May 10, 2015 - Faith, Leadership    2 Comments

FACING A GIANT

Sharing your faith with others can be like facing a giant.  So what is the name of the giant that prevents you from sharing your faith in Jesus with others?  This is a question that every single child of God needs to ask.  I, myself, find it very interesting that people are willing to share so many things with total strangers.  Where you’re from … What you do for a living … Things about our children.  But when it comes to sharing their relationship with Jesus, for many of us, that’s a whole different story.  Especially, when it comes to our loved ones.  I know this to be true from my own personal experiences.  For along time the name of my Giant was “DO NOT OFFEND.”

This giant, named “DO NOT OFFEND,” would cause me to start imagewhispering whenever I was talking about Jesus and someone was approaching.  In the back of my mind I was thinking, I don’t know if this person is a believer and I don’t want to offend them.

I was reading the story of David and Goliath.  A story many are familiar with but this time I began looking at the “giants” in our lives that keep us from being bold about what we believe.  Bold enough to share our faith.

ANOINTED TO BE KING

David, the son of Jesse, at a very young age was anointed to become king by the prophet Samuel.  Although there would be some time before David would actually take the office of King, The Spirit of God was with David and preparing him to be a mighty warrior and great leader of men.

1 Samuel 17:1-47

Samuel captures and tells the story about David facing a giant, not in his own ability but in the strength of God.  Now the Philistines had a warrior and a champion named Goliath. He was over nine feet tall.  The Philistines were long standing enemies of the Isrealites.  The two armies were preparing for battle.  Each army was camped on two opposite mountains over looking the valley of Elah.  Goliath each day would challenge a man from King Saul’s army to fight him and the winner takes all.  For forty days, Goliath defied the soldiers of King Saul.  Upon hearing Goliath’s threats King Saul and all his army was struck with fear.  They must have thought who among us can defeat such a GIANT.  But God had such a person-David.  Interestingly enough, David was a youth.  He had not yet reached manhood.  David would become God’s champion for the army of the Israelites.  David, a young boy, would be the one to defeat Goliath, the Philistine’s champion.

HOW TO FACE A GIANT

Now David was the youngest of eight boys.  He was the shepherd of his father’s sheep.  And David just happened to be sent by his father to bring some food to his three older brothers and to see how the battle was going.  Now was it really his father or was it David’s God who sent him?

David took the food that his father gave him and ran to the battle field. Immediately David asked his brothers how they were.  Verses 23-47 As he was talking to his brothers, Goliath step out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, David heard it.  Whenever the Isrealites saw Golaith they ran from him in great fear.  Now the Israelites had been saying,”Do you see how this man keeps coming out?  He comes to out to defy Israel.  The King will give great wealth to the man who kills him.  He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”  

David asked what will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Isreal?

And these men gave David the same reply. They said, “Yes, that is the reward for killing him.”

 But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”

 “What have I done now?” David replied. “I was only asking a question!”  He walked over to some others and asked them the same thing and received the same answer.  Then David’s question was reported to King Saul, and the king sent for him.

David Kills Goliath
“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock,  I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.  I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”

 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail.  David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.

“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.  He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him,  sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy.  “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods.  “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.

 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!

….and everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

WHY SHOULD YOU SHARE AND WHEN?

There are rewards in heaven and benefits on earth when we share our faith with others.  It’s knowing when and how to share your faith that imagedoes the most good.  If we look at how David shared his faith, we clearly see that it was at a time when it was most needed.  There was an urgency.  God’s people hearts were being fill with fear, not just by Goliath, but by their own lack of faith.  Somewhere along the line, I believe the Israelites stopped trusting and believing in God as a deliver.  Perhaps Goliath knew this and took full advantage of this.  This was not the case with young David, though he had not yet reached maturity as a man.  He was reaching maturity as a Child of God.  He accepted Goliath challenge when men would not, not even their King.  So Christians are to share their faith with the faint hearted so that they may be encouraged and strengthen by the same Jesus who strengthens them.  Whenever God compels you, take that opportunity to share His truths and love with those you come in contact with.  Yes, there will be times you’ll be facing a giant.  But, like David, seize the opportunity to slay Goliath and set those held prisoner free.

WHO AND WHAT YOU PLACE YOUR FAITH IN SAYS IT ALL

The name of my giant was “do not offend.”  What would you name the giant that keeps you from sharing your faith?  The giant of fear … The giant of self-doubt … the giant of uncertainty …

Goliath placed his faith in himself and a false god.  The young boy, David, placed his faith only in God.  Remember, not only are people watching you, but Jesus sees and when we confess Him before others He will confess us before His Heavenly Father in heaven.  Amen.

Be bold this is your opportunity to share your faith by sharing your comments.

 

2 Comments

  • Yeah this is one of the most feared giants for all believers, if not the most. But just like anything else the more you do it the less scarier it is. Matter of fact it is cool to see God work by just being obedient and opening your mouth. The Holy Spirit is amazing. Half the time when your done with the conversation you don’t even know what you talked about because He took over for you if you know what I mean.

  • Thanks Dennis, when we trust God we can face all our Giants.

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