THOUGHTS ON THE LORD’S DAY
”How to defeat the giants that want to ruin your life.”
One day, a soldier was brought before Alexander the Great and charged with desertion. When asked, “What is your name?” He dropped his head and replied, “Alexander.” Alexander the Great grabbed him by the shoulders and said, “Soldier, either change your conduct, or change your name.”
God has called us to live a life worthy to carry His name. Regardless of whether your giant is addiction, fear, lust, pride, resentment, envy, or anger, if left alone, discouragement soon arrives. And if not corrected, depression is not far behind.
Do you want to defeat the giants facing you today? Do you want to live the life that God’s Word has promised? Here are three things you must realize:
First, giants are not unique to you. Goliath wasn’t always a giant, he was nurtured and fed until he became one. The things that discourage, depress and defeat you do not start out as giants, but little foxes. Soon they have a foothold and take on a life of their own. If you don’t feed the little foxes in your life you will have fewer giants to face.
Second, you can’t defeat them alone. Your giant will defeat you anytime you take him on alone and in your own strength. God never intended for us to live this Christian life in isolation. We don’t only need Him, we are designed to need others if victory is our goal. We all need Divine help and the encouragement of our friends to overcome negative habits and establish new behaviors that will kill the giants that are so committed to destroying us.
Third, you must confront your giant head-on. First in your prayer closet, then on the open battlefield called life. As the Philistine giant moved closer, David ran to meet him. He didn’t run away. He didn’t negotiate, compromise or make excuses. If you want to defeat the giants in your life, you must force them out of the shadows and into the light of God’s word, presence and ultimate power.
When you allow giants to lure you into the dark shadows of their authority, you lose every time. Only when you blind them with the light of God’s glory will they flee in terror. David told Goliath, “This is the Lord’s battle. He will give you into our hands” 1 Samuel 17:47.
Notice David said, ”Our hands, ” not my hands. You don’t defeat your giants for your own benefit, but also for the benefit of all those who love you and hurt when you are hurting.
You do not only carry the Lord’s banner, you carry His very name. You do not fight for victory, you fight from a position of victory. Stop acting like a victim and start speaking like a victor. God will help you defeat your giants, but you must stop feeding the little foxes if you want to live the victorious life He has promised you.
What are the names of the little foxes nibbling around the edges of your life? If you stop feeding the little foxes you will not have to face them as giants. You carry God’s DNA, act like you belong to Him. Stop feeding anything that is not on His guest list.