Health, weight, addiction, depression??
Let’s take a look at David’s strategy for DEFEATING the “giant” in his life. He didn’t ward off Goliath for a time, HE WON!
#1: David was opposed & accused (by family/friends!!) 1 Sam 17: 28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here?”
#2: David responds maturely, confidently, fearlessly & faithfully v.37 “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of THIS Philistine”
#3 David LET GO of what held him back (his armor; his “self-protection”) v.39 “…I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
#4 David CHOSE WISELY & MADE IMPORTANT DECISIONS to prepare for victory v.40 “He CHOSE for himself FIVE. SMOOTH. STONES.…and His sling was in His hand”
#5 David KNEW the giant he was up against (Our “Goliath”- health? weight? addiction? depression? lying? BEAUTY??)
#6 David KNEW His opponent had “BROTHERS” so HE CHOSE 5 STONES, NOT JUST 1. David chose STONES, not WATER-BALLOONS!! Who are your giant’s “brothers”? cancer, heart disease, anxiety, stroke, chronic pain, depression, kids with health problems, failed relationships, lust, jealousy, bitterness…
#7 DAVID SPEAKS to the Giant in faith: v. 46-47 THIS DAY THE LORD WILL DELIVER YOU INTO MY HAND, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands.
What is your GIANT and how are you preparing for battle? Is the Lord leading? When HE is in control, the victory is real!! More than knowing your GIANT, KNOW THE GOD YOU SERVE!! HE. IS. ABLE. and HE LOVES YOU!!