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Overcoming the giants in your life


I recently watched a father telling his sons a bedtime Bible story that caught my attention. The story was about David and Goliath, which we have all heard. So we settled in for the illustrated message as father, the giant, stands six-feet tall and his sons sit on the floor Indian-style except for the two-year-old who is playing the part of David.

Dad, playing Goliath says: “The Bible tells us there was a biiiég giant who didn’t like God’s people and the giant said: ’I don’t like God!’” The two-year-old quickly responded and said: “That is not nice.” The giant roared and in an instant the two-year-old ran away. Goliath had to encourage him to come back and finish the story.

Little David pretended to pick up some rocks and started hurling a make believe rock at the giant. The giant pretended to be hit and started to fall forward when the two year old, thinking quickly, turned and ran away from the falling giant. What a laugh we had but so true of the way we react when faced with giants in our lives.

Small problems sometimes become big powerful giants that we tend to run from instead of face. When we work up the courage to face the problems, we may speak the word and stand, but sometimes we panic because we do not know how to deal with it. When we panic, we let the problem control us instead of facing the problem with God on our side.

In the story of David and Goliath, there are several principles that David used and that we can use to overcome the giant. First, David took the challenge. He did not give in to anxiety, he decided that no problem was too big and with God on his side there was a solution. Even though everyone else retreated, he faced it. He was not afraid because He knew that the God he served was bigger and stronger than any problem. He had gone through situations in the past where God had delivered him and there was no shadow of a doubt in David’s mind that God would be there again.

Second, as a shepherd, David was always on the lookout for wild animals that would attack the sheep as they grazed in the field. David was always ready to kill them if necessary. He wasn’t afraid because he was not relying on his own strength. David worshiped God as he tended the sheep so when David needed God, God was there. David had a relationship with God and God supplied the need when David faced a situation.

Ephesians 6: 10-12 God’s word tells us to: “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Goliath was armed in the natural but David was armed in the supernatural. David knew the secret that the other men had forgotten. They forgot they served a Great Big God. Even though they were wearing the armor necessary for the battle, they could not rely on the armor to save their lives. On the other hand, David did not wear the kings’ armor, he wore the supernatural armor.

Ephesians 6:13-18 tells us: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints é ”

David knew that a challenge was not a challenge with God on his side.

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