Bringing Down Our Goliath, [Victory]

David giving Goliath a forehead massage with his foot

Many things seem to have risen up to block us. What we have to face is scary.  It shakes us right down to our sandals.  We see the ultimate intention of the enemies work.  If we pass on Goliath, he will remain, and the Father’s plan becomes vulnerable. Sooner or later, he must be faced.

Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! 5 He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. 6 He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. 7 The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.”

8 “Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! 9 If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! 10 I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” 11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.”

1 Samuel 17:4-11, NLT

Things are such in Israel, that an active faith has no real significance.  Men are going to die, many very quickly.  Then up steps David, he is untried in battle, but within him is an eager commitment to faith in Jehovah.  Fear has consumed hearts and minds, which are now full of scary goliath fears and confusion.  They are basically overwhelmed at this point.  The Scripture says “they were terrified and deeply shaken.”

David (the shepherd boy) steps out and into the confusion.  He is resistant to the fear that attacks his brothers.  He identifies the giant before him as evil, and stands in the way of the Father’s will.  David advances without fear. In fact, the space once occupied by fear has been filled up by faith.

This story, is much more than a story.  It may entertain schoolchildren, but it is so much more for us as believers.  Most definitely you will be called upon to face a Goliath of your own.  He is waiting for you, and you must step forward in faith. If you want to negotiate this away. Don’t! You are already dead.

So much points to Goliath’s superiority.  He is a dedicated and trained source of evil.  He equips himself to stand quite forcefully over you.  He presses forward, confident that he will destroy you.  But David steps out of the line.  He is trusting in God alone.  He steps forward with no armor (Saul’s didn’t fit).  Something is about to happen, something children will sing about, and people will always esteem. Some theologians call this a “power encounter” which is about to tumble down.

David is about to kill Goliath, with just a stone from his sling.  He swings, throws and embeds a rock into the giants forehead– right between his eyes!  The giant collapses, and David moves forward,  and he cuts off the giants head.  He uses Goliath’s own sword to do this. Brutal and bloody? Perhaps.

But things around us are not much different.  Each of us face a tall evil.  Something that is monstrous and destructive.  We cannot reason with it.  We can only face it with the weapons the Father provides for us.  When we advance to that source, we must do so with a faith that is real and undefeated.

Some reading this are pounded with depression and mental illness.  I truly understand.

But you’re called to advance on any personal darkness.

We must stand and take an aggressive posture against it.  As mentally ill people, the battle (and the stigma) is more intense, but it is overwhelmingly defeated by our simple faith in God’s Son.

Simplicity is our key, and we will not advance with anything less.  At times, we think that we can strategize our way to victory.  We hope to rationalize our enemy away by thinking positively about him.  We think we can move against him by being clever.  That will not work.  Our simple hearts must be laced with faith.  We need to step in to this, and then we will dance in the enemies jaws.

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About Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.
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4 Responses to Bringing Down Our Goliath, [Victory]

  1. Reblogged this on Sistertosister53's Blog and commented:
    I Will not give into any giants’ In the Name of JESUS CHRIST! WE KNOW YOU ARE WITH YOUR CHILDREN. \O/

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  2. God Bless you, I have faced some Giants, since I ask JESUS CHRIST to come into my heart. What you have shared is so true. I refuse to negotiant wit evil. It has been, and is a Spiritual Warfare. I’m standing because of my Faith. It has not been all sweet, it has been bitter sweet. It was that for Him, I know He knows what is happening to His children. He knows His own, as He has spoken. He has enemies, and we shall have them also. But Greater is He that is in us; then he that is in this world. May we continue praying for one another, and not give up, nor give in to the giants. God bless! \O/

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  3. “For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and PUT NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH.” (Philippians 3:3). This is the verse I am learning to live by at this time.

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  4. michael says:

    I am generally afraid of success, more than failure; rejection, i react to a bit too. I don’t give up, you have to fire me. So reluctantly I face all my my giants as they come around. I normally stand my ground, rather than going confidently as david, but wanting to grow here in faith. At times i have had the attitude, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God”… wow, this really pumps me up… probably one of the most encouraging scriptures in my battles. Reminds me of meditating on God’s greatness and magnifying Him… i don’t understand why i struggle w discouragement, doubt and fear (probably cause of unsurrendered giants). I know the devil distracts and doesn’t want me thinking he’s a stupid dog defying… well, we all go from faith to faith… thx broham, helps writing stuff out

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