Did you know you can defeat the enemy each and every time?
Did you know you can avoid defeat?
Deception and Magnification
Deception and Magnification are Satan’s strongest and oldest weapons. He has used them from the beginning of humankind. Why does he still used them today? Because they have proven to be effective. So effective, in fact, that God had to send his only son Jesus to die at the cross for us and redeem us out of the mess we once got ourselves in by believing the devil’s lies.
A Preventable Defeat at the Garden of Eden,
Satan deceived Adam and Eve by questioning the command God had given them, “…you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) But Satan questioned God’s word to Eve, “Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'” Then he applied his own deception, “You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman. Then he went on to magnify the benefits of her eating from the forbidden fruit, “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
How David Defeated Goliath
I Samuel, Chapter 17
The Philistines and the Israelites were at war against each other. Is the enemy attacking your marriage and it feels like your enemy is too strong for you? Let’s look at what David did to defeat his giant.
(verse 4) "A champion named Goliath, who was from
A Giant named Goliath continually defied the Israelites to give him one men that would fight against him, but no one dared to take on the challenge. Although the Philistines magnified their war hero, David, a young boy –About 17 years old, took on the challenge. He did not join in with the Army’s defeated mentality nor did he look at his opponent’s size or weight.
The “SEVEN R’s” that help David defeat Goliath. These same “R’s” can help you conquer your giant.
1. David RESISTED the spirit of fear and defeat that had set in the camp. He resisted all who opposed God’s purpose for his life. Are you encountering opposition? Are your friends and relatives telling you, you should move on with your life and give up on your marriage? You too can resist that opposition.
The enemy had already infiltrated their minds. (verse 33) Saul [the king] replied [to David], You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.
* Other supporting scriptures: “Be self- controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith… (I Peter 5:8-9a) “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
2. David REMEMBERED the LORD. Can you remember times when the Lord has rescued you from adversity in the past? He will do it again, just like he rescued you before. “God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” (II Tim. 1:7)
David did not allow fear to infiltrate his mind, because he remembered God’s greatness and the victories God had help him to win. (verse 37) “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
* Other supporting scriptures: “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives [and your husbands] and your homes.” (Nehemiah 4:14b)
3. David REJECTED the enemy’s deception and magnification weapons. Are you allowing thoughts of defeat, negativity, hopelessness oppress you? You control what you allow in your thought process. As soon as a negative thought comes your way, reject it at its root. Once you allow it in, it’ll weigh you down and torment you all day, all week, and all month if you allow it. You hold the control of your mind, so change the channel and fill your mind with God’s word and promises for your life instead.
David did not let Goliath’s size intimidate him. (Verse 26) “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
* Other supporting scriptures: “But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.” (II Samuel 16:7a) “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20b-21) God can and will restore your marriage, just have faith, reject all doubt and wait on the LORD.
4. David RETURNED the blow to the enemy. Do not remain passive at the enemy’s attack. Notice that’s what Adam did. All the while he was next to his wife while the serpent was deceiving her, but not even once did Adam interfere. His downfall was remaining passive. David did not remain silent after listening to Goliath defy the Israelite's Army. He returned the blow. You’re under attack, your marriage is under attack, you need to fight back your true enemy and it’s not your spouse. It is Satan. The word of God is the sword of the spirit. You can hurt the devil badly with it. Jesus struck him with the written word when Satan tempted him in the desert.
Goliath said to David, (Verse 44) “Come here, he said, and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” (Verse 45) “David said to the Philistine, You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of
* Other supporting scriptures: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (II Cor. 10:4) “The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” (Matthew 11:12b) Fight back with the word of God. Become a prayer warrior. Intercede for your marriage and all the marriages across the Globe. Give Satan an attitude. Defy him! Tell him, “Satan you tried to destroy my family, but I am going to destroy your kingdom. I will fight back in the name of the LORD Almighty, not only for my marriage, but for all the marriages in the world. How do you like that?”
5. David RECITED: (He spoke out loud for everyone to hear)
1. A prophetic word: (verse 46a)” This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth."
Our words have creative power because God made us in his image and his likeness. God created everything by speaking it into existence. He said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. We should never speak negative words into our lives. The words we speak prophecy to our future. Proverbs 18:21 says that the power of life and death is in our tongue. If you want to live in victory, only speak words of victory. Never speak words of defeat. What you declare will come to pass (good or bad).
2. A Praise to Magnify God’s power as a testimony to others: (verse 46b) …and the whole world will know that there is a God in
When we praise God and give witness to others about his Godness, God begins to move on our behalf. “But you are holy, O you that inhabit the praises of
3. The written word: (Verse 47) All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's and he will give all of you into our hands.” (Zechariah 4:6, II Chronicles 20:15b)
Every morning when you wake up,
1. Praise God: “Father in heaven, awesome and mighty God. Creator of Heaven and Earth.
2. Prophecy to your future: “I know you will restore my marriage. No matter how bad things look in the natural. I chose to trust in you. I don’t have to understand everything to trust you. You are going to turn things around in my favor. You know what’s best for me. My mountain will move!
3. Pronounce God’s written word over your circumstances: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) I know that your plans for my life are so much better than one hundred plans I can come up with. I trust in your plan and your timing. Give me the strength that I will need today; in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
* Other supporting scriptures: “'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.” (II Chronicles 20:15b) “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” (II Peter 1:19) “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6b)
6. David REMAINED in his stand against the enemy; never turning back, but moving forward toward the victory. The devil will try to discourage you from standing in prayer and in faith for a restored marriage. Why? Because he know that with God, your victory is secure. Think about it, if the devil knew your defeat was certain, would he be so kind to alert you and keep you from experiencing the agony of defeat? No, on the contrary; if the devil knew you were going to be defeated he would let you fall right through. That is why his discouragement to you is an indicator that God’s best is ahead of you. The more reason you should stand in faith. “You will not have to fight this battle.
* Other supporting scriptures: "Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you…”(II Chronicles 20:17a) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you." (John 15:7)
7. David RAN: as soon as he received confirmation from God that it was time to attack, he ran full force.
David became unstoppable. He charged full force against his giant. Wait for God’s instruction and God’s timing. When he gives you the order to “Go!” do not hesitate or turn back. Go full speed with it. “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.” (II Chronicles 20:17b)
We see (Verse 48) that, “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet him.” At this point David had already won the victory in his mind. He just needed to make it evident in the physical realm. David had already envision his victory in his mind. He was just re-living his dream.
Can you envision your victory today? Can you see your marriage being restored? You need to feed your God given dreams daily. Every day, make plans for when God restores your marriage. You can begin doing things by faith, like buying special gifts to give to your spouse when God heals your relationship with them. Put the gifts in a special box. Title it my faith box. You can even write letter to your spouse so that he/she will open them in God’s perfect timing. When God send’s your breakthrough, you will have your box of testimonials to share with your spouse and to witness to many others.
* Other supporting scriptures: “Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b-14) “Jesus replied, No-one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the
If we’re doing all that God has called us to do, God will do his part. Our victory in Christ is inevitable. David’s story ends in victory because he trusted God, and did his part. Your story also ends in victory; just do all that God is asking you to do and he will do his part to help you attain your victory.
David story continues as follows: ( I Samuel 17:49-54)
49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. You will defeat your giant whatever it’s name is: divorce, separation, adultery, alcohol, drugs, abuse, abandonment, treachery, etc. It will fall face down on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. Jesus Christ is the rock of the ages; he’s all we need on our side. The sling is the power of prayer that send’s God’s word forth to accomplish that for which it was meant for.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. We will slay our enemy with his own sword. The enemy is under our feet. He is a defeated foe. Jesus defeated him at the cross of
52 Then the men of
53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp. Not only will our marriage be restored, but something good will come out of this. Proverbs 6:31 says that if a thief is caught stealing he must pay back what he stole seven times. We will have seven times more than when the enemy lounged his attack against us.
54 David took the Philistine's head and brought it to
The head of our enemy will be our trophy, which will remain in our home as a reminder of God’s might and power, to our children and our generations to come. This head could be divorce papers, court orders, restraining orders, whatever reminds us of what the devil try to do against us but was unsuccessful. Remember, if there hadn’t been a Goliath in David’s life, the world would not have ever known who David was. It was because of David’s confrontation with this giant that he become known as “The Giant Slayer.” Because this great trial has come to your life, many will hear about your victory and how God helped you to overcome your giant.
If God is for us who can be against us?
May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from