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The American Spirit, Issue #003, You Are a Victor not a Victim, Slay that Giant
April 30, 2015

You Are a Victor, not a Victim...

Go Slay Your Giant

If you received my previous newsletter than you'll remember that we reviewed the bullying that was going on during the time of Israel's King Saul. Saul had to deal with constant warfare during his reign and in chapter 17 of 1 Samuel we read that the entire nation was paralyzed by fear as a result of a bully named Goliath.

I also pointed out that America is facing the same bullying tactics at the hands of the Obama administration and a compliant media.

Let's pick up where we left off.

1 Samuel 17:25-30

Young David, the future king of Israel, was sent by his father to get an update on how his three older brothers were doing.

When David arrived the scene he saw was not what he had expected. As he looked around he didn't see a military that was bold and courageous because of God's presence in their midst. Rather, he found a bunch of men bewildered and unsure on how to deal with the bully named Goliath.

The bible tells us in verse 25 what was actually in their hearts and minds, "have you seen this man who is coming up? Surely he is coming up to defy Israel." These words indicate a victim mindset, a defeated outlook, and yet the battle had not yet even started.

After Obama got re-elected I was in total shock. I found it difficult to believe that America had been deceived again and had put this man back in the White House. How could so many people just stand by and accept defeat without even fighting back. By that I mean, why did so many Christians and conservatives stay home in 2012? By all accounts Obama received fewer votes in 2012 than he had in 2008. If those who opposed his agenda and ideology had simply shown up for the battle this Goliath could have been defeated soundly.

In our story there was one believer who showed up and was willing to take on the opposition rather than just stand by and allow him to proclaim obscenities to the armies of the living God. We needed more Davids in 2012 to take on the giant.

In verse 26 we read,"Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, "What will 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 taunt the armies of the living God?" Remember, David is said to have been about sixteen years of age at this time. Wow!

You would have thought that this statement would have jarred the armies of Israel out of their stupor and prompted them to remember that it was God who had defeated numerous other forces much greater than themselves.

Will we be able to find a modern day David who will stand up to our current Goliath?

Chances are if such a man does step forward he will probably have to overcome resistance from within his own camp just as David did. In verse 28 we read what took place between David and his older brother. “Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “why have you come down? And with whom have you left those FEW sheep in the wilderness?”

Can you sense the ridicule that Eliab is trying to heap on David? He tries to belittle David in front of the entire army by referring to his responsibility of taking care of the families herd of sheep by referring to them as FEW.

David, however, doesn’t back down and replies to his brother by saying, “What have I done now? Was it not a question?” In other words, “chill big brother, all I did was ask the obvious question”.

We should expect a modern day David to face the same kind of resistance from the conservative establishment. This would not be anything new. The Tea Party was not accepted with open arms by the Republican establishment when they burst onto the scene even though they were effective in mobilizing the conservative troops.

1 Samuel 17:31-54 (Slaying Goliath)

Well wouldn't you know it, word got back to King Saul about the things that David had said and he was brought to the King. How would you expect a mere teenager to conduct himself in the presence of a king? Most would be in awe of someone with so much power. The same can be said of our President. Many of our young people actually look up to him. They have gone to the voting booths and faithfully cast their vote for this man without giving any thought to his character or his resume.

Fortunately for Israel this young David was not in awe of his king. Without any hesitation he says to the king “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him (Goliath); your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Right away Saul tries to discourage David by pointing out that he is not a man of war with experience. Saul focuses on David’s youthfulness and compares this aspect to that of Goliaths experience. If I remember correctly Obama’s track record and lack of experience was never an issue for his supporters. They were more impressed by his public speaking skills than by his track record of accomplishments (which of course didn’t exist).

Think about that for a minute. The Democratic party took all their chips and bet on this unknown and inexperienced man to run for the Presidency.

Why shouldn’t we be able to do the same? Why should we look to the same old players that have been around for so long now? Why can’t a fresh face come in and stand up for the constitution and our way of life as David did?

What was it about David that gave him such boldness? It’s important to recognize this because it will help any conservative make an intelligent choice when it comes to selecting who will represent our interest in the upcoming Presidential elections and actually win.

After Saul questions David’s qualifications young David begins to rattle off his resume of accomplishments starting in verse 34. He tells the king about his conquest as a shepherd over his fathers sheep; “when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him”.

Seriously! That is impressive. He may not have been part of anyone’s army but he knew a thing or two about facing his enemy one on one with no one to count on in the wilderness except his God to bring about a victory. David states in verse 37, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine (not any amount of negotiations with the enemy or the U.N.).

That is what distinguishes David to this day. That is what we need to look for in a candidate that will make a great President for this nation.

Our next president must be of sound bible based moral character, a man of faith who believes that God is his fortress, a man who is not afraid to speak the truth in public and one who will not compromise or coddle our enemies when they come against us. He will take a stand when no one else will and go out to face the enemy without reservation. He will shoot first and ask questions later with regard to radical Muslims who threaten us abroad and especially here at home.

David eventually goes out without any armor except for his spiritual armor and faces off against Goliath. As he looked at Goliath who was sneering at him and he says to him, “You come to me with a sword and a spear, and 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 taunted".

I can assure you, any President who would speak to our armed forces with this same faith and boldness before they are shipped off to some foreign country to battle the enemy, would be a man that our young men and women would respect and hold in high esteem. They would know that this President would be praying for them daily and that his trust was in God to protect them and to give them victory over the enemy regardless of the odds.

Each of us has a David within us and we need to awaken him if we are to take this nation back for God. The bible calls David a man after God's own heart. This simply means that David was tuned in the desires of God and depended on Him. David was not a perfect man. When he sinned he was quick to repent. This endeared him to God.

Will you look to God when you face your giant? Will you trust in Him no matter what the odds are? It takes great faith to stand in such perilous situations. But God says that we can do all things through Christ Jesus. He told Paul "my grace is sufficient".

If you accept my challenge to let the spirit of God rise up within you like David did so you can stand boldly against your giant and slay him then let me know by returning to my site and sharing your story with us at how to be successful and slay your giant.

Remember, "greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world".

God Bless You,

Luis Castillo

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