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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.

Spiritual Perseverance

Isaiah 59:17 “He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
At the center of preparing for a deployment, there is one critical survival skill in the modern battlefield; Spiritual Perseverance. We need to be spiritually strong individuals when there are so many distractions. In the whirlwind of change, Spiritual Perseverance is needed to survive. It is buoyancy and an ability to “bounce back” from the challenges from the battlefield. Spiritual Perseverance is looking outside of yourself and into your spiritual center as you move into, through and out of the mobilization cycle.  For me it is being centered in Christ.
Today we need and see for Spiritual Perseverance. We can arm ourselves in the full armor of God when we become physically, emotionally and spiritually challenged. God can strengthen us, in crisis and concern, and walk with us in both the lilies of the field as well the valley of shadow of death. We can stand ready, both personally and professionally looking to God.
Today’s Army climate challenges us physically, mentally and spiritually. Spiritual Perseverance is a crucial key to the military life we lead. We will come out stronger on the other end.