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The Heart of a Champion

David and Goliath

God has called us as born-again believers to stand as champions, knowing that Christ won the battle through His shed blood, death and resurrection.

No matter what you think of yourself or how often you’ve failed in the past, God has made the way so that you can stand victoriously and achieve those dreams that God has put in your heart. When God is working on your behalf nothing is impossible. My wife Sherry says, “It’s not impossible. It’s Him possible.”

Ephesians 3:20b teaches us that God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

Are you getting close to achieving some of your dreams, but facing great opposition? The Word of God instructs us to rejoice and commit our works and ourselves to Him (see 1 Peter 4:12-13, Prov. 16:3, 2 Chron. 16:9).

Proverbs 16:3 AMP reads, “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

Opposition can blow itself up to look like a giant. But, keep in mind, that God is bigger and mightier than anything that can present itself against us.

As we stand fully committed to Him, we will experience Him as our source of strength in the day of adversity.

Second Chronicles 16:9a (NIV) reads, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

Isaiah 26:3 AMP encourages us further by stating, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

Consider David when He faced Goliath of the Philistine army. Goliath was nearly 10 feet tall. He wore armor that weighed about 126 pounds, he carried a bronze sword and a bronze javelin across his shoulders (see 1 Samuel 17:4-6 MSG).

David did not run away in intimidation when Goliath scorned and despised him—threatening to give his flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field (see 1 Samuel 17:42, 44).

First Samuel 17:45-47 tells us, ‘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. 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. 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.”’

David knew his God and understood his identity as a child of the most high God and as a member of God’s army.

When Saul, the king of Israel, declared that David couldn’t fight Goliath because he was a youth, David did not give in and quit. David replied to Saul how the Lord had delivered him from the lion and the bear and how he killed them both. Then David proclaimed that God would deliver him from the Philistine (see 1 Samuel 17:33-36).

David didn’t rehearse his failures. David spoke of God’s victories through him and that God would have the victory again. When David went after Goliath, he did not go after him wearing the armor of men and carrying the sword of Saul, but rather he brought down Goliath with a sling and a stone.

We need to know and understand that we don’t overcome by strict adherence to religious systems and dead works established by men, but as the Word of God indicates, we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony (see Rev. 12:11).

Let’s go forward using the authority we have in the name of Jesus Christ. Let’s go forward testifying what God has done, and who we are in Christ. Do not equate your new life in Christ with your old life in the flesh. Rather, consider your old evil nature dead. Colossians 3:3 (NIV) reads, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Walk in your new nature and by the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 promises that as we walk by the Spirit we will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Now let’s take our stance as overcomers, go forth, and acquire our dreams as we obey God.

- Bruce Koch

Bruce Koch is president of Gospel Tramway. He is an author, intercessor, teacher and preacher of God’s word. He resides in Georgetown, Texas with his wife Sherry and son Ethan.

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