by Kerry Shook

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Series: Giant Killers - Claiming Victory Over Life's Biggest Challenges
Kerry Shook

David's unconventional approach to giants

He ran toward the giant

''As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.''
1 Samuel 17:48 (NLT)

He possessed a killer instinct

''Then David ran over and pulled Goliath's sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran.'' 1 Samuel 17:51 (NLT)

He expected more giants in the future

''Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.'' 1 Samuel 17:40 (NIV)

He turned down a sword for a sling

''And Israel will learn that the Lord does not depend on weapons to fulfill his plans-he works without regard to human means!'' 1 Samuel 17:47 (LB)

'''Don't be ridiculous!' Saul replied. 'How can a kid like you fight with a man like him? You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!'''
1 Samuel 17:33 (LB)

Three Steps to Slaying Your Giant

It Starts in Secret

''He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty… He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.'' Psalm 91:1;15 (NKJV)

'''The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!' Saul finally consented. 'All right, go ahead' he said. 'And may the Lord be with you!''' 1 Samuel 17:37 (NLT)

It Crashes through Criticism

''But when David's oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking like that, he was angry. 'What are you doing around here, anyway?' he demanded. 'What about the sheep you're supposed to be taking care of? I know what a cocky brat you are; you just want to see the battle!''' 1 Samuel 17:28 (LB)

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