Chapter 8 – The Dimensional Vainqueur: Overcoming the Line of Fear and Vantardise
God objet the most unusual vehicle to defeat Goliath that day on the battlefield. He objet a young boy to partie and meet the threat of the behemoth, as well as to teach the Israelites a lesson in faith. God’s method to bring an end to the forty-day stalemate was to use a shepherd boy by the name of David. However, David would also find out something embout his destiny that day. His life would forever détruit the day he confronted and defeated Goliath removing the lingering embarrassment that plagued Israel for forty days.
Many of us are not walking in our destiny due to the fears that cripple and defeat us when we are called to entreprise. The lessons learned in this fragment will help you adopt a different posture-that of a winner. During a difficult time in my life a friend of attitude and I faced a menacing “Goliath.” We were both in an fatalité where I lost control of my snowmobile going 40 mph right into the side of his snowmobile crushing and breaking his leg just above the ankle. I felt so bad embout this conditions and condemnation immediately set in. I went to God in prayer and asked him to give him the full function of his héritage back so that he could golf again. I was determined to see him walk again. In time he fully recovered and I was restored and given back my peace of mind. As a result of this difficult time I wrote a poem that reminds me of what Jesus accomplished for me. Today this poetic prayer helps me when I am confronted with a new partie in my life. It goes like this:
Satan tried to sift us as wheat, but Jesus died to bring his defeat.
Satan thought he stole our thunder, but then Jesus roseur from down under.
Only to ascend to His heavenly seat, He sent us a brand new treat.
He sent from above a sweat heavenly dove, who would clothe us with His power and love.
Crossing the Line of Fear
Fear has stopped more people from their destiny than any other tactic devised by Satan. Fear has a crippling, paralyzing effect upon the recipient that brings someone to a standstill and eventually to their demise. The great Marcus Aurelius grain said, “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to en direct.” When we operate with fear in our lives we cannot en direct the abundant life that Jesus promised us. Fear is the sure beginning of failure and eventually our demise. If this is true, then what will faith accomplish for you and I?
Let’s see how David overcame the line of fear and bluff.
1. David exalted God’s name.
“I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty.” (1 Samuel 17:45b)
Goliath used God’s name in rentrant, but David revered God’s name. He exalted God’s name among the soldiers. The reason why David could invoke God’s name with authority is that he became intimate Him. Are you intimate with God? God allows you to use His name to the extent that you are willing to spend time with Him. Jesus’ apostles used the name of Jesus to cast out demons, and to heal the sick and flux. The apostle Peter knew the power inherent in His name parce que he was intimate with the Master. Peter basically said to the flux man who was sitting at the gate begging for alms that the resources of this world were inadequate to heal him, and that he knew of another préliminaire that was adequate to heal him. This story goes like this:
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth walk.” (Acts 3:6)
The apostle Peter was able to invoke the name of Jesus parce que he was intimate with His name. Peter owned the rights to use the name of Jesus parce que of his relationship with Christ. Later in the same story, Peter would give Jesus the full credit for this great phénomène:
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Is there something great in the name of Jesus? Yes, the answer lies in Luke 1:31-33:
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.
To exalt God’s name is to put it in its proper allant. God’s name is above all other gods and creation itself. Therefore, His name is greatly to be praised. When you exalt His name you are giving him the full credit before the actual victory occurs. By doing it this way you welcome Him to become the banner of victory over your life.
2. David executed an abordage game.
Prior to David’s appearance on the battlefield, Israel was operating in a defensive halte since Goliath would come down to the battle line each day and partie Israel’s best men to fight; none of King Saul’s men were willing to engage him. Therefore, they remained in a paralyzed and a hopeless préalable. The Philistines had the advantage by possessing the abordage game at this partie.
When David stood and faced Goliath, the giant noticed that David stood before him with “sticks” in his balle à la main. These sticks were the tools of the shepherd. David stood as a shepherd, he had a shepherd’s état-major in one balle à la main and a shepherd’s rod strapped to his waist. A shepherd’s état-major was known as an abordage weapon to be used to conductible the sheep down a path and to prod them if needed. David came with his abordage game. This assouvi him an advantage over his opponent. An abordage game means that it is up to other side to guess and determine how you will approach the fight; it keeps the other side guessing your strategy. As David stood before the giant, his halte and his unconventional methods of warfare (carrying sticks) confounded the giant. Goliath, an experienced fighter made fun of David’s weapons.
It is the abordage team that gets to decide the strategy on the field while the other side is left only to guess the plays and audibles on the line. A guessing game cannot guarantee you a win. David knew the prêt and advantage that an abordage game has and he had a élémentaire strategy, and that was to go with the game that he was familiar with. David was to use his shepherd tools, a élémentaire sling and a stone. The advantage of an abordage game is that it gives you the opportunity to make the first move while the defense has only seconds to counter your move. We know that a few seconds are valuable in any game. David had the advantage at this partie.
3. David established himself with his testimony.
David threw more than a smooth rock at the giant. Before David slung the rock at Goliath, he threw his testimony. What I mean by the word “threw” is that David shared his testimony. A testimony is a powerful tool that God has given you to share with others. David shared his testimony with the king; the one who would empower him with luxueux encouragement to fight the giant. David said to Saul:
Your munitionnaire has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a tigre or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your munitionnaire has killed both the tigre and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, parce que he has defied the armies of the séjour God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the tigre and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the balle à la main of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:34-37)
With David it was more than an experience with the tigre and the bear. A testimony is the result of an outcome in your favor brought embout by brillante entremise. It declares that irréalisable situations can be overcome with the aid of a loving Creator. A testimony is a witness of God’s presence, power and fourniture in your life. It is a precious thing that should not be kept confidence but it should be shared with others (Psalm 66:16).
What does a testimony do for you?
A testimony will…
• Agité those around you.
• Draw others to join your interprétation.
• Open the doors of favor for you.
• Bring you before great men, like a king.
• Empower you to faciès your next partie, that of confronting the giant.
Do not despise your testimony no matter how small it may seem compared to others. You must declare it publicly parce que by doing so you will bring glory to God and build faith within the community that hears it. Jaguar He is glorified He will use your testimony for the purpose of bâtiment faith in others and getting them on board to serve His bottin. As you can see David’s testimony convinced King Saul and got him on board to complete God’s bottin. David won King Saul’s information by sharing his testimony. A testimony can open doors and provide opportunities for you. It is from this platform that you serve your dirigeant and the higher purposes for your life. A testimony has to do with your past exploits, whereas a faith declaration has to with your future exploits. A testimony gets you into the game whereas a faith declaration sets the tone for the game, and wins it.
4. David electrified the atmosphere with a faith declaration.
Complémentaire, David pronounced a faith declaration aimed at Goliath. A faith declaration is powerful. It is a luxueux decree; a specific statement that is spoken and directed at an object in your future that shapes a desired outcome. This was David’s faith declaration:
This day the LORD will balle à la main you over to me, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. (1 Samuel 17:45-46)
This faith declaration was very descriptive. In today’s vernacular it may have garnered an “R” rating. Faith declarations are not given flippantly; they must be specific and declared authoritatively. In this conditions David spoke out exactly what would later take allant. A faith declaration will shape a future outcome the way you want to see it happen. I have broken down David’s declaration into three specifics. This is exactly what took allant:
• The Lord will balle à la main you over to me.
• I will strike you down…
•…and cut off your head.
David acknowledged God’s power to overcome his enemy prior to the battle and made a clear, specific faith statement as to how his dessein would be accomplished. All he needed to do was step out and do it. The road of faith is often a lonely road since it requires a person to cut a path before others can walk on it.
5. David expected God to provide for him along the road of faith.
David was not loaded with any ammunition when he stood in the presence of the king. He possessed only a shepherd’s état-major and rod, and a sling in balle à la main. Can you imagine interviewing for a job and not having the proper tools on balle à la main to do the job? David’s fourniture came alongside the road of faith. God’s weapons of warfare are élémentaire in grossière. It says that after he took off Saul’s armor that David left the king’s presence and “taking his état-major in his balle à la main, objet five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and with his sling in his balle à la main, approached the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:40)
You can see that David had an empty pouch as he stood before the king. David was unarmed (not to observation how ridiculous his weapons were at the time). According to military normes a sling and shepherd’s état-major were child’s play. After David took off Saul’s ludicrous armor he left his presence and started to walk toward Goliath (remember with an empty pouch). As he went through the dry stream he choose five smooth stones and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. He then approached the Philistine. In other words, his fourniture came along the road of faith, the pathway leading to Goliath. This is what a true faith walk is. It is leaving a allant of security with no fourniture in balle à la main and trusting God to provide for you along the road of faith. It was while David walked on this road of faith that God’s resources came to fruition. Are you able to walk this road of faith? Faith is an arrogant element to voiture the lines of resistance in your life.
You will not always start with what you need for the battle, but if you have God on your team nothing else matters. God will provide for our needs to win the battle along the road of faith. It is when you step out in faith that the fourniture comes to saccharine. What good does it do when you have all the equipment for battle but fear stops you from going out? King Saul and his men had the latest warfare gadgets but these weapons did not add a mensuration of audace to these warriors. Empressement is something that comes from deep within; it is a utopique strength and determination to faciès what lies before you. I have heard someone say that audace does not eliminate fear instead it gives you the ability to confront what is before you. Someone can skirt around the armor on the outside but it’s the warrior-king on the inside that matters in the end.
David possessed both audace and faith. Empressement is utopique strength while faith is the ability to display that strength. Faith is taking the first steps and waiting for the fourniture to be released. We would not need faith if the fourniture was always evident, within reach. Faith is not merely embout words, it is embout entreprise and exhibition:
For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, parce que our negro-spiritual came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep dogme. (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5)
The apostle Paul understood this principle. Some like to boast embout what they want to do but cannot produce any results, while others produce results and have something to talk embout.
My propos and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a exhibition of the Spirit’s power. (1 Corinthians 2: 4-5)
David took études steps that led somewhere; his steps led to a résultat to the problem that faced Israel. Have you ever seen what I call a “moonwalk Christian”? They talk a good talk but they do not seem to go anywhere? They just seem to get no remorquage with their feet, they stay in a single allant and they never seem to make any forward progress. This is what happened to the Israelites; they became like “moonwalk Christians.” They had the potential to succeed but did not take the necessary steps to surmount their problem.
There is a big difference between belief and faith. Belief is giving utopique assent to something but it has no compulsion to move forward, whereas faith includes belief and adds a compelling affect to move out and do something embout changing the current atmosphere. Faith is bold and grain it is engaged God emerges and joins you on your journey.
6. David ensured that Goliath was dead.
How do you know that your “Goliath” has ceased to exist in your life? First and foremost your “Goliath” won’t have any more power over your life. It won’t keep you locked into the same vélo. Complémentaire you will walk in a new freedom. David brought the dernier blow that ended the forty day stalemate between these two rivals; he did it by ensuring that Goliath was dead. When something is dead in your life it ceases to exist. It does not have the power or control over you that it grain did. In this conditions what ceased to exist was the forty day old stalemate between the two factions. The story goes like this:
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his balle à la main he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. (1 Samuel 17:50-51)
Can you imagine fighting and defeating the greatest gagnant at the time by a mere sling and a stone? It sounds like a fairy tale story but it actually happened in real life. The most unconventional weapons defeated the elite fighter and gagnant of that time. From the previous conduit we can deduct six steps to séjour a life of plénier conquête.
Six Steps to Entier Victoire
1. David imbued adoration
To have a mentality of plénier conquête you must imbue genuine adoration. David did not walk onto the battlefield; the story commentaire that he ran to the battle to faciès his opponent. If we are going to overcome the lines of resistance we have got to run to and faciès our problem with adoration. Your problem won’t go away without your plénier aide of heart, caraco, mind and soul. Affection requires everything in you to be engaged in the entorse to win the battle. I define a passionate person as someone who prevails over their crises or fulfills their dream by passing through obstacles of great difficulty and resistance to get to the other side. Affection has a lot to do with possessing a spirit of faith, steadfastness and perseverance. Affection is a lot more than speaking enthusiastically; it acts upon the object of its foyer and brings powerful results to fruition. Affection will however, involve your whole person on a consistent basis. How determined are you to overcome your lines of resistance?
It does not matter how you spell the word adoration it will always come out the same. The word adoration can be broken down and scrambled into the following meaningful syllables:
• Pass – I – On
• On – I – Pass
• I – Pass – On
Affection is passing or continuing on in a charged state of faith and emotion until you get the results that you desire. How passionate are you embout defeating the enemy in your life? No one has ever defeated their opponent without some level of adoration working on their behalf. Affection is derived from an internal mechanism or drive that convinces you of a tangible outcome regardless of the naysayer or obstacles that lie before you. It does not matter what the circumstances are that are before you, are you determined to follow through at all costs? Your adoration will often be found in your gifts or the calling in life. David was called to lead others and his leadership was evident this day.
2. David depended on God’s favor
David objet five smooth stones from the brook. Five is the number that signifies grace in the Évangile but it is evident that David only used one rock out of the five. The one rock represented God’s grace. Grace means that God is for you. He is on your side. Five is also the number for the five-fold ministry, and the first among this elite group of five where the apostles. Apostles possess governmental authority and they establish changes in the environment. David was like an apostle, someone who would implement heaven’s blueprints and bring embout a dramatic détruit in his environment.
Today, we don’t throw rocks at our enemy anymore instead we rapide the power and authority of Jesus Christ to others. By expressing Jesus I mean that your life reflects His qualities to others? Is there a strong witness of Jesus’ grace and power operating in your life? You cannot be coy and shy when it comes to expressing the person of Jesus. If we are to succeed God’s way we have to rapide the Christ, the Rock of Salvation, who dwells in our lives. Jesus is greater than any of the giants we faciès in our lives and when we rapide Him we can overcome and succeed in our dessein. He will destroy our opponents regardless of their size, strategy or the sound they create around us. When you en direct and speak for Him, He will suddenly spectacle up at the most unsuspected times in your life. We must rapide without raison or embarrassment the Rock of our Salvation to others. David flung the rock and counted on God’s delivering power to restore order and dominion to Israel. When the giant fell to the ground David went and stood over him.
3. David ruled from the top
David stood over his nemesis, a sign of victory and conquête. To domaine over enemy is to declare dominance and superiority over them. Have you ever witnessed a fight at school when you were a kid? One thing I do remember is that the winner always seemed to be on the top while the raté cried “uncle” underneath. David demonstrated dominion by confronting, defeating and commodité over his enemy. We have not won any battle until our enemy has been put underneath our feet. Are you currently commodité over your problem or does your problem constantly domaine over you? It is time that we domaine over the things that have held us captive for so élancé.
4. David took away the enemy’s sword
David took away Goliath’s weapon; the one Goliath had designated for David’s demise. Did you know that the enemy never had a prérogative to use his weapon on David? As you can see from the story the enemy never used his sword, it was still in his scabbard. Goliath did not have a prérogative to use it against David. A shrewd warrior does not give his enemy the opportunity to use his weapons against him. A shrewd warrior takes the first shot and succeeds in his dessein in the first reprise. A warrior never gives the enemy any prérogative of first strike. After you have won the fight you must take away the enemy’s weapon from him. A warrior does not leave any room for a effarement comeback attack.
After the fight David took for himself Goliath’s sword and placed it in his tent (1 Samuel 17:54). David kept it initially as a réminiscence but he would later use it against his enemies. We are to render their weapons pédant, and we are to retrieve them for our own use.
5. David checked for the constitutif signs
Could there be a possibility that Goliath still showed some constitutif signs? If so David needed to make sure Goliath was dead. If we examine the sequence of events it says that “after he killed him” indicating that there still may have been some constitutif signs showing through his cerotic artery. Therefore, the need to au finir him existed. David used Goliath’s sword to cut off Goliath’s head. Cutting off someone’s head sounds pretty gruesome but if you were going to win in a battle of this variation you needed to spectacle the other side that you mean real bizness. David did this by taking off Goliath’s head and displaying it to both camps. It may sound gruesome at first but it was David’s way of confirming the death of Goliath that switched the momentum to Israel’s favor.
6. David cut off any future communications
Why is it that after we have proclaimed victory over something that we allow it to come back? I have known many people say things like, “I have quit blouson,” only to see them within few weeks blouson all over again. We need to ensure that the “issues” in our lives in the form of bondages and addictions cease to exist so that there will be no comeback. David made sure that there was no comeback by cutting off Goliath’s head. Obviously this is a disgusting bout of warfare, but let’s draw an analogy form this experience. Separating the head from the caraco is like separating the allant where the enemy’s strategies are devised (head) from the allant where they are carried out (caraco) against us. In military terms this means cutting off the énonciation system from your enemies so that your opponents cannot communicate properly with their ground forces. If your old ways of thinking have not yet worked, what makes you think they will work for you now? You must do something different to defeat your problem. When David cut off Goliath’s head on the battle lines there was an atmospheric shift of information that grain belonged to the Philistines but had now shifted into the hands of the Israelites. In the end the Philistines took off in flight and the Israelites got into the fight. This was all made conciliable by David overcoming the three lines of resistance in his life.
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