An Army chief tells a story of a spy who was captured and then sentenced to death by a general in the army. This general had the strange custom of giving condemned criminals a choice between the firing squad and the big, black door. As the moment for execution drew near, the spy was brought to the Persian general, who asked the question, “What will it be: the firing squad or the big, black door?” The spy hesitated for a long time. It was a difficult decision. With the firing squad he could see the obvious outcome, but only God knows what’s on the other side of that frightening massive BIG BLACK DOOR! Understanding death was moments away. He chose the firing squad. Moments later shots rang out confirming his execution.
The general turned to his aide shaking his head and said, “It’s always so sad…They get so paralyzed by fear that they choose the known way rather than stepping through the door with some faith. It is a characteristic of people to lack faith and to get frozen by fear. Yet, we gave him a choice.”
The aide slightly taken a back says..”I’m sorry General what lies beyond the big black door?”
“Freedom,” replied the general. “I’ve known only a few with brave enough to take it.”
God has told us that without faith it is impossible to please Him (Heb 11:6), but He has also told us how to get faith (Rom 10:17). If we don’t have faith, God is not to blame (Math 13:58). To blame God for our lack of faith is sin (Prov 19:3). If we lack faith, it’s because we’ve decided so (2 Peter 1:5). Let us consider for a moment some of the men and women who struggled with faith in the bible. Jonah was faithless and despised his calling(Jonah 1:3). Samson didn’t realize he was faithless and thought he was the calling (Judges 16:20). Esther struggled with her faith since she was afraid of her calling (Esther 4:14). Jobs wife lost her faith cursed God because of the calling (Job 2:9). But David a fearless young man embraced his calling and changed the world! (1Samuel 17)
- FAITHLESS PEOPLE GET FROZEN BY FEAR
Although Israel was unsuccessful Jonathan faithfully attacked the garrison of the Philistines. (1Sam. 13:3). (See FAITH ATTACKS: What obstacles do you need to attack?). Even though Israel failed by suffering defeat Jonathan and his armor bearer attacked again!
(See Faith FAILS FORWARD: What things have you attempted to accomplish yet have failed? Try again! Fail Forward).
They took on the Philistines at Micmash with just two men
(See FAITH PLUS ONE IS THE MAJORITY)
(1Sam. 14).God blessed their faith giving Israel a major victory over the Philistines.
See FAITH BRINGS…
VICTORY. Victory came because Jonathan was willing to trust God and walk through the door of FAITH. It’s now been over 20 years since that victory at Micmash. The faith in Israel is Low. Even Jonathan’s exploits have become a distant memory. The Philistines are once again itching for a fight. Yet this time Israel’s Hero is a FEARLESS man who ignites the faith of an entire movement and brings VICTORY to Gods people!
Verse 11 Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed.
Saul as the leader did not embrace faith, instead he embraced mediocrity and it crippled the group. He was completely paralyzed by fear. God believes all young men are leaders! Mediocrity can be defined as unsatisfactory, poor, below average, lazy. In the words of my 6-year-old son: “Weak sauce”.
Mediocre Bible Study: How much time do you spend reading the word of GOD? Reading the bible changes your perspective. Saul was probably speaking the words of the faithless “No one understands my situation”. But the truth is everyone understands your situation 1 Corinthians 10:13. Do you feel like no one understands you? GOD does. Unfreeze your faith. Read the bible.
Mediocre Prayer: How BOLD are your prayers? Bold prayers produce bold disciples. Pride and discouragement go together! Saul is not asking for Gods help out of pride. Write down 3 bold prayers.
Mediocre Servant: It’s a bad sign when Saul the leader would not roll up his sleeves and get involved! It’s not enough to be a general on the hill. You have to pick up a weapon and fight besides your men. It takes FAITH to serve. How much do you serve your parents?
In verse 8-16 Why do you come out and line up for battle? This is the question Satan asks every morning. He may have even whispered to you “why come to young man camp”?
In verse 17-24 they all ran in great fear, because they were not walking with their great God.
I can hear them now. There was an old guy in the camp… “I would go out if only I was a little younger” …
There was a young guy who would have gone out if only he had more experience…
There was a guy who had been out to fight Goliath before he got hurt… and was too afraid to go another round…
There was a married brother who was like … “bro I can’t go out and fight that giant … my wife and kids are dependent on me”…
It took a radical young man to change the course of history for Gods people. Are you that young man?
Practical: SNAP OUT OF IT! Increase your bible study; Increase the size of your prayers, and serve. These tips will help you unfreeze your faith.
- GOD WILL GIVE YOU WHAT YOUR FAITH CAN SEE
David’s confession of faith became a reality while all the men were frozen by fear.
In verse 25-27 David hears of a great reward but David’s faith was to honor God. Do you have the faith to Honor God with your body? You’re Money? Your time? Your talent? How will you honor God this week?
In verse 25 David see’s everything different. The men say “This man” David sees him as an “Uncircumcised Philistine”.
In verse 26 The men say “He’s come to defy Israel”. David says “He’s defying the armies of the living God”.
In verse 27 The men say “ The man who kills him”. David says “ The man who kills this philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel”.
David saw things through the eyes of GOD. Saul (and his men) saw things through the eyes of man.
Do you see your best friend getting baptized? Do you see yourself as a bible talk leader? Do you see yourself as an evangelist or women’s ministry leader someday? Do you see 1000 young man disciples?
God will give you what your faith can see. Believe the word of God. Profess it to possess it.
Practical: What dreams do you possess? Get help writing 10 dreams you would like to see happen in the next 5 years. Each fulfilled dream will ignite your faith.
- IGNITE YOUR FAITH BY FIGHTING THE RIGHT BATTLE
1 Samuel 17:28-33
Verse 28 “Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger…”
David faced many Goliaths on his way to beat the true GOLIATH. One included fighting with his own brother. Satan knew that if David will respond in the flesh to the negativity by his own brother the battle is over. Never get a bad attitude at a bad attitude. It doesn’t work.
Do you have the faith to forgive those closest to you? What are some of the wrong battles Satan may tempt you to fight? Parents? Siblings? Teachers? Your discipler?
Practical: Identify people you need to forgive. This is the right battle. The battle of forgiveness. The battle for humility. Write cards of forgiveness today.
- IGNITE YOUR FAITH AND CONQUERS GIANTS
1 Samuel 17:29-50
Verse 47 “For the battle is the lords”…
The battle begins and ends with your dependence on God.
What is the Giant in your life that needs to be defeated? Impurity? Ignite your faith by confessing your sin and getting a discipling partner.
Peer pressure? David didn’t let anyone make him doubt his belief. Ignite your faith by standing firm. Don’t be spineless just to look like you have “SWAG”.
Bullying? David got his confidence from God. Ignite your faith by standing up for yourself. Toughen up!
Family problems? David realized that all his life’s challenges were Gods way of training him. Ignite your faith
Shameful secrets? Anorexia? Body Piercing? Tattoo’s? Sexting? Cutting? Over-shopping? Drugs? Confess it! Beat Goliath!
Becoming a disciple? David was anointed by God. You were created in the image of God! This is your destiny!
Academic achievement? Prioritize time! Plan your day. Be faithful to a schedule.
Ignite your faith, be fearless and beat GOLIATH!
YBIC Michael Williamson
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