Sunday, May 19, 2013

Who Is Your Goliath? By Reba Altizer

Who is your Goliath? 

I was reading this week about David and Goliath. I think God made this story such a great visual for us. Even as a kid most of us remember imagining the Big Giant standing face to face with David. It's always easy to imagine our self being David and beating the giant- the graphics of the scripture not only tell that he killed him but cut off his head. We see a real picture of a victor. As I read the story over again this week, I felt The Lord put some thing's on my heart.

1. Who or what is taunting you?  

The tactic of the enemy is always to scare and intimidate. 
 In 1 Samuel 17
4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.  
I know at times when I've faced things, I have said to myself, "Okay what's the worse thing that can happen  in this situation?".  This may not be the best thing to say, but sometimes dispels enough fear to go for it.  Other times the "worst thing" being something worse, even death. This is when the bully,  the devil,  has to be dealt with head on- not with your words, but with Gods Word. Just like in the following example:
Matthew 4: 1-7
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”

2.  Don't loose Faith in God

David was gathering facts.  He wanted to understand the situation, and at that point had not even said that he wanted to go fight. His oldest brother started judging his heart and motives in the matter.
1 Samuel  17:28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
This is what can happen when we face our Goliath's as well.  We have to choose to Stand on the Word of God, which is the Truth, and not focus on the situational facts facing us. Good meaning people might think we are acting out of  pride, but it is not pride when we truly put our confidence in the Word of God. David was putting his confidence on the Victory's of the past, and this gave him confidence to take on Goliath. 
1 Samuel 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

A good thing to remember is God helped David overcome the lion & the bear.  This happened, who knows how many times, while watching the sheep, before he faced the giant. God had prepared David for that particular time in his life during the ordinary tasks of his daily life. The things that have prepared us for our Goliath might not seem all that significant, but it's important to remember what God has done for us in past.  We need to remember and thank God for our daily victories.  He is the same yesterday and today. He will deliver you from this Goliath too.

3. Go in what your comfortable in! 

This had never really stuck out to me before, but when I was reading this week, I felt like The Lord said to me, "wear what I give you, and not everything others are wanting you to wear".  I so love this because sometimes when we face our Goliath we think we need to be like so and so.  No, God used all of who David was to defeat Goliath, his testimonies of the Lions and the Bears gave him the confidence to face Goliath. I  just had this thought: "Be the best YOU, you can be, with God that is enough.
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

We all know how this story ends. David kills the Goliath with one stone so why did He grab 5? I heard a preacher say once its because Goliath had 4 other brothers and He was prepared to take them on as well. 

2 Samuel 22
New International Version (NIV)
David’s Song of Praise

22 David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  
The whole chapter is great but these verses sum up the chapter of David's gratefulness for all God ad done. 

47 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
48 He is the God who avenges me,
    who puts the nations under me,
49     who sets me free from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing the praises of your name.
51 “He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
    to David and his descendants forever.”
Amazing Word Reba!  I love it!!
~Kasse D.

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