Defeating the Giants in Your Life
Sermon shared by Kevin Weeks
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.
Audience: General adults
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
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