How do you face your Giant?

IMG_2511I can hardly believe that November is nearly here and the holidays are not far behind, and while that is a very happy time for most of us there are others who are steeped in problems and heartache and it seems no one wants to hear about it. It is to that second group that I say: Hello to all of you that are like David out there, a man who was often in deep trouble!

David was an exceptional young man who was a shepherd, a poet, a songwriter, a King and a man after God’s own heart! He came to the valley of decision, prevailed (withstood) and won! Young David went to take food to his brothers, fighting at the front line, and heard a roar going up from a “bragadocius” giant named Goliath. When David heard all the threats and bragging he decided he was the very one to face the Giant! King Saul thought David should have the protection of the armor he normally wore into battle, however the armor was so large that he disappeared under the helmet and so heavy he could barely move! The Philistines and the men of Israel were on standing on hills on opposite sides of the valley. That valley belonged to Judah, the tribe of Praise, and the Philistines were determined to fight for it and win. This story could be in tomorrow’s headlines, couldn’t it?  It is said that the first thing on your mind in the morning and the last thing on your mind before you go to sleep are the most important things in your life. Goliath made sure that the first thing the Israelites heard in the morning and the last thing before they went to sleep was his brags about tearing them to pieces and feeding their bodies to the birds! Well let’s cut out all the details for the sake of space and say that David convinced Saul to let him have a shot at the giant (sling shot that is). David was part of the tribe of Judah and had been raised to praise God, abiding in praise as you can read in his Psalms, and this was HIS valley too! He RAN toward the Giant spinning that slingshot and even though he had chosen 5 smooth stones, it only took ONE! BANG, right in the only unprotected spot on his head, between his eyes, and down he went!

When we are facing a giant who is trying to take away our property, our praise, our happiness, we must face him head on and throw that stone of prayer and praise and down him! David then jumped up on his chest and cut off his head (this is rated PG13 for violence). He took that head into Saul’s tent and put it on a pole!

The head represents authority, we take authority over the giants in our lives when we ask God to help us in the name of Jesus and use stones made from the blood He shed on the Cross!

When He died for us He gave us the authority to be-head our giants (problems). John 14:12-14″Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.”

Face it, Jesus healed crippled and blind and lepers and raised the dead!  Since he left us with the power to do what He did, then can’t we at least face our giants knowing that He will be there for us?  YES we can! Come on David, sing a Psalm, let’s start with a verse from 91:15-16 “He shall call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him, with long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation!” That is God giving us HIS promise to be with us when we face our giants, and He, unlike some of us, KEEPS His promises! Face your giants with praise

2 Replies to “How do you face your Giant?”

  1. How awesome it is to know that when we go through the fire, He is there and when we go through the flood, He is there also. We are never going through things alone. I remember when Mother was having aneurysm surgery for 3 aneurysms several years before she went to live at Jesus’s house. The doctors had told me she only had about a 40% chance of making it through the surgery because of her heart, etc. I felt so alone that morning as I entered into Emory Hospital and I sure did tell God so too. 🙂 Immediately He told me “You’ve got 3 others with you and that is a crowd”. I have never forgotten that in the times I was alone again in the physical as I was that day with no family or friends by my side. Our Lord and Savior is so very wonderful and loving. What a Daddy I have! I always wanted to be part of a big “family” but never really even had a small one. That’s one reason I love my church so much. I finally have a family!

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