David who had faith in the Word of God and faced the giant and defeated him, not with stones but with faith and the cross.
Today our victory comes not in what we can do but in what Jesus has done.
Faith is in a person. It is a WHO thing not a WHAT thing.
We can have faith in the promises and purposes of God because Jesus is the YES to God’s promises.
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. We must submit our feelings and opinions to The Word and let the Word change us from the inside out.
Basically if God says it – IT IS. IT WILL BE. IT HAS.
We have the power to CHOOSE to believe it.
We 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. We have control of your mind and how we think. Yes, we can choose to accept a thought or reject a thought like a quality control manager at the production line of a factory.
Don’t let a doubt or a fear spiral out of control. Thoughts can be like the Gremlins. They started off as cute furry little creatures, harmless… what’s one little gremlin… but if wefeed and water them they manifest into nasty nasty nasty creatures. Doubt and fear may seem like a small harmless thought but if we feed it and water it, it will manifest into a nasty in our life.
The Word of God is both an offensive and defensive weapon.
Ephesians 6 describes the Word of God as a double edged sword. With it we offensively – we attack – the doubts, fears and obstacles. Use the sword to challenge and change attitudes and mindsets.
The Word gives us faith – and Ephesians 6 describes faith as a shield to block the fiery darts and attempts of the enemy. The Word is defensive.
Remember – Jesus used the Word as a weapon to defeat the devil when He said “IT IS WRITTEN”
We need to take the opportunities around us now to learn faith.
Take the opportunities now to overcome doubt.
Take time to store up in silence what you will need in the storm. To store up faith for the day of the battle when our neck is on the line.
Build a life long history with God.
We can look back through your life and see the evidence of God’s reality in our lives.
My husband Tony is a man of faith with a history with God. He was sharing one night at housegroup that when he got made redundant several years ago that 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!
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.
Make the choice to believe it and overcome the doubts with a choice.
Use the word as a weapon to overcome the giants and see change in your life.
are there any specific verses that you use as a weapon?
what giants could you kill with the Word?