“Faith is the supreme effort of your life-throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence upon God.”
At one time or another we will have a battle to fight. Let me suggest we fight our battles with our faith, just as David did when he faced the giant Goliath in I Samuel 17. Goliath defied the armies of the living God and that angered David. The shepherd’s boy faith was fueled and David’s love for God and his mission ignited his passion enough to fight.
David recounted how he killed lions and bears to protect his sheep and it was his history with God that caused him to rely on God. He figured God had delivered him then and he believed God would deliver him now. (I Samuel 17:37) What God has done for us in the past, fuels our faith to believe he will do it again in the future. Our move to Wichita proved to us that God is in control and that he loves to rescue and take care of his children. Experiencing God come through for us, provides confidence that he will win the next battle.
Whatever battle you’re facing, be yourself; don’t try to be someone else. Use what has worked for you in the past. Instead of wearing Saul’s armor, David was more comfortable using the weapons he was familiar with: his staff, five smooth stones and a sling. Know how God has wired you and the tools you’ve used with fighting giants. David’s ultimate weapon was his faith. He believed God was who he said he was. His confidence was not in himself, but in the One who created him. Be assured, God is bigger than you think!
Faith leaves no room for fear. Faith doesn’t hesitate, or shrink back from the fight. Faith advances, not retreats. We won’t flee when we know God is on our side and that this is his battle to fight. I Samuel 17:48 says, “When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.”
Our battles are to make God famous, so that “all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” (I Samuel 17:46b). Let your faith fight your giants and watch God give the enemy into your hand.
“If there’s a Goliath in front of you, that means there’s a David inside of you.”
Recall your history with God. How has he delivered you from past giants?
What battle are you currently facing? How can you use faith to fight your battle?