My method is to teach by both precept and example. I have shared many precepts about the power of your words in this series and I have also shared a few examples (stories, testimonies). This story is a clear example of the connection between what you say and what you receive; and it also gives us a glimpse of how God’s people should speak. We should not go around as cowards speaking words or fear, nor should we go around as unsure believers speaking words of doubt and unbelief. Our relationship with God should birth an inner boldness that enables us to operate in fearless confidence, but we will never rise up on the outside until we rise up on the inside. Our words are an indication of our inner condition (our heart). I can tell you where you are inwardly by the words that I hear you speak outwardly. David was inwardly settled when he told Goliath, in front of the entire Israelite and Philistine armies, that he was going to strike him down, cut off his head, and ensure that the bodies of the Philistine army soldiers would be given to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. That doesn’t sound like someone who was doubtful in any way, nor does it sound like the average 17yr. old. But this was no average teenager, he was anointed by God and he was destined with a purpose. Guess what? So are you! Let’s see what happened after David spoke these words.
Goliath started towards David and David ran towards him. David put a rock in his sling, swung the sling around, and projected the rock towards Goliath. The rock flew out and hit Goliath on the forehead. It cracked his skull, and he fell facedown on the ground. Just like that. One shot one kill. David defeated Goliath with a sling shot and a stone. Now, remember that David said he was going to cut off his head, but David did not have a sword. David ran over, pulled out Goliath’s sword, and used Goliath’s own sword to cut off his head. When the Philistines saw what happened to their hero they all started running away. The soldiers of Israel and Judah let out a battle cry and went after them. The bodies of the Philistines were scattered all along the land. Guess what? That is exactly what David said would happen. After King Saul had watched David go out to fight Goliath, Saul turned to the commander of his army and said, “Abner, who is that young man?” Abner answered, “Your Majesty, I swear by your life that I don’t know.” “Then find out!” Saul told him (1 Sam 17:48-56).
God used an unknown, unpopular, and unimpressive looking teenager to win and lead one of the greatest battles ever fought for Israel. If God did that with David, what do you think He can do through you? The challenge is that if you want to do what David did you have to learn what David learned and that is that the power of death and life is in your tongue. Your words matter. Your words, when spoken with a believing heart, will come to pass!
So what does this mean to you today? A few things:
1. There is a connection between what you say and what you receive.
2. Your relationship with God should enable you to speak words of faith and not fear.
3. Your relationship with God should enable you to speak words in confidence and not doubt and unbelief.
4. When you come to God you must submit yourself to a renewal process; changing the way you speak is part of it.
5. Words alone are not going to make things happen.
6. Faith without works is dead. Your words must give birth to corresponding action if you are going to see a change in your life.
Confession for this day: Lord God, I am in Christ and am therefore a new creation. I submit myself to the renewal process. My mind is renewed by the Word of God. As my mind is renewed my words are also renewed. I no longer speak words of fear, doubt, or unbelief. My words are now words of faith, confidence, and trust. I have a holy boldness to look at the giants that rise up against me and to declare to them how I will conquer them for Your glory!
In Jesus’ name.