Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Taunted By The Giant

by Donna L. Watkins

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Do you have any giants in your life that taunt you day and night? Depression? Health problems? Failing marriage? Children falling short of what you know God has for them? Financial troubles? Seemingly unbeatable sins? Maybe your daily job or daily grind is not what you want life to be, but there's too many fears to move forward.

Day and night the devil will taunt you and shout what a failure you are. He'll tell you that you're worthless and in your weariness, you'll retreat in fear and despair.

I Samuel 17 tell us about a man named Goliath, a Philistine from Gath, who was over nine feet tall. Goliath taunted the Israelites. For forty days this Philistine came out morning and night and took his stand to say, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? This day I defy the ranks of Israel. Give me a man and let us fight each other."

Every time Saul and all of Israel heard his words, they were terrified. This champion had a bronze helmet and wore a coat of bronze armor that weighed 125 pounds. On his legs he wore bronze and slung a bronze javelin across his back. The iron point of his spear weighed 15 pounds.

Do you have a visual picture of this giant? Heavy! Just reading what he carried around makes me weary. And that's what our troubles do to us if we listen to the giants of Hell. It's hard to get up and face another day. We see no end in sight to our problems because we're focused on and listening to the giant.

David came to this Goliath scene to bring food to his brothers who were part of Saul's army. As he ran to greet his brothers, Goliath came out and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.

David spent a lot of time out in the fields as a shepherd with his father's sheep. When you spend a lot of time alone with God, your faith is high. David didn't take a split second to ask, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?"

As you know David fought Goliath and killed him, and it wasn't with great and mighty visible weapons. There is no armor or sword greater than faith.

Max Lucado writes: "Rush your giant with a God-saturated soul! Tell him, 'Giant of divorce, you aren't entering my home, depression you won't conquer me, alcohol, bigotry, child abuse, insecurity ... you're going down."

The Bible says, "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard (flag of victory) against him." (Is. 59:19)

God has given you the power to fight your battles. You can win!

Smith Wigglesworth says, "A keynote that runs through the entire Scriptures is that Jesus has vanquished and overcome all the powers of the Devil and has destroyed his power .... Whether we are going to believe it or not, this is for us. God sends out the challenge, and says, 'If you believe it, it will be so.' What will hinder us? Our human nature will."

God's provision is there. "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." You can do it with small stones and a slingshot. Nothing magical needed. God will fill in the strength and power. Just swing that sling!

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