1 Samuel 17:25-27 (NKJV) 25 So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.” 26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 27 And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”
Today we will get back to looking at David and how he was able to overcome the Goliath in his life. I believe this battle is a type of the battles we must face and can help us learn how to be victorious no matter what comes against us. We have seen two of the things David had working in his life that gave him victory. First, he realized that he could not run from the battle. Because he understood the God that was on his side, he ran to the conflict with Goliath, confident that God would give him victory. It is human nature to want to avoid conflict, but many times we cannot. This is particularly true when important things are at stake.
Second, we saw that David was submitted to the authorities over his life. He was not just fighting on his own. Because he was submitted to his father and was at the battle front under orders, he was in position to win the victory. We must realize that in order to walk in authority we must be under authority.
In today’s scripture we see that David was clear on the rewards of winning the battle. On the surface it might seem that David is looking at this from a selfish point of view. The king has promised that whoever defeats Goliath will receive a number of things as reward. He will get the king’s daughter as his wife. Marrying her would make this man part of the king’s family. This opens up many doors to whoever could defeat Goliath. On top of that, this man will receive great riches and his whole family of the man would be exempt from taxes. On a personal level, this is a great reward.
I am not suggesting that we do what we do for the purpose of personal rewards. That said, we need to know that when we fight for the Lord, God will take care of us. The Bible is full of promises from God concerning what he will do for us. He is a Father and it is his desire that his children be blessed and comfortable. When we rise up in his will to fight the enemies of our faith, God promises to bless us. We do not fight to be blessed, but we need to know that God will take care of us if we do fight. If our motivations are selfish, God will not bless us. If we are motivated by the will of God, he will give us victory and take care of us along the way.
No one sacrificed more for the kingdom of God than Jesus. No one would say that his motivation was selfish. Yet he went to the cross knowing that his victory would produce great personal joy.
Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV) 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Why did Jesus go to the cross? He did it because he obeyed God’s will in all things. Yet in this verse it is clear that he went “for the joy that was set before him.” I know this is not talking about the kind of blessings David was asking about. Nevertheless, Jesus was willing to endure the cross even though he despised the shame of it, because he knew that something wonderful would come to him in the end. He was going to be raised from the dead. He would be reunited with the Father for all eternity in heaven. Most important, he would open the way for all of God’s children to be restored to relationship with God.
On a personal level, the fact that Jesus would not stay in hell but would be raised to life again was what enabled him to endure the cross. He knew that the cross and its shame was not the end of the story. He knew that he had an everlasting future with God. This enabled him to see his way through the terrible battle he had to fight.
On another level Jesus understood that he was fighting for something that would make a real difference in the future of all people. He had a destiny. The way to fulfill that destiny was through the cross. As long as he knew that his destiny was waiting at the end of the battle, he could and did endure to the end. Both the personal joy and the final victory helped him endure to the end.
David did not fight Goliath for what he could get out of it. However, David understood that if he fought for God, he would win. He wanted to be clear what the promise for winning meant. We do not fight our battles just for what we can get out of it. We do need to know that God has given us promises. If we fight the good fight of faith, those promises are there for us. If we live Godly lives, there is a reward due us. It is not selfish to believe God will do what he himself has promised.
Knowing that God will take care of us when we do battle is important. Sometimes we need to go through some things, but in the end, we will see the reward God promises. However, that is not all there is to what we need to believe in order to be willing to fight. We must know that when we win, it is extending the kingdom of God. We are fighting for the souls of men and women, boys and girls. It is not just about us, it is about winning the war against darkness.
How does my winning battles against sin or sickness or poverty, help win the war against darkness? How does my choosing to live according to Godly principles affect the world. First, we need to understand that people are always watching us. When we live Godly lives, when we have joy in the midst of trial and when we have what we need in the face of economic or emotional impossibility, we show those around us that God is real. We show them that he cares for his children. When they ask how we can have victory when it seems no one else does, we can introduce them to the source of victory. However, there is something else God showed me.
Generals do not win battles. Soldiers win battles. Generals can make plans and move the pieces of the army to the right place on the board. They can have brilliant plans and schemes and because of that, we say they win the battle. However, the generals simply put the soldiers in position to win. It is the soldiers who fight. In the end one soldier must stand in front of another soldier, resist him and push him back. When that happens, ground is taken. If it does not happen, all the plans in the world are useless.
Every time you and I choose God’s way instead of the world’s, we resist the devil and take ground in the spirit. Every time we choose holiness instead of sin, we push back darkness around us. Every time we rise above our emotions and take hold of joy when we should be depressed or faith when we should give up, we take ground from the kingdom of darkness. Every time we stand by faith and receive the healing, provision or deliverance the Word of God says is ours, we take spiritual ground from the devil.
Your victories count in the war against the kingdom of darkness. You count in God’s army. No one is unimportant. You have a reason to fight. On the personal level, God will take care of you. In the grand scheme of things, your victories are important. They are important to God, to those around you and to the outcome of this great conflict between darkness and light.
You will win. God is on your side. You do not fight alone. All of the body of Christ is with you. The Holy Spirit is in you. Do not quit. Jesus was able to endure the cross because he knew that was not the end of his story. You may be in a difficult or even impossible situation. However, remember that your story is not over yet either. God is for you so who can succeed against you. Take down you Goliath!