But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”
“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:28, 33 NLT)
David was thrown down left and right for being in the camp and challenging Goliath. “You shouldn’t be here.” “You’re too young” “You’re not equipped enough” were a few of the voices that came against him. I can only imagine how discouraging that could be. If David truly listened to and believed the words of his doubters it would have shut him down completely. He would’ve gone back to shepherding his sheep, missed the opportunity to defeat Goliath and left Israel in trouble. So what kept David going? David KNEW who He was and more importantly who GOD is and nothing anyone said could come against that because he was SECURE in his identity.
I remember being in my alone time with God one morning. And God told me “You STILL don’t believe that you who I say you are.” It stopped me in dead my tracks. I broke down in tears. I’d been listening to all the doubts in my head about myself and found myself holding back for the fear of not being enough or not meeting the expectations of what others wanted to see. And little by little through experiences and trials and self reflection and through His word He began to show me who I really am. Fearless. Chosen. Loved. Qualified. It was a process and yet I found so much freedom. And even today I have to decide everyday to believe in what Gods says about me, after all He created me so He would know better than anyone.
Do you REALLY believe you are EVERYTHING He says you are?? Because you will continue hold back of all He’s called you to until you BELIEVE in who He says you are. Insecurity is a hardcore battle especially when it’s become a mindset or natural way of thinking. They say on average people need 10 compliments for every 1 critic, because we have this misconstrued thinking of outweighing our weaknesses. However GOD qualifies us. His word says He is made PERFECT in our weakness. We have to get to a place, like David, to where we KNOW who we are and not a doubt in the world could change that. Not a doubt in our mind could oppress us. That we would step up to ALL that Gods called us to being fearlessly ourselves. Shut up the lies about you floating through your mind. The ones telling you you’re not _____ enough. You fill in the blank. What people think about you doesn’t DEFINE you and never stoop down to what they want to see. But remember you embody whatever you choose to think of yourself…even if it’s not who you really are. God defines you and He’s planned great things for you but we have to choose to BELIEVE in this powerful identity we have in Him and never look back. Then like David we can take on victorious and unstoppable thinking. We need more leaders for this generation who are fearlessly themselves and fully surrendered to Christ alone.