Summary: Many Christians fight just to fight but they are not fighting to win.
TOPIC: FIGHT TO WIN
Text: I Samuel 17:50
“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.”
How did David won over Goliath? The normal answer to this question is, “Using his sling and stones that is how David killed Goliath.” Partly this is true, but behind this truth is deeper reasons of David’s triumphed against Goliath. And from this reasons we can also derived principles that we can apply when it comes to the battle that we encounter daily in our lives, battle that we need breakthrough. I would like to read David’s battle cry against the enemies – vv. 45-47 (read).
There are three reasons I would like to share from David’s victory against Goliath:
1. HE FACED GOLIATH
David confronts, challenge, and deal with Goliath. In I Samuel 17:4-7 described who Goliath is. Not to mention that he always shouting towards the Israelites and defy God. He is some kind of using manipulations and intimidation that even Saul, the champion and king of Israel with the Israelites people, trembles in fear and dismayed whenever they hear him (vv. 11, 24). In the midst of Saul and Israel’s fear of facing Goliath, David stands out to face him (v. 32). (ILL. To View Goliath – When the soldiers of Israel saw Goliath, they thought to themselves, "He is so big that we can never kill him.” When David saw Goliath, he thought to himself, "He is so big that I cannot miss him." —Michael P. Green.) Trying to avoid Goliath is not the solution because he never disappear, he is always there keep on calling and their fear is getting bigger and bigger all the more, in v. 16, “For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.”
What is your biggest fear in your life right now that never disappear, and its getting worse all the more everyday as you continue to avoid and hide from it. The first step to overcome it victoriously is to face it, just what David did to Goliath. When Jesus asked the disciples to feed the more than 5000 people, the answer of the disciples is to have them go home. For the disciple the solution is to avoid it, run from it, but Jesus told them, “Have them sit and feed them.” Jesus is trying to teach them the principles on overcoming and that is, “Face it!” not facing it will not make any good or progress, instead it will become more and more bigger and bigger everyday except you face it and stand before your Goliath.
2. HE FOUGHT GOLIATH
Second, David didn’t just face Goliath but he fights Goliath, he fights Goliath with battle cry trusting God. Actually Saul and the Israelites also facing Goliath – vv. 1-3 (read). But it only stops there, everyday they just stand face to face with their enemies, talking about him (vv. 25-28), they just talk over their enemy but without any progress because they afraid to face them in close combat, to fight them. But David not just face Goliath but fights Goliath – v. 32, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” While Goliath taking his advance against them, against Goliath, David also taking his advance against Goliath – v. 48, “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.”