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Facing Giants

DAG1 Samuel 17:37 “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

We all will face giants at one time or another in our lives. We try to defeat these giants. It could be a giant of fear. It might be a giant of some type of personal sin that you fall into again and again. It might be the sin of pride, envy, lust or something else. Your giant might be one of addiction, something that has a grip on your life.

How do we deal with giants? The answer is in the Old Testament account of David and Goliath.

David boldly defeated the giant Goliath, armed only with a slingshot and five stones. The will of the Philistines was broken. The Israelites were reinvigorated. And it was all because a shepherd boy answered the call of God and cut down the giant.

What can we learn from this story about facing off with our own giants in life?

First, recognize that we all have giants. We all face severe hardships, seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We all have problems.

Second, realize that the battle belongs to the Lord. David told Goliath, “For the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hand.” (1 Samuel 17:47). That is why giants defeat us again and again, because we face them in our own strength and we lose. We need to realize this is the Lord’s battle.

Finally, trust in the Lord. Don’t look at God in the light of your giant. Instead, look at your giant in the light of God.

Antidote to Future Pride

Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness …” Deuteronomy 9:6

An immunization shot gives a weak form of a disease—not enough to do harm, but strong enough to cause our bodies to generate protective antibodies. In today’s reading, Moses implied that past sins, if confessed and learned from, can in a sense “immunize” us against future sins. The protection is not infallible, but the spiritual antibodies, as it were, formed by repentance can help keep us from similar or worse future sins, especially pride.

immunizationInstead, it’s all about God. He was the one leading Israel to victory. He was the one judging the wickedness of the Canaanites and decreeing their defeat. He was the one keeping His promises to the Patriarchs. There was no reason for the people to feel prideful.

Fitting Into God’s Foolishness

1 Corinthians 1:21, Paul gives us an interesting insight into how you and I please God.
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”
God’s methods are astounding.  To bring men and women into His family through the foolishness of preaching!  When people hear the gospel preached and believe it, God is pleased.
Now how is the gospel preached?  Through your life and mine.  Every one of us has been entrusted by God with some gift to communicate the gospel.  Perhaps you have been entrusted by God with unusual wealth.  Or maybe a marvelous singing voice, or the ability to communicate, or perhaps the skill to assimilate facts.
Whatever it is, God has put something in each of us that somehow fits into His great master plan of winning this lost world to Jesus Christ.
God has chosen to use these weak, fallible vessels to share the simple gospel message that the world is separated from Him because of sin.  In His mercy, God reached down to the human race when He sent His own Son, Who willingly gave up His life on the cross and died for our sins.  The price was paid.  God’s eternal justice was satisfied.  And the Holy Spirit raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
That is the message our world so desperately needs to hear today!  God is pleased when you share that “foolishness.”  So however God has gifted you, use that gift today to present a living Jesus to our dying world!

Stand Up!

1 Chronicles 5:22 “For many fell, because the war was of God. And they lived in their place until the exile.”
Warrior, as you fight under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old, so is it now: If the war is of God, the victory is sure. The armies of God could barely muster forty-five thousand fighting men, and yet in their war with the enemy, they captured “a hundred thousand men,” “for they cried to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.”
The Lord saves not by many, nor by few; it is ours to go in Jehovah’s name even if we are only a handful of men, for the Lord of Hosts is with us as our Captain. They did not neglect their weapons, but neither did they place their trust in them; we must use all fitting means, but our confidence must rest in the Lord alone, for He is the sword and the shield of His people. The great reason for their extraordinary success lay in the fact that “the war was of God.”
Beloved, in fighting with sin in us and around us, with error doctrinal or practical, with spiritual wickedness in high places or low places, with devils and the devil’s allies, you are waging Jehovah’s war, and unless He himself can be defeated, you do not need to fear defeat. Do not tremble before superior numbers; do not shrink from difficulties or impossibilities; do not flinch at wounds or death; strike with the two-edged sword of the Spirit, and the dead shall lie in heaps.
The battle is the Lord’s, and He will deliver His enemies into our hands. With steadfast foot, strong hand, dauntless heart, and flaming zeal, rush to the conflict, and the hosts of evil will fly like chaff before the gale.
Stand up! stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song:
To him that overcometh,
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.