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Are You In The Fight Or Living in Fear?

July 19, 2011 by  
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1 Samuel 17:4-11

4 “Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! 5 He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. 6 He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. 7 The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.”

8 “Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! 9 If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! 10 I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” 11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.”

Most people read this story, flying past the first part to get to David’s victory in killing Goliath. Yet, this first part of this scripture passage really stood out to me. Notice how big and scary Goliath looks and sounds? He seems unstoppable~ yet God uses a boy to defeat him. The Israelites were willing to become slaves to the Philistine’s without ever fighting.   No one went forward to fight Goliath.

Some of us spend most of our lives living in a fear of failure.  This keeps us from  living our lives to the fullest. That is why I often say, “Choose life, don’t just exist.” I have to wonder if most of the stuff holding us back is our self perception, our inability to comprehend who we are in Christ. Is this why we see so many people who are 40-50 years old dealing with the same thing they were dealing with when they were in college? This very question is what triggered me to start on this journey. I was six months away from turning thirty when I started to really look at my life. I was still facing the same fears and problems that I was facing twelve years before.

That is when I decided I was no longer going to live in fear. So many people line up for battle but they never engage the enemy. We train our whole lives to go to battle and we never even engage in the war. Can you imagine a Navy Seal going through all that training and then going to war only to watch from the safe vantage point of the Hummer, while all his buddies go out to fight?  No, the Seal is trained to do whatever it takes to make sure his platoon buddies get home safe. We have that same responsibility.  Everything is a choice.  In not engaging, we are actively choosing to fail.   We are the Body of Christ and should be holding one another up in battle.  When thinking of the Platoon example, it is easy to see that our inaction can effect more than just ourselves.

Whatever you are going through in life, the war has already been won. God has given us the strategy to win the battles.  It is in the Bible all we have to do is meditate on scripture and put it to use in our daily lives. Look at your life and ask yourself  “where have I let satan control me with fear? What areas in my life do I need to change?”  The time to act is now.  Inaction will just bring another ten years of defeat.   Choose life, don’t just exist!

Strive to be alive!

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ”  1 Corinthians 11:1

L. “Gene” Milstead, currently works for Christian Men’s Network as a representative who helps pastors set up a men’s programs for discipleship. He also teaches at a transition home for men, mentoring them and helping them become men of character and integrity through relationship, discipleship, and love. Gene was commissioned in 2004 to be a minister to men by Christian Men’s Network . He is very passionate about seeing people grow closer to God through gaining of knowledge and relationship with Him.

Gene has also lost 120 pounds over the last year through dieting and exercise. He feels like physical health is just as important as spiritual health and that they go hand in hand. You can learn more about his journey at He hopes that his writings will challenge you to dive into the Bible and ask God to give you personal revelation for your life.

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One Response to “Are You In The Fight Or Living in Fear?”
  1. Nancy Conner Coons says:

    Absolutely appreciate this insight. Realizing that indeed, God used something we see as weak in comparison to what we see as unstoppable — but we see that through our human eyes and not through spiritual eyes. Excellent. And your weight-loss story is extremely inspiring! Thank you for sharing what God has revealed to you.

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