David and Goliath - Prepare For Battle!

There comes a time when you just have to go to war.  

1 Sam 17 
31 When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, 39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.

Ok, that's a long passage, but follow along.  There is something here for you.  

#1 - Goliath isn't going away.  40 days this overgrown bully threatened the Israelite army.  
- Your Goliath will do the same.  If you don't do something, it will continue to keep you enslaved in its fear for weeks, months and even years.  God created you to do something more than cowering in fear. 

#2 - Remember what you have done.  I'll venture a guess that this isn't your first rodeo.  
- You have defeated Goliaths before.  Now this one may be the biggest one ever, true.  But if you could do it before, you can do it again.  David defeated bears and the lions.  He understood that it prepared him for this. 

#3 - Do it the way God created you to do it.  Saul tried to put his armor on David.  I bet that got a chuckle or two from onlookers. 
- Remember that God created you to win.  Don't try doing it everyone else's way.  Do it God's way. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to beat this bully in my life.  AMEN



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