In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


May 23, 2007 – The Faith that Conquers – First Samuel 17:1-30 

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            The well-known story of David and Goliath teaches modern believers about faith that conquers. At some point, everyone faces a Goliath in his or her life. Whether the “giant” is human or some overwhelming situation, victorious people, like David, trust God to see them through any challenge. 

            For David, past experience proved God was faithful.  In 1 Samuel 17:36, the young shepherd recalled God giving him victory over a lion and a bear that threatened his flock. In a similar way, we strengthen our faith by reading how the Lord protected men and women in the Bible. We also learn to trust God by remembering His provision in our lives. For this reason, Dr. Stanley urges people to keep a journal. When facing a challenge, believers can look back and be strengthened by the knowledge of God’s prior trustworthiness. 

            Trusting the Lord gives us the courage to face our “giants.” We can then respond to difficulty on the basis of three important truths. The first is our identity in Christ. We’re adopted children who are eternally secure with the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Second, it’s important to know who Christ is in us—our Savior and Provider. The third important truth we should know is, in Christ, we have the promise of access to almighty God. 

            The victorious believer knows that the Lord is making him adequate for any difficult situation. That’s why God gives us the Holy Spirit. When we depend upon God, we’ll conquer our “Goliaths.”

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