BECOMING A PERSON OF GREAT FAITH
“David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 1 Samuel 17:45-46 NLT
How do you face the fears that keep you from becoming the believer God wants you to be? If you want to be a person of great faith, do what David did.
1. Remember how God has helped you in the past. In 1 Samuel 17:37 David said: “The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” When you remember how God has helped you in the past, it gives you confidence and greater faith for the future.
2.Use the tools God gives you. King Saul tried to give David his own armor, but it didn’t fit. Instead, David picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he ran across the valley to fight the giant (1 Samuel 17:39-40 NLT). Don’t wait for something you don’t have—money, education, or connections—before you step out in faith. Use the tools God has already given you to face your giants with confidence.
3. Expect God to help you for his glory. David stormed out onto the the battlefield, shouting: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…” This day the Lord will hand you over to me… and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel(1 Samuel 17:45-46).
When God asks you to do something, he enables and empowers you to do it. Follow David’s example: remember how God has helped you in the past, use the tools God gives you, and expect God to help you for his glory.
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.