Facing Goliath

Posted by Dion Todd May 21st, 2024 1,243 Views 26 Comments

Your servant struck both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God." David said, "Yahweh, who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." 1 Samuel 17:36–37 WEB.

Goliath must have been a fearful sight to behold when he walked out onto the battlefield. He stood over nine feet tall. His bronze armor and weapons alone weighed one hundred and seventy-five pounds, which was probably more than young David did soaking wet. Goliath carried a sword, a javelin, and an enormous spear with an iron tip. He had an armor bearer that carried a large rectangular shield in front of him to block incoming attacks. Goliath would have been the historical equivalent of a modern-day tank rolling onto the battlefield.

The Philistine and Israelite armies faced each other and waited. Goliath walked out onto the battlefield twice a day, first in the morning, then in the evening, and he would challenge anyone in Israel to fight him. Saul, the king of Israel, was a head and shoulders taller than everyone else. He should have been the one to challenge Goliath (1 Samuel 10:23). But King Saul and the rest of the Israelite army cowered from Goliath's terrifying challenge for forty days.

Young David had three older brothers serving in the military, and his father sent him to deliver food and supplies to them. When David arrived, Goliath walked out onto the battlefield and taunted them again, and David heard it. David had been anointed by God years before by Samuel. While tending his father's sheep, he fought lions and bears and won. The Holy Spirit came upon David, and he accepted Goliath's challenge.

There are many lessons we can learn from this story. A key one is this: When David faced the worst thing he had ever encountered, he took the time to remember what God had already done for him. "God delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear. He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." David stayed positive, and he prophesied his future. David told Goliath: "Today, I will strike you down and take your head from you." Then he ran towards Goliath and did just that.

If you are facing some bad things now, remember what God has already done for you in the past. Say it, declare it, and speak nothing negative about the situation. "Lord, You have delivered me in the past. I know that You will deliver me from this as well! You have got this, and I choose to trust in You today. I will overcome."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for my lack of trust and for giving into fear when I should have taken a stand. Now here I stand. I choose to put my trust in You today. Deliver me from my enemies. Strengthen me to fight this battle, and share Your infinite knowledge with me so that I can overcome this. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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Audry Reddy commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

3 weeks ago


Very applicable for today!! Thank you Lord!!




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Wesley Paulus commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

3 weeks ago


Amen hallelujah praise the lord!




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Liesel aka lisa Wardle commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

3 weeks ago


AMEN and AMEN!!!




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Cathy Webb commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Absolute truth, Pastor Dion! Our God is faithful in ALL of our struggles.
Praising Him this morning for providing an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant apartment in our daughter's complex! God DOES provide! He is interested and involved in EVERY detail. Thank you, Lord, for deepening my trust and emboldening my witness.



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Liesel aka lisa Wardle

3 weeks ago

AMen and Amen, dear sister!!! Asking for the Lord's cont'd blessings upon you, your daughter, and your entire family, in the name of Jesus, AMEN!!! "Numbers 6:24-26"


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Sylvia Todd

4 weeks ago

PTL, that sounds perfect πŸ˜€! May He continue to bless you and your family πŸ™!



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Liesel aka lisa Wardle commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

3 weeks ago


AMEN and AMEN!!!




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Yvette York commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


AMEN Good Morning Everyone πŸ˜ƒ



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Sylvia Todd

4 weeks ago

Happy Tuesday, Yvette 🀟!


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Dan Remley

4 weeks ago

Good morning ❀️



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Sylvia Todd commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Good morning, everyone 🌻! I posted it on the homepage Announcements, but for those who didn't see it, we now have emojis available in all areas where you can post or comment 😊! If you look at the bottom right corner whenever you start a post, you should see the little icon to open the emoji window. It is searchable and will save your most recent choices. Have a blessed day, y'all 🀟!



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Cathy Webb

4 weeks ago

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Well-done! 😁


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Lynn Brown

4 weeks ago

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Lynn Brown commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


That is my prayer, to trust You and not fear what I see or feel! Amen.πŸ™



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Dan Remley

4 weeks ago

Amen ❀️



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Debi Burton commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Heavenly Father, please forgive me for my lack of trust and for giving into fear when I should have taken a stand. Now here I stand. I choose to put my trust in You today. Deliver me from my enemies. Strengthen me to fight this battle, and share Your infinite knowledge with me so that I can overcome this. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❀️




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Wanda Pennington commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Yes Lord Jesus, Amen!!




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Elena Vasquez commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen




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David Krull commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen. Forgive me Lord. Help me stand in faith and to keep my eyes upon you Jesus. I do trust You Father no matter the circumstances or how I feel. Having done everything, help me to stand on Your Living Word in me.. Strengthen me Lord. My times are in Your hands. Thank you Jesus for this day and
for the life You have given me. Help me forgive those family members who have hurt and abandoned me. I pray You reconcile us. Bring repentance. I forgive them because You forgive me my sins. I pray Your will before e in our lives in Jesus Christ Name.




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Dan Remley commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


I can thing of several times while working,or in everyday life where I literally escaped death. In factories where machines could and probably should have broke me in half. My only explanation is God. On these occasions afterwards I would be shaking like a leaf. Thinking no way I should've gotten out of that. God was watching, and He had a lot more for me. I thank you Lord for this,and the opportunity to see my grandkids and enjoy my life and family. Amen ❀️




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Scott Riegelmann commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen thank you Father for all the times you saved my life, I love you!! Have a wonderful day




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Maria Williams commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Father I put my trust in you.πŸ™




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Larry Fowler commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen!! πŸ™




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Mark Williams commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Jesus,I trust in You!




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Candy Laventure commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen!




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Benjamin Opawale commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen in Jesus name.




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Marisa Jackson commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen!! πŸ™ Amen!! πŸ™ Alleluia!! ❀️ Amen!! πŸ™




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Celeste Strenn commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen❣️




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Brenda F commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen!!




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Dana Rozell commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen!




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Schalk De beer commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Yes, amen Lord.




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Kay Collinsworth commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Facing Goliath

4 weeks ago


Amen






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