3 Keys to Winning in Life (Lessons from a Giant Killer)

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Last Sunday at Graystone Church, I shared the story of David and Goliath (You can watch the message here.).  Guys love this story.  Women might love it too, but it is a little PG13.  I’ll spare you the gory details in this article, but the Bible does not sugarcoat things.

Anyway, David is arguably one of the greatest winners in the Bible.  As we think and pray about winning in this life and beyond (Eternity is where winning truly matters.) let me share with you 3 keys to David’s success.  These are three things you can apply to your life that will help you be a winner.

  1. Be yourself.  Be who God has created you to be.  Do not try and be someone else.  God created you to be you.  He created you with a combination of gifts, abilities and talents specific to you.  David had to be himself.  King Saul tried to put his armor on David, but it didn’t fit David.  It was designed for Saul.  If you want to be a winner in life, don’t try and be someone else.  Be who God created you to be. This is a lesson I learned early on in ministry.  I used to try and model my preaching after well-known leaders and pastors that I respected.  I tried to preach and speak like them.  But my preaching wasn’t very effective until I learned to be myself.  I developed my own style that fit who I am and how God created me.  Be yourself.  There is a reason and purpose God made you the way he did.
  2. Play to your strengths.  David played to his strengths.  King Saul wanted David to fight with his armor, a sword and a shield.  David was not trained to fight in hand to hand combat with a sword and a shield.  But he was very comfortable using a slingshot.  I don’t know this for a fact, but I assume he was one of the best teenagers in the world using a slingshot.  When it came to slinging a stone, I bet he was a 5-star recruit.  David played to his strengths.  He knew what he was good at and he used the natural abilities that God had given him.  What are your natural abilities?  How has God gifted you?  Winners are those people who figure out what they gifted to do, and they spend their time and energy working in their areas of giftedness.  There are several resources to determine your strengths and the first one that comes to the top of my head is Discover Your Strengths.   You can take tests but the best way to discover your strengths is by experience.  What are you good at doing?  Where have you seen results?  Where has God blessed your efforts?  Find your strengths and spend the bulk of your time and energy doing what God has gifted you to do.
  3. Be confident in the Lord.  David had confidence in his abilities but ultimately, his confidence came from the Lord.  He was quick to recognize that God had given him the victory over the lion and the bear.  And he was quick to recognize that God would give him the victory over the giant.  He mentions God over and over again in his trash talking exchange with Goliath.  And right before the two gladiators enter the octagon, he says, “the battle is the Lord’s”.  He recognized the battle is the Lord’s.  His confidence came from God.  Winners are confident people.  But there is a find line between pride and confidence.  The key is being confident not in your own abilities but in the Lord.  God is the one who has gifted us.  And if he has called us to do something, he will give us the strength and courage to do it.  We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).  And if God is for us, who can be against (Romans 8:31).

Let me encourage you to be yourself, play to your strengths, and trust in God.  I pray that God gives you the strength and courage to take down the giants in your life.  Remember, the battle is the Lord’s.  And ultimately, in the end, we win!

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