What in your life would be considered to be a “giant” that you’re challenged by?

The incident of David and Goliath shows us that one little stone, and the power of God, is stronger than any giant we’ll ever face. It also shows us that we need to know and trust in God’s promises to inspire us to obey & defeat giants.

We all have the option of ignoring the Giants in our lives or facing them.  Contending with our “giants” is difficult, the easiest thing to do is run from the giant and ignore it.

Ignoring the problems of porn, over-weight, anger, debt, or the rotten condition of a heart or marriage, will only allow it to become more rampant. It’s easy for our hope and courage to disappear when we refuse to confront the giants in our lives.

Sin & foolishness can grow into giants if we aren’t “scanning” our lives with the Bible, prayer, and other believers.

David faced down Goliath and shouted “The battle is the Lords and He will deliver you into my hands!” We should face our giants and attack them by trusting in God’s promises concerning the giant we face.  That means we need to know God’s word and promises about the subject at hand.

We can boldly face any giant with God’s power.  We can have power greater than ourselves and God will provide the courage. The courage to face Giants doesn’t come right away, you often have to build it by defeating small adversaries and building up to the point where you can conquer the big ones.

David defeated lions or bears when they attacked the sheep He tended over.  David had stood up to these adversaries and confronted them through reliance on God and diligent preparation.  These little victories helped build His faith and inspired Him to prepare with His sling skills.

David was “leveled up” in preparation for Goliath because He was also involved in a purposeful, productive, and obedient endeavor like being a shepherd.

Sitting around playing video games, living for partying, staying stoned all the time, watching endless television, worshiping sports, and the endless frivolity of life generally serves to deter us from engaging in meaningful or worthy battles. Christians are called to “spur each other along towards acts of good works and love”, which means we ought to scrutinize our dependence on frivolity, and take steps towards doing small things that aren’t easy – things that defy the “gravity” of frivolity, pleasure, and casualness.

Small, productive habits done over long periods of time are much more powerful than quick bursts of enthusiasm.

David knew that when He stepped up, God always showed up.  David understood that God had a plan and that as He was aligned with God’s promises, He couldn’t go wrong.  In fact, part of the confidence that David had must have come from remembering the promise God made about Him through Samuel; that David would eventually become the king of Israel.

David remembered God’s promise and He trusted it would happen; this made David very bold.

David’s confidence and faith in God was enough to inspire King Saul to wager the entire nation’s servitude upon the outcome of David’s battle – that’s some serious business!

When we step up boldly, we can experience God’s faithfulness to act on our behalf. When we step up, God shows up.  But this can only be done by understanding who God is, and what His character is like by reading about Him in the Bible.  When we know who He is, then we will know He has promised things to His followers, which we should fully embrace. God’s promises should cause us to boldly  confront our sins, do purposeful work, serve others, and conquer the giants in our life.

With God’s help, we can fix or improve almost every facet of our life, but if we ignore these giants, they become more dangerous.

So what does God want you to confront in your life?  Has anything become center-stage in your mind or heart that’s actually turned into an idol?  Do you look at porn, participate in debaucherous parties? Are you having sex, or crossing other sexual boundaries? Are you just bouncing through life trying to keep entertained rather than honor God with your time?  Are you short-tempered, angry or bitter?  Are you self-righteous? Does all your money go to your own consumption? Are you a crummy parent? Friend? Neighbor? Are you a glutton? Are you a gossip?  ANY OF THESE COULD BE THE GIANT you need to face.

Remember that when you are going to be brave and act according to God’s plan in the bible, you’ll surely be criticized by people; even your family.  David’s brother burned with anger when David showed up to the battle, and started lashing into Him with cheap shots in 1 Samuel 17:24. His brother was probably jealous concerning David being chosen as God’s king-to-be.  Not only that, but the brother’s jealousy exposed his distrust in God, a lack of faith, and an overall wickedness. This showed David that His brother’s criticism was meritless and not worthy of his acceptance.

Not only did David’s brother try to minimize Him, but Goliath and Samuel did as well.  When you try to do something noble,you should lean on God’s promises and pray that you will be able to decipher which feedback or criticism is legitimate.  Feedback isn’t easy, but it is necessary for improving our lives and becoming a better version of ourselves.  It’s not helpful to discredit criticism just because it’s not easy to hear, so don’t be afraid to consider the criticism.

David did evaluate the criticism from His brother, because some criticism is helpful, but then David turns to other people to evaluate it even more. Some criticism is good, but you should just move on from unfair criticism.  The key to knowing the difference is utilizing God’s word, other Godly and wise people, prayer, and discernment given by God.  In fact, criticism definitely has an important role in making us wise – the proverbs are full of truths that teach us to seek wisdom, insight, feedback, constructive criticism, and not to proudly hold to our own opinions but to humbly facilitate truthfulness.

Remember that if people are not for you (no intent on building you up), you ought to place a barrier between you and them. There are destructive people who want to see you fail, who are not in line with God’s command to “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself”.

It can be difficult to decipher between critical sources; which are constructive and which are sent from he father of lies.  Remember that Satan means to kill, rob, steal, and destroy. The devil is scheming against you, lies and accusations are a consistent thing He uses to destroy your heart.  So be sober-minded, and consider criticism with the filter of Godliness. When people chip away at you over and over, you should limit the exposure you have with them. If you are married to this person you should move in on those problems together.

David used his disadvantage as an advantage. He was just a kid against an experienced fighter, but David changed the fight entirely – refusing to fight the way Goliath demanded.  Goliath wanted a close encounter, but David stuck with the sling with which he was highly skilled.

What is the disadvantage in your life, that will build strengths in you which God will use? How might these have created  “hidden advantages?”

We too often fail to remember that God’s sovereign plan is for us to rely on Him, to have an obedience to His plan, and to participate in His work on this earth. God promises that His plans for us are to prosper us, not to harm us, and that they are plans to give us a hope and a future.

While the truth that God’s power usually transforms our immediate physical lives is relieving,  encouraging, and enjoyable, we must remember that His promise is not that we will be free of trouble.  In fact, Jesus promised that if we obey by forsaking our own way of life to pursue His way, and by sharing with others about the kingdom of heaven, we would bring division to the world and face trouble.

In this world we will have troubles.  In fact, it could be said that if we are comfortable, we aren’t living the way Christ really wants us to be.  That’s because comfort brings boredom – not being involved with what God wants to do on earth.

If life is too comfortable, take a look around you to see if there isn’t one person that you need to take mercy on – and move in on as described in this podcast by Andy Stanley.  Not only does our “preaching” bring about potential persecution, but we also know that sickness, death, loss, disease, nature, and all other rampant evil and sin will hit us.

God’s promises is that we WILL have trouble in this world, but that we should take heart because Jesus has overcome this world. 

In other words, it’s not all about our physical “rewards” here on earth or comfort, but it’s also about God seeing us as, and rewarding us for, being a “good and faithful servant” upon entering His presence in heaven.  God will give us rewards in heaven for the stuff that’s not fun here on earth.

God’s plan is three fold:

1 – Salvation – Justification through Faith in Jesus

The first thing God wants is that we would accept God’s payment for our penalty of sin when we place our faith in Jesus Christ & repent of sin.  We are justified through faith and trust in Jesus – the best analogy is that of a parachute:  If you were in a plan that was about to crash, you wouldn’t just acknowledge that a parachute existed – you would put it on.  Thats the same thing with Jesus, we must acknowledge that He is God but then put Him on and turn away from our sin – this is the primary and most important thing to happen in God’s plan.

2 – Be transformed into the person God designed you to be through obedience.

That we would be sanctified through holiness and obedience to the Holy Spirit;  Once we are justified through faith, our lives should be transformed into the likeness of Jesus.  We must not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but we must allow our minds to be renewed and our hearts to be molded, into the of Jesus.  This means we actually live more like Jesus through obedience in an ever increasing way.

3 – Bring about the kingdom here on this earth. Good deeds & reaching others.

That we would do good works planned for us which gives us fruit here on earth as reward and also TREASURES IN HEAVEN. The fruit of the spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.  But there is also some sort of heavenly reward system that is alluded to in Scripture, which we cannot fully fathom here on earth.  These rewards are usually promised in various ways which are counterintuitive from the world’s way of doing things.  for example:

When we obey God, there might not be immediate earthly or physical impacts; but God promises that there are “heavenly” or “eternal” rewards for us when we die.  That’s like getting EPIC loot in heaven 🙂

We must trust God’s promise of “Heavenly rewards” when there doesn’t seem to be immediate relief after making Godly decisions.

Look at what http://www.equip.org/bible_answers/are-there-degrees-of-reward-in-heaven/wrote about these.

Here are some verses about Heavenly Rewards:

“First, it is significant to note that in his most famous sermon, Christ repeatedly referred to rewards. In concluding the Beatitudes he said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:11–12, emphasis added). Christ continued his message by warning the crowd that if they did their acts of righteousness to be seen by men, they would not receive a reward in heaven (Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18). Jesus Christ’s message is crystal clear. Rather than fixate on earthly vanities, such as the admiration of men, we ought to focus on such eternal verities as the approval of the Master. He exhorted his followers to store up “treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20).

Moreover, Jesus made essentially the same point in his parables. In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14–30), Jesus tells the story of a man who entrusts his property to his servants before going on a long journey. Each servant received an amount commensurate with his abilities. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to a third he gave one. The servant who received five talents doubled his money, as did the servant who had received two. The last servant, however, showed gross negligence and buried his master’s money in the ground. When the master returned, he rewarded the faithful servants with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” The unfaithful servant not only forfeited his reward but was thrown into outer darkness, “where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.””

TRUST GOD, CONFRONT YOUR GIANTS, UNDERSTAND GOD’S PROMISES BY READING THE BIBLE, LET THE MEDITATION OF YOUR HEART BE UPON HIS WORD, AND BOLDLY LIVE A LIFE EMPOWERED BY GOD’S PROMISES.

You have no choice in what happens to you, but your reaction and choice will help you the most. In fact, your disadvantage is part of Gods design and plan for you that is meant for you to fulfill your precise part of the body of Christ on this planet.

BOTTOM LINE – PLEASE READ THE BIBLE!  

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