Have you ever said to yourself “what if I fail?” There is only one thing worse than wondering to yourself, “what if I fail?” is someone confirming your fear and telling you that you will fail. Be careful who you share your dreams and visions with.
There are lots of voices; for example the voice of limitation, which tells you that you can’t do it, or the voice of manipulation, which tells you that you don’t have what it takes, the voice of intimidation tells you that you will not succeed. As Goliath basically says to David in 1 Samuel 17, you won’t make it out of here alive.
Our circumstances may not be as drastic, but the voices we hear can certainly paint the details to make it seem that way. Our response should be like David’s, he pointed back to the Lord rather than the details of his situation. David says, in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
Goliath thinks he is fighting the flesh-and-blood David, he does not realise that he is going against the ALL MIGHTY GOD. Can you imagine what it would have been like to actually witness this battle? I am sure there would have been a look of horror on our faces as we see this young boy going up against the giant, but imagine the roar of victory as David cut of the giants head.
You might look and feel like David—a young boy with a slingshot facing a giant—but notice how his words shift the focus from his own stature and weapon to the Lord Almighty. He doesn’t say, “I come against you with a slingshot and five smooth stones.” In fact, he doesn’t mention the weapons he physically has at all. He calls out the ultimate truth:
We can do the same thing in our own lives. The Word of God is our weapon. David used it in response to Goliath. Moses used it in response to the Israelites’ fear when they were being chased by the Egyptian army. Even Jesus used it in response to the enemy in the wilderness.
You don’t need to be afraid; the Lord will fight for you.
Read 1 Samuel 17:41-47, Exodus 14:13-14,
When you hear the voice of intimidation creep in, shift the focus and speak the truth out loud: The battle is the LORDS