Friday, 28 November 2014

Word : Facing Your Goliath

FACING YOUR GOLIATH

Today’s message is on handling stubborn problems that come out of the blues.
I’ll like you to go through the book of 1 Samuel 17:34-36 for a clear picture. As you read, may you be blessed.
‘But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
Verse :50
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. ‘ NIV
Lessons:
     1.    Take time to Prepare
Your unrecognized time alone is going to be a decider when your Goliath comes challenging you.
 Before you meet your actual Goliath, humble yourself by going to fight lions and bears.
The other soldiers of Israel had experiences fighting men;
David had his experience with wild animals, Goliath was a similar animal to him.

   

     2.    Understand your weapons

You don’t always have to use the conventional to answer significant challenges.

Some challenges actually require an unconventional approach. 
Have a strategy and stick to it. Your challenge would never have seen it coming


    3.    Believe in the Supernatural

Faith actually goes a long way in our performance. The Israelites knew God existed, David not only knew but understood God and His ways. This caused him to have absolute faith in God’s power to deliver (afterall, God had spared him from a lion and a bear). You might be gifted and yet not know because you have no faith or, yours is shaky. Believe that there is a spirit in you to inspire you and lead you to fulfillment. God is always with you as long as you are with Him

    4.    Faith must be demonstrated with works
David did not get to Goliath expecting God’s thunder would strike him down. Any lazy believer
could expect that God would suddenly give Goliath a heart attack at that point; but God had other ways to deal with the giant. God was going to work through the faith and determination of a young prepared lad. God was able to give David the inspiration to see the giant as a bear, so also, God was able to ensure that the stone sailed smoothly to the forehead of the giant. You must as well dare to ensure you are ready to back you faith.

    5.    When your Goliath takes a step, take two

Pro-activeness is vital for success. Don’t just sit back and talk, run at your problem in such a way that it would shudder at your response. Goliath started walking towards David, but it was the young lad who took an unexpected step in running towards the giant.

    6.    Glorify your God

Know this, Your problem wants to challenge God in your life. You mustn’t give it a chance to do so. This must be revealed in your words and composure. Deal with your problem in such a way that God can proudly say “that’s my boy
In conclusion:
When you’ve done all this, the kings that once saw you as “the boy who plays the harp” will ask their officials “who is that boy’s father?”


  Your Day is Blessed.





Submitted by: Abiodun Kayode-Alli




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