FIVE TERRIBLE ATTACKS TO EXPECT BEFORE YOUR BREATHTAKING VICTORY
DAVID AND GOLIATH
I SAMUEL 17
- A terrifying situation will come against you in your life, presenting an enemy bigger than you expected. Goliath was 9 feet and 9 inches. His armor weighed more than most of us could carry. He was formidable and horrifying. Your enemy will defy you and attempt to breed terror into your soul. The threat is to take your life, your loved ones, steal your stuff, and destroy your destiny. Greater men than you will be in distress at the plight. “Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel… ‘This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.’ On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.”
- Your position, countenance and experience will not be equal to the fight before you. David was a sheepherder, delivering cheese to his brothers, among whom he was the youngest of eight. You will be under-qualified for the task; the last person anyone thinks can handle the battle. However, a righteous indignation and resolve for justice will become an overriding passion in your heart? You will feel no choice but to stand up to the intolerable evil before you. David was outraged, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
- Those closest to you, even your own family, will burn with anger and throw insults at your zeal to see the hand of God move miraculously in the fight. Their cunning words will sting your heart and false accusation will leave you stunned. David’s brothers questioned his ability, integrity and honor. They were offensive. “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.” They attempted to silence and diminish his bravery.
- Others will try to fit you into their mold. They will give you armor that does not fit and weapons that are not suited to you. They will question your judgment and skill then insist you attempt victory their way. Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth … The king dressed David in his own tunic.” David tried Saul’s armor on and finally he said, “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.”
- All of this distraction will give the enemy opportunity to move closer, get keener and more hostile. He will hurl insults and slurs at you. Threats to terrify you will increase. I Samuel 17:41-44 says, “Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. ‘Come here,’ he said, ‘and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!’” The enemy will undervalue your skill.
IF ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN YOUR JOURNEY…
PREPARE FOR YOUR VICTORY
The end of the matter shall reveal that God is preparing a triumph to stagger the nation. You have in your hand the weapon He has trained you to war with. What God taught you in the back forty when you faced the bear and the lion, will now season your warfare with courage and faith. You will rise to a level that surpasses the onslaught of the enemy. As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Your mouth will boldly and prophetically declare your full intention to take down the stronghold of evil. Your hands will be the very ones, which God, Himself, will use to bring deliverance. “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’”
With words that almost seem ridiculous to the onlookers who do not have faith for your victory…you will hurl the stone, launch the weapon of your warfare and by the hand of the Lord Almighty … your giant will fall. According to your faith it shall be so. You spoke in faith, the substance and evidence of that which you could not see and now by the power of God you will realize the enemy’s defeat -- headless and powerless. “So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand…” Remaining foes will scatter, those who once mocked you will celebrate your victory and promotion will come by miraculous means. Upon seeing this mighty feat, Saul asked of David, “Whose son are you?” So will be the question on everyone’s lips “Who are you and how did one so insignificant come to such great triumph?” God will be praised and glorified in the attacks that lead to the your conquest.
Regardless of five terrible attacks…
Your triumphant victory
Will be accomplished