Most people have heard the biblical story in the Bible about David and Goliath. One day the Philistines had the army of Israel surrounded, scared, and almost defeated. For many days Goliath came out and taunted the Israelites with a challenge for anyone to come out and fight him. Finally one day David a shepherd boy came to the Israelite Army and was bringing food for his brothers and at that moment Goliath appeared again and began his daily ritual of taunting everyone creating fear. After hearing this David was filled with righteous anger and David knowing that his God of truth had a power so much greater than this simple Philistine that was harassing everyone. David knew that God was greater and was able to give him the victory. So David decided to call Goliath out, of course Goliath laughed and mocked David, but David being unshaken by this stood up in the face of this problem and determined to fix this Giant Problem he grabbed five stones and went to battle. Goliath fell by the power of one, one stone, one man, one shepherd boy!
So what do we learn from David? We learn that giants can fall! Giant problems can disappear! Do you think that your problems are too large? Listen to the following:
So we think that we have it bad?
"And whosoever shall exalt shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Mathew 23:12
In Egypt there is a city literally called "Garbage City". In this city many Christians hide from Muslim persecution by surviving amongst the collected garbage. They work in the stench as the trash is piled into mounds. The odor is horrible, yet the Christians there squeeze out their living by sorting and picking through the trash. Just when you thought you had it bad, you here a story like this! These people reveal a lot more than just hiding from persecution.
They show us how to be humble and how to wait on God, trusting Him for their needs and despite the persecution their numbers are growing.
God is exalting them by bringing attention to their plight! God is able to keep you in His care!
God will hide you in His secret place of the Most High and when you wait on Him He shall renew your strength. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the
Most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God in him will I trust.” Psalm 91:1, 2
David was a man after God’s own heart, he was a great biblical leader that started as a mere Shepherd boy and became King. How did he do it? What are his secrets to success?
King David discovered that he was the one, the one that God put strength, wisdom, and courage in to confront Israel’s problem.
There will be problems, but who will solve them?
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s no skin off my back?” Well originally it went like this:
The original form of this phrase was no skin off my nose, dating back to the early 20th century, but other body parts have been used as well (e.g. elbow, knee, and ear.) It essentially means 'it’s no concern to me, not my business, doesn't hurt me at all.' There is not much information about why back became more popular than other parts, though one theory holds that it relates to being whipped, a well-known (if not commonly practiced) form of punishment in English-speaking countries. The link would be that, when one is in a situation that this phrase could describe, it is not causing you any harm and there is no fear of any punishment to oneself.
My take on this will take us back to the time of Jesus; it’s no skin off our back because Jesus paid the price for our sins by taking these stripes for us.
Remember that leadership requires compassion and to be successful in life you must have this, Jesus was compassionate. His skin was taken for us! What is the lesson in this, you ask? Jesus is our example of leadership, he calls us to take a stand against our giants even if it cost us the skin on our backs!
David was compassionate also, he saw the fear that Israel was held captive to.
David stood up against Goliath the giant Philistine that harassed Israel and kept them in a constant state of fear. Fear cripples us and so we must take a stand against the giants in our life without fear. Don’t worry about self preservation, the loss of your skin, or the giants that you must confront in order to succeed, you’re not the first one my friend! This is not new!
So you have giant problems? What will you do? What would Jesus do? What would David do?
What are you going to do about the Giants?
"But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him..." Mathew 14:30,31a
Have you ever stepped out in faith only to discover a frightening sight? Oh, it happens!
There is never any guarantee that we won't see some scary things as we walk this walk of faith, but will we step out in faith despite what we see? Faith is not full of visual comforts and it is usually empty of any proof that we can see with our eyes, but faith is the evidence of things not yet seen, had Peter saw by faith that he was already at the place that Jesus called him to, maybe he would have walked right through the winds ignoring them and maybe he would have stood tall in faith on the water without sinking! Is this Hard to do? Should we close our eyes? Hmm! We walk by faith and not by sight!!! Jesus will save you! It’s the same with the giants in your life; they are already defeated when your focus makes them smaller than they seem to appear.
Sometimes you need to see your giants in a much smaller way because then your view changes you!
Your source of faith becomes more powerful than your giants, in 3D you and your faith is more than paper thin! It is HUGE! You can overcome your fear!
Your giants are smaller than ants in the light of the truth!
David saw Goliath and heard all of the ooh’s and awe’s that the crowds were quietly breathing, but David said this is no skin off of my back because my source of power is so much greater than any Goliath. What we see as giants are mere lies that wear much smaller shoes when they stand in front of God’s truth, in fact they are severely shaking in the presence of truth. Overcome fear through faith.
Confront Giants Head On
Be Confident in Victory
Look Again With Eyes of Faith
Be Convinced of Truth
Ignore the Crowds