The five key principles of life domination are easily extracted from a real life story found 1 Samuel 17. The story takes place in the valley of Elah, where a battle between the Israelites and the Philistines took place. During a long stalemate a menacing giant, named Goliath, opposed Israel vehemently for 40 days. Each day Goliath would come out and taunt the Israelites; challenging them to a one-on-one “winner takes all” duel.
It happened one day that an obscure shepherd boy, named David, entered the fray. Was it by accident or was it by Divine appointment? David on a mission from his father was sent to gather news about his other sons. Once on the battle lines, David, heard a nasty voice defying the army of the living God. This aroused David’s sensibilities and through strategic communication, David eventually navigated his way to King Saul, who would eventually give him permission to fight the giant.This story is no fable; it is real life history, which reveals five critical life domination principles. If you desire dominion over mediocrity, you should consider adopting these five principles from David’s life.
1. David imbued passion
One of David’s great attributes on the day he defeated Goliath was his passionate cause to remove the reproach, which had fallen upon Israel, and to restore his people to their proper place. Passion is not something you can conjure up on the spur of the moment; you either have it or not. The root word for passion originally meant, “being affected by” something. This “affect” goes so deeply to the point that it calls forth the totality of your person, regardless of the price, ridicule and suffering to get you to achieve your objective. Passion can be easily broken down very simply into three syllables:
> Pass – I – On
> I – Pass – On
> On – Pass – I
No matter how you scramble the word passion it means the same thing; having the guts to pursue your mission regardless of the price one has to pay is the ability to imbue passion.
2. David’s faith garnered him Divine favor
Faith is the currency that engages heaven’s resources. When you embrace faith you begin to touch the heart of a loving God. In return, He releases His resources on your behalf so you can accomplish the mission before you. In other words, faith summons Divine benevolence and resources. The writer of Hebrews notes:
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Faith supplies favor, and favor simply means, “God is for you not against you.” Simply put, God is on your side bestowing his grace and power upon you so you can succeed in your mission.
3. David spoke forth a powerful faith declaration
A “faith declaration” is the verbal release of faith; a sound voiced with passion with a clear objective in mind. David spoke a powerful faith declaration, and then moved quickly toward the giant, using a simple yet familiar weapon at his disposal; a sling shot. David’s faith declaration went like this:
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, who you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today, I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” (1 Samuel 17:45, 46 NIV)
God demonstrates His power through a simple act of faith. The equation is simple: David believed – he spoke a powerful faith declaration – then moved toward his objective with confidence.
4. David sought the offensive position
An interesting observation must be noted at this point; David never allowed the giant to use his weapon(s) against him. This means that David took the first shot, thus, taking on an offensive posture. This is a simple principle most people miss. From David’s perspective, he could not take any chances, and neither should you! David sought the offensive position by striking the giant first. Some people may call this maneuver unfair but when the choice was between “freedom” or “bondage”, there are no rules of engagement, just winning. If you are going to be a winner you must think and act like a winner. David triumphed because he placed value upon engaging in an offensive posture.
5. David ensured his viability
David stood over the fallen giant on the ground, then took the sword from the giant’s scabbard, and used it to cut of the giant’s head. David did not want his nemesis coming back a second time, much like many Hollywood movie scripts where the enemy returns for one last attack. You and I are called to dominate, so ensure your viability!
Are you living a life of domination or just a medioce life?