Like Goliath from many centuries ago, Satan is taunting and mocking the Living God and His people today. He is jesting at God’s life-giving ways and causing too many Jesus girls to stumble trip in their race toward the finish line. So as we four “by faith, she” girls sat around our birthday lunch table talking about all that was wrong in the world, an idea formed:
- What if we pushed through the crowd of spectators and said, “I’ll take on Goliath!”?
- What if we stepped into the front line and faced the Enemy head on?
- What if we took five little stones and slung them at the Enemy?
We felt God nudging us to step into the seemingly impossible and fight with our Bibles and pens. In all honesty, it reminds me much of the epic battle that played out in a little valley across the ocean between two very different sides many moons ago.
The scene opened much the same as the day before. The Israelites wanted to fight the Philistines, but the Philistines wanted their champion to fight Israel’s champion. The Israelites weren’t taking the bait. This was no ordinary champion. This was Goliath.
Goliath had it all in the visual fear department:
- tree trunks for arms and legs,
- a telephone pole size spear,
- and a height that seemed to touch the clouds.
To top off the visual impact was his booming voice and mocking tone. No megaphone was needed. The natural acoustics of the valley aided his jesting.
“I defy the ranks of Israel this day;
give me a man that we may fight together.” (1 Samuel 17:12)
The looks and sounds of the giant sent giant waves of fear through the ranks of Israel, starting with their king. King Saul was no wimp, yet Scripture says in 1 Samuel 17:24, “When all the men of Israel saw the man (Goliath), they fled from him and were greatly afraid.” King Saul fled from Goliath because he was greatly afraid.
On the other hand, we have David. I love some of the action that describes him and will allow those actions to illustrate why we’re starting a giant-slaying blog when there is a myriad of blogs out there.
1. Left behind his baggage (1 Samuel 17:22)
David had been sent to the battlefield with food and supplies for his brothers. But when he saw the battle was taking place, he left behind his baggage. I love that!
Starting a blog aimed at disarming the Enemy requires gumption and giant-slaying sized faith. Fear of exposure and inadequacy are just a couple of the feelings that swarm like bees in our minds when we think of this new season.
Yet excitement and passion spur us to push past our fears into this next step.
As we’ve been in the planning stages, many of our weaknesses have mocked us and told us to tuck tail and run. But in the strong name of Jesus and for His glory, we’re leaving behind our baggage so that we can take on this God-sized task.
Indeed, Paul said it best in Philippians 3:13-14:
“Brethern, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do;
- forgetting what lies behind and
- reaching forward to what lies ahead,
- I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
2. Turned away from his naysayer (1 Samuel 17:30)
When David felt prompted to take on the giant, his brother, Eliab, mocked him and questioned his motives. I’m sure David felt the sting of the insult, but he didn’t let it thwart what he was called to do - slay the giant!
In starting this blog, we are surrounded by those who love us and are cheering us on. However, we know not everyone is going to be as supportive and encouraging for the world is full of Eliabs. But as a group we’ve decided we have no room for the fear of man and their mocking.
Once again borrowing Paul’s words, this time in his letter to the Galatians (1:10):
“For am I now seeking the favor of men or of God
Or am I striving to please men?
If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”
3. Ran quickly toward the battle line (1 Samuel 17:48)
King Saul tried giving David his armor, but it was bulky and hindered him from his fighting best. He declined the king’s offer and instead chose what he was used to: his staff and sling. He picked five smooth stones, and then ran TOWARD the giant!
That’s our desire with this blog! The Enemy is mocking our God and His Kingdom. With our swords (open Bibles) in our hands and a blinking cursor in front of us, we’re fearlessly running toward the battle line slinging stones at the enemy.
In the words of David, the giant slayer, to the taunting giant in 1 Samuel 17:47:
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves;
for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”
So with our hearts in our throats, but our eyes on Jesus, we’re by faith running to the battle line unencumbered to slay the giant. May this blog be a giant slaying blog for the glory of the Lord and the growth of His Kingdom!
How about you? Is there any baggage you need to leave behind so you can step fully into what God has called you to do? Are there any naysayers you need to turn away from so you can slay your giants? What battle line is the Lord prompting you to run toward today? Join hands with us and run forward in the death-defying name of Jesus!
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