1 Samuel 17:4, 10-11, 16
And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span…. And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid….
And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening.
There was a time in the history of Israel, when a single, intimidating, giant of a man held the whole nation in paralyzed fear.
Morning and evening for forty days he stepped up to taunt them, and every time he did, they became more entrenched in their sense of helplessness.
Even though God had promised them so much, and according to that Word, their victory was assured, they feared to face that giant and he mocked them mercilessly.
What is it that is mocking the promise of God over your life? Not only that but it has been that way so long that you have almost accepted defeat as inevitable.
Whatever it is that you KNOW should have happened by now, but it simply hasn’t, God has appointed for you another opportunity this year.
Every failed attempt, every disappointed dream, every barren hope, every unfulfilled goal and desire that God has placed in your heart – this year it receives a new lease of life. God Himself – not man – has set you up to be able to go for it again and to actually receive the end of your faith.
As this awesome Word came at the start of this year, it came to breathe a fresh wind of faith into our lives; and it also came with instructions, and things that we would have to get to grips with if we are to be in position to see things turn out differently this time.
When David stepped forward and slew Goliath, he had one crucial quality that carried him through to manifested victory – COURAGE!
To have courage is to have heart; to face danger or difficulty without giving in to fear, even when there is no concrete guarantee of success. It is the quality that triggers action and catapults a person from the realm of great intentions and maybe even excellent planning, into the realm of tasting the sweetness of actual triumph.
Depression can be a form of losing your courage. You can take all the medication you like, but until you gain a new perspective on the thing that has subdued your hope, you will not shake off that heaviness of heart and dullness of mind.
You’ve got to be like Caleb, and rise up, even after forty years of delays and disappointment, and declare, “Someone give me this mountain!”
History is written by the courageous; not by the one who sits in his chair and pontificates.
Theodore Roosevelt is quoted as having expressed it like this, “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
God is looking for your courage so that he can jump in on the natural steps you take and empower you with supernatural strength for victory.
When the Israelites came out of Egypt, their journey to the Promised Land was a potential 12 days. However, in Exodus 13:17 we find the dismaying account of how God took them a forty year route via the wilderness because He saw that they lacked courage to face the fight that would have been inevitable on the 12 day route through the land of the Philistines.
What is it in your life that you should have confronted by now, but instead you have been taking years instead of weeks to make progress towards your goal and your dream, because the same issue always gets in your way and hinders you?
If the will of God is going to come to pass for you, you will have to do something. Courage releases the promise of God over your life.
In fact, courage has two parts:
- The willingness to begin and to step out boldly in the direction of your dreams, without waiting for everything to look secure before you do so. If you are going to walk on water, you will have to accept that you must get out of the boat. If you have the Word on it, you will walk on things that cause others to sink
- The willingness to endure, to persist and to keep working longer than everyone else until it is done. We live among a generation of people who give up easily, and who seek comfort rather than endeavor; people who are more interested in getting paid than in working. But courage is the decision to leave those attitudes far behind and to stay the course. Even those who laugh at you will eventually become your secret admirers.
It’s going to take courage to take you to breakthrough.
How long will you stay in your wilderness, when you could pick up the phone today and apologize to those kids who you haven’t spoken to for years?
How many more times will you say, “Yes” to that man who comes knocking at your door, when you know he is not interested in committing to you?
When will you be honest with yourself and say, “The truth is that I am little mean-spirited, somewhat prone to self-pity, or terribly insecure. – But no more! I dismiss those ways from my life! Jesus, help me!”
It isn’t all right for you or I, as believers, to be broke all our lives, or to be plagued by sickness and weighed down by defeat.
It’s time to break through into a new realm of manifestation, and experience those many good days that we are promised in the Word, while we still have strength to enjoy them.
2015 is your year! Dare to step out and watch God move with you!