Saturday, December 29, 2007

Defeating The Giant

by Donna L. Watkins

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After the army of Israel had spent 40 days in trembling fear listening to the taunting nine foot tall giant named Goliath, David appeared with food for his brothers.

When Goliath shouted his insults, David asked, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?"

As you know David fought Goliath. Not with sword or spear, but with five stones he selected from a brook. But David didn't place his faith in those stones. As he approached Goliath, who looked him over and said, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" He didn't think David was a worthy opponent, as he roared, "Come here, and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!"

Have you ever taken those first few steps of faith and then heard the devil roar at you with words of accusation and degradation? Did you back down? Don't do it again! Dare to be a David!

In 1 Samuel 17:45-47 David said to this Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the easts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."

David saw God winning this battle, while Saul's army saw only what was in front of them. Too often we get our eyes on the circumstances and off of God's victory. David knew that his God was bigger than any giant. Is our God that big?

In the middle of your most giant problem, right now, take this example to see clearly. Don't look at the circumstances which are seemingly hopeless with no way to get around them. Don't waste time and energy looking at what the devil's doing .... focus on God's power that will knock those giants down.

We learn from our problems and we'll always have trials, but as we overcome them one by one they don't appear as gigantic as they once did. We learn to live and walk in faith ... or we choose to live in fear and failure. As we overcome, we become giants of faith and my goal is to become so large in faith that the devil can't create any problem taller than the faith God offers us.

It's been said that faith is a muscle, so we have to exercise it for it to grow. And if you let up on that exercise, like muscles, your faith will not be strong without use. You can't allow all those garbage thoughts to circulate hour after hour and expect to believe that there is victory for you.

Focus on God like David did and you will never stumble. You'll never win your battle if you go in your own strength. Walk with the Word of God in your mind and heart. Say like David, "I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty." Don't let the devil's discouragement enter your mind.

Three things that our Enemy can't withstand are: God's Word, the Name of Jesus, and the Blood of Christ. Use them all and let God take your giant down.

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