Talk is Cheap
Everyone is familiar with the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). We so often focus on David and his great victory. But let’s not forget that the Israelite soldiers faced Goliath for 40 days. I mean they didn’t actually fight him but they stood there for forty days while he berated them and challenged them.
Amazingly that is what is so easy to miss in this story. Goliath never actually fought anybody. He was big and bad with a big mouth but he never made a move to back up his words with his fists so to speak. I mean he could have just charged the Israelite camp and took out a few guys and made them run for the hills but he just stood in the valley between the battle lines talking smack about Saul and the Israelite soldiers. And the Bible says that the king and his army were afraid, some translations use the word “terrified.” (1 Samuel 17:11).
Take a moment and look at what you are afraid of and you may find it’s just words. Like the soldiers, we get scared of our enemies’ threats and bravado. But if we stop being afraid we can see that if that enemy was so sure they had us they would make the victory move like David did. We may be stagnating and hopeless because of mere words that somebody said. But today I challenge you to make a decision to only listen to what God says through His Word and His love.
That’s what David did. David was quick to say that the same God that delivered the lion and the bear into my hands can deliver this talking giant into my hands. Fear and anxiety prey on imagination and getting us to think about what could go wrong but through prayer we have the power to call forth the situation as we need it to be for God’s will (Romans 4:17).
Don’t get caught out there on threats from the enemy. Stand on the promises of God and you will not fail.
The Israelite soldiers stood there for 40 days and listened to threats. No wonder they became fearful. When the enemy starts talking to you in fear you must fight back. Don’t just stand there but fight back using the Word of God, using prayer and worship. That will back any enemy you are facing down.
Jesus said in Revelation that we should be either hot or cold but if we are lukewarm He would spit us out of His mouth (Revelation 3:15). Basically, that means be in or be out but don’t be in the middle. Get in the ring and fight or run away but don’t just stand there in fear. What are you really afraid of? What has been done or what the enemy says he can do? Either way, the enemy is defeated in your life through the power of Jesus Christ. All you have to do is fight back and declare that you shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17)!
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