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Conquering Faith

August 3, 2014 by

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“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” ~Romans 8:37 (NKJV)

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in the Book of First Samuel. It is the one about David and Goliath. I think everyone who knows the story is impressed by the fact that the “little guy” stood up against a giant (literally) and came out on top. We love these kinds of stories, don’t we? Movies have been made, books written, and songs sung about these conquerors in life.

I gave a message awhile back in which I spoke about real faith in God, the kind that places its trust and confidence in the One who loves us. It’s interesting to see how so many people continue to place their faith in human beings and circumstances—only to have them go south on them.

I really needed more time to spend talking about this subject in my message, because it’s one that so many of us need to be reminded of daily. There is so much uncertainty in the world today. One doesn’t know who or what can be trusted anymore. Too often, I think, we just stop trusting anyone.

David had a great deal of faith in God to do what he did. I mean, can you imagine a young teenager going up against a battle-hardened Philistine giant nine feet three inches tall? Even if you don’t buy into his height (only because you never met a pro basketball center), consider the strength of this giant: his battle gear weighed over a hundred and twenty-five pounds; the point on his spear weighed some fifteen pounds, and that being on the end of a spear, the size of which is beyond description (a weaver’s beam). But I digress.

At some point in our relationship with God, we have to plunge into the unknown with some measure of faith. When we do this our faith is put to its ultimate test. The hardest thing is giving up control over our lives. (In many respects we still carry the notion that we are “captains of our destiny.”) Faith isn’t just a concept. Someone has described it as “truth in action.” Conquering faith comes from having our faith tested and seeing the faithfulness of a magnificent God come through for us. Occasionally, it’s about the time we think we’re going over the edge!

There can be no doubt when you read this story that you understand why David had such a great faith. Goliath was huge and intimidating, but David knew from whence came his strength—the living and all-sufficient God.

If you’re struggling with an issue in your life, why not turn it over to the One who is more than able to help you conquer it?

Have a blessed day.

-Pastor John Roberts

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Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years. 

 

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6 Responses to Conquering Faith

  1. Rick

    Great post pastor. There is a song out, I think it’s by Mercy Me called the Voice of Truth. One of the verses is: “Oh what I would do to have the kind of faith to stand up against a giant with just a sling and a stone. To step out of my comfort zone into a place unknown where Jesus lives.”
    Then the chorus is about listening to the voice of truth, not the voices of doubt because the circumstance seems contrary. Yes it is natural for us to try to gird ourselves for battle with whatever weapons we can find, but when we realize that most of the battles we fight are not of flesh and blood, we need to gird ourselves with His weapons which look a lot different than the ones we can muster. May our slings be filled with Cornerstones!

    • Heather

      You are so my Dad! The Voice of Truth is by Casting Crowns and I do exactly the same thing. Those two bands sound a lot alike and I often mistake one for the other. You are right, nevertheless. We need to listen to the voice of Truth because when we do, we can accomplish all of His purposes through His strength. I like the idea of our slings being filled with “Cornerstones”. Bless you, Daddy!

  2. Caleb

    Great post Pastor John! David’s faith was in contrast to Saul, who stood back and wouldn’t dare fight Goliath. David showed that it was really God who was in charge! It’s an amazing story of God’s providence and a young boy who had the faith to show it!

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