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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

His Triumph


The story of David and Goliath reveals that no matter how big the problem, good triumphs over evil. A young man wielding a sling took down a giant. 


For years, David had been trusted to watch over his father’s flocks. He cared for their needs and protected them. He was ready for this battle with Goliath. As a shepherd, he had experienced triumph over a lion and a bear attempting to steal sheep from the flock. David had killed them. That was not an easy thing. But God was with David, and God had a plan.


Perhaps, once, you faced a lion and a bear coming against you, and you triumphed over them. You had victory over their evil. Now the enemy is coming against you again. That giant is right before you. This is where you stand and resist him again. David hadn’t let a bear and a lion steal from the flocks, and he wasn’t going to let Goliath have victory. David’s prior victories gave him courage and determination to stand strong. He didn’t doubt his victory. He maintained an attitude of victory. The devil roars around like a lion attempting to destroy us. In 1 Samuel 17:45-47, David declared to the enemy exactly what he was going to do to him. And just like David, we declare to the enemy, “Today I show you my God!”


This is the attack against the enemy we need to continually sustain. The enemy will try to wear us down. He will use any weapon he can to make us weary and to stop us from resisting him. His agenda is to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came to give us an abundant life. To maintain this attitude of victory, we have to hide the Word in our hearts.


In this world, we will have trouble. But we have the Word—the powerful Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). It must be drawn out and used as our weapon to battle the lions and bears of the enemy. David saw Goliath as just another lion and bear. David didn’t see defeat. He envisioned Goliath’s total destruction. And he declared his confidence to his enemy!


“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 


Each one of us has had unwelcome and sudden lions and bears in our lives. David allowed his past victories to build trust in God for his future victories. 


“He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine,” David declared.


“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.

 —Isaiah 54:17


No weapon that forms against us shall prosper, neither shall the accusation or the condemnation the enemy uses to tear us down.  We have a better weapon. We have the living God and His living Word. We have Jesus Christ alive within us. We have God’s power to shut the devil’s tactics and His mouth. 


Jesus gave us authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19). He revealed His victory over evil at the cross. His good always overcomes evil, no matter how huge the problem.


Jesus, our Good Shepherd, was entrusted with keeping His Father’s flocks. He knew the lions and bears would attack trying to devour the sheep. But He took care of their every need. He protected them by giving His life for them. His life was all that was needed. There was nothing more to be done. 


Jesus’ precious life for ours was the veil-tearing moment. Evil was defeated. It was God’s triumph for us. It was all that was needed. 


Is His victory enough for you?

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