Our text is in I Samuel 17:10-11.
10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
The giant had been roaring against them. For nearly 6 weeks this giant had threatened them. They had become discouraged and discouragement had led to fear.
There are giants in the land today: Cancer, aids, divorce, lack & need, family trouble, illness, and they roar against people. Sometimes our Goliaths take on human form: A person in our life that treats us with contempt or mocks us. Sometimes our Goliath is our own fear. It holds us hostage, makes us afraid of change, and afraid to leave our comfort zone. They try to defy the children of God, just as this Goliath tried to defy Israel.
I want to preach about the 4 Marks Of A Giant Killer.
Look at verse 26. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine. Now look at verse 32. And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
Let's also look at verses 36 & 37. Thy servant slew 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. 37 David said moreover, 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. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
The Bible says that David ran toward the enemy. He fought an offensive battle, and David killed the giant with a stone and cut his head off.
1 Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
1sa 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
1sa 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.
David said that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Isn't it amazing. The world does know about this battle.
David spoke faith-filled words to Goliath, then he went running toward the battle.
Now let's turn to II Chronicles 32:7-8.
2ch 32:7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
2ch 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
But it didn't end there. If you read on you'll see that the King of Assyria lifted up his voice against what Hezekiah had said, and against God. He sent evil messengers of fear to undermine the people's trust in God.
Satan is still using the same tactics.
But poor King Sennacherib, just like Goliath, he doesn't have a chance. God sent an angel and smote 185,000 of the Assyrian's army.
David didn't measure his giant up against himself. He measured him up against his God. He said, "The battle is the Lord's."
Hezekiah said, "The Lord our God is with us to help us and to fight our battles." They are speaking faith-filled words over their giants.
Our words are vehicles or carriers either of faith, hope, and life or of fear, doubt, and death.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue...
Proverbs 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Words can affect the inner most part of a man.
Jesus used faith-filled words to:
Raise the dead
Heal the sick
Calm the storm
Speak to the fig tree.
Satan comes against us just as Sennacherib came against Hezekiah, with words of doubt, fear, unworthiness, and weakness. He wants us to take up that confession, to agree with him instead of with what God has said.
God's Word is the Sword of the Spirit: Our only offensive piece of armour. Satan wants you to lay it down.
When Jesus taught about prayer in Mark 11:22-25, he taught that we could speak to the natural world. That is how God created it. Prayer that is based on God's Word rises above the natural senses and connects to the Author of that Word.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony...
There are giants we all face and you don't defeat them by being religious. You won't defeat them by being emotional, jumping, screaming, or yelling. Don't misunderstand, I believe in being excited and I believe in emotions, but some people think if they have an emotional experience, that the giant is dead, and that is not always the case. Giants are not threatened by the name over the church door. Cancer doesn't care if you are a Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal or whatever. Giants are defeated by steadfast faith in God's Word, by trusting in our covenant, and speaking to our giant.
There are 4 things that should be in the arsenal of a giant fighter.
That means being devoted, dedicated, to have a personal walk with God. Dictionary: Surrendering of yourself for a cause, purpose, or person.
A lot of people claim Jesus as Lord, but surrender to the lordship of the world or the circumstance. Half-hearted Christians don't slay giants.
David was consecrated. He was a man after God's own heart. In verse 29 David said, "Is there not a cause?"
David had a personal relationship with the Lord. David saw God as his God & his Lord. David named the Lord as his strength, his provider, his peace, etc.
You won't be a giant killer without a personal fellowship with Jesus.
Romans 12:1-21. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Ro 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
You can't be consecrated without surrender.
2. A Positive Confession.
David laid claim to the victory. He said the same God who delivered me from the lion and the bear will deliver me from the hand of the giant. David said, "This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand."
Without consecration or dedication you will have worthless confession.
Some people are dedicated, but they have a bad confession.
Your faith won't rise above your confession. Confess what God's Word says about your problem not what your problem is telling you. Agree with God not your giant. Don't listen to your giant.
God's Word says: I am more than a conqueror, With His stripes I am healed, My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world, My God shall cover me with His feathers and under His wings will I trust, No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
Get the idea?
The Israelite soldiers were defeated without a battle, because they lost courage. They became discouraged by the size and the words of their enemy.
Satan is hoping he can win without a battle. He wants to back you off the battlefield by discouragement. He knows if you fight, he loses. God is on our side.
God told Joshua, "Only be strong and very courageous." He told him, "I will be with thee, I will not fail thee, or forsake thee." Then Joshua faced a flooded Jordan and a huge wall. God handled them both.
Don't lose courage!
David was a man of courage. Read about Ziglag, David's hometown. His whole town was destroyed. It took a lot of courage for David to get up out of the ashes of Ziglag, but David encouraged himself in the Lord. But David & his men recovered all the enemy had stolen. Three days after David's darkest hour, he was King of Israel.
You will have to have courage. You can only be discouraged if you have lost courage.
The last weapon I'll mention today is:
David knew he had a covenant with a Living God. He knew the benefits of that covenant. He knew the giant didn't have a covenant.
Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
We have a better covenant with better promises.
Friend, I don't know if you can receive this or not. We never lost the blessing of Abraham, but we gained with it the inheritance of Jesus, and with that is a place in His victory.
David knew where he stood with God.
I believe deep down each of us know where we stand with God. Some of us are heirs of promise, but have not had the consecration, confession, or courage, to claim our covenant.
Are you where you want to be? If not, why not change that right now?
Maybe you have not received Christ as your Redeemer and are outside the covenant. Whatever your case, you have this opportunity to change your circumstance right now.
Today is the day to speak to your giant in the Name of Lord Jesus and go free.
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