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How to Conquer Your Goliath

So David arose early in the morning and left the flock with a keeper and took the supplies and went as Jesse had commanded him. 1 Samuel 17:20

1. STAY FAITHFUL. The story of David and how he conquered Goliath will help you to face off with the giants that are looming before you. Some of the greatest things we achieve never look that great at the start (Zechariah 4:10). David’s victory began with an average chore when his father told him to take bread and cheese to his brothers who were in battle. When we are faithful in the small tasks—like getting up early, leaving our sheep with a keeper, and taking food to our brothers—God will give us responsibility over greater things (Luke 16:10).

An Attitude of Gratitude

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

The reason. Because God is worthy of praise, we can daily acknowledge that something wonderful has been done in our lives! We have not one, but 365 days of thanksgiving.

God's Pattern for Prayer

1. Start With Praise. “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). There are pools of wisdom and resource found in the presence of God. When you go to God, start out with praise first and focus on God before going into your petitions.

How to Live the Good Life

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. Luke 6:31

1. Follow the Golden Rule. If you want to be radical, live your life after Luke 6:31. God has designed Christians to exert influence in the earth. The best thing you can do for this world is to walk in love, to treat others how you want to be treated. You don’t have to rely on the strength of your personality—this goes way past disposition and temperament. It’s God’s power working in you that makes it possible to live this radical kind of life.

Overcoming Power

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

Get Certain. Our beliefs, when rooted in and built on God’s Word, create supernatural strength and power. When you are attacked in an area of uncertainty, go to the stabilizing Word of God to get your mind renewed. Knowing God’s will through His Word will take you from disorientation to focus, from depletion and defeat to confidence and courage.

God’s Plans. God’s Timing.

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b

Respond To God. The champions of the Bible were not unattainable superheroes. They were men and women who simply responded to God, believed the word that He had given them, and acted on the mission. That’s where they found the strength and that’s where we too will find the strength to complete our course.

A Life of Favor

God’s Favor. In the family of God there is no favoritism. Favoritism creates elitism, promotes jealousy, and produces an attitude of entitlement. But God’s favor overturns and eliminates those weird things. When you know you have favor with God, you are able to stand tall and step up to the challenges of life.

For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11

Freedom And Victory In Jesus

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When Jesus enters your life, He changes you. The people who encountered Jesus in the Bible came in broken and sick and left restored and healed. Whatever you’re facing, God’s promises and miraculous work are just as alive today as they were in the Bible (Micah 7:20, Psalm 105:8, Hebrews 13:8).

Confidence In God’s Faithfulness

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

1. GET CONFIDENT. The devil antagonizes people in areas of uncertainty. That’s why we continually go to the Word to reinforce the truth—that God is trustworthy, reliable, and present. Find God’s revealed will regarding every given situation. Correctly interpret the context. Read. Meditate. Speak. Pray.

Nazareth and Capernaum

“A tale of two cities” and two attitudes about Jesus, and what happens when He comes on the scene to bring life and healing.
Key Bible Verses: Philippians 4:10-13; Mark 6:1-6

The Attitude of the Church

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose . . . Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:2-5

Make Jesus central. The chief project of life is cultivating closeness with Jesus.

Love one another. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Every day we have a choice to get bitter and hard or to forgive and walk in love. Decide today to be an agent of love.

Life-Giving Words

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-24

Your words have power. In every situation, you can bring peace or you can contribute to the storm. Before you speak, ask yourself these questions: Is it Jesus-glorifying? Is it life-giving? Is it healing? We must learn to be selective with our words because at the end of the day we’ll give an account of what we have said (Matthew 12:35-37).

Daily Victory

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Proverbs 4:20-26

The path toward daily victory lies in how we guard our inner life. A lot of things are vying for our attention and, with all the sensory reinforcement in the world, many have forgotten the hidden person of the heart. But how we tend to the soil of our hearts will show up in our words, our thought life, and our attitudes.

Get Your Attitude Adjusted

Here’s an encouraging exhortation that will help you drop the habit of grumbling and pick up an attitude of gratitude. Key Bible Verses: Philippians 1:6, 2:14; Colossians 3:17

A Tenacious Life

Te•na•cious (verb): holding or grasping firmly; forceful and persistent; holding together firmly; tough or cohesive. Collins English Dictionary

Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4

Your commitment makes a difference. The world right now needs people who have backbone, who persevere through challenging circumstances.

The Results of an Attitude of Faith

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:7-8

In the New Testament Gospels we see a contrast of two positions in two different towns. An approach in one town bore grim results. The other town, because of the proper attitude and reaction toward Jesus, had amazing results. And we’re out for results.

Who's in Charge of Your Attitude?

What we think influences what we do. Pastor Jeff points us to God’s Word to learn how we can govern our thought life and step into a new level of effectiveness in our Christian walk. Key Bible Verses: Philippians 4:6-8; Psalm 19:14

Walk Through The Door

A wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

Fulfilling God’s call on our lives elicits a response from the enemy. The devil doesn’t mind when we are blasé about our existence, but when we step up in obedience, there will be opposition.

Strength From God’s Word

I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13

These verses from Paul in the book of Philippians put into context all the trials, afflictions, and challenges we face: Because of what Jesus did for us we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

Get an Attitude of Gratitude

Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14

Stop finding fault. We live in a culture that has exalted fault finding to virtue status. It’s easy to grumble – “to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly”* – but grumbling or complaining doesn’t improve anything.

Wisdom—For Every Step

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-15 NKJV

We need God’s wisdom to help us navigate through the challenges of life. I once heard a preacher combine the two primary Greek New Testament words for wisdom to describe it as “insight into the true nature of things with a view to the end result.” We need that big-picture thinking that God’s wisdom offers.

What God Requires of You

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Let’s find out what is pleasing to the Lord and do it. If we dedicate ourselves to pursuing what God likes, we will stop comparing ourselves to others and accomplish God’s plan for each of our lives.

What About the Good Report?

You know the word which the Lord spoke to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh-barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought word back to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God fully. Joshua 14:6b-8

When the twelve Israelites came back from spying out the Promised Land, only Joshua and Caleb chose the good report. All those guys saw the same land and the same people, but they had different conclusions which produced different results.

New Beginnings

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

The Genesis revelation—that the creation of this world was not a random accident but was initiated by the eternal God—reveals an origin of value, purpose, hope, and endless possibilities. God made us in His image and He has designed Kingdom purposes for each one of us.

God Loves You

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

God loves you! When you know you’re loved, you are free to spend life loving and valuing others. If you catch yourself being bitter, you have probably been giving until your tank is empty and trying to operate out of your own strength instead of relying on God. Take some time to meditate on God’s love for you and watch your attitude turn around!