VIDEO Fight or Flight!: The Shepherd Boy

You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. 1 Samuel 17:45

The story of David and Goliath is a classic. The shepherd boy arrived at the battlefront to find the armies of Israel quaking because of the Philistine army and its outsized champion. In front of everyone, David confidently selected five smooth stones and the rest is history.

What we sometimes forget is this: One chapter earlier, the prophet Samuel arrived at Jesse’s house, met his sons, and anointed David with the anointing oil that represented the Holy Spirit. Samuel anointed the boy as king, “and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13).

It was the Holy Spirit in David’s heart that gave him the wisdom to fight rather than to flee. How greatly we need the same anointing! As Christians, we have the Spirit living within us. Let’s ask for a fresh empowering by our indwelling Spirit for every giant we face.

If we are ever to do anything for God and for his Church, we must be anointed with holy oil…. You cannot do David’s work if you have not David’s anointing. Charles Spurgeon


Defeating Giants, 1 Samuel 17:45-47 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study

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