1 Samuel 17 Defeating the Giants

The story of David and Goliath is known by many people simply because it has become a story about overcoming the impossibilities in life. Before you can talk about the story of David and Goliath you have to remember that the man David became was formed in the everyday trials and responsibilities of life. David at this time was working two jobs. One for King Saul as he played music for him and the other for his father tending sheep. David was a responsible person who took his commitments seriously.

Our society likes to use this story to talk about digging deeper within and giving them everything we got but this story is really about faith in God and His promises to deliverer his children.  It’s a story of a single spirit filled life that inspired others to victory. This Story is a story of how God gives the victory so that His power can be known by all.

Read 1 Samuel 17:1-37

So the philistines and the Israelites are lined up across from each other separated by a dry river bed. The Philistines came up with a new strategy that does not seem to be a common fighting technique because they had a champion fighter who was bigger than all the rest. The stand off went on for 40 days with Goliath challenging anyone to come and fight him one on one, but as verse twenty four tells us, that all the men would run from him in fear.

David who was sent by his father to deliver food to his brothers as well as to their commander was to find out what was going on and then go back and report it to their father. When David arrived he heard Goliath defying God and the Israel army and it bothered him to the point of moving forward and inquiring why this defiance was allowed to continue.

What disturbs you? Many people are disturbed by things in the world but are you disturbed enough to do something about it? Have you ever thought that God has allowed you to become disturbed by something because He is putting it on your heart to do something about it?

If you are going to do something about it then you have to know that there will be what seem like Giant obstacles in your way. Stepping out from the crowd while everyone else is in fear can be challenging. It was do or die for David and there was no turning back. So there are a few things we can learn from this story to help you as you face the challenges that are before you about the things that bother you.

1)   Know you will receive Criticism

The first Giant you have to overcome is criticism because you will be misunderstood by people. Joseph in Genesis was misunderstood by his brothers, Jesus brothers did not believe Him until after His resurrection from the dead and David’s brothers did not like David even asking questions about what was taking place. So know that criticism will always be an obstacle you will face when you are attempting to do what God laid on your heart.

We already discussed David’s Dad and the fact that he did not even invite him to meet the prophet Samuel but now we see a disdain that David’s brother had for him. Some of the most difficult criticism to overcome is ones from your family members and friends because they are the ones who are usually closest to you and for some reason you think they will support you.

His brother questions why he is there and then demeans him with why he is not watching the few sheep he was in charge of. The fact that David says “What have I done now” shows this was a continuous pattern with this brother and possibly with all of his brothers.  Also, because  David turned so quickly to someone else shows that others could hear the exchange between them which would add to more embarrassment the brother was trying to add to David.  The family bond is strong and at times can be good but it can also devastate a person for the rest of their lives if they wait for approval from family members to do the will of God.

Your past is your past unless it is affecting your today.

Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

A spirit filled person’s devotion to Christ will seem as though they  hate  every other relationship compared to their devotion to Christ. This does not mean you hate your family but if God is calling you to move forward, and your family does not want you to do it,  then you have to do what God is calling you to do even if it cost you your families approval.

This is why you must be in God’s word or you can justify your actions while ignoring the people God placed in your life that are trying to keep you from going down a wrong path. The Giant of family dysfunction has crippled adults the rest of their lives and has caused some people to not do the will of God.

Read 1 Samuel 17:38-40

2) Know who you are and whose you are

You will never defeat the giants in your life if you do not know who you are in Christ. The first thing we see Saul doing is trying to fit David into his armor because Saul believes all soldiers need to fight the same way. Some believe that you have to fit a certain mold in order to be affective for the Kingdom of God but God has made each one of us unique and by that God is going to use each one of His children differently.

Psalm 139:13-14 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works;  my soul knows it very well.

There is so much pressure to conform to society and we sometimes do not even realize we are missing out on Gods uniqueness for us by trying to be what someone else wants us to be.

David knew who he was and how God formed him and he was comfortable using the gifts God gave him which was different from everyone else. God has formed each one of us a certain way and when you are different then you will be criticized for it.

David knew that the experiences he walked through as a shepherd were God preparing him for something and he was not going to waste the time and experience he gained through the times he protected the sheep.  So many people focus on the things that have gone wrong in their lives that they forget that God is using those experiences for His glory. What have you walked through in this life that God may be using to use you for the future?

If David would have tried to fight Goliath the way Saul wanted him to then he would have been destroyed. David, who was a shepherd, used the weapons he was familiar with instead of trying to be someone he was not.

Saul did not know who he was and that is why he did not go and fight Goliath.  Some believe that Saul was trying to give David his battle gear so he could take some of the credit since he was too scared to move forward.  Because David knew who he was and how God had made him and shaped him he was ready to fight the Giant. The Giant would just be another animal that David would have to kill. David was confident in two things when he talked to Saul. Who he was and that God was on his side.

Reread vs 37

David knows where his success comes from. Many people forget after they have success that it was God who gave them the victory.

Read 1 Samuel 17:41-58

3) Know your Enemy

Every team studies the strengths and weaknesses of the team they are going to compete against. Most of the Israelites focused on one person, Goliath, and did not focus on the fact that they did not have to fight him the way he wanted. Saul should have rallied his troops and had many men go and fight Goliath while the others went to fight the others.

When it comes to fighting the enemy we sometimes get talked into fighting him on his terms. Of course, as Christians we have an the enemy and that enemy is Satan. We are to be prepared to fight him on a daily basis and so many times we are scared of his taunting and battle strategy that we run in fear just like the rest of the Israelites.

Ephesians 6:11-13 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Many Christians either over sensualize Satan or ignore that he exist. Of course throughout the Gospels we see Jesus dealing with Satan so if you are a follower of Christ then you have to acknowledge Satan exist as well.

1 Peter 5:8 says Satan wants to destroy us.

Goliath was blaspheming God which is what made David mad enough to do something about it. In verse twenty three it says,  “and David heard him” Goliath was an imposing figure at 9 feet 9 inches tall and he had armor that weighed 126 pounds while most of the Israelites had no armor but only wore simple clothing. Goliaths spear had a massive iron point weighing 15.1 pounds and everything about him was intimidating. From his massive appearance, to his great armor and to his loud voice which shouted insults, Goliath is the perfect picture of Satan who tries to intimidate the children of God.

But as we learned with the Prophet Samuel we are not to look at outward appearance but only if we have a heart that is in love with God.

Next David says “That the earth will know that there is a God”

Nothing is done for David’s Glory but only for Gods because the battle is the Lords and everything we do should be for the purpose of others seeing there is a God who reigns.

A)   Your enemy will make accusations

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers[a] has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

Satan is literally pointing out to God everything we as Christians are doing wrong. David had to listen to the accusations of Goliath but he did not believe them. We have to always remember that Satan will not only tempt us to do wrong but then will accuse us when we give into the sin. You have to make a choice if you are going to believe what God says about you or the enemy.

In fact David launched his own verbal attack by letting Goliath know what his future held. We already know that the future for Satan is doom so we can simply remind him of his fate as well.

When you study Jesus in the wilderness and the battle He had with Satan you will see Jesus constantly using truth to overcome the half-truths that Satan was telling. I am not a name it and claim it guy when it comes to our personal health and wealth, but I do believe we need to know the truth of Gods word and repeat it, and even say it out loud.

B)   Your enemy will try and intimidate you

Goliath tried to make David feel as though he did not have a chance in defeating him. Fear is a powerful tool and it can cause you to forget the arsenal of weapons you have. (Sword of the Spirit, the belt of truth , Helmet of Salvation, Shield of Faith See Ephesians 6:10-20)Goliath pointed out David’s staff but does not mention David’s sling. David knew his weapon of choice was his sling because David would not have to get any closer to his enemy than he needed to.

To not be buried was considered to be worse than death itself so he was trying to distract David and make him start thinking about the worse case scenario.

When it comes to our enemy Satan, he always tries to remind us of the worse case scenario so that we get filled with fear and will not act.  John 8:32 says you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. As you know the truth of God you have

1 John 4:3-6 ….This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

There are two spirits in this world this is why you have to go by truth and not just by feeling.  Satan was in the wilderness quoting scripture to Jesus so you have to be careful with accepting half truths as if they were from God. We also have to remember that the one in you (The Holy Spirit) is greater than the one in the world.(Satan)

Knowing who you are in Christ is one of the ways you defeat Satan. If you believe that the sin you have can never be defeated then the enemy has already won. This is not about you doing better it is about you turning more of your life over to the Spirit of God.

C)    Your enemy will try and get close to you

David did not wait for Goliath to get close because the majority of Goliaths weapons, if not all of his weapons, were for close range. Even his spear, with the 15.1 pound head on it, was more for intimidation than actual effectiveness. We allow the enemy close to us when we get careless with our lives. The problem with spiritual warfare is that we do not always see that we are being tempted or close to destruction.

The Bible speaks of people being led like lambs to the slaughter (Psalm 44:22 and Jeremiah 5:26;50:17) If you actually study how they keep the lambs calm all the way up to the point of death you will realize that the lambs never saw it coming. Farmers do that so that the meat does not get ruined by the lamb getting nervous at the last minute. So many times, if we are not careful, we will not see that Satan is leading us to our destruction one step at a time.

D)   Your enemy has already been defeated so you can defeat him

Satan has already been defeated but we must also defeat him is one of the mysteries we face on this earth.  Satan’s doom has already been announced but we still must fight him. Satan’s power has already been crushed when Jesus rose from the dead but that does not mean he is powerless. Satan wants to intimidate you to  destroy your life because he knows that we have the power to overcome him through the spirit of God.

John 10:10 says the thief comes to steal kill and destroy because if Satan cannot have your soul then he wants to destroy your life so that you are not as affective in reaching others for Christ.

David literally fulfilled Leviticus 24:16 that says a person who blasphemes God must be stoned to death by slinging the stone into Goliaths head. David then went up to the Giant and cut off his head removing any chance that he would rise up again. This is a true picture of what we are to do with sin because we allow sin in our lives to stick around instead of cutting its ugly head off.

Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.

What areas in your life do you need to submit to God today? What things in your life do you need to totally remove and cut out?

What things have you not done because you have allowed others to determine what you should do instead of allowing God to tell you what to do?

If God is for you nothing can stand in your way of overcoming the sin you struggle with. If God is for you there is no giant big enough that you cannot defeat.

It may still be a fight but it is winnable because it has already been won.

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