“You come at me with sword, spear, and javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord . . . whom you have defied. This day he will deliver you into my hand” (David to Goliath, 1 Samuel 17).

“Run away! Run away! We’d better not risk another frontal assault—that rabbit’s dynamite!” (King Arthur to his knights, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”).

In every situation you face fear, rejection, and pain, you can run away from it, or you can respond to it with what God is saying about it. Every circumstance you encounter is a door to what God says is possible. Surrendering to fear—or any negativity—keeps it closed. Responding in faith, hope, and love, opens it to reveal who God wants to be for the person he says you can become.

David wasn’t afraid, because he wasn’t looking at this encounter through the fear of natural circumstances. He chose to see it through his experiences with God in overcoming other challenges, and in light of what he had said about David’s future. Therefore, he could fight in boldness, bringing all he was to it, and confidently leave the results to God.

Spend some time with him, and see if you can answer these questions. The more you see, the more confident, intentional, and powerful you’ll be today.

What part of God’s character do you think he’s been trying to grow in you most right now?

What has he been saying about who you are?

How is he equipping you for the circumstances you’re facing?

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