Bring Him Down


And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” — 1 Samuel 17:26

It's interesting that David walks into this giant situation and asserts this question — "What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine?" He intends it as a rhetorical question. But I think David was trying to point out the irony of the moment. For it was obvious that the dare offered by this giant man left tens of thousands of men paralyzed. Men trained for war, dressed for war, ventured to war, shouted for war, but not at war. And in this bold question, David clarifies something important — that no human reward should ever be necessary to motivate a God-fearing man against any enemy who has brought disdain to God. And in posing this question, young David is condemning the spiritual apathy of these so-called godly men.

You know, I don't think God is looking for more spiritually apathetic men. He is looking for men who are both spiritually convicted and live with godly convictions. He is looking for just one more man who will bring the giant down—men who will war with the giant of apathy that lies within their own hearts. And in time, as you learn to fight, you may be called on to stand up and speak out for what is righteous — just like David was here.

Are you with me? Are you all in? Are you ready today to fight the battle with the war of apathy in your heart?

ASK THIS: What war with apathy are you ready to fight? 

DO THIS: Confess your apathy by sharing it below, and I will be praying for you today. (Share it in the comment section below.)

PRAY THIS: God, I am ready to go to war with my apathy within.

PLAY THIS: Surrounded, Fight My Battles.


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29 thoughts on “Bring Him Down

  1. Richard Brayton says:

    This is indeed a constant and insidious “war”. Fighting the ‘good fight’ is so difficult when the enemy is faceless and using a thousand little backstabs and ambushes to destroy your morale. When you are attacked and ostracized for standing up for what you believe to be right and good can cause you to self-doubt. It is often difficult to see the pat to the refuge God offers when you are wounded at heart and blinded by pain. It is at these times when the “Glory in the Struggle” has real meaning.

  2. Jackson Sisk says:

    Could you Pray that I stay encouraged and assure of my Salvation as sometimes doubt really hurts me!

  3. Cory B says:

    I’m ready to fight my apathy or hesitancy when I hear other people or men gossiping, or making negative sexist or racist comments.

  4. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I am working on fighting the apathy of the state of disrepair of the Holy Temple of the Holy Spirit that resides in me. The Twin Cities Fight Club ministry is going a long way to helping with that by challenging me not just physically, but all spiritually, intellectually, and relationally. God, please continue working through me to bring glory to You, ESPECIALLY when it hurts my physical body or is any other kind of uncomfortable. Amen.

  5. Chris says:

    I have to admit I have been praying and reading the Bible and I am still getting hits from all directions. Yesterday was my birthday and a counselor told me to be on suicide watch with my child. I’m tired and just feel like staying down and resting for a while!

    • mark says:

      Praying for God’s strength. We all need rest but I encourage you to continue to read and pray. I will pray for your child as well.

  6. Ryan says:

    Keep pressing in, keep pressing in. That’s been my motto for almost 4 months now. No more apathy, chase Him every day, let Him guide my heart, my words, my actions.

  7. Sam says:

    God I have given in too long without a least trying to fight against this sin. God give me the strength and conviction to move forward for your cause not my selfish wants.

  8. Jason says:

    Lord, I humbly ask for courage to speak up for you and speak your words of truth and righteousness.

  9. Robert Morgan says:

    A question, our church Methodist is in a situation where there will be a split , those who except the belief that no one that is gay. In any form will be able to become a pastor or gay couples will never marry in the church. The other side says all are welcome to become Pastors and marry in the church. Your thoughts please, thank you. Bob

  10. Alex Coon says:

    God, help me to never settle for being apathetic again but to always in combat with all sin. With You, I’m always on the winning side

  11. Rusty says:

    I want to fight the urge to stop trying pursuing my goals give-up on my health because I am not seeing results. (My results) The men’s group I started just isn’t growing. My stage 4 lung cancer (even though God has blessed me with 27 months of remarkable results I still am not seeing my results) Pray for my apathy at this time.

  12. Will says:

    Father, help me to wage war against the apathy in my own heart. It is too easy to be passive, to follow mindless entertainment rather than the pursuit of spiritual maturity. Re ignite my passion to pursue you, and may it continue through good times and bad. I love you Lord, and I give you Lordship over my life. Be glorified in all I do.

  13. SHELDON Bullard says:

    Daily sharing the gospel with those we come into contact with, just is simple reminder that our heavenly father loves them.

  14. Rich Thomas says:

    Let’s stop talking about how to reach the lost and go do it. We know we will screw it up but I think God can work with our screw ups, not our inaction.

  15. David says:

    Apathy of life: work, home, kids, always something to do. With little joy in my heart. Help me to find joy in peace in the daily activities.

  16. John Krumm says:

    Apathy. It creeps in silently. It makes no bold assertions. Yet when it enters in it takes over before I can even recognize it. Thanks for the prayer, in Jesus name it must come down.

  17. David says:

    I’m ready to go to war with the lie the devil has used to deceive Christian men that porn and the devices of the internet are acceptable for us. It really does matter that we pickup our swords and walk in sexual integrity

    • Ed says:

      Amen Brother in Christ!
      It’s been a struggle for me also over the years. Stay busy and remember Satan will always attack the areas we’ve surrendered ground on in the past first to see if apathy has set in.
      Praying earnestly for you. The fact that you spoke to this tells me it’s not a battle you’ve given up on either. KEEP THE FAITH

      • David says:

        Thanks Ed, appreciate your encouragement, the battle for Christian men who want to walk in sexual purity is real brother, for me strength and victory is won in accountability and honesty with fellow Christian men!

        • Ed says:

          I’ll add you to my prayer list and ask you do mine to yours… prayer is another weapon in this battle. As is the word of God. Memorize these two passages of holy scripture… Jesus used the words of God to thwart temptation and son should we. I’ve always survived the temptation when I’ve quoted these verses in the moment… 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and if you’re married… 1 Corinthians 7:4
          Try it and feel the power of the word of God!

  18. Steve George says:

    Doing the little things that he has called me to do and say or not say. Like Joshua, who was told to march around the walls of Jericho. It didn’t make sense and it brought no glory to him but in the end it brought Glory to the one is Worthy. The battle is the Lord’s, the victory is won.

    • Lynn says:

      Apathy of putting myself first. When I see someone anywhere put them first. Sharing your love for Christ through actions and words.