“God has not given me a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and of sound judgment”. 2 Timothy 1:7
“Courage is looking fear in the eye and saying, “Get out of my way, I’ve got something to do”
“My prayer is when I die, that all hell rejoices that I am out of the fight”. CS Lewis
A snake can be dead but still be deadly. Satan has been defeated but even though he has been defeated, he still has power to do damage if we put ourselves in a vulnerable position i.e. if we make a misstep.
Jimmy Evans said it last week – the roaring lion is trying to produce in you a mistake that will then give him an opportunity.
He’s just trying to get you to take the bait.
If there is a giant in your life that demoralizes you and steals God’s glory from your life – addiction, rejection, fear, comfort, needing approval of others – God wants that giant to fall. Jesus has defeated the giants and He opens a way for us to walk in victory and freedom.
The things that demoralize us – “I will always be a failure” – they steal our joy and more importantly, they rob God’s glory in my life by preventing me from being all God created me to be.
James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Anyone who has been taught, “come to God and it will be smooth sailing” has been told a lie. The people of God left bondage, the Red Sea parted and later, they crossed over a dry Jordan river to enter the Promised Land. They saw the 7-story walls of Jericho fall but guess what? The next day? Another city to conquer. Another giant. Another adversary. Every day was another day to remember God’s faithful deliverance over past giants and to trust him into the days forward.
Just because we’re in Christ doesn’t mean we’re not in a battle. You get into a season and things are going pretty well and you turn a corner and boom, anxiety is standing there 45-feet tall. Where did that come from?
Even though we have the power of Jesus, we can still be paralyzed by our giants. We talked about fear last week. It can be debilitating. Goliath taunted them for 40 days and 40 nights. In reality, Goliath was taunting their God. When we are demoralized, we can’t be all God intends for us to be.
2 big ideas …
First, Jesus is David in this story. It isn’t us. It’s not about us rising up, it is about Christ. The story sets up an even greater battle than shepherd boy vs. giant. It is the ultimate battle where Jesus takes on death, hell and sin.
David steps up. David knew Goliath had to fall not just so the people can be free, but that God can get the glory He deserves. An angry person cannot stop his anger. Christ can. Transformation can come if we step back and let Jesus work. The glory points to Him, not us.
Second, David wasn’t just motivated by his safety and freedom. What motivated him was the glory and fame of God. Even as a boy, David would play his instrument and worship God. He had a special relationship with God, “Who am I when I consider the works you have done?”
He knew God’s power could take down the giant – “You come at me with a spear, a javelin and a sword but I come at you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel whom you have taunted.” 1 Samuel 17:45
What switched in David was he saw it was his God being taunted. He fought for God’s glory. Unless this happens in us, we’re never going to be truly free of these giants that intimidate and demoralize us.
We accommodate things that kill us and kill those around us. We stunt our growth and we’ll never fully become what God wants us to become. It must shift from “yes, I want to be free” but also, “I want God to get all the glory”. I didn’t beat this giant in my life, God did. I didn’t overcome this addiction by my power, but God did it by His power.
How do these giants come down?
A shift of focus. What our eyes see, directs our mouths. They saw giants and said “fear”. David saw the power of God and went on the offensive. We spend too much time worshiping the giants in our lives i.e. talking about how much power they have… “Sally’s anxiety. John’s anger, Dad’s alcoholism” – we end up worshiping them, talking them up, giving power to them. If we live with our giant and his foot planted on our neck, the people around us won’t see God in our lives.
We need to shift our focus from the size of the giant to the power of the Lord. I’m not going to fix it anyway. Only God. I need to stop believing in the power of my giants and to start believing the power of the Lord God Almighty who can break every chain.
We don’t seek to minimize the crippling, debilitating effects of our giants – but – we have a choice to make … will I lift my eyes up higher than 9 feet?
9 feet? Sure, that’s big but I’ve come to know a God WAY bigger than that! “Hey giant, sure you’re big but I’m coming at you with the name of the Lord God Almighty and you’re going down”.