“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10
Do you ever find it intriguing how our minds can struggle over situations? This has been going on since the beginning of time. It’s the struggle between the thoughts of God (God – thought) and the thoughts of man (man – thought). If I looked in your eyes and told you that, “You can do anything because you are a child of God,” another thought may come up in your own mind that says, “Yes, I can do some things well, but with some things I’m not that good.” You would not accept my verbal thoughts of you and your abilities. Let’s look at how the Scripture can show us how to think positive thoughts from God.
Let’s think about the struggle we often have within ourselves, and let’s connect it to Scripture. Let’s look at 1 Samuel 17.
There were always many spiritual levels to every Bible story. So as we look at the scripture, let’s also consider the spirit, as Jesus says, of the writings. Biblically, this is a story of how one man overcame all odds to become the King. Spiritually this is a story of something that can occur within us.
“Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle… And Saul and the men of Israel were fathered, and encamped in the valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.”
Now, as this concerns us – if we have opposite thoughts and considerations in our minds, the very first thing we need to do is to separate ourselves from them – step back, distance ourselves. If you have a man–thought and a God–thought, separate yourself from the man – thought and look at it very closely. We don’t want any God given creative power to be connected to any man – thought that is erroneous.
“And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.”
Have you ever wondered what six cubits are? Well it, of course, was a measure back to them between 17 and 22 inches (obviously they weren’t too concerned about accuracy.) If we took an average of that and say it’s twenty inches, multiply that by six and you have a person who is ten feet tall.
Now, it was a tradition back in those days to teach lessons through exaggeration. It was not considered a lie; it was custom. It was sort of the way a fisherman, when talking about the fish that got away saying it was about half the size of the boat and spreading his arms as wide as he could. And in many stories, especially using numbers, this was used as an analogy. Men back then, in biblical times, were much smaller. So no matter what Goliath’s size was, he towered over the size of the regular man/soldier.
Have you ever faced a foe who looked ten feet tall? Sometimes the mind exaggerates when we have fear inside of us. When we place something in front of us that we are afraid of, it looks bigger than it really is. This is so true, and we must always remember that as we face our foes in life, especially our spiritual and emotional foes.
The story goes on to describe Goliath.
“He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. And he had greaves of bronze upon his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. And the shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him.”
Let’s talk about us. First of all, the Philistines inside of us are mistaken thoughts. We all have them. We have enormous flawed beliefs and attitudes that keep us bound in prison in our feeling minds instead of our spiritual consciousness. Goliath is a revealing, conspicuous Philistine giant. He symbolizes strongly entrenched flawed beliefs that have a very noticeable appearance in a person’s life.
Let me give you an example. Thoughts held in our mind produce after their kind. Let’s imagine that you have an army of thoughts of lack inside of you. Pretty soon, in your life, you’re going to live that and have a giant of lack come in some form that you’re going to have to face. What happens in the mind happens in your body and in your life. You are immersed in those thoughts of negativity – a negative army, and because of that you will soon attract the same to your life. You are going to stand back and wonder what you have done to produce such a negative giant. You are going to have to face this giant because it will not go away. Negative thinking and misguided thoughts never go away on their own.
“He [Goliath] stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, ‘Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul?’”
Invalid and mistaken beliefs will always be your master and call you a slave. They will always demand that you bow down to them. You have temporarily made them a god.
“[Goliath said] “Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants.”
If you are able to pick a positive and Divine idea within you, hold to it and allow that to go into the struggle and be the head of your army (of God’s Truth inside of your mind), then the erroneous beliefs will be your servants from then on. You will not have to bow down to them anymore. When the thought comes up inside of you, you will no longer be a slave to it. You will know, without a doubt, that the invalid thought IS NOTHING and has no power. You do have power over your negative thoughts; and with God and his divine ideas and plans within you, you become the victor.
[Goliath continues, saying] “If I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”
It’s the old teaching of good and evil, but really it’s good and negative thoughts – the human limiting thoughts versus the abundance of God thoughts. We all have it. We have to go to an imaginary war inside of our minds every time we have a limited thought. We try to rise above the limiting thought that tries to hold us down, and out.
“And the Philistine said, ‘I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.’ When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.”
Let’s say you are thinking negative thoughts of lack and the creditors are calling, or you are in ill-health and all doctors are telling you how bad it is. You have a lot to overcome. You have a lot of negative voices inside of you and outside of you and you become dismayed and greatly afraid. The creditor or doctor can say it just once, and then you may play in through your mind a thousand times in a thousand different ways. Then you may listen to these voices. Those are the armies of the other side. You need to win over these armies. God must be the head of all your thoughts, then only positive and forward moving actions occur.
“Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years. The three eldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle; and the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the first born, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. David was the youngest; the three eldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.”
“And Jesse said to David his son, ‘Take for your brothers an ephah of loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers; also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See how your brothers fare, and bring some token from them.’”
“Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elan, fighting with the Philistines. And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper, and took the provisions, and went, as Jesse had commanded him, and he came to the encampment as the host was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. And Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, and ran to the ranks and greeted his brothers.”
Can you imagine a young boy, (let’s say thirteen years old), coming up to the army and seeing his brothers with all their armor on ready to go into battle? He leaves the cheese and runs up to join them in battle on the front lines.
“As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of ranks of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.
“All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were much afraid. And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and the man who kills him, the king will enrich with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.”
“And David said to the men who stood by him, ‘What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?’”
(If a man was uncircumcised, it meant he still had his humanness on. He was not of God. So when this was said, it was quite a slur back then.)
“And the people answered him in the same way, ‘So shall it be done to the man who kills him.’”
“Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, ‘Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart; for you have come down to see the battle.’ And David said, ‘What have I done now? Was it not but a word?’ And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way; and the people answered him again as before.
“When the words which David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul; and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, ‘Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.’”
Our hearts may have failed a lot. When we have faced armies of negative thoughts, many times we have wanted to run up the white flag and surrender because our mind totally accepted invalid belief.
Now, the Israelites illustrate thoughts and feelings toward the truth of and in God, all that is within our awareness as part of our growth and development of spiritual awareness.
The Philistines inside of us represent a tremendous combatant idea. Here is this young man who accepts this challenge. He stands up and says he’s not going to take it anymore. It’s the big turning point. This is our love for Truth inspiring us to do something to overcome the manifestation of error, whether it is inside of us or on the outside.
“And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.’ But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth; and if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him and killed him. Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, seeing that he has defied the armies of the living God.’”
In order to be faithful on the big things, we have to be faithful on the small things. This is what gives us faith to face a Goliath of a problem in our life. If we have already killed the little stake in beliefs inside of us and cast them out in the name of Jesus Christ, then we have power to go against anything, of any size. It does not faze us because we know that God is always with us. We are standing in front of the army of the living God: Divine ideas, truth, energy, health, abundance. We no longer have to bow down and submit to the enemy army. That’s an important thing to realize and know.
“And David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’”
This was David’s positive affirmative belief. You have your positive affirmative belief. You know you are going to survive this, no matter what you’re facing. Because you have faced the little things, you know you can face this big thing and you are going to be the victor. There is nothing that is going to stand in your way because you are a part/a child of God.
“And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you!’ Then Saul clothed David in his armor; he put a helmet of bronze on his head, and clothed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword over his armor, and he tried in vain to go, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, ‘I cannot go with these; for I am not used to them.’ And David put them off.”
He had so much weight on him that he couldn’t even move. The weight of the armor was so heavy that he just sat there. So, while Goliath had all that armor out there, David stripped off the armor and went into battle defenseless. Love for God was his only defense. You see, we tend to think that we have to have all this protection, a mountain of lawyers and groups of specialists. But I tell you, the greatest defense, the greatest warrior you’ll ever have, is your own belief in God. Just you, and just God. That’s all you need because God will direct you to the human help that you need. It will work every single time.
“Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in his shepherd’s bag or wallet; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.”
“And the Philistine came on and drew near to David, and his shield-bearer in front of him. And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, ruddy and comely in appearance.”
Goliath looked at David with his human eyes and saw David as just a youth. But David knew that he had the power of God with him. And, true, the power of God is invisible. But you can feel and know God’s power. You have great confidence when God is working through you.
“The Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, ‘Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.’ Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and 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, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds 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 that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hand.’”
In other words, in your life, the Lord saves not with force.
“When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone, and slug it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine, and killed him; there was no sword in the hand of David. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath, and killed him, and cut off his head with it.”
He cut off Goliath’s head with it. Our invalid thoughts no longer have any power – if we are willing to destroy them.
“When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.”
That is the way it is going to be when the armies of God work inside of you. If you have a thousand negative beliefs on the other hill shouting at you telling you that you’re never going to get well or you’re going to always be poor, don’t give it a thought. When you feel you have no purpose or direction or when your ideas are like a stagnant pond, you realize that the armies of God are behind you and you will defeat the enemy.
You have a great power that stays with you. You aim. You throw your positive prayers. And you overcome. There’s nothing outside of you, or negative thought inside of you, that has any power over you and God. You are a child of God. You are the Victor; your mind has only positive and powerful thoughts.
Give yourself the wondrous gift of allowing prayer to cover you, protect you, and keep you warm.
We go to God and we seek peace of mind, freedom from the belief that other persons, external things and circumstances can take our peace away.
As you rest in God, listen to these words of advice that Saint Theresa, a Christian mystic, had to offer:
“Let nothing disturb thee, nothing afright thee. All things are passing.
God never changes. Patience endureth, attainth to all things. Who God possesses, then nothing is wanting. Alone, God suffices. Amen
Repeat this prayer, and rest in the silence of its truth.
God Bless you.