On January 13th , Pastor Lafferty spoke to us about the giants in our lives. Your giant could be anything that prevents you from being the person who God wants you to be. This could be things like fear, depression, lust, pride, finances… Your giants will scream at you in order to intimidate you. The giant wants to make you fearful in order to shut you down! You may recall from the story of the David and Goliath, that Goliath did this very thing. He taunted the Israelites. 1 Samuel 17:8-9
He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” But we need to remember that our Lord will fight for us. We need to remember that God has helped us in the past, he will help us now and in the future. 1 Samuel 17:37
And David said, “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.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” David goes into battle with a sling and five smooth stones, likewise we will look on 5 things that will help us deal with our own giants.
1. Vision: Giants look larger than they are. We need to remember that God is bigger. This reminds of a VeggieTales song that goes like this: God is bigger than the boogie man. He's bigger than Godzilla, or the monsters on TV. Oh, God is bigger than the boogie man. And He's watching out for you and me." You can find that on YouTube. It is really funny, but also VERY true.
2. Valor: We win by training. This mean partially we have the skill, but also that we have the confidence. The men were afraid, but David was not afraid. 3. Venture: We need to remind ourselves of the stories of the bears and lions that we have faced. We need to share those stories. We need to remind ourselves of the bear and lion, when we go up against the Goliath of cancer or unemployment, or whatever your giant might be. 4. Victory: Remember, that you and I do not fight in our own strength. The battle is the Lord’s! 5. Value: Keep a record of how God won the battle. It may help you in the future, but it will also help your heart stay close to God and finally you may someday draw someone else closer to God with your story.