One of the greatest examples in God’s Word of how to replace fear with faith comes from 1 Samuel 17. We all know the story of David and Goliath. As a young boy, I remember sitting on the edge of the bed imagining what it would be like to be in David’s shoes! David expected victory, but most everybody else thought Goliath was to big to defeat. David thought he was to big to miss!
David and his entire army was paralyzed and found themselves in a difficult place. They were fearful because they followed 4 destructive steps. 1. Focused only on the problem. (1 Samuel 17:4-10) 2. Expected to be defeated. (1Samuel 17:11) 3. Attitude of self protection. (1Samuel 17:23-24) 4. Ran from the problem. (1 Samuel 17:24) Because of these 4 flaws, they were stalled out in life and was going no where fast.
But David gives us a different perspective! He was in the same situation as David , but he made 5 positive choices to live in victory. 1. Focus on God. (1 Samuel 17:26) 2. Anticipated God’s help. (1 Samuel 17:45-47) 3. Insisted on being involved. (1 Samuel 17:28-32) 4. Took time to prepare. (1 Samuel 17:38-40) 5. Had an impact on everybody around him. (1 Samuel 17:51-52)
If you take the first letter of every highlighted word in the second paragraph, and put them all together, you would have the word fear. The same is true of the third paragraph. If you would do the same thing, David’s word would be faith. Are you living in fear or faith this morning? It’s a choice we have to choose every day! Know this, what ever you are going through, God is bigger! Whatever your weakness is, God is stronger. Raise your expectations of what God can do. Replace fear with faith this morning! Thank you Lord! Come on, let’s live a life of faith and know that He is with us. We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. Let’s walk in victory today! Love ya.