Your Faith in God Makes You a Winner

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I have often heard one person say to another, “you’ve got to have faith,” or “you’ve got to think positive.” They think that their faith in positive thinking will create the outcome they desire. But they have left God out of the equation.

I am urging you to place your faith in Jesus Christ, and put him in charge of your life. He provides more than just salvation. That is a free gift, but it’s not the only one. Hope and faith are gifts from God.

Most people hope that good things will come to their way. They’re like gamblers hoping their bets will win. But your life is too important to leave to chance, or luck. God gives you hope for the future that his based on him and his word.

To be a winner in life, you must develop a relationship with God and get to know him. Then, you will have the kind of hope and faith that God provides.

You have to turn to the Bible to learn how to approach the Lord. It shows you what God is like, and teaches you how to live. He says, that if you call on him, he will answer you.

If you’re not familiar with the story of David and Goliath, you should read it for yourself. It’s a really good story and you will find it in 1 Samuel 17.

What is the point of the story, and what does it have to do with you? It has everything to do with you. God put this story in the Bible for your benefit. And when you know its deeper meaning,  that could change your life forever.

The first thing you have to know about this story, is that you are David. And Goliath is your worst nightmare. Goliath is that problem that you are afraid to face, and you know what that is. I don’t. But it could be anything, from the fear of poverty to an addiction of some kind.

Goliath is a giant. He is nine feet tall, a very intimidating and experienced warrior, and he has destroyed many a man. David is just a kid, but he is armed with the most powerful force in the universe—the faith of God.

The following verses tell the most important part of the story. Look at what Goliath said to David. He proudly stated what he was going to do, he was going to take this young man’s life.

And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. (1 Samuel 17:43-44)

Now look at what David said to Goliath. His confidence was in God, not in himself. He proclaimed what God was going to do. His faith-filled words reveal a heart that was full of faith:

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

David wasn’t afraid of what might happen, because he knew what would happen. He was going to win the battle, and it was curtains for Goliath. Do you want to know what happened next?

David ran toward the giant and attacked him. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone stuck into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and smote the Philistine and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. (1 Samuel 17:48-51)

And you can do the same thing to your Goliath. You can be like David and learn to use the faith that comes from God. Where do you get this kind of faith? From reading and studying the Bible. From hearing it spoken. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart. David got to know God by spending time with him in the field. When you spend time with God by reading the Bible; and talk to him about what you’re read, he will answer you. He will show you his favor and he will make you a winner.

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Faith is Believing God’s Word

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God told Abraham that he would be the Father of many nations, and that through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. This is certainly true, even though it seemed to be impossible at the time.

When Abraham was a hundred years old, he and his barren wife, Sarah, had a son named Issac. And he is the child through whom that blessing (Jesus) came.

God told Abraham to offer Issac as a sacrifice. Even though this defied logic, Abraham was willing to do it anyway. He trusted that God would do them no harm, and that he would fulfill his promise.

He didn’t know what God had in mind. We know that he expected God to raise Issac from the dead. If you read this whole story in Genesis 22, you’ll see that Abraham told his servants to wait and that, “I and the lad . .  will come again to you.”

Abraham knew God and his ways very well. He had based his whole life on believing God’s word. This is what the Bible says about him:

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was rich in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  (Romans 4:20-24)

What exactly did Abraham do that was so remarkable. He believed God to the extreme extent of being willing to obey him. All he provided was the willingness. God provided everything else, including the sacrifice–one for Issac and one for us.

God even provides us the faith we need to believe his word. As it is written, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)


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