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June 28, 2017

The DNA of a Champion: Part 3

“David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and He will give you to us!’” 1 Sam. 17:45-47 (NLT)

From David’s example, we learn how to develop the heart of a champion. His actions are a great model for us to uncover the hidden qualities for great leadership. The choices he made determined his destiny as they do in our own lives as well. Embedded in each of us is the DNA of a champion that is developed through practical steps of faith. David’s great victory over Goliath illustrates those steps:

D – Don’t run from small moments so you’re prepared to run to the giant moment. 

Because David was faithful in the small moments, tending his father’s flocks, he could run to the giant moment of facing Goliath. He had proven God in those small moments and knew that the very God who had delivered him from the claws of the lion and the bear would rescue him from this Philistine. If I want to develop the heart of a champion, I must be faithful in the small moments of life. If you’re too big for the small moments, you’ll be too small for the big moments.

N – Never conform to the critics who never faced their giants. 

Just as David faced his critics, you will too. Whenever you step out in faith believing God, you’ll be met with critics accusing you of being ridiculous or self-serving. It may seem unreasonable to them. They may even try to conform you to their way of thinking. But, they’ve never faced their giants. If you want to face your giant and experience what only God can do, never conform to the critics who have never faced theirs.

A – Accept adversity as your greatest opportunity.

Your greatest obstacle is your greatest opportunity for God to show Himself mighty in your life. Your greatest barrier is really a bridge to your destiny and God’s greatest blessing in your life. God can use your greatest problem or pain to fulfill His purpose in your life. This can be true when you accept adversity as your greatest opportunity. I love the way David did that in his story when the giant Goliath came out to fight him.

“David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and He will give you to us!’” 1 Sam. 17:45-47 (NLT)

This is what I call the first spiritual “smack talk” in a championship match! David would not be intimidated. He saw this giant as an opportunity to put God’s glory on display! He knew there would be no other explanation but God when he took down Goliath! That’s the heart of a champion!

What’s your story? What giant are you facing that has intimidated you far too long? God has given you the DNA of a champion to stand up in faith and no longer shrink back in fear. The real champion in our lives went through the worst adversity for us at the cross. He turned a crucifixion into a resurrection! God specializes in that! When you receive Christ, you have the DNA of a champion! Only in Christ can we live like one.