Posted by Joel Osteen
In the Bible, when David faced Goliath, everyone around him was talking about the mountain. They were saying, “Goliath is so big. There’s no way we can defeat him.” Then along came a young man named David. He was only 17 years old. But somehow, he had a different perspective. When he saw Goliath, instead of saying, “He’s so big. We don’t have a chance,” he said, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?” He was saying, “Hey, wait a minute. This is not right. This mountain doesn’t need to keep us from our destiny.” David’s friends and the people around him began to laugh. They said, “David, are you crazy? You can’t fight Goliath. You’re just a kid. You’re too small. You don’t have any experience.” But David shook it off. He went out to face Goliath–his mountain–and Goliath began to laugh. When he saw how young and small David was, he said, “Am I a dog that you would come at me with a stick?” He was saying, “Don’t you have anything better to send out against me than this little runt? It’s not even going to be a fight.” But, David wasn’t focused on the size of his giant; he was focused on the size of his God. He didn’t just pray that he would defeat Goliath. He didn’t beg and plead with God. No, he knew he already had the victory! David spoke to his mountain. He looked Goliath in the eyes and said, “Goliath, you come against me with a sword and a shield, but I come against you in the name of the Lord God of Israel.” In other words, “You’ve got a sword, but I’ve got something better. I’ve got the forces of heaven backing me up.” He said, “Goliath, this day the Lord will deliver you into my hands. I will defeat you and feed your head to the birds of the air.” He was saying, “You may be big, but I know my God is bigger. And when I speak to the mountain, God’s promised it will be removed!”
If you’re going to break old habits and make changes in your life, you’ve got to speak to the giants that mock your victory. No matter what you may be facing, no matter how big those goals and dreams may seem, start changing your words and declare victory. Don’t talk about your mountain; talk to it! Don’t tell the world how big your problems are; tell them how big your God is! Stand in faith, speak victory and move forward in the freedom and blessing God has in store for you!
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” (Mark 11:23 NIV)