Developing The Faith Of A Champion

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“And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:32

Young David went to face the “champion of the Philistines”. As the unofficial champion of Almighty God, he had a champion faith which enabled him to take out his adversary.

You and I will need that kind of champion faith in these last days as well. This is be- cause Jesus said in Luke 21:26 “…men’s hearts will fail them for fear of those things they see coming on the earth…”

Think about David as he looked at all of Saul’s army hiding in the trenches, shivering with fear because of Goliath’s roar of blasphemy. He wasn’t overcome because everyone else was, but on the contrary, their cowardice made him angry and more determined to destroy the enemy whom he knew was already a defeated foe.

“And all men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.” “And David spake to the men that stood by him saying,’ What shall be done to the man that kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel?’” I Samuel 17:24, 26

David had one thing on his mind and that was the fact that this was not just his enemy, but Goliath was defying Almighty God and therefore in deep trouble. David knew that God would need someone to use executing vengeance upon His enemy, so he stepped up to the plate and said it might as well be me.

Praise the Lord! We should remember that our enemies are God’s enemies because we have a covenant with God. He will defeat them by using one of us as HIS CHAMPION, just like He did with Jesus when He walked this earth.

Jesus was God’s Champion, who through the Holy Ghost, defeated every enemy he faced which was threatening the future of the people of God (Acts 10:38).

You can defeat that which stands in opposition to God’s plan for your life! 

What are some of the steps we can learn from David that will help us develop this championship faith as well? What made David different from all the rest of his contemporaries that brought him to his great destiny in God?

First we should know that David was a youth, a mere boy of about 15 years. This tells me that David didn’t wait until he was an adult to get to know God. David was not a time waster when it came to his spiritual life.

During those early years while herding his father’s sheep, he developed qualities that enabled him to step up to the plate when his opportunity for advancement came.

Many people are unprepared for the day of opportunity because they have wasted so much time after becoming a believer. Instead of pressing in while a spiritual youth through prayer, fasting, and study of God’s Word, many have allowed the cares of life and an unbiblical value system to rob them of time needed for preparing themselves for God’s plan in the future.

God is preparing you for the day of battle, because the day of battle is also the day of advancement! Don’t forget that after this battle (David vs. Goliath) A NOBODY BECAME A SOMEBODY.

Did you ever wonder why you have had the seemingly tough training during your formative years as a Christian? This could be the reason; Satan will be there to defy you when it is time for promotion. You will not get to your destiny without defeating the Goliath that stands in your way. You will need Championship faith in that hour.

What four qualities did David develop that enabled him to win his big battle and breakthrough to destiny?

  1. He was faithful in his father’s house.
  2. He had a tender heart of worship.
  3. He understood covenant concepts.
  4. He understood faith principles.

Faithful In The Father’s House

David was tending his father’s sheep. He learned to be faithful in the house of his father.

Submission and obedience are implied in this message. We see David being faithful to duty at this time in his life. He was obeying the assignment his father had given him; to watch the sheep and to take lunch to his brothers on the battle front.

It is important that believers learn to be faithful to duties in the local church right away and develop the ability to stay under authority and do a good job while there.

Many people downplay this important part of preparation and roam about looking for opportunity that never comes.

A Tender Heart Of Worship

He was called the “sweet singer of Israel” because he developed intimacy with God while tending the sheep. He learned to draw near to God through praise and worship allowing his heart to become tender to God. This tenderheartedness is what caused him to be so grieved when he sinned, and to immediately seek restoration with the Lord.

Many today have no grief over their sin, but continue in hardheartedness and denial of their wrongdoing. A tenderhearted worshipper cannot stay out of fellowship with God for long, but will repent and seek God’s presence.

Covenant Concepts

David also learned the key of covenant relationship while a youth. He understood that Goliath was an uncircumcised Philistine.

Circumcision was the entrance to covenant in Israel. No uncircumcised person could partake of the covenant blessings of God promised to the people. God is cutting away the flesh that hinders us from entering covenant with others that have been placed in our lives for further maturity and impartation.

Have you allowed circumcision in your life at the hand of a skilled workman who takes the sword of the spirit delicately to those areas that need cut away?

He Understood Faith Principles

Lastly, David learned to speak the Word in faith when he faced the enemy. He said, “The Lord delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, and HE WILL DELIVER ME out of the hand of this Philistine.”“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him. And there was no sword in the hand of David.” I Sam. 17:37, 50 But there was a SWORD IN HIS MOUTH!

When we have learned these four indispensable traits, we will be ready to both defeat our adversary and move into promotion.

Dr. John Polis

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The Heart of a Son

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The message of the hour is regarding the restoration of the Family of God as prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet

Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

And he will turn

The hearts of the fathers to the children,

And the hearts of the children to their fathers,

Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

The purpose of Creation is the father heart of God. His desire is to give and receive love in relationship with mankind created in His Image. Jesus prayed for the Family of God to come to “earth as it is in Heaven”  when He prayed the “Son’s Prayer” (often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer) of Matthew 6:9. As the only begotten Son of God, Jesus knew the will of the Father for earth was the same for Heaven where the Family of God resides. Apostle Paul was also mindful of this revelation as he prayed for the “whole family in heaven and on earth” to come to the mature understand of God’s love (he called it the Fullness of God) in Ephesians 3:14-15.

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named…”

I believe the fully functioning Family of God will bring the greatest expression of the Kingdom of God to earth, as Jesus said in the conclusion of His prayer, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” This is the goal of apostolic fathers today.

In the late 80’s, the message of “spiritual fathers” began to take root in the Church as prophetic voices taught about the transformation of religious leaders into spiritual fathers. This was the effect of the Elijah Anointing being released in power and revelation. Spiritual fathers were being prepared to receive the spiritual sons whose hearts would soon be turning (by the same Elijah Anointing) to find the heart of love in a spiritual father who would serve their destiny and seek for their fulfillment in ministry.

As the son’s hearts began to turn, four characteristics were being formed in them that brought conformity to the “image of Christ.” These are traits are found in Christ Himself as a Son of the Father.

Galatians 4:19 NKJV “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”

A SAINT. Hebrews 7:26 NKJV “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens…”

As a saint, the son has a holy heart free from the sinful habits Paul told Timothy to flee from, as a young apostle. 2 Timothy 2:22 NKJV “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

A SERVANT. Mark 10:45 NKJV “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” As Christ is being formed in us, a servant heart follows a holy heart. We learn to serve by connecting to leaders in our lives who are set by God for our preparation. 2 Timothy 2:24 NKJV “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient…” The servant is characterized by a humble heart.

A SHEPHERD. Matthew 9:36 NKJV “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” The shepherds heart is a caring heart and follows in formation after a holy and humble heart. I have noticed that many Christians have yet to arrive at the shepherds heart. Whereas the servant heart is the characteristic of a deacon, the shepherd’s heart is the characteristic of an elder. 1 Peter 5:1-2 NKJV “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly…” As we observe the maturity of our sons and daughters in process, we will see this progression develop by the Spirit of God. When the shepherds heart is formed in a protege, we no longer need to tell them to “check on this person or that person” because their heart is turned to the sheep and they begin to care for them by nature in a sacrificial manner, not regarding the cost.

A SON. John 14:9 NKJV “Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?” The fourth characteristic of the mature believer is a loyal heart. Loyalty is Royalty in the Kingdom of God. When a son or daughter has been conformed to the Image of Christ they will be a representative person, able to re-present someone other than themselves. Paul was sure of Timothy’s loyalty when he sent him to the Philippians.

Philippians 2:19-22 NKJV “ But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.  For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.  For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.”

The tendency for disloyalty has been eliminated from the heart fully turned to a father in the faith through the process of deliverance from the orphan/independent spirit which keeps a person bound to be a self representer only. The big “I” of pride has been cut off at the root and replaced by love and trust in the relationship. God’s will has been achieved in the father/son relationship. Maturity has come, Christ has been formed, a “holy, humble, caring, and loyal heart” is now evidenced in the son, who is now ready to be a father to others.

Christ had a “Holy, Humble, Caring and Loyal” heart. He was a Saint, Servant, Shepherd, and Son in relationship with His Father. Our sons and daughters will grow into this same Christ-likeness as spiritual fathers continue to give the unconditional love of The Father to their spiritual families.

Dr. John Polis