Defeating the Goliaths in Your Life – Reflections on Principle 3 of Celebrate Recovery

By Bill Peters

Principle # 3 of Celebrate Recovery

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.   “Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47

Dad shared with me that during World War 2 that his 44th Recon Squadron encountered a lone German SS officer of the Third Reich whom they captured. This officer obviously felt that he was invincible being a part of Hitler’s elite fighting men who were known for their fierce loyalty to the Führer and to each other.  This particular officer was so bold that he had a habit of daily riding his motorcycle each afternoon across and into the American lines to visit a pretty little French girl.  Dad said that when they captured him that he was decked out with a copy of Mein Kampf in a silver case in a breast pocket next to his heart. This SS bible had been personally signed by Hitler. Obviously, this man thought he had strength from his leader and his SS designation, rank and by holding a copy of this book. Although this SS officer was sadly mistaken in his faith, I as a Christian know that I derive heavenly strength when I commit my life to Christ and put myself in His care and control.

Now, Goliaths like German SS officers can be scary; they’re every bully we have ever met. Some of my hurts, hangups and habits are real goliaths have taunted me many years. They employ cowardly ways; controlling with threats and false beliefs.  Anytime I am scared by bullies, give into an addiction, or stand around complaining about others then I have admitted that Goliath is bigger than God and His Word in my life. Every time I give into fear that I cannot do what God wants then I am dwelling on Goliath and not looking at Jesus. But, anytime I stand up to some threat and trust God and His Word to help against my personal hurts, plaguing addictions and hangups which cause fear, anger or lack of forgiveness, then my name may be David. So today, I choose again to consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

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