Giants represent life battles. We all have them- whether known physical battles or the one fighting the unseen. If we don’t face them and allow them to linger, their works could be lethal.
Throughout this Bible Study, we have learnt, how to identify giants in our lives, Why we should slay them, the differences between the grasshopper and giant-slayer sprit as well as four powerful traits of giant slayers.
In today’s we hit the nail on the head to answer the following questions.
How do we slay them?
How do we confront life battles?
How to slay the giants in your life.
Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 17: 12-51
There were many young men who could have fought the giant, why David? What set David apart from the rest, He had a heart for the Lord. His drive wasn’t the fame or the King’s reward for defeating Goliath.
Take note there were soldiers who have made a good fit but God reserved and trained a young shepherd for that day.
With God there are no coincidences or random mistakes.
In 1 Samuel 17:17 we read about Jesse’s instruction to David. Rising early in the morning, David obeys his father in Verse 20
In our eyes, it seems like a father’s simple instruction but this is God’s wisdom hidden in plain sight. God presents opportunities hidden in small ordinary places for us to confront Goliath.
How often do we miss God by looking for Him in some fancy presentation?
Are we looking for Him in the wind, earthquake, fire instead of the still small voice? 1 Kings 19:11-13
David was Humble and obedient. Interested in the welfare and safety of others.
He was upset when he heard Goliath defy God and the armies of Israel.
Bold and courageous, the warrior in him arose. He didn’t fight because he wanted to make a name for himself. He stepped into that arena with the intention to stand boldly for God and also to save his people. God would give us victory if we are humble to follow his lead. James 4:6-8
7 Step Strategy to defeat the Goliath in Your Life.
a) Understand and Know the capability of the Living God
See David was not boasting in the fact that he had killed a bear and a lion. He had tasted of the goodness and faithfulness of God in keeping. Nobody confronts the lion in the bush, kills it and never know that God’s hand is upon him. Next the bear.
David had encountered God in his personal life. That anchored his faith.
Are you encountering God in your ordinary?
Are you intentional about seeing God move in your everyday?
Whoever encounters God in their mundane ordinary will trust Him with the unexpected.
He was a worshipper. It is not the outside service ministry that shows we are doing great in our spiritual journey. Our love for God grows in our personal deep relationship. Service should never replace the relationship. Your service should be a product of your relationship with Christ.
There’s an imbalance in our service when our personal life is disconnected with God.
What about Caleb? We dived deeply into powerful traits that gave him the overcoming life. He moved beyond being satisfied with the acts of God to following hard after God Numbers 14:24.
Are you walking in the way of the Lord?
His acts are testimonies of His goodness.
Knowing His ways is nurturing an intimate relationship.
Your relationship with God is key to walking in victory.
How would you grow your relationship with God?
If you are thinking this, then you are on the right path. Your heart will long for that which you chase. It is the genuine hunger in our hearts that draw us closer to His presence. Jeremiah 29:13, Proverbs 8:17
Your daily walk no matter how small the baby steps are. Studying the Word and praying for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Say this prayer: Lord, overwhelm me with your love. I want to fall deeply in love with you.
b) Get Working where you are.
In the obscure lonely field of training, David was building competence, confidence, skills, and character.
As the youngest, he served with obedience. Although David had been anointed in 1 Samuel 16: 5-13, it took obedience and faithfulness in the mundane for his purpose to meet manifestation.
He was busy living full in his busy ordinary shepherd boy life.
Are you being faithful in your mundane ordinary?
God rewards diligence and faithfulness. It matters that we are faithful in the small things. That’s how we get trusted in the big things too.
Read: Proverbs 22:29 and Luke 16:10
c) Gather Your Testimonies
Too often we trivialize what God is doing. We become overly familiar with some miracles He has sone. Your testimonies matter. David’s response revealed a man who was tracking what God was doing. He spoke boldly of his testimonies.
Read: Revelation 12:11
Are you a Testimony keeper?
Do you have Testimony Journal?
Are you quick to forget what the Lord had done for you?
c) He overlooked the Naysayers.
I know how many times I have been told I couldn’t do XYZ. Those negative talks could be disarming if we let them get into our system
Eliab, his eldest brother felt, hey you, coming to show yourself out here right? “Nobody likes being harshly criticised. I love rejection” said no one ever.
What if David allowed that split second statement weigh him down?
Are you consumed with the opinion of others?
Instead, David says yes to the window of opportunity 1 Samuel 17: 32
Something greater that fear, rejection, and failure was burning in the heart of David. He didn’t have time to converse with people who felt this couldn’t be done.
The King Saul didn’t think the boy David had a chance 1 Samuel 17: 33. “You are young. You can’t do it. Your adversary is more experienced than you are”.
Negativity can come from anywhere very close people to people of influence. You must choose carefully the voice you listen to. God or man?
Do you hear these words all the time? there it is, you, my dear friend are not alone. If David could rise, you and I can.
Notice how David responds to these excuses. He matched it word for word with his testimony and the skill set acquired in personal life victories. 1 Samuel 17: 37
Maybe your excuses are very legitimate and valid know that defeating the Goliath in your life is far more critical, and your life depends on it.
d) Pick up the Right Weapon.
King Saul thought it wise that David goes into battle with his armour. When David put them on, something was off. He had not used these before.
What are you arming yourself with, Worldly wisdom or Word wisdom?
He exchanged Saul’s brilliant idea for his known, tried, and effective sling and stone. God uses foolish things to confound the wise.1 Corinthians 1:27
When it comes to slaying Giants the help of man will fail you. Psalm 20:7
Our arsenal is not human-made bazookas. They are more effective 2 Corinthians 10:4
Sometimes our battles require praise Joshua (Joshua 6:1-27) , Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20)
Others fasting and prayer Esther (Esther 4:16) and Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:1-4)
Some prayers Asa (2 Chronicles 14:11) and Hezekiah (Isaiah 37:14)
Others are virtues like forgiveness as I wrote on my Facebook page. Follow us over there if you are not already.
Ponder: Are you using the right weapons to confront the giants in your life?
e) Confront with the Word
Not long after David put the naysayers in their place, Goliath came after David with tormenting words. Goliath was trying to mess with his head 1 Samuel 17:42- 50. That’s what the enemy does every time. He spun lies and when we believe them, Gbam! He drives his dagger and cuts us.
Again David responds, “I come in the name of the Lord” 1 Samuel 17:45. The Battle is the Lord’s 1 Samuel 17:47
Invest quality time and equip yourself with the Word. Knowledge in of God’s Word delivers the full armour of God.
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f) Run toward the enemy not away.
Don’t cower away. We have considered David and Caleb throughout this study. There’s something that kicks me hard. It is their courageous faith to step into the battlefield. We have seen how they lived their lives and where their confidence comes from.
Let’s connect their fierce faith with that of Nehemiah Nehemiah 6:11
Charged with a heavenly mandate to rebuild the broken-down walls of Jerusalem. Surrounded by naysayers, corrupt leadership, and enemies lying in wait to kill, Nehemiah takes his stand. He refused to hide. The Bible says they continue to build with one hand and held weapons in the other.talk about courageous faith.
Are you hiding from your enemy?
Are you letting the enemy have a filled day?
David ran towards Goliath. He made the first unexpected, quick move. That was the sucker punch in the gut of the philistine army seeing their champion hit the ground like a crashed airplane in fumes.
g) Give it your Best Shot.
David threw his stone. You and I must do our part. It is a divine mystery how a smooth stone sunk in the forehead of the Giant and he fell facedown. 1 Samuel 17:49-51
What if we gave our family, jobs, ministry our best shot and let God do His part?
What if we faced the giants in our lives toe to toe?
If you are going against that Goliath in your life, go hard and go supercharged with the Word.
A Christian is not a complacent or lazy fellow. Being a Christian does not mean we sit in misery and enjoy it. You and I have to wake up the Giant Slayer within. The warrior in you waits. How should we approach difficulties, we pick up the stones and slay them.
God will use what is in your hand
When the widow of a prophet met Elisha, she was faced with selling her sons to pay off their debt. The prophet asked for that which was in her hand. She said a little oil. If someone had told her the oil, was going to be her lifesaver, she would look at them disapprovingly. 2 Kings 4:1-7
Thank God for the miracle of the oil. But pay close attention to the instruction, sell and pay your debts. That solved her poverty giant.
God is going to use that which is in your hand. He will use the gifts or skills He has endowed you with.
Are you making good merchandise of them?
Or do you think your gifts are little?
Thank you for joining us for today’s episode. Watch out for The final segment of the Spirit of The Giant Slayer Study where we will neatly tie up our study with How to walk in victory every day. Meanwhile, there are tons of Deep Dive Bible Study resources in our store.
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By His Great Grace, Ifeoma Samuel