We will soon be releasing a revised version of my book, Victorious Mindsets. This devotional about running at our Goliaths is now word for us today as we defeat the Coronavirus and the fear connected with it.
“So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:48).
David’s passion was demonstrated when he ran at Goliath. He did not hesitate but aggressively confronted the obstacle in his way. He ran at his problem and not away from it. He understood that procrastination would just make the problem bigger (and Goliath was pretty big already!).
I have a question for you: Are you running from things or toward things? Those with victorious mindsets are learning to run at things that are difficult for them to face. They know that procrastination drains power from life. They know that it usually won’t get easier later, so we must “bite the bullet” now and face our giants.
People who chronically procrastinate are more prone to depression because there is a constant awareness of unfulfilled responsibilities still hanging over their heads. This depression causes more things to go undone, which causes more depression and so on. Many would feel better and have more strength for life if they developed the habit of running at things that should be done.
There can be many different reasons and roots of procrastination (fear, distraction, etc). We thank God that there can be healing for all of them. One way to bring this healing is to move toward the fear and distraction by:
- Making lists of things that need to be done and getting in the habit of doing harder things early in the day
- Communicating with people about things needing closure (i.e. money owed, promises unfulfilled, thanks or apologies unspoken, etc.)
- Ask the Lord why you are procrastinating, and then get His perspective and strength to overcome it
LIES TO OVERCOME
- If I have a big problem in my life, it means I am doing something wrong
- Some “Goliaths” are too big for God to defeat. I am stuck with no solutions
- I am a weak, indecisive, and fearful person
- I can only experience peace after my “Goliath” has been defeated
- If others do not think I am a giant killer, then I am not
DECLARATIONS TO STRENGTHEN THIS MINDSET
- I run toward my battles with unshakable trust that God is bigger than all of my giants
- I am a proactive problem solver who relishes opportunities to conquer procrastination
- I am fiercely protected by the almighty, all-powerful God of the universe who loves me unconditionally and never stops fighting for me
- I am constantly being upgraded to see problems as opportunities that show me how big my God is
- I daily inspire others to courageously defeat their Goliaths
- Consume books, movies, and media that fuel your courage – Courageous people know how to fire themselves up. Just as athletic teams have a coach to help them overcome fatigue, passivity, and loser mindsets, wise people feed on things that will inspire them to overcome giants.
- Surround yourself with other “giant-killers” – Spend time with those who bravely engage with their own battles. If you don’t know anyone, ask around to see if anyone would be interested in trying to become a giant-killer alongside you and start meeting regularly together.
- Get radical in your declarations – David made continual declarations as he confronted Goliath. He said he would cut off his head, even though he did not have a sword. Some seasons in our lives mandate that, from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, we inspire ourselves toward courage with our words.
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ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.