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Lessons learned from the life of David
The story of David and Goliath is a very familiar one. We learned about David destroying this giant in our Sunday School classes, in youth ministry and Vacation Bible School. I remember the story and I’m sure you do too. You know the story behind David and Goliath, right? Or at least how David took down Goliath regardless of him being such a giant, regardless of everybody being too terrified to challenge Goliath. We never know where purpose id hidden. David was simply being obedient to his father’s command to go check on his brothers in the war; however, David didn’t know destiny and purpose would meet him on the battlefield, but it did. Remember being obedient is a passage way to walking right into your purpose and destiny. Please continue reading I want to share with you five lessons from this powerful, exciting, and almost unbelievable story. Let’s dive in.
I. Lesson number one, regardless of what battle you’re in see God more than you see the Giant.
It’s the delusion and trick of the enemy to make the Giant seem insurmountable and the problem seem unsolvable. The one thing David had on his side was 20/20 spiritual vision and an intimate relationship with God. David’s relationship didn’t happen when it was time to go to battle but he had been working on this relationship for quite some time. The one thing we must all do is get our relationship right with God while we’re on the mountaintops, so when its time to endure the valleys we can be just like David, no fear and ready for battle. Regardless of what Goliath looked like to everyone else to David he was just an opportunity for God’s power to be put on display. See God first and see God more than you see the Giant. After all David did and it worked for him. Take another look at your Goliath and choose to see your giant thru the eyes of God with faith.
2. Lesson number two size doesn’t matter,
In life you’re bound to come across big challenges, small challenges, tiny challenges and enormous challenges. But the size of the challenge, problem or obstacle is Irrelevant. Why? Because that doesn’t determine what’s possible for you. The only thing that determines what’s possible for you is YOU, your mindset and your beliefs. If size mattered to David (as it did with the Israelite’s) he wouldn’t have had the courage to take on Goliath. Especially with just a staff, 5 stones and a sling.
David knew size doesn’t matter, it’s HEART, COURAGE, and COMMITMENT that matters. You can apply the same principle and same level of thinking to your life and the challenges you’re facing. Think bigger than the challenge, be bigger than the obstacle, and act as if it’s impossible for you not to fail. Have faith in God, have self-confidence, conviction and believe in yourself MORE than you believe the challenge is too big to handle. Remember with God all things are possible.
3. Lesson number three Make use of what you already have.
Many people complain about:
But the truth is you have to make USE of what you’ve already got to get what you want. Compared to the armor and the weapons Goliath had, David seemed insignificant. After all he only had a sling, 5 stones and a staff (Even though he turned down armor that was offered to him).
Yet he made use of it and it happen to be more than enough to get the job done. He still defeated Goliath regardless of the comparison in weight, strength, Armory, weapons, etc. David didn’t moan or whine because of the differences like the Israelite’s would have. He had a “so what?” attitude and left everyone in shock after defeating Goliath so effortlessly. With nothing but a sling and a stone.
4. Believe it’s possible
The Israelite’s didn’t believe it was possible to defeat Goliath which is why they feared him. If you were to rate their self-belief on a scale of 1 – 10, their self-belief would have to be less than 5. But on the other hand, David’s belief would have been at least an 8 or more. That’s why it wasn’t an issue for him to challenge Goliath head on and even take him down. And don’t forget David turned down the offer for armory, which proves he strongly believed it was possible. Do you believe it’s possible?
Without a strong faith (Hebrews 11:1) you will continue believing that which you are pursuing is impossible, because doubt will take over and failure will be yours for the asking and believing. Choose to trust God until the end (Mark 11:21-25). You’ll quit on yourself and give up on God if your fears are stronger than your faith. Don’t give the enemy a foot hold into your life through your thought life. Until you believe that all things are possible with God, believe God more than the fear or the obstacle, you’ll continue to quit and have thoughts of giving up. By quitting on yourself you also quit on God, keep the faith and NEVER give up. Nikos Kazantzakis said “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” Do you believe?
5. Don’t underestimate your capabilities
It’s always dangerous to underestimate yourself. When you underestimate yourself and your own capabilities, you end up achieving less. Judging how Goliath looks and appears compared to David, you’d think Goliath was the superior one. But the outcome of the battle turned out to be a lot different than the Israelite’s expected. David didn’t underestimate God or himself. He had faith in God and lots of it. David had a resume of what God had done for him in the past and David was sure God was about to do it better all over again!
I believe God will allow you to win, because it’s His reputation on the line not yours. God promised to take care of us and never to leave us. Regardless of what the fight looks like right now in the natural, please know that God has set you up to win and you will come out the Victor not the Victim. Go ahead and use what you got to win.