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No challenge is too big to overcome


Have you heard the story about David? One day, with faith in God, he went to fight a Philistine giant – a man who was much stronger, much bigger and much more experienced in fighting than he was.

But David never wavered from his purpose of freeing his fellow Israelites from the insults and the fear this giant had brought upon them.

Because of his strong faith in the Lord, David knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was with him, and that God not only would deliver him from the giant’s hands, but that he would also grant him whatever he needed to be victorious.

And do you know that David didn’t simply walk against the giant? No, he ran against him; and despite the threats that came from the Philistine when he saw David charge against him, David was unfazed because of his faith. And that’s the faith that pleases God – when we trust him with everything, including our own life. It is our faith that moves God to act on our behalf as it says also in Scripture that “without faith, it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6).

We read in Scripture from 1 Samuel 17:44-46 about David:

“And the Philistine said to David, ‘come to me, and I will give your flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.’ Then said David to the Philistine, ‘you come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.’ ”

Very often we also face big problems in this life that seem like huge mountains, impossible to overcome. But the truth is these problems seem impossible to overcome because fear rises up inside of us – because the enemy whispers in our ear saying “you can’t do it, give up.”

This big problem you may be facing could be an illness, a failing business, loss of your home, out of work and can’t pay the bills, or an addiction you have been fighting and haven’t been successful. Well, humanly speaking, these challenges and others can be very difficult or impossible to overcome if we are alone, but they are not impossible to the almighty God. Scripture reveals to us that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). In the book of Jeremiah, we read where God told the prophet: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” And so with God, we can overcome any challenge.

Like David, we too need to trust in the Lord 100 percent. We need to seek him in prayer and with fasting and learn his promises that are found in the Bible.

When you learn his word to the point where it becomes a part of you and begin to speak words of faith every day, then hope will rise up inside you like a mountain that’s about to explode. Then you will be able to go up against your mountain with courage and to overcome in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Lastly, I would like to remind you that if you are a believer in Christ, the challenges you face right now appear to be insurmountable only because your faith in God has been replaced by fear. I am encouraging you to trust in the Lord and let him work miracles for you because faith in him brings victory.

Gregory M. Doublas is author of the book “Sin and Salvation” and hosts a weekly program, “Time for Gospel Truth,” on WQSW 100.5 FM. He can be reached at If you are interested in submitting a column (750 words or less), send it to Terri Richardson, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email Please include your name, religious organization and a phone number where you can be reached. For more information, call 461-8304.