Faith Principles We Need To Know: * 1 Samuel 17 *
(so we can know what to expect when we walk in faith, not sight)
- Faith attracts opposition
David walked in faith to kill Goliath. Even though he ventured out in faith, there were oppositions. Opposition by: (a) his older brother - 1 Sam 17:28; and (b) king Saul - 1 Sam 17:33
- Faith defies logic and reason
Common sense says David will not be able to defeat Goliath. Logic says David is just a small boy and Goliath is a huge giant. Reason says David doesn't have what it takes to kill a giant. But, faith says, you can move mountains and soar on wings like eagles!
- Faith sees things differently
The Israelites see Goliath and ran away in fear. David sees Goliath as someone who ought to be dead, for he defies the armies of the living God. Can you see something others can't see? Can you hear something that no one else hears? Step out in faith and obey the call of God. The Almighty requires our obedience, and He will take care of the results.
- Faith requires courage
I sure believe that it takes courage for David to step out and say "Your servant will go and fight him" (1 Sam 17:32)! We need to be bold and courageous in pursuing the things God calls us to.
- Faith confuses people, it will be misunderstood
As David walked in faith, others around him misunderstood him. Some thinks he's pretty arrogant; others think he is naive. But he is simple. He just has faith.
- Faith has supernatural consequences
With one stone, David killed Goliath. If that's not supernatural, I don't know what is. Try killing a chicken with just one stone. Can you do it? =P
- Faith always has a bigger objective than the immediate
The battle in 1 Sam 17 isn't just about killing Goliath. There's a bigger reason - that God may be glorified, that the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel (verse 46). Even as we walk in faith, we need to keep in mind that ultimately, God should be praised and glorified!! =D
- Faith looks very different in different people
God gives us faith accordingly (Rom 12:3). Each of us has our own measure of faith. Go with what God's given you. Don't compare yourself with another.
If you've got anything to add, please do! :)
May our hearts and spirits be encouraged to live by faith, always!
p.s. cel, pray you will be blessed. meditate on 1 Sam 17 k? xoxo