(Editor's note: This concludes our series on "Facing Your Giants." Here's the story of David and Goliath on which the series is built, while past lessons have focused on anger, fear, worry, greed, comfort and rejection.)
While we may not ever go toe-to-toe with a physical giant like David did, we all deal with hardships and temptations in our lives. Some kind of giant is standing before you, taunting you and harassing you. In this series, we’ve looked at the giants of anger, fear, worry, greed, comfort, and rejection, and how we can defeat each one of them. We can be victorious!
Satan will whisper doubts in our ear. He’ll tell us we’re all alone in this fight. He’ll try to convince us we have no chance of seeing our giants fall. But it’s all a lie (John 8:44). A shepherd boy — armed only with a sling and his staff — relied on his faith in God to take down a fearsome giant who had been taunting the Israelites for 40 days and nights.
How did David do it?
Courage: Can you imagine what would have happened if David didn’t trust God when he went to fight Goliath? Courage comes when we live by faith, not by sight (II Cor. 5:7). Courage comes when we have confidence in God’s unlimited power, not in our own physical limitations. There are four things that David did: He spoke out loud, meaning he had a Godly motive; he backed up his words with action; he gave a testimony; and he had authentic confidence.
Forsake the flesh: David put off what had not been proven of value, and put on what had been proven — God (I Sam. 17:38-40). David’s mindset was, “God had delivered me before. He’s going to do it again.” Our God is faithful. He’s not going to give up on you. Think of your prayers that have been answered. He has come through in the clutch, and He will deliver us from our giants. Anger? Fear? Greed? Worry? Ignore those doubts. Forsake the fleshly. Turn to God.
You choose the weapons—choose wisely: David didn’t need to be Saul or Goliath. He needed to be David. He needed to do what he could do. He chose the tools with which he was familiar to fight the giant. What tools has God given you to use in battle (II Cor. 10:4-6)? You have weapons at your disposal that are undefeatable in every battle you face.
Understand the reward of winning: Your soul is at stake. The battles you face is for the rewards that God has promised you. The world says, “To the victor go the spoils.” But God doesn’t promise us health, wealth or prosperity. What He promises are spiritual blessings: mercy, love, kindness, forgiveness and a heavenly home (Rev. 21:4).