Summary: We need to finish off the giants that are left in our lives!
The Last of the Giants!
2 Sam 21:15-22
A. We all have giants!
We all have giants in our lives that we must face. Your giant may be an area of your life that is hard to get control of. Your giant may be a relationship that went sour and left you with brokenness. Your giant may be a horrible past that you struggle to overcome. Regardless of what your giant is, it seems at times like an obstacle that you will never get past.
B. We must stand up to our giants!
There was a man in the Scripture named David who was known for killing giants. You may have heard of Jack the “giant killer” but the Scriptures tell us that a man named David was the greatest giant killer of all. From the time of his youth, until a time near the end of his reign, David specialized in taking on giants.
One of the things that was different about David was that he was not content to stand by if there was a giant to fight! When a giant named Goliath mocked the armies of Israel many mighty warriors stood and cowered in fear. David however couldn’t stand by and listen to this. Others ran from giants, but David ran to them. David would go, as one old man put it, “Bear hunting with a flyswatter!”
C. We must face down all our giants!
Now you have got to remember that Goliath was not the last giant that David faced. Goliath had some relatives that were still lurking among the Philistines. These relatives that were left around continued to side with the enemies of God’s people. By this, these lurking giants caused God’s people much harm.
Our lesson to learn is this: If you leave too many giants lurking around, they will come back to haunt you! There comes a time when you have to destroy them all!
Some have slain the giant of addiction and that is wonderful. But don’t forget that there will be more giants to slay. Some have slain the giant of lust, but there are more battles to be won! There will be work to do until Christ returns!
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Here is what you are going to need to drive out the “last of the giants”
II. You will need Great Friends
The Scripture says that David “waxed faint.” This was at a time near the end of his reign. He had fought a lot of battles. He grew weary in the midst of this battle. It’s in times just like these that you need godly people around you to hold you up! There are times in your spiritual walk that you just won’t make it without the help of other Christians! I used to believe that Jesus and I could conquer the world, but now I know that I need the church! I need godly friends!
Here are the kinds of people you need:
A. People who will help you when you are weary.
When David was worn out the giant saw an opportunity. The enemy will hit you when you are tired. The giant set his sights on killing David. But there was a man named Abishai who the Bible says, “came to (David’s) aid”. He saw the weariness of the king and came in to help him.
B. People who will protect you when you are vulnerable.
Then the men of Israel came around David and said, “You can’t come to the battles anymore. You are too important to Israel to be out here fighting!” They cared enough about David. They understood his position in Israel, so they stood up to him and told him “Enough”. We need people in our lives who care enough about us to say, “Stop!”
“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”-George Eliot
C. People who will love you when you are not around.
These men went to fight on David’s behalf even when he wasn’t at the battle. We need friends to stand for us even when we are not there. They love us not for show, but genuinely.
III. You will need Great Faith!
Now just think about these men. They were ordinary men going up against powerful giants.
-Ishbi-Benob- the weight of his spear was three hundred shekels. This was a very heavy spear that took quite a man to throw it!