One of the greatest personal battles recorded in the Bible is between David and Goliath. David was just a young shepherd. He was not trained in combat. Goliath was a seasoned warrior and the most outstanding fighter in the entire Philistine army.
It was unreasonable to think that David could physically stand up against this kind of enemy on his own, but David was a man who knew God's promises.
David had a cause—it was to remove the shame and reproach that had been brought on Israel because of the threat of the Philistines. When we know where we stand with God, we can have boldness in the face of the enemy. We know that God is on our side. He will stand with us, fight with us, and fight for us.
When David faced Goliath, he was not armed with conventional weapons like other soldiers. In fact, his weapon seemed to be for protecting sheep—not for facing a giant in a fierce battle. David's confidence was centered in his faith in the covenant and the anointing he had come to know. He had witnessed the power of God when he chased a lion that had taken a sheep from his father's flock. He took the lion by its beard, hit it, and killed it.
David knew this same anointing would empower him to bring Goliath down.
David's heart was in the right place, his trust was in the right place, his words were right, and his attitude was right, then he ran to the battle and won. He announced to his enemy and all who would listen what was about to happen by the power of God:
"You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 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. 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" (1 Samuel 17:45-47 NKJV).
We cannot win a war by only defending our position. We must stand in the time of battle, defend our position, then run to the battle and destroy our enemies.
David did not hide in the bunker, he ran to the battle! That is the attitude of a warrior and an overcomer—that must be our attitude as well. We cannot remain in the bunker and destroy our enemy.
The question is: are we ready for battle? When we have trained for battle and we know we are ready, we can develop the attitude that allows us to rejoice. Without a doubt we will know we were born to fight and born to win!
- Excerpt from the
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