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19, November 2018

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Giant-killers (4)

‘The Lord, who saved me from the lion and the bear, will save me from this.’ 1 Samuel 17:37 GWT

David prevailed because he understood the power of past successes. He told King Saul, ‘The Lord, who saved me from the lion and the bear, will save me from this Philistine.’ Observe:

(1) Giant-killers build on past successes. A series of successes builds our faith and allows us to find the mix of ‘God-confidence’ and ‘self-confidence’ necessary to make us unstoppable. Without self-confidence, we fail to recognise God’s gifts to us. Without God-confidence, we fail to recognise the limitation of those gifts. 2 Samuel 3:1 NKJV says, ‘Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.’ David understood that every time you put a win on the board, or an enemy under your feet, your confidence in God and yourself grows. So replay past victories and trust the God who did it before to do it again.

(2) Giant-killers create their own style. David couldn’t wear Saul’s armour—and you can’t operate in someone else’s gift. You have your own weapon, your own armour, and your own style. You are uniquely equipped to conquer your giant. David conquered Goliath with a slingshot. Moses parted the Red Sea with a shepherd’s staff. Paul conquered disease and demonic oppression with a handkerchief. For Peter, power over sickness was released through his shadow, and many times, Jesus simply ‘spoke the word’. Resist the urge to ‘wear Saul’s armour’ and quietly wear the wardrobe God has given you. Stay in your gifting. Stay in your anointing. Stay in your assignment. This winning combination of building on past successes and creating your own style leaves you exuding confidence and creativity—two of a giant-killer’s secret weapons.

SoulFood: Ecc 1–4, Jn 11:28–37, Ps 50, Prov 30:7–10

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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