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Defeating the Giants in Your Life

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Sermon shared by Kevin Weeks

December 2001
Summary: Just as David battled Goliath, we fight giants in our own life. David teaches us 3 battle strategies for defeating the gians in our lives.
Series: David
Audience: General adults
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David didnít realize what was at stake in fighting Goliath. Iím sure he knew that one wrong move could cost him his life. He was probably very nervous when he was walking down the hill and noticing that this giant just kept getting bigger and bigger. But what was Goliath doing? He was making a disgrace of God and His people, and David would not stand for that. You see, David didnít go to the valley of Elah expecting a battle. The reason he went was because he was sent by his father to check up on his three older brothers who were soldiers in the army. David more than likely had no idea who Goliath even was. But thatís the way it is with giants that we battle. We never expect them, they just show up. David fought with nothing to prove and nothing to lose. Too often, we fight our giants with everything to prove and everything to lose, and we get so caught up in the battle that we donít see beyond ourselves. But we must remember that God is bigger than our problems; God is bigger than our giants; and that day, God was bigger than Goliath.

3 STRATEGIES FOR BATTLING YOUR GIANTSÖ

1. Never assume that what worked for somebody else to defeat their giant will automatically work for you.

In verses 38ff, David came to Sal and asked permission to fight Goliath in battle. Remember the description of Saul? Chapter 9 says he was ďwithout equal, very impressive, and was a head taller than any of the others.Ē He was a big boy. Remember the description of David? Chapter 16 says he was ďruddy,Ē which means healthy. But that description still gives us the imagery of a tall and scronny looking kid, and now he is wearing Saulís armour, and heís probably swimming in it. Finally, David takes it off and says he canít use it to go into battle because its too big. The point is David did it the way God asked HIM to do it, and itís the same for us. God created you in a unique way, and that means that when you battle your giants, he will give you a unique way to handle them and defeat them. Your giants are YOUR giants, and we can not approach them trying to be somebody we are not.

2. Trust first in the Lord and not just in the weapons youíve been given.

Verses 45ff tell us David and Goliath approached each other in battle with their own weapons. There are a lot of helpful methods and materials out there that have helped people in significant way to overcome their giants and allow for productive growth. But there is only one method with an eternal impact, and that is trusting in the Lord. David expressed four times his trust in the Lord before, during and after the battle. Finally, he defeated the giant because he trusted in God to show him the unique way that God wanted him to fight this battle. David had all of the odds against him including going against someone more than twice his size covered in full body armour, and all David had were five smooth stones and a slingshot. But the lesson will always be the same: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE ABILITY OF A HEART COMMITTED TO GOD. David was committed and God used him in a way that would change him forever.

3. Celebrate your victories.

David had a disgusting way of celebrating his victories. Verse 51 tells us he killed Goliath and then cut off his head. That act was symbolic of two things. First, it was a way of making sure Goliath was dead. Second, the fact David has Goliathís
Comments and Shared Ideas
Mark Adusei
January 29, 2014
This message you shared is very beneficial to me. Oftentimes, I try to rely on my accomplishments to fight my giants and not relay the problem to God. Now, I'm resolved to let God fight my giants. God bless you.

March 7, 2012
Leslie Alvarez What a great explanation of how to defeat our Giants through life with God right by our side remember i can do all things with God strenghthen me in life of possibities,hopes, and much more teaching us to have the courage to Stand Up and Face Our Giants in Life.
Angelito Duron
October 18, 2008
very nice topic
Edwin Jennings
September 8, 2006
This message had material in it that fit the ideas I am working on. Thanks for the help. Keep up the good work. We need your kind of approach to the gospel. Ed Jennings

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