We all know the story of David and Goliath. The story in the Old Testament where a young shepherd boy kills a giant – using only a rock in a slingshot! But, did you ever think about what God is telling us through that true story? Did you ever wonder how it could possibly apply to YOU in modern days?
When you go into this story with the Spirit of God revealing His truths to you, you’re going to be blessed and supercharged in your faith. Plus, you’ll know just WHY it is that the enemy has been fighting you for so long and so hard. And, you’ll know how to handle him from now on.
In 1 Samuel 17, the Bible tells how the Philistines were coming against God’s people, Israel. Their leader was a big powerful, strong, brash loudmouth named Goliath. According to verses 4-6, Goliath was 13’4’’ tall and was well armored.
Instead of going directly to war with Israel, Goliath wanted to make a deal. Let one of God’s people come out and fight him singlehandedly. If the Israelite could beat Goliath, all the Philistines would be slaves for Israel. If Goliath beat the Israelite, then Israel would be slaves to the Philistines.
Every day for more than a month, Goliath would walk over towards the Israelites’ camp and strut back and forth, making fun of them. He’d be in his full armor, carrying a sword and a spear, and would call out to the terrified little puny Israelites, just daring one of them to come out and fight him! (Verse 9).
That’s just the way it is with Satan. He’s bigger than you, he comes every day, making fun of you, daring you to overcome him. Telling you that you might as well just give up and be his slave . . . without even a fight. He’s too strong for you to beat. He points out your weakness and your lack of power with God! He tells you it’s just a matter of time, so you might as well give up!
Day after day, the enemy of your soul comes out, ready for battle. He struts around, mouthing off, telling you he’ll crush you like a bug. And he won’t go away!
Even the strongest and most experienced of God’s people were scared of Goliath. In the churches today, even the strongest of God’s people seem have lost their authority and power. They speak well, and are great organizers. Like the generals in God’s army then, they get the people all set in battle array, but when the enemy comes and starts defying our God, they run in terror! Even the leaders have lost their power and ability to have victory over the devil! Almost every week, there is a news story about some Christian leader or another who has fallen into sin or hypocrisy.
Then, in verse 15, David, the teenaged shepherd came onto the scene. David wasn’t very impressive in the natural. He wasn’t well educated and wasn’t experienced in the ways of the professional armies and their leaders. He had no military or strategic training or experience. He was just a shepherd, whose father had asked him to take food to his brothers who were on the scene of the battle.
So, what are the eight traits that David possessed that enabled him to be used by God to destroy the giant that had come against him and God’s people?
First of all, David was able to be used by God because he had been “faithful in the small things,” like Jesus talks about in Luke 16:10. Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. He had been faithful in looking out for the wellbeing of his father’s sheep. Now he could be trusted with the wellbeing of God’s people.
Secondly, David was willing and obedient (Isaiah 1:19). God says, “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land…” When his father told him to go, David responded without delay. He didn’t lay down conditions and moan and gripe about it. He knew to do what his father commanded him to do. David was willing to do what his father asked him to do, and more importantly, he actually did it! A lot of Christians are neither willing nor obedient – and then they wonder why God isn’t blessing them like they want!
Third, David was spiritually minded. Ephesians 6:12 says, “We wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” In other words, David knew that the battle had to first be fought and won in the spirit realm!
Fourth, David knew that Goliath wasn’t just coming against God’s people – he was coming against God! In verse 26, David asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” Like when Saul, in the Book of Acts, Acts 9:4, was coming against God’s people, the resurrected Jesus appeared to him and said, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” When the enemy comes against YOU, he is coming against Jesus! And Jesus takes it personally! That is your spiritual right to Holy Spirit protection!
Fifth. David was spiritually prepared. David had been obedient and faithful even when all he was given to do was watch sheep. He took his walk with God seriously, and didn’t wait until a crisis came to get close to Him. Many people miss it right here.
When things are going smoothly, they put the things of God on the back burner. Then when a problem comes, they suddenly start seeking God like it’s the end of the world! David knew that his strength, confidence and very life came from God. There is no “down time” in God! When things are going smoothly, or when it feels like nothing is happening, that is the time to be preparing for the next assignment from the Lord! David has used his time out there watching his father’s sheep to prepare himself for whatever God had prepared for him. In verse32, David could say, “Let no man’s heart fail because of the enemy. I will go and fight with him.”
Sixth, David openly testified about the power of God in his life. He had a history with God and made sure that people knew what God had done for him. Just like the saints in Revelation, David knew that you overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony. Revelation 12:11 says. “They triumphed over the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”
You gain the victory over the traps that the enemy sets for you by first of all your legal right in the Kingdom of God, the fact the Jesus, called the Lamb of God, died on the cross for you. He spilled His blood for you. That is why you’re saved, forgiven, why you’re in the family of God, and that in itself, when you ACNOWLEDGE the blood of the Lamb in your life, overcomes the devil. It’s your ACKNOWLEDGING, what Jesus has done for you, your testimony, that drives the enemy away.
The devil wants to steal from you all the good that God has given you. Your family, your home, your health, your ministry in the Body of Christ, your love and even your faith. He especially wants to steal your faith, because that’s what you use to overcome the devil and his evil forces. 1 John 5:4 says, “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”
The devil also wants to destroy your testimony. If he can do that, he can wipe you out. Your testimony is the truth about what God has done in your life. It’s the facts of God’s power and faithfulness.
David gave his testimony to King Saul. In verses 34-36, “. . . David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock. I went out after him and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth. I killed both the lion and the bear. And this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.”
Seventh, David knew that God would fight for him. The battle is the Lord’s, not ours. He said in verse 37, “The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” You don’t have to fight your battles in your own strength. “The Lord is the strength of my life. I will not fear what man shall do to me (Psalm 27:1).”
Eighth, David acted boldly in faith. He approached Goliath and said in v. 45 – 47, “You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied . . . and 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.”
Then, David activated the Word of God he had hidden in his heart. He reached into his bag and pulled one of the five stones he had there and hurled it at the enemy! That Spirit-directed stone struck Goliath in the head and it sunk into his skull, dropping him on the spot! David came against the enemy in the strength and power of the Spirit of God! He assaulted the enemy in the authority of the Name! Man’s devices shall never be able to prevail against the Name of Jesus! No weapon that is formed against YOU, Christian, shall prosper!
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD (Isaiah 54:17, NKJV).
In Hebrew, weapon refers to anything that is used against a person. A weapon is anything that could be used against you for evil intent.
• If someone uses social media against you, it shall not prosper.
• If someone uses their position against you, it shall not prosper.
• If someone uses their money against you, it shall not prosper.
• If someone uses their friends against you, it shall not prosper.
The reason no weapon formed against you shall prosper is not because you are strong, mighty or powerful but because your God is. God says in Joshua 23:10, “One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the LORD your God who fights for you, just as he promised you.” You couldn’t chase a thousand soldiers away, but God can—will chase away those enemy forces that come against you.
Not only will their weapons not be successful, neither will their words: “And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.” Have you ever been a target for hateful people? Have you been held back on the job or made fun of at work because of your walk with God? Have you experienced ridicule in your workplace or home because of your loyalty to the Lord?
Romans 16:20 tells us that what the devil had planned for is, is what is going to happen to him! “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
Goliath had boasted about what he was going to do to David. Instead of Goliath killing David, David killed Goliath, and chopped off the giant’s head with his own sword. “What you’ve planned for ME, devil, will be done unto YOU, for the glory of God!” “It’s a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you! 2 Thessalonians 1: 6 says that!
In the same way that David overcame the enemy by the power of God, YOU can overcome. God is no respecter of persons.
Maybe you feel defeated and downcast. But, even as you know the power of the enemy against you, you MUST acknowledge the greater power of GOD! If you love Him with all your heart, and come to Him in obedience, He’ll give you that same power from on high, and like David, what the devil planned for you shall be done unto HIM! Because “greater is He that is within you, then he that is in the world!