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Wings of hope: Don’t be intimidated

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I will never forget the first time I heard of the story David and Goliath in the Old Testament. I sat in silence perturbed by the graphic imagery of a gigantic Goliath towering with intimidation over the Children of Israel.

If you never believed that God can fight battles for his children read the story of David and Goliath again. If you are scared and bullied by the forces of darkness around you try reading this story again. And if you thought God cannot win victories for the feeble who plead allegiance to his name think again.

Goliath stood and shouted across to the Israelites, “I defy the armies of Israel! Send me a man who will fight with me.” (1 Samuel 10) Israel had lost all hope. Their arch nemesis, the Philistines, had brought out its big gun.

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His name was Goliath, and he was over nine feet tall.

His immense height was matched only by his super-human strength. He walked around in a 125-pound coat of armour, and he was proficient at throwing a 15-pound spear. To top it off, he had a bad attitude, and day after day he taunted and hurled insults at the Israelites, baiting them to fight him to the death. This went on for 40 days.

Then one day David came into the camp with a care package for his enlisted brothers. In the course of his visit, he heard Goliath mocking Israel and asked: “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26 NLT)

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Before we get to the showdown in this scene, we need see the significance of what David is saying here. Every Israeli soldier saw this as a battle between Goliath and Israel, but David understood that it was really a fight between Goliath and God.

That’s because long ago the Lord had promised Abraham that He would be against anyone who cursed or came against his descendants (Genesis 12:3). David was aware of this promise, so he had great confidence that Goliath wouldn’t and couldn’t prevail.

It didn’t matter how tall, strong, or mean Goliath was. All that mattered in David’s heart was what God had promised in His Word.

Perhaps there’s a “Goliath” taunting you who has you fixed in fear at this very moment.

Don’t allow that to be your focus, but rather, make God’s Word your rule of life.

When you do, the promises there will remind you that God is on your side, which means you’re invincible to any enemy’s attack.

What allowed David to see Goliath differently? How familiar are you with the promises in God’s Word?

Believers have no excuse to live in fear after reading the story of David and Goliath! The size of your enemy doesn’t matter. The financial muscle of your adversary is irrelevant.

Focus your eyes on God and what he has done before for his people. He is the same God like yesterday and his ability to puzzle the world of evil has never stopped.

There are people in this world who can be intimidating.

They choke others with their authority and can push your confidence to a corner.

There are managers who take advantage of their workers and subject them to all kinds of abuses. When they walk into their offices, everybody coils their tails between their legs like a scared dog.

Stop living in fear, God is your victory! Stop living in fear and claim what belongs to you.

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