We are all familiar with David and Goliath. David was a young man, a man after God’s own heart, but that did not exempt him from facing a giant. Let’s take a look at the biblical account of David and Goliath.
*Goliath was 9'9'' tall. That is 3'7'' taller than I am.*Notice that Goliath was wearing an armor. What is it that the Word of God tells us to wear?Helmet of Salvation, Sword of the Spirit, Breast Plate of Righteousnes, Shield of Faith, Our loins girded with truth, and our feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel.*The devil always has a counterfeit for the REAL things of God.
Bringing down your giant
1 Samuel 17: 4 A champion named Goliath, who wasfrom Gath, came out of the Philistinecamp. His height was six cubits and aspan 5 He had a bronze helmet on hishead and wore a coat of scale armor ofbronze weighing five thousand shekels; 6on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and abronze javelin was slung on his back. 7His spear shaft was like a weaver’srod, and its iron point weighed sixhundred shekels. His shield bearer wentahead of him.
8Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks ofIsrael, “Why do you come out and line upfor battle? Am I not a Philistine, and areyou not the servants of Saul? Choose a manand have him come down to me.
9If he is able to fight and kill me, we willbecome your subjects; but if I overcomehim and kill him, you will become oursubjects and serve us.” 10 Then thePhilistine said, “This day I defy the armiesof Israel! Give me a man and let us fighteach other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’swords, Saul and all the Israelites weredismayed and terrified.
16For forty days the Philistine cameforward every morning and eveningand took his stand..
20 Early in the morning David left the flockin the care of a shepherd, loaded up and setout, as Jesse had directed. He reached thecamp as the army was going out to its battlepositions, shouting the war cry. 21 Israel andthe Philistines were drawing up their linesfacing each other.
22 David left his things with the keeper ofsupplies, ran to the battle lines and askedhis brothers how they were. 23 As he wastalking with them, Goliath, the Philistinechampion from Gath, stepped out from hislines and shouted his usual defiance, andDavid heard it. 24 Whenever the Israelitessaw the man, they all fled from him in greatfear.
25Now the Israelites had been saying, “Doyou see how this man keeps coming out? Hecomes out to defy Israel. The king will givegreat wealth to the man who kills him. Hewill also give him his daughter in marriageand will exempt his father’s family fromtaxes in Israel.”26 David asked the men standing near him,“What will be done for the man who killsthis Philistine and removes this disgracefrom Israel? Who is this uncircumcisedPhilistine that he should defy the armies ofthe living God?”
27They repeated to him what they hadbeen saying and told him, “This is what willbe done for the man who kills him.”
28When Eliab, David’s oldest brother,heard him speaking with the men, he burnedwith anger at him and asked, “Why have youcome down here? And with whom did youleave those few sheep in the desert? I knowhow conceited you are and how wicked yourheart is; you came down only to watch thebattle.”29“Now what have I done?” said David.“Can’t I even speak?” He then turned 30away to someone else and brought up thesame matter, and the men answered him asbefore. What David said was overheard 31and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32David said to Saul, “Let no one lose hearton account of this Philistine; your servantwill go and fight him.”33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go outagainst this Philistine and fight him; you areonly a boy, and he has been a fighting manfrom his youth.”
34But David said to Saul, “Your servant has beenkeeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bearcame and carried off a sheep from the flock, I 35went after it, struck it and rescued the sheepfrom its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized itby its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant 36has killed both the lion and the bear; thisuncircumcised Philistine will be like one ofthem, because he has defied the armies of theliving God. The LORD who delivered me from 37the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear willdeliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”
38Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic.He put a coat of armor on him and a bronzehelmet on his head. David fastened on 39his sword over the tunic and tried walkingaround, because he was not used to them.“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul,“because I am not used to them.” So hetook them off. Then he took his staff in 40his hand, chose five smooth stones from thestream, put them in the pouch of hisshepherd’s bag and, with his sling in hishand, approached the Philistine.
41Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shieldbearer in front of him, kept coming closerto David. He looked David over and saw 42that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome,and he despised him. He said to David, 43“Am I a dog, that you come at me withsticks?” And the Philistine cursed David byhis gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll 44give your flesh to the birds of the air andthe beasts of the field!”
45David said to the Philistine, “You comeagainst me with sword and spear andjavelin, but I come against you in the nameof the LORD Almighty, the God of thearmies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46This day the LORD will hand you over tome, and I’ll strike you down and cut off yourhead. Today I will give the carcasses of thePhilistine army to the birds of the air andthe beasts of the earth, and the wholeworld will know that there is a God in Israel.
47All those gathered here will know that itis not by sword or spear that the LORDsaves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and hewill give all of you into our hands.”48 As the Philistine moved closer to attackhim, David ran quickly toward the battle lineto meet him.
49Reaching into his bag and taking out astone, he slung it and struck the Philistineon the forehead. The stone sank into hisforehead, and he fell facedown on theground.50 So David triumphed over the Philistinewith a sling and a stone; without a sword inhis hand he struck down the Philistine andkilled him. David ran and stood over him. He took 51hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew itfrom the scabbard. After he killed him, hecut off his head with the sword.
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