1 Samuel 17- David and Goliath
Essentially what happens here is this big tough guy (seriously huge, they estimate just his “armor” weighed 200lbs) comes in and says let’s fight. If I win, your people serve my people, if I lose, my people will serve your people… but I’m fixing to take you down so send a guy down and let us just get this over with… and Israel was intimidated… they were scared… and nothing had even happened yet?
You see, it’s always useful to demoralize your opponent, and send fear or uncertainty in their hearts first. Just fear alone may keep you from getting started, right? Just with harsh words we could win the defeat of the opposite party. No- we don’t battle against flesh and blood enemies like Goliath, but we all have spiritual “Giants” to battle. The devil has a heavy interest in making you feel inadequate or afraid before the real battle ever starts. He feeds off of our insecurities, y’all. He wants you finished before you start. What you do not let Jesus fill up, Satan will try and take over. His blood was free. Fill up. Fill every single crack and hole in your life. I don’t care how small you feel; I don’t care how big your giant; I don’t care how big your battle- there is always, always victory in Christ. Win… He died for you to win.
“All of those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give deliver the enemy into your hands” 1 Samuel 17:47