“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.
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.
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw their hero was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron.”
God Vs Goliath 6 looked at the winner’s mindset with which David approached his confrontation with Goliath of Gath. As the giant came closer to David, he had two choices he could make. He could have stayed where he was and allowed Goliath to approach him, looking more menacing with each step he took; or he could decide not to be reactive but proactive and step forward to initiate the battle. Too often, we see trouble coming, but we wait for things to explode around us before we react and start fire fighting. We may often get into the battle after some damage has already been done, whereas we could have avoided a lot of pain if we took the right step at the right time. God has given us the wisdom and discernment to be many steps ahead of our enemy, and to pre-empt his attacks. If we kept our hearts in tune with the Holy Spirit, we would hear His word of caution, or gentle direction, and be able to move into a situation in the authority and power we have because of the victory of Jesus on the cross. We may also hear the words of caution sent to us by God through the voice of another person.
David probably knew that if he waited for Goliath to approach him, doubt or fear would ruin the winner’s mindset he was walking in. He had come this far, and he was not going to allow anything to steal this battle from him. He was determined to win! He did not waste any time. He knew that he had to stay in control and therefore he had to take the first step and strike. He acted on the run; while moving forward towards Goliath, he reached into his little pouch, took out one of his pebbles, and with his sling, shot the Philistine squarely in his forehead. The smooth stone hit him with so much force that it sank into his head, breaking through his skin, his skull bone, and into his brain. It was almost as good as a bullet from a 500 magnum revolver! Goliath fell over on his face, dead. It was the end of a reign of terror!
This was a bloody battle, and not one most of us could even watch in reality. I stand for peace and not for war or violence, and could never do what David did, in terms of killing this man, and then calmly cutting his head off with his own sword! However, there are many aspects of this battle which we can take as guidance in prayer and spiritual warfare.
1) David stepped forward to deal with the enemy. For too long we have allowed darkness to come into our churches, our children, our marriages, our work, our finances, our cities and nations. Daily we see the evil one claim more, as he makes inroads into what he really has no right or authority over. If we continue to watch and wait, he will take it all. It is time for the people of God to seek the face of the King, and step forward under His direction to apprehend and stop the enemy once and for all. Remember this battle is yours to take and the enemy is already disarmed because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:15 says about Jesus: “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” You have the power and authority!
2) David aimed his stone towards victory. He had no expectation of anything but success. We can have the same success if we pick up the promises of God, and shoot them (declare them) in faith against the difficult situations we are facing. Faith believes that the victory is already won! The enemy takes strength in a person’s lack of knowledge of the Word, or the lack of faith in it. This is the only way he can have victory over us. If we are not standing on the Word of God in times of crisis, we really would be like a three legged stool trying to stand on two! We would be sure to topple over as problems come against us. But if we stood on the power of God’s Word, and His personal promises to us, there is no way we could fall. If we stood on the never failing love of the Father, Son and Spirit, we stand on solid ground! As we proclaim the Word of God with faith and authority, the enemy will surely crumble and fall face down, because the Word is eternal and unshakeable, and can never return void!
3) David intentionally picked up a stone and shot at his enemy’s head. Prayer has to be intentional, specific, decisive, and strategic, if we want to see victory over the strongholds of the evil one. We need to devote time to receive the leading of the Holy Spirit, and also time to pray these Spirit-led prayers against the issues we are facing. God may show you that you need to change the way you have been praying for a loved one, because there may be a generational issue to deal with; or you may be shown the way to come against the root causes of some prevalent stronghold of sin in your city or nation. Be like David – be intentional. Pray specifically.
4) David made sure the battle was over. David could see that Goliath had fallen over, but he went over to his body, took the Philistine’s sword from its scabbard, and cut his head off. He made sure there was no way this mountain of a man could rise up and threaten Israel again. How can we relate to this? God would have us know that the battle is not over until every door is closed and every source of temptation is cut off. We cannot sit back until we know that we have closed off every access sin and darkness had into our lives or the lives of those we are battling for. It becomes time to clean up the ‘house’.
5) All the fierce warriors of Philistine, turned and fled in all directions, when they saw that their champion was dead. When the strong man is bound and cast out, every hold there was over the life of a person or place is broken. (Mark 3:27 & Matthew 12:29). Fasting and prayer reveals the strong man, ie the principle spirit who is ruling and reigning. As you ask the Holy Spirit to show you the root cause of the problem you are facing, He will, and when this Goliath is toppled and cut off, there truly can be freedom. The army of Israel chased the Philistines to the gates of their own cities – Gath and Ekron, which were two of the five Philistine strongholds. Gath was also the home of Goliath. The enemy forces were sent out of Israel and back to the place where they belonged. Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:18 “…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it”. The forces of darkness will have to stay within their assigned boundaries because you have decided to rise up, and not tolerate their invasion any more!
Friend, Jesus has already made it possible for you to know complete victory in the war you face. He has given you the power of the Holy Spirit, and the wisdom that created the universe to guide you with strategic battle intelligence. He has destined you to be a winner and a conqueror! There is no way you can fail. “When God is for us who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). You have been set up for success! And remember that whatever the battle, Jesus, the Supreme Commander of the Heavenly Host sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for you day and night. He is praying that you will win, and you will!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 22 November 2010