The wonderful stories we read in the Old Testament cause us to rejoice at the miraculous way God moved. It’s important that we are mindful that they were not merely historical accounts; they were written down as examples. They are recorded so that we can learn from them, follow them, and get the same results today!
One of my favorite stories is the one about David and Goliath, recorded in First Samuel 17. David, just a youth, killed the giant, and if we will follow his example, we can kill the giants in our lives. The giants we face are not men who are over ten feet tall; they are the problems and cares of life. Just the same, David’s story tells us how to handle them.
Day after day, Goliath would taunt the Israelites and make his threats. His threats sure had an impact on a lot of “warriors.” Nobody wanted to face him except for David. David heard his threats, but he also heard the reward for the one who defeated the giant.
I Samuel 17:45-46, Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand…
Look at David’s attitude! He was valiant and bold. When it came time to put up or shut up, he put up! As a matter of fact, he did it in a hurry. The Bible says he hasted, and ran toward the giant who was over ten feet tall. It may seem effortless when you read about it in the Bible, but I am sure it is quite different when you are the one facing the giant.
The rest of the story tells us that then the army of Israel, who had been so fearful, took heart, jumped up and pursued the Philistines and killed every one of them. Fear will keep you from winning the battle. Recognize that if God be for you, who can be against you?
Not only was Goliath a huge man, he was a champion, a swordsman, and mighty warrior experienced in battle. He was totally confident of his ability. What he didn’t know, however, was that David had a secret weapon!
The secret weapon was in what David said to the giant: …I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. There was nothing special about David’s sling and the rocks he picked up. David put his trust in the Name of his God.
David took off at a run. He headed for that giant as fast as his legs would take him, all the time winding up his sling. His trust was in the Name of his God. He knew that Name would become the power and guidance system behind the rock he was about to throw. It wasn’t what David could muster; it was what God was going to do that made him run at that giant. It was what David knew his God was capable of that made him fearless.
Philippians 2 tells us that Jesus was given a Name which is above every name. It is the Name that is most excellent and most high. Embodied in His Name are all the characteristics and all the nature of God.
The Name of Jesus means “Jehovah is Salvation,” or, because Jesus is God in the flesh, we could translate it, “I AM Salvation.” Jesus says to us, “I AM your salvation.” It means everything you need. Wrapped up in the one word, Jesus, is the whole embodiment of God—all His power, all of His love, all of His nature.
The Name of Jesus will get you to Heaven, but it will do so much more. It will help you kill giants! It will take what little you have and make much of it. When you go out against your enemies in the Name of Jesus, you are going out in the Name of Jehovah your Righteousness. When you go out against lack, the Name of Jesus gives you victory because you are calling on the Name of the God who provides. When you go out against sickness and speak the name Jesus, you are invoking the Name of Jehovah your Healer.
Everything that we would consider “giants” has a name. Cancer, diabetes, lack, shame, and bankruptcy are all examples. I don’t know what giants you may be facing today, but I do know the key to defeating them. It is fearlessly going out against them in the Name of Jesus. And when you apply the Name of Jesus in faith, those “giants” must bow.
I encourage you today to remember the most precious Name that you have access to. Whatever you do, in word or deed, do it in the Name of Jesus, the key that will unlock your victory.
Always in Jesus,
Rev. Scott Webb
P.S. Later this month Phyllis and I will be traveling to Brazil to minister in several cities. As we come to your attention, would you pray for us? It is a great honor to minister in the Name of Jesus!