Summary: The confrontation of David and Goliath is one of the most discussed and referred event in History. There are powerful spiritual keys in this passage that we can borrow for a victorious spiritual life.
Secrets of Victory!!
1 Samuel 17:45 Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD's, and He will give you into our hands."
Today, we shall talk about the Secrets of Victory by meditating at the passage given above. Each verse above teaches us a very important lesson. The confrontation of David and Goliath is one of the most discussed and referred event in History. There are powerful spiritual keys in this passage that we can borrow for a victorious spiritual life. Firstly, we shall understand the Enemy that we are facing and proceed to discuss the 3 powerful keys that David employed to destroy the Enemy, Goliath.
Understanding our Enemy
1. The Enemy Always Challenges God and His People
Enemy, Satan is always found Challenging God. David said that Goliath “defied or challenged God and His Army (Israel).” When we look at the scripture, Satan always challenged God,
a. While Adam and Eve were in OBEDIENCE to God
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.
Eve to Satan: God said, “You will Die!” (v.3)
Satan to Eve: “You will surely not Die!” (v.4)
b. While Jesus was in FASTING to God
Matthew 4:3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'
Satan to Jesus: “You need Bread to Live. Make these stones as Bread.”
Jesus to Satan: “Man shall not live by Bread Alone.”
c. While Jesus was PREACHING THE CROSS
Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!" 23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
Jesus to Everyone: “I must suffer! I must be killed! I must be raised again!”
Peter to Jesus: “Let these things never happen to you!”
Jesus to Peter: “Get Behind me Satan!”
Remember, Satan is always mindful of the things of men and the mind of Christ is always to be mindful of the things of God.
Illustration: When I was serving God as a Missionary in Bangalore, India. I was mightily used by God in a very hostile area where there was Spiritual Darkness and forces that did not want the Gospel to preached. I faced several threats to close down our Worship Center, even threat to my life saying some are after me to find and hurt me, some even threatened me with Police and so on. However, nothing happened to me and I continued serving God because of my strong faith in the LORD and an active Prayer Life, Focus and Commitment to God prevented every attack of the Enemy against me and my House and Ministry.
So, as we saw in the above three events in the Bible, Satan has always been challenging God and His People who are dedicated to serve Him. He challenges them in the very commitment they have made to God.
After rebuking Peter Jesus went on to establish an important way of life to every Christian to fight the Enemy, he went on to outline to every believer, the life of the Cross:
"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)