If you have ever struggled in your mind because it seems like your problems are bigger than you, you are not alone.
The common denominator among humanity is that problems come. We all face the uncertainty of life and the challenges that it brings.
In no place is this truer than in our spirit.
For believers, it’s not just about what happens to us on the outside. We are fully aware that difficulties in life will arise, but we also know that these things are not always just isolated events.
In many instances, the problems that come our way are actually calculated attacks.
The devil attacks our faith, our family, our future, and our focus. He does his best to get us off track and cause our eyes to look on things that they should never be focused on.
The longer you look at your problems the bigger they seem.
There are many pastors and teachers that tell us, “don’t worry about your problems. You are bigger than your problems.”
Actually, this is usually NOT true.
Human beings feel like we can conquer everything.
We want to conquer things on our own.
But the truth is, we are often incapable of overcoming the difficulties of life on our own…believers know this all too well.
We were NEVER intended to overcome the pitfalls of life under our own strength.
Even though this post series has dealt with being strong, we understand that the strength we must stand in is NOT our own.
On our own, we are less than nothing compared to the problems we face, but with God, we are MORE than conquerors!
We struggle because it looks like our problems are bigger than us. Hello…our problems ARE bigger than us, but our problems are not bigger than God!
The God that we serve is bigger than anything that could ever come our way. His strength is MORE than sufficient to meet every need.
Contained within his hand is not only the promise of provision, but is actual provision.
When the Lord says he will never leave us of forsake us…he means business.
With God, we are armed with strength for the battle.
Psalm 18:32–39 NLTse
32 God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.
33 He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
35 You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great.
36 You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.
37 I chased my enemies and caught them; I did not stop until they were conquered.
38 I struck them down so they could not get up; they fell beneath my feet.
39 You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
Now, there is a prevailing thought among believers that says, “God will never put on you more than you can bear…”
Many think that the Lord will not allow the problems, difficulties, situations, and issues to be bigger than YOU, but they are wrong.
Often God allows things to come our way that are MORE than we can handle. Why? Because he wants us to cast it all on him.
God wants us to turn to him and look to him and depend on him.
The life of a believer is NEVER supposed to be a life lived under our own strength, but instead, it is a life fully equipped by the the Lord because we are fully dependent on Jesus.
So if you are facing ongoing battles and hardships, you are not alone. We all face those things, and we do it with Jesus on our side, understanding that #GodIsBigger.
There is a story in the Bible that you are most likely familiar with. It is a story about the underdog, because there is no reason that David should have been able to defeat Goliath on his own.
David should have been killed, but instead, David killed his giant.
Goliath seemed like more than David could handle, and for David alone that is true, but David, empowered by the Spirit of the Lord, was able to SLAY the giant.
In the same way, you can slay YOUR giants, when you depend on the Lord and allow God to empower you with his Spirit.
With this being said, there are a few keys that the story of David and Goliath offers to us about slaying our giants and overcoming problems with the strength of the Lord.
Let’s look at the story…
1 Samuel 17:4–11 NLTse
4 Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall!
5 He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds.
6 He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder.
7 The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.
The reality of life is that the problems almost always outweigh your ability to fight them.
Goliath was a problem.
The truth about problems, difficulties, situations, and issues, is that they don’t just go away without a fight.
The things that come your way will seem to stand and taunt you. They will remind you of how small you are compared to them.
The challenges that come your way want to intimidate you into running and quitting.
This is exactly what Goliath did to the army of Israel.
8 Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called.…
Goliath thought it was funny that the whole army was arranged to stand against one man. He was ridiculing their size and ability. Goliath was saying, “You will never defeat me, look you are so scared that you’ve got your whole army on the line.”
“I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me!
The enemy of your soul, the one who attacks you and accuses you, will always try to diminish God in your eyes. He will try his best to trick you into looking some other direction, rather than to God.
In this instance, Goliath is trying to tell the army of Israel that Saul is their leader. Why? Because he knows that Saul is intimidated.
Saul is afraid to fight.
The truth, however, is that the army of Israel really belonged to the Lord.
When you face battles, the outcome is completely dependent on who you’ve chosen to serve.
If you try to be your own master, and make your own way, you will crumble under the pressure and blows of the enemy, but if God is your master and Jesus is your Lord, then you are MORE than a conqueror.
It’s all about WHO you serve.
When you don’t serve the right God, you will shake with fear.
When you serve the living God, you know that HE is bigger.
9 If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves!
10 I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!”
11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.
Again, why is it that Saul and the army were so shaken? Because they had their eyes on the wrong source of strength.
When David, who is young and much smaller, comes to the battle front to deliver supplies to his older brothers, he hears the taunting of the giant, and his blood starts to boil.
David was a shepherd. He spent long days and nights in the field all alone watching his sheep. There was no one to rely on except himself when an animal attacked. So David learned early in life to rely on God.
David became a worshipper of God. His life was continually filled with the Lord’s presence. The presence of the Lord and the Spirit of the Lord had empowered David with strength for the battle. David had proven the Spirit of the Lord, not that he needs to be proven.
David had walked with God and worshipped God and he had seen the power of God flow through his life, so David knew that the giant was no match for the Lord.
David knew the secret that says, “Greater is he who is IN me, than he who is in the world.”
1 Samuel 17:37–39 NLTse
37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”
38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail.
39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.
The world always wants to give you a solution that won’t work. They want to give you anything and everything EXCEPT a simple faith in God.
Don’t use the weapons of the world to fight against a spiritual foe.
The weapons of our warfare are not worldly weapons, but they are God’s mighty weapons, able to destroy and demolish strongholds.
Even if you don’t LOOK like you’re protected, when God is on your side, you are more than protected and more than a match for the enemy.
What happens next, and what the Bible says, is so vital…
1 Samuel 17:43–47 NLTse
43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods.
44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.
45 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.
David realized WHO it was that he served. He recognized that you cannot fight in your own name, but as a servant of the Lord, you must battle in the Lord’s name.
It’s all about WHO you serve.
When you serve the Lord, you have the right to fight in his name instead of your own.
Jesus even reminds us of this by telling us to use HIS name.
So as believers, we face the battles of life in Jesus’ name and through Jesus’ power.
God honors our fight, when we fight using his name and authority. As long as we seek the glory for OUR name, we will lose, but when we fight in his name, we win.
The glory goes to the name of the Lord.
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!
Notice what David said:
1.) The Lord will conquer you.
2.) Then I will kill you.
God works BEFORE us to conquer the enemy, then God works THROUGH us to kill the enemy, and the whole time, God gets the glory.
If the Lord doesn’t FIRST conquer your enemy, you will NEVER be able to kill your enemy.
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!”
This is exactly what happened.
You don’t have to keep on trying harder and harder to defeat the problems that come your way. Instead, let the Lord conquer the things that come against you, and then you go in his name and kill them.
By the way our fight is NEVER against people.
The enemy may use people, but it’s the spirit behind them that we are after. Your life and mine is a spiritual matter.
So when you allow the Lord to defeat your enemies in the Spirit, things will begin to clear up as well in what you see in reality.
Don’t forget who you serve.
Don’t forget to go out in Jesus’ name.
Don’t forget to use God’s mighty weapons.
Don’t forget the battle is the Lord’s.