“Meanwhile the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”
David was completely unafraid. His sling was probably folded up in the palm of his hand, and his five smooth stones were in his little shepherd’s bag, as he boldly walked towards Goliath. His eyes were not on the giant looming ever larger before him with every step, but on Jehovah, the Almighty Omnipotent Lord, who delivered him from the jaws of the lion and the bear. With each breath he took, He called on God, never doubting the victory that was to be his.
Goliath, on the other hand, had his shield bearer walk in front of him, as he thundered forward with each step. His trust was in the arm of flesh. His faith was in his huge but finite physical size and strength, and in the weapons he carried. He still needed the security of his shield bearer. The enemy trembles at the name of Jesus; he cannot look into the eyes of the children of God, because He sees the One who defeated him through the power of the cross.
As the young boy approached the Philistine, Goliath was a little unnerved by David’s fearlessness. Jesus defeated the devil by his death and resurrection. He vanquished all his power and authority. However, the evil one still has victory over the lives of people, because they are fearful, and believe the lie that he is stronger than they are. He looked at David and hated him. He hated the freshness and purity on his face. He hated the presence of God upon him. There may be people in your life who seem to hate you and you wonder why; it is because of the light you carry, and who you belong to! You carry an invisible identity, a freshness and radiance which may not always be apparent in the physical but can be seen in the spiritual.
Goliath was irritated by the calmness and quiet strength of David and did not like it. He went on the offensive, trying to intimidate David with his words, cursing and threatening him. His intention was to rattle David and make him afraid. He despised the fact that David did not carry a sword or wear battle armor. He felt degraded and insulted that Israel had sent a young boy to face him, and that he was unarmed and unafraid! As Goliath pounded closer to David, the Philistine probably looked a lot larger and more intimidating than he did from a distance, but David kept moving forward undeterred. He knew that victory was already his!
Problems always appear a lot bigger when we start to address them. Focusing on the issues we face magnifies them. You may even find that things get a lot worse as you start to pray against them and make war in the spiritual dimension, but take heart! You are getting closer to your victory. The devil makes one last attempt to keep you bound with fear, because there is no other way he can exert any power over you. He tries to intimidate you and terrorize you and make you even wonder if things would have been better left as they were. This is what Goliath did to David, as he began to curse David by his gods, and threaten him. He still thought that David was no match for him and that he could make him crumble!
So how did David win this battle when his enemy was stronger, heavier, larger, more experienced, and superior in every way?
1) He faced his battle in the name of the Lord. (“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty” – Zechariah 4:6). Goliath had all his powerful weapons, but David had a more powerful one – the name above every name! He said “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…” Friend, you have a weapon which can never fail. It is a name which makes the darkness tremble. It is a higher name than the name of every sickness, addiction, problem, pain or difficulty. It is the name of Jesus! Jesus said “In my name you will cast out demons” (Mark 16:17). In His name He said we have“authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy…” (Luke 10:19). And as though this was not enough Jesus said “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:14), and “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23). What a promise! What a revelation! Speak the name of Jesus over your battles, your enemy, your problems. Come against them in the name of the Lord Almighty! Claim your victory in the name above all names. Your breakthrough is here!
2) David knew that this enemy was not really his but God’s. He said to Goliath “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied”. For forty days and nights, Goliath the Philistine had thought he was mocking and cursing the army of Israel. He probably got bolder and bolder each day, when the people never struck back. He was really pitting his strength against God, who patiently withstood the insults for that time. There are those who are hitting against the people of God, attacking the work of the Kingdom, and the servants and the army of the Most High. Darkness has been permitted to prosper for a time but a day is coming when there will be no more room for Grace. 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” So take courage, friend, and know that your enemy is really God’s problem, whatever or whoever it may be! He has promised in Isaiah 49:25b “I will contend with those who contend with you…” No father will sit back and allow his kids to be beaten up by a bully each day! Our Papa is no different, and while He loves all of His creation, His patience is only for a season, and the Goliaths around us will have to face Him one day soon. All Goliath’s armor and weaponry meant nothing to David, because he knew who was really fighting this battle – the Almighty, omnipotent God!
3) He spoke out what he expected to see happen. David’s primary weapons were his words. As he fearlessly spoke out, he was sealing into the physical the victory that was already his in the spiritual dimension. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:13 “It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken’ (quoted from Psalm 116:10). With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.” The fruit of faith is manifested when we speak forth what we are believing for – whether it is healing, financial victory or whatever else you have been praying for. Begin to believe the words of the Father. Begin to stand on His Word and speak it forth, into the lives of your children and spouse, into your work and ministry, into your neighborhood or city. Those smooth stones which David used to topple Goliath were like the powerful promises of God, which when believed and spoken, destroy the deceptions of the enemy, and make his lies crumble into dust! As you declare God’s Truth into the atmosphere, things are already beginning to change, to rumble and move. Heaven brings God’s Word to fulfillment! It really works! David’s words (unlike Goliath’s) were not an empty threat. As they were spoken in faith into the atmosphere, they took on prophetic power, and actually came to pass! God gave David a complete victory!
4) He fought for the glory of God. David said “The whole world will know that there is a God in Israel” and “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves”. He was not looking for the fame and acclaim of people who watched the battle. He just wanted to see the Kingdom vindicated, and the name of the Lord exalted and glorified. God sees our hearts and knows our motives. Even in our personal struggles, we can use our victories to bring glory and honor to the name of the King. David was a man after God’s heart!
Friend, the enemy has lied to you for long enough. God has promised to contend with those who come against you, but you need to stop fighting in the flesh. Lay your own weapons down and seek the Lord with prayer and fasting. His Name, His Word, His Spirit will bring you the overcoming, because of the power of His blood shed for you. I speak victory and power over you today, in the name of Jesus, the name above all names. I declare that the enemy is defeated because your battle is the Lord’s. Amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, November 15 2010