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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Are You Trying to Conquer your Goliath... with Little Success?

…perhaps you’re working from the wrong mold…

David was the runt of his family. His elder brothers were a part of the Israelite army; skilled fighters, while David cared for sheep.

The Israelite army was on the battleground with the Philistine army, and David rose up early the morning, left his sheep with a keeper, to take provisions to his brothers.

Goliath, the Philistine champion, was ‘strutting his stuff’, against the Israelite army, and David was not about to let him get away with this. He may be the runt of his family, but he knew the power of God working through small, seemingly simple things.

David declared to the Israelite army, ”Let no man’s heart fail because of this Philistine; your servant will go out and fight with him.”

Saul, the king of Israel said to David, “You are only an adolescent, he has been a warrior from his youth.”

David told him that he kept his father’s sheep, and when a lion or bear came to eat the lamb he fought against the lion or the bear, and killed them. David knew that because God had given him the ability to kill these predators, which were greater in size than he, God was able to do the same for him against the Philistine champion.

When David stated his evidence to Saul, Saul immediately gave David his armor; his bronze helmet for his head and clothe him with a coat of mail. David put his sword over his armor.
(1 Samuel 17:20-54)

Get this, as David tried to go, but he could not because he was not used to the armor. He told Saul so, and then took them off.

You see, when we try to accomplish great things or set out to attain our dreams, there’s always someone trying to tell you how you should do it, and their idea is usually according to how they think and based on their experience, their abilities or inabilities, not yours. Or they say, “You can’t do that, you have no experience,” or, “You have no right to go after that dream,” or, “That’s impossible for you to achieve. Who do you think you are? Only certain people could accomplish such great things.”

David had an ace that no one knew about, and so do you. You’ve got your own training over the years, your own molding, so to speak. You’ve been trained and shaped over the years to achieve those dreams. Your training or experiences in life may seem small to others who’s not lived them. You are equipped with everything you need to accomplish your dreams. It’s all a part of your ‘make up’.

David drew out from his previous ‘seemingly’ insignificant victories in his life to prepare him for his greatest victory yet. This victory was the forerunner to becoming king of Israel.

There are great victories ahead for you. What ‘seemingly insignificant victories have you had in the past that’s prepared you for greater victories and a chance to living your dream? It is time to draw from those victories, retrace your steps, and in the same mindset, rise to the challenge.

Does the position you hold seem insignificant to others, just a ‘menial’ job, but you know that you are destined for greatness? What is your dream? Where are you in life? Who has discouraged you from living your dream; family, friends, society? Get in your ‘mold’, face your ‘Goliath’, and with the wisdom, courage and strength of God, assert your victory.

Step up and step out and declare as David said, “The Lord Who 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.”

Written by Alicia Isaacs

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