TIM LAUGHLIN: The believer’s guide to spiritual warefare (part 3)

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“And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.” I Samuel 17:4

Goliath came out against Israel and they were scared to death of this 9 foot giant, who was an awesome sight to behold. Although there is some discrepancy over his actual height, whether he was 9’-4” or 11 feet tall, he was well above anyone in the camp of Israel. Fear is the first attack of the enemy when you begin to engage him, just as Goliath displayed when he challenged Israel to a duel!

Doubt is the second attack that came when David took the challenge to fight and his older brother accused him of leaving his father’s sheep, trying to get him to doubt why he was there. The devil will use anything he can to discourage you, even using your own family members against you. David shook off the doubt and proceeded to speak out in faith saying, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

The third attack of the enemy was unbelief when King Saul told him he was too young to fight and Goliath was a trained warrior. David responded by telling Saul about his former exploits when he killed the lion and the bear, remembering how God had delivered him before, strengthening his faith and resolve to engage Goliath! Remember there is no armor for your back, only for your front and running is not an option unless you let fear, doubt and unbelief stop you in your tracks.

“Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” I Samuel 17:36

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