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Summary: Life is full of giants, tough situations we must face. Caleb teaches us how to defeat giants through faithful perseverance

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• Facing the Giants produced by Sherwood Pictures in Albany, GA

o Helped define modern day giants

o A broken down car, a faltering career, relationship issues

o Lost your homework, friends talking bad about you, did not get make the team, ate lunch by yourself

o The world is full of giants

• Caleb was one of the first people in the world to know that

o He was a spy Moses sent from the wandering to check out Canaan, the Promised Land

o He saw the giants who lived there and the bounty of the land

o He said that the bounty is worth it and God can handle the giants

o 10 other spies disagreed and the hearts of Israel melted

o Because of that everyone in his generation died in the wilderness but him and Joshua

• He was 40 when he was a spy

o He wandered 40 years with the Jews in the wilderness

o He spent the next 5 years helping secure lands as they entered the Promised Land

o At 85 years old he asked for his inheritance in the new land

o He picked the land with the biggest giants and the greatest bounty

I Life is full of giants

A We all face issues that seem too big for us

1 Caleb was able to see the difficulties of the choice he made

2 He knew better than anyone else because he had seen the giants 45 years ago

3 Maybe an image he saw nearly every day of his life

a He knew the scale of giant that faced him

b And faced it with courage and devotion

4 Anyone who tells you that life has does not include tough times is a liar

a Matthew 5:45, “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”

b We all have good days

c And we all have bad days

d That is not to sell your days short, bad days hurt, they discourage, they disappoint, they challenge

e But they are not unique to any one person

f It’s life, we have to learn to deal, to cope

B How do we cope with these giants?

1 Caleb faced them head on

a He said, “Let me at ‘em, I’ll splat ‘em!” –Scrappy Doo

b V. 14, “…I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken”

2 He knew he could because he relied on God

a He said he could do this if the Lord was with him

b Not on his own but with the Lord the Anakim already lost

3 With that same reliance we can defeat the giants in our lives

a Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”

b It will not be a miracle, it will not be magical

c But God will see you through whatever giants you face

d And He is bigger than the giants

4 He conquered

a The name of the largest city was at one time Kiriath-arba, city of Arba, the most powerful of the giants in tha city

b Caleb renamed it Hebron because God gave him the victory over the giants

5 Whatever your giants are, you can overcome them

II Some recommendations for beating giants

A Don’t try to be big

1 David did not try to be who he was not

2 He refused Saul’s armor and used a slingshot and a stone

3 Why 5 stones? Goliath had 4 brothers!


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