These are the
realities regarding your coming confrontation:

You have
identified the Goliath that stands before you.

You are about to
engage in a showdown with a lie.

You have heard
the giant’s taunts and mockery.

You have
rejected the armor offered by others for this battle.

You have
stripped down to what you know works for you.

You possess the
equivalent of only 5 smooth stones.

You can only
trust in God to give you the victory.

Something truly remarkable is about to take place if you engage this battle as
you and not someone else. This is not a time to take on anything unfamiliar or
suggested by others no matter how well-intentioned.

To be honest, we
really don’t know why David picked up only 5 stones. There have been many
attempts to answer that question and every suggestion is a guess. The most
believable answer usually comes from the most simple explanation. Collecting
five smooth stones is how David prepared each day to go out and watch his
father’s sheep. When faced with Goliath, David performed the same familiar
routine of preparation that he did many times before. His pouch had room for five

No shepherd would want to take the time required to search and find a
suitable rock to fit in his sling when a wolf was advancing on his flock.
Shepherds lived prepared. David faced wild animals and thieves equipped as a
shepherd ready for any threat. Simplicity is what David knew and it worked for
him in the past and it would work for him when he faced Goliath. God did not
ask David to become someone else in battle. The same applies to you. God has a
plan for victory that will take place using the simple version of you coupled
with your unique expression of faith to do what some have labeled impossible.

You have proven
rocks in your spiritual shepherd’s bag. Anyone of them can dispatch the giant
before you. Keep your eye on your adversary as you approach him. This is what
David did. He was so familiar with the contents of his rock pouch that he could
reach down and retrieve one of them while on the run toward the battle without
losing focus on his adversary. Don’t over-spiritualize the encounter you are
about to have with your personal giant. Run toward the lie with confidence and
reach into your bag of faith and pick a rock. Anyone of them will get the job
done because they will be guided by your experience and the presence of
Almighty God.


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