1 Samuel 17:45, David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”

1 Samuel 17:39, David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40Then 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.

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series entitled, “Bold: Learning To Live With An Audacious Faith.”  If you want to be a person of great faith, do what King David did when he was battling Goliath. David remembered how God helped him in the past. David said to Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:45, “…Just as the Lord rescued me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear…God will rescue me from you as well!”

David used the tools God had already given him. When David went out to battle Goliath, he picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag. With a sling, he already defeated Goliath because that is what God had already given him. Finally, David expected God to help him. When David moved toward Goliath, he said, “You come against me with a sword and a spear but I come against you in the name of the Lord” (1 Samuel 17:45-46).
As you make your journey to having great faith, remember how God has helped you in the past. Use the tools God has already given you, and expect God to give you the victory.

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

What did you hear?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?



What do you Think?
How does it apply to your life?



What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)




Now talk to God
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.