Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God. 1 Samuel 17:36
David was living his life and doing what he was told. He did not leave his house thinking, “Today my whole life changes”. His father gave him a job to do and he did it. God uses people while they are going about their life. I have heard of people” staying in” and praying for God to use them. If we are God’s hands, feet, mouth etc. what is God going to do with someone shut in, “begging” to be “used of God”?
I look to the Bible for examples: David, Gideon, Ruth, Peter and Mary, all were living their lives and God used them, hang-ups and all. (When reading your Bible, please do not over elevate the people mentioned, they are people just like you and me.) I could teach on this particular truth but that is not my Title. We have a tendency to think our problems are somehow bigger than they are or at the very least, bigger than we can handle. I believe one of the reasons for this is; we have “named” our problems wrongly. (Note to self, your words have power.)
Let’s go to the example in 1 Samuel 17, this is the story of David and Goliath. We can learn a valuable lesson from David;
- Never give your problems, challenges, enemy etc. the upper hand. Find a name/label that is easily defeated and attach it to your opponent.
- Elevate your position in God above your circumstances.
- Take action, trusting you and God can get it done.
Look at what David called his problem, this uncircumcised Philistine, sounds a lot more manageable than enormous battle tested giant. Beware, the people around you will help you “name” your giant. Look at what King Saul said, “You are not able to go against him; for you are a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth.” (Some pep talk from your King)
David knew where he stood with God and answered Saul by explaining how he killed lion and bear and this uncircumcised Philistine was nothing to God. When someone “speaks” something over you it is your job to come against it with words. I know that sounds different but read Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgement you shall condemn… This is key when someone speaks negatively over you, CONDEMN IT. I say something like, “I bind that up in Jesus’ name and cast it out of my life.” Maybe a little over the top, but I would try it first before you discard it.
God is a God of action. James 1:22 is an action scripture, But be doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving yourselves. Do the word of God, believe in its power and it will open powerful doors for you. David acted on his belief that God’s people were superior to anyone else. He took action, and the story, every time it is told, glorifies God.
Continue in your walk with God and into His word. Remember Jesus is the Word and every time you open His Word you are getting closer to Him.
Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11