Take Goliath Down
by Max Lucado
Goliaths still roam our world. Debt. Disaster. Dialysis. Danger. Deceit. Disease. Depression. Super-size challenges still swagger and strut, still pilfer sleep and embezzle peace and liposuction joy. But they can't dominate you. You know how to deal with them. You face giants by facing God first.
Focus on giants—you stumble.
Focus on God—your giants tumble.
You know what David knew, and you do what David did. You pick up five stones, and you make five decisions. Ever wonder why David took five stones into battle? Why not two or twenty? Rereading his story reveals five answers. Use your five fingers to remind you of the five stones you need to face down your Goliath. Let your thumb remind you of …
1. THE STONE OF THE PAST
Goliath jogged David's memory. Elah was a déjà vu. While everyone else quivered, David remembered. God had given him strength to wrestle a lion and strong-arm a bear. Wouldn't he do the same with the giant? A good memory makes heroes.
"Remember His marvelous works which He has done" (1 Chronicles 16:12). Catalog God's successes. Keep a list of his world records. Has he not walked you through high waters? Proven to be faithful? Have you not known his provision? How many nights have you gone to bed hungry? Mornings awakened in the cold? He has made roadkill out of your enemies. Write today's worries in sand. Chisel yesterday's victories in stone. Pick up the stone of the past. Then select …
2. THE STONE OF PRAYER
Note the valley between your thumb and finger. To pass from one to the next you must go through it. Let it remind you of David's descent. Before going high, David went low; before ascending to fight, David descended to prepare. Don't face your giant without first doing the same. Dedicate time to prayer. Paul, the apostle, wrote, "Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long" (Eph. 6:18 MSG).
Prayer spawned David's successes. His Brook Besor wisdom grew out of the moment he "strengthened himself in the Lord his God" (1 Sam. 30:6). When Saul's soldiers tried to capture him, David turned toward God: "You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble" (Ps. 59:16).
Invite God's help. Pick up the stone of prayer. And don't neglect …
3. THE STONE OF PRIORITY
Let your tallest finger remind you of your highest priority: God's reputation. David jealously guarded it. No one was going to defame his Lord. David fought so that "all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's" (1 Sam. 17:46-47).
David saw Goliath as a chance for God to show off! Did David know he would exit the battle alive? No. But he was willing to give his life for the reputation of God.
What if you saw your giant in the same manner? Rather than begrudge him, welcome him. Your cancer is God's chance to flex his healing muscles. Your sin is God's opportunity to showcase grace. Your struggling marriage can billboard God's power. See your struggle as God's canvas. On it he will paint his multicolored supremacy. Announce God's name and then reach for …
4. THE STONE OF PASSION
David ran, not away from, but toward his giant. On one side of the battlefield, Saul and his cowardly army gulped. On the other, Goliath and his skull-splitters scoffed. In the middle, the shepherd boy ran on his spindly legs. Who bet on David? Who put money on the kid from Bethlehem? Not the Philistines. Not the Hebrews. Not David's siblings or David's king. But God did.
And since God did, and since David knew God did, the skinny runt became a blur of pumping knees and a swirling sling. He ran toward his giant.
Do the same!
Let your ring finger remind you to take up the stone of passion.
One more stone, and finger, remains:
5. THE STONE OF PERSISTENCE
David didn't think one rock would do. He knew Goliath had four behemoth relatives. For all David knew, they'd come running over the hill to defend their kin. David was ready to empty the chamber if that's what it took.
Imitate him. Never give up. One prayer might not be enough. One apology might not do it. One day or month of resolve might not suffice. You may get knocked down a time or two … but don't quit. Keep loading the rocks. Keep swinging the sling.
David took five stones. He made five decisions. Do likewise. Past. Prayer. Priority. Passion. And persistence.
Next time Goliath wakes you up, reach for a stone. Odds are, he'll be out of the room before you can load your sling.
From Facing Your Giants
Heart To Heart DailyPrayer
"Be encouraged now because as you go forth boldly with My Word and My Spirit, there will be the sound of truth, and it will prevail in the land. Speak boldly and clearly and watch as the mighty men arise to take their positions on the wall and in the churches and in the marketplaces, for I am raising up deliverers and reformers in this generation who will not shrink back at the challenge that is coming in the days ahead.
"Yes, it will grow darker before My light shines brightly from this nation again. But the light has not been extinguished and will not be extinguished. The time to rise up is now. I am calling you to war. I am calling you to repentance. I am calling you to My side. I am the Captain of the hosts. I am calling you to victory. I am calling you to destiny. Will you answer?"
HEART TO HEART DAILY PRAYER
Ohhh.... Gentle, Loving, Powerful, Merciful and Omnipotent God... we praise You on today.
You Who have created it all and see it all... ARE in control.. of it all. Father.... we are asking for Your vision on today in all things. We know that even our own heart... deceives us. And many times, ESPECIALLY our own heart. Father.. no matter what our natural eyes see or our natural ears hear... we are trusting only in You. GIVE us greater discernement. Today we commit to not acting or reacting according to how our emotions connect... with what we are experiencing, or people are saying, or how things are looking, or what that "illness" seems to be doing.
Father... give us a powerful glimpse through the clouds of life... the PEACE and Stability and Sure Footing that Your Truth alone gives us.
Reach into the confused mind of dementia... and bring healing and soundness and peace.
Enter into the hurts of the heart and the injustices of a long life of battle... and suture up all scars. Mend all spiritual cuts and wounds. Straighten crooked thinking. Re-route wayward thoughts. Correct wrong beliefs. Ohhh.. DO this in the lives of our loved ones on today. God.. we are looking to You.
We long for the war of the flesh and the spirit to end. We know that You have already won that war... but we know that we still walk it out IN the flesh that we live in on a daily basis.
We cast DOWN right now, all strongholds of the enemy; all wayward thoughts and wrong attentions; every lie, every subtle distraction or temptation.... all things that try and exalt themselves against the knowledge of You.
You ARE our only King. King of our lives and Lover of our souls.
We praise You for great peace and wisdom on today in all of our decisions. Clear the road. Bring freedom. Saturate with Your Peace.
Father... where there would seem to be no way.. MAKE that way.
Marriages put back together... stronger.
Those with infirmities... set free, and living stronger and brighter than ever before.
Those overwhelmed... sensing the burdens lifting and the situations obeying You.
Families restored... and more loving than ever.
Minds once confused... now sound and in order.
Finances... freed from the constraints and "penalties" and chains that have bounds them...
Father.... Your Peace, Power, Presence and Freedom... is what we are longing for on today.. and we HAVE IT.
You ARE the great Way-Maker.
Dispel all lies right now... in Jesus Name...
Whether those lies permeate and celebrate distraction and deception in the political arena, our own families, among friends, on job sites, in social situations.... wherever satans lies try... to abound-- God Your Truth is ALWAYS more powerful.
Remove and replace as You see fit.
Assign and Lock in Position all that You want and have planned and would be fruitful and beneficial and a protection and peace and prosperity in all ways for us in our lives.
We bring before you right now our children. Thank You for the privilege of being parents. Oh, what a blessing those relationships are. The Love... that You have allowed us to have is tremendous.
All weapons of the enemy over their lives are cancelled right now.. in Jesus Name...
We lift up our President and his family right now. Strength. Wisdom. Truth. Obedience to only You and Your desires in his personal life and in his decision-making as President of the United States.
We pray for our country and for those who are acting out in positions of power... Father... DO a great thing. Line all things up so that TRUTH shines forth for Your people. All who see YOU.. will SEE IT.... Amen.
Bring Your Gospel message to town halls, to drug infested allies, and pent-houses, to families and community centers, to churches who are being swayed by the worlds tactics, to homes across America, to radio stations... let there be a BURSTING forth of truth.. on both Christian AND secular stations.. Father.. reach far and wide with Your Truth and Peace and Love... in Jesus Name.
Thank You Jesus.
Thank You Father God.
Thank You Holy Spirit.... for ALL that You have already done and WILL do in our day on today.
Bring understanding among those who need to dwell in UNITY.
Its in Jesus Mighty Name that we pray and believe all these things.
I love you
I believe in you
And I pray all this with you
Kimberly Ann Ministries
Heart To Heart