Today were going to talk about what's possible when one person stands in faith.
1 Samuel 17 tells the story of David and Goliath. Goliath was a Philistine soldier who stood more than 9 feet tall. He was taunting the Israelite army, challenging them to send out one who would fight him. King Saul's army was frightened and no one was stepping up.
We all have giants in our lives that taunt us and cause us to fear. The giants of depression, anger, relationship problems, sickness, and financial difficulty keep us backed into a corner. It's very easy to retreat and hide from them, but that will never allow us to face and conquer them.
It looked like no one would stand and face the giant of the Philistines, but finally a young boy named David made a stand based on His faith in the Lord.
1 Samuel 17:43-51 says, "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 of the air and the beasts of the field!" 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 hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, 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." As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran."
As David stood, the giant tried to make him doubt himself by mocking him as he entered the battlefield. Our giants do the same thing, they look us in the eye and try and convince us that were not good enough, or smart enough, or rich enough to be victorious in our lives. But we must do exactly as David did. He invoked the power of the Lord and stood firmly on His promises.
When we stand on the Lord's promises we will defeat the giants in our life. David slung one stone in faith and the giant fell to his death. David then went over and cut off the warrior's head. When the army of the Philistines saw this, they ran like a bunch of scared children.
The giants we face in our lives come in all shapes and sizes. They all stand in front of us trying to cause fear and doubt and they all look undefeatable. But when one faithful person stands on the foundation of the Lord, giants come tumbling down.
So, will you stand with me today in faithful prayer and action? If we will do this the giants of this world will definitely fall all around us in defeat.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is a pastor and evangelist with 3in1 Ministries.