SLAYING YOUR GIANTS: 1 Samuel 17
According to Revelation 4:11, all things (giants inclusive) are created to bring glory to God. Also, in Exodus 14:4, God said that “I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD”. The reason for this perspective about giants is to give us the understanding that giants are not created or permitted by God to stop us. Instead, they are meant to reveal the how powerful the one inside us is (1John 4:4). The key for David’s victory over Goliath is rooted in understanding where Goliath is in God’s scheme of things and calling him who he is-an uncircumcised Philistine. Every battle is 50% won if we know their real identity and purpose.
What is a giant?
First, I will like to use the definition of the ten spies in Numbers 13. A giant is anything or anyone that makes us look like a grasshopper. They make us feel helpless, inadequate, powerless and hopeless. In 1 Samuel 17, Goliath the giant made the Israelites including King Saul to hide in shame and fear because they were being taunted for days. Second, I will define a giant as someone and something that is taunting you constantly and thus instilling fear in your to paralyze you. It might be in your relationship, your health, finances. Whatever it is, every time you remember it, you are afraid and paralyzed.
Although every encounter with giants may be a pain in the butt, they always have a purpose and the generic purpose is for us to demonstrate the power of God and bring down his kingdom into every situation. Let’s see some of the purposes below.
Giants are meant to be custodians (security guards) of our properties. God made the giant Anakites to hold forth for the children of Israel pending their arrival at the Canaan land. They are meant to cultivate, drive the animals away and make the place habitable. It is expected that, as custodians, once the children of Israel arrives, they should just handover to them and serve them. However, it doesn’t happen that way, the custodian got used to the possession and won’t let go and this will make the second purpose inevitable.
Giants help us to learn how to fight. Naturally, fighting is often not something we engage in voluntarily except, of course, for mischief makers. It is something we engage in when we do not have a choice. When we are determine to not let the enemy take what belongs to us, the only option is to fight. Through these fighting, we are trained to become God’s battle axe because, the strength and skill acquired in a battle become available for another battle. Sometimes we utilize this to help others.
They help us to see our inadequacies and depend on God. Giants expose our weaknesses even to ourselves. Each time we encounter a giants, our lack of strength becomes obvious. In this scenario, the only option is to, like David, trust in God for strength.
Giants are signposts. Every time you encounter a giant, it is a clear indication that, first, you have arrived or almost arrived at your destination. Second, because of their size, you can’t miss your destination. So, when you see giants, be rest assured that, you are in a very important position in God’s scheme of things. Know this, the devil doesn’t fight unimportant battles. If he chose to fight you, know that you are important. Begin to see yourself that way from today.
What do you do with giants?
Identify your giant. In Luke 8:30, when Jesus was dealing with a possessed demoniac, His first question was “what is your name?” Knowing the name of your giant enables you to address them appropriately. We are at the mercy of a battle we cannot identify. To do this effectively, we need the spirit of discernment. This is one of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The spirit helps lift the veil and we see more clearly. The devil thrives in the dark. Once exposed, he is a coward. To be good at this, we must befriend the Holy Spirit and be a good listener.
Don’t be afraid. Call your giant by its name. In 1 Samuel 17, when Goliath was taunting the Israelite army, everybody was treating Goliath with respect and fear. The called him “a giant”. However, when David arrived, he called him his real name “uncircumcised Philistine”. It was this spiritual exposure that opened up Goliath’s spiritual defense before he was physically defeated. Do not be afraid, call your goliath his name.
Match your goliath with your God and not yourself. While David was addressing goliath, he said, “you came to with javelin and with sword, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of host”. David completely took himself out of the equation and matched his giant with his God. It was like, this not my fight, its Gods. With this, Goliath didn’t have a chance against God. Paul said, when I boast, I boast in the Lord. It is Ok to boast brothers and sisters but let your boasting be in the Lord.
Tackle your lions and bears. Before he was allowed to face Goliath, David, rehearsed his past experience with the lion and the bear. He demonstrated how these two battles have prepared him for the big one. Train yourself with your small battles. You will have a reservoir to draw from.
Brothers and sisters, it’s not God’s intention for us to fight by ourselves and with our might. What He is asking us to do it to trust and look up to Him for strength, ask the Holy Spirit to the lift the lid and expose the identity of your giant, call your giant by its name and run towards your fear. I believe that any member of the Israel army could have defeated Goliath if they had faced him in the strength of the Lord of host but they were looking at themselves instead. As we put on the armor of God and run to the battle field, be rest assured that God’s got your back. Your head will be covered in the day of battle (Psalm 140:7)
Father, thank you for you are Jehovah Nissi- my banner of victory. Thank you Lord for the victory that Jesus has won for me on the cross of Calvary. Thank you Lord for the authority that I have in you. Thank you Lord for you got my head covered in the day of battle. Receive all the praise in Jesus name.
Father, your word says that if I regard iniquity in my heart, you will not hear me. I ask you Holy Spirit to open my eye of understanding to see every opened doors through which giants are gaining access into my life. Help me Holy Spirit to get these doors permanently shut in Jesus.
Lord I ask that you anoint me afresh for the day of battle. I confess that I have no strength of mine. I totally depend on you. Fill me Lord with the Holy Ghost and with power. According to your word, let your power flow through me and help me to overcome my giants.
Your giant of….. (Name your giants), I come against you in the name of the Lord of host. I strip you of all your defense and I take you down now in the name of Jesus. I cut your head off and give you carcass for the bird of the air. You will not rise again. I take back all you have stolen from me and I take charge of my destiny in Jesus name.