Conquer the Giants in Your Life

And Live in Victory for a Change

by Pastor John Hamel


"David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem. But the giant's weapons he placed in his own tent."   (1Samuel 17:54 Message Bible)


Millions of people worldwide are desperately concerned about nuclear bombs releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere.  Hardly a soul is unfamiliar with all the talk of weapons of mass destruction, chemical and biological warfare.  This present evil world is indeed full of the most dangerous and deadly weapons ever known to man. 


However, as Believers in Christ and the Bible, we should not be nearly as concerned about the world's weaponry as we should be about the weapons of our own spiritual warfare.  The weapons of our warfare are not carnal and were not created for physical destruction.  (2Corinthians 10:4,5)  Our weapons are given for the purpose of spiritual warfare victory


Our God-given weapons contain a power that is ever present, yet unseen.  This power is dangerous and deadly indeed to the demonic principalities and powers that would hinder us.  This power can deliver us from any evil and any thing that would attempt to bind us and bring us to ruin. 


The power that I refer to is the power of Almighty God.  This power is readily available to every Believer.  However, there are some things that need to be done by faith in order to set the laws that govern God's power into operation.


When King David was just a young shepherd boy he knew how to set these laws in motion.  As a matter of fact it was through the operation of these laws that he was able to remove Goliath's head.  


Every Born Again Believer can take these same simple steps and conquer the giants in their lives, whether those giants are physical, financial, emotional, academic, family, job-related, etc. 


Anyone who will dare to do what David did will get what David got ... one giant of a victory.


FIRST, David spoke the solution to his problem


"This very day GOD is handing you over to me. I'm about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there's an extraordinary God in Israel." (1Samuel 17:46 Message Bible)


Had David constantly complained about the magnitude of his gigantic problem, that giant would have continued to grow even larger in his estimation.  David knew the key to defeating this giant was to get his own words in line with God's Word.  Knowing his own strength was useless against Goliath, he immediately reverted to God's strength.  


Young David knew that God's strength is released through the human mouth. (Proverbs 18:21; Mark 11:23)  David was accustomed to listening to the voice within that said, "Talk solution, not problem."  So David looked at Goliath and spoke by faith, "Heads up, big fella.  You just met the widow-maker.  Excuse me while I re-load.  We’re just a stone’s throw away from take down time."


SECOND, David acted out his spoken faith


"David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt." (1Samuel 17:49 Message Bible)


David ignored the voice of reason that said, "Rule number one.  Never take on giants with a slingshot."  


Rather, he chose to listen to the inward voice that said, "You can do this.  Just don't get into fear.  Say what I tell you to say and do what I tell you to do.  I'll show you how to take his big dumb head off with his own sword." 


The same is true for all New Testament Believers.  By talking our faith and acting out our faith, the Holy Spirit will show us how to cut the devil's head off with the same sword he's threatening us with.  


David no sooner said it than he did it.


"Then David ran up to the Philistine and stood over him, pulled the giant's sword from its sheath, and finished the job by cutting off his head. When the Philistines saw that their great champion was dead, they scattered, running for their lives." (1 Samuel 17:51 Message Bible)


Have you ever noticed in this narrative that David took out his biggest problem first and all the other little problems simply ran away?  Any Believer can do this.  Simply say what God says in the Bible about your needs and circumstances.  Then act like you believe what you are saying is in the process of coming to pass.  This is the Bible way of conquering every problem, big or small. 


Someone might be thinking, "You know, Pastor, I can see from the Bible that faith works by what I say and what I do.  However, I've done something so dumb, so foolish, I just don't think God can forgive me.  I think I've destroyed my capacity for operating in faith."  


I would simply say to you, "Not true.  Remember the Prodigal Son."  You'll want to read the whole narrative in Luke chapter 15, but you will recall how badly the Prodigal Son blew it as well.  He actually used these same steps to get right with his Father. 


FIRST, he, too, spoke the solution to his problem.   


"I'm going back to my father. I'll say to him, Father, I've sinned against God, I've sinned before you." (Luke 15:18 Message Bible)


Once this backslidden young man spoke forth his solution, like David did, he took the next step, like David did.


SECOND, he acted out what he said he was going to do. 


"He got right up and went home to his father.  When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. ... And they began to have a wonderful time" (Luke 15:20, 24 Message Bible)


If you'll do what he did, you'll get what he got.  He picked himself up out of the pigpen of sin and went right back to the Father just as he said he would.  The Father greeted him, heart pounding, embracing him, kissing him.  The rest of their lives together was wonderful. 


Having fallen into sin or being backslidden is no excuse for not taking the steps that David and the Prodigal Son took into victory.  You can use these steps to get right with God and then re-use them to reign with God.  


Satan doesn't want you to know this.  He knows that by you getting a hold of these truths, he's going to end up lying face down in the dirt like Goliath did.  He knows you'll have him repeating Goliath's last words spoken as he lay facedown at young David's feet, stone between his eyes, "Boy, that was the last thing that ever came into my head."  


Be blessed as you TALK your faith and ACT your faith.  


It's God's shock and awe strategy for the giants in your life.


Be Blessed in Jesus' Strong Name ...  John and Barbara Hamel



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