Most of us at some time face a case of wavering courage. Just what to do, in such times often eludes us. Think as we will nothing appears to fit the situation, thus in too many cases, nothing is done and evil triumphs. David shares a secret with us in the prelude to his slaying the giant, Goliath. Notice David’s statement to King Saul who had serious questions about the young David’s ability: 1 Samuel 17:34-36,
“And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.”
Do you see the secret? Rather than majoring on the size and prowess of Goliath or his own youth, and inexperience, he encouraged himself and his hearers with the account of past success. Past success in some endeavor has a way of giving inner courage to us. David’s defeating the lion and the bear, and rescuing the lamb shows that David had a history of acting courageously, of experiencing deliverance at God’s mighty hand and based on past experience he had the courage to trust God for yet another impossible situation.
The memory and recounting of past victories will go a long way toward preparing our heart for the current impossible battle no matter what form in which it presents itself.
David he did not kill the lion and bear in his own strength, he had trusted the power of the Christ. He admits this and calls on the same power with these words to Goliath:
1 Samuel 17:45 “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”
What the enemy uses to come against you, his size, his evil intentions, his allies, are nothing compared to God with us. Paul speaks about this in Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
Paul is saying, If Christ is raised from the dead by the Spirit, take courage that the same Spirit, this Spirit will raise you and is currently working in you. Being raised from the dead far exceeds any other miracle we may need.
Surely we have some victories to recall as we face the braggadocios rants of Satan’s agents. We also rely on The Holy Spirit as we courageously march on in Christ’s name.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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