Posted by: peebles | November 27, 2012

1 Samuel 17:34 to 35 (NIV) ~ But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.”

Here you have the key which unlocks the door to your victory, the hinge upon which your spiritual growth and your maturity in Christ and ministry turns on.

Before you gain the victory in the big area of life, you first have to gain the victory in the wilderness when no one is looking. How can someone say, “I will be the next Billy Graham and win millions of souls for Christ,” when they can’t even talk to their family, neighbor, work colleague, or friend about Jesus.

Before David killed Goliath in front of all the armies who were watching that day, he first had to gain the victory when no one was looking. It is in your wilderness experiences, in your private time with the Lord that your public ministry will grow. David was faithful in the small things, he protected that which God gave him; he looked after the small things faithfully when no one was watching, but God.

Champions are made when no one is watching but God. Through these wilderness experiences of being alone with God and learning to trust in the hand of God rather than the arm of flesh, David grew in confidence and trusting God.

Only when God saw that he was ready did David enter the fray for a bigger battle. Not only did he have to face criticism from his brothers who tried to deter him, but also from Goliath who taunted him, yet God was with David. He could not wear the king’s armor, but rather, he went covered and clothed in God’s confidence. God wants you to go in the unique armor and anointing he has for you, for it will fit no other. You cannot wear the armor and anointing of another man when God calls you to go in what He has given you.

When you go with what God has given you to face the giants of this world, remember it is God who will chose the weapons which is best to defeat those giants. As David went out to fight, his confession of faith was in 1 Samuel 17:37 (NIV), “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.” And as he charged towards Goliath he shouted at him, “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 Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me.”

Your victory is gained long before the battle begins; it is gained in the wilderness, in your private time alone with God. David gained courage and boldness to face Goliath, when he first overcame the lion and the bear while watching his father’s sheep. It was through his trusting in God, and gaining small victories, that bigger and greater ones were won. Out of small things big things one day come.

Before David led the nation of Israel in front of the all nations of the world he first led a few sheep on the hillsides and mountains when no one was watching, but God.

My friend, David had to learn how to defeat the small enemies before he went on to defeat the giants, for before he slew Goliath he first slew the lion and the bear. Before he could inspire the nation of Israel to trust in God for great victories, David first had to trust in God and be inspired himself. What you are in private with God will determine what your public ministry will be.

Gain the victory in the wilderness; learn the spiritual kingdom principles of faithfulness and trusting God in your private life and your public ministry will grow, and every giant you face will fall at your feet as a defeated foe.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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