Facing Your Giants
Preached at House of Praise Home Church
Title: Facing Your Giants
Scripture reading: 1 Samuel 17:4-49 (New International Version)
4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet [a] tall.
5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels [b] ;
6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.
7 His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its
iron point weighed six hundred shekels. [c] His shield bearer went ahead of him.
8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not
a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me.
9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us."
10 Then the Philistine said, "This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other."
11 On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
12 Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul's time he was old and well advanced in years.
13 Jesse's three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah.
14 David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul,
15 but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem.
16 For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.
17 Now Jesse said to his son David, "Take this ephah [d] of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp.
18 Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. [e] See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance [f] from them.
19 They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines."
20 Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
21 Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other.
22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers.
23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.
24 When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.
25 Now the Israelites had been saying, "Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father's family from taxes in Israel."
26 David asked the men standing near him, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, "This is what will be done for the man who kills him."
28 When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle."
29 "Now what have I done?" said David. "Can't I even speak?"
30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.
31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32 David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him."
33 Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth."
34 But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."
Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you."
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
39 David fastened
on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. "I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am not used to them." So he took them off.
40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.
42 He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him.
43 He said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 "Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!"
45 David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands."
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.
49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
Sermon - Facing Your Giants -
Goliath was this HUGE giant and everyone was afraid of him. He called, "give me a man that I can fight" and we see David, a young shepherd boy, taking on that challenge.
So Goliath was obviously physically a giant. He was huge in physique. We can see from the Word of God that his armour was made of bronze. He had a big huge coat, he had a javelin, he
had a helmet made of bronze and he was heavy. So just in your mind, think of what he looked like… He was enormous!
Obviously, he appeared invincible and obviously he was very intimidating for the rest of the people. Then you see David, a little boy herding sheep. He was not intimidated. He was not
intimidated of Goliath’s size, he was not intimidated of Goliath’s apparel, his armour… He was just not afraid to take on this giant, because he knew that he could do it with God on his side.
I am sure many of you have seen the movie “Facing the Giants”. So this morning I want to say:
It’s time that you must be facing your giants.
Many of us have Goliaths here today. The story is about 3 000 years old, or even more. But today you all must be facing your giants. Today your giants may not have swords, may not have javelins, may not be looking like… Goliath. But facing your giants may include having debt, facing sickness, divorce or abuse. It could be a challenging work colleague, work overload. It could be a broken relationship.
You are facing your giants today. One of my giants which I have decided to face, and just to give you some background – I’ve come to a point in my life where I’ve developed the tenacity to just take on any Goliath to dare comes in my way. Because I really know where I want to go, where I want to be, and some Goliaths, some giants, seem to be popping up.
I am at a point where I really want to move on in my career. It’s a real challenging move, but I just seem not to be afraid of it. I’ve been to many interviews and a few months ago a company seemed very interested in me. I was shortlisted, went for a third interview, then with the second interview they were so impressed with me. They put me on a 2 hour flight to meet
the CEO. Everything seemed so in order. I thought: this was the place I was going to be at. They called me and I was at the airport, and they told me I was a star candidate – you have all
the qualities and all the values that would make you an ideal employee at our company… but… unfortunately you don’t speak Afrikaans (one of the nine official languages in South Africa) as well as we’d like you to. I had a distinction for Afrikaans in twelfth grade, but it was just on paper.
For me, the giant I’m facing now, is that of Afrikaans. Not just speaking it conversationally, but be able to speak it to a plastic surgeon or speak it to a doctor or someone of high medical stature.
I’m just irritated with this Goliath that’s in my path. Just like David – he didn’t look at Goliath. He looked at a solution to defend that Goliath. He took the five stones to strike Goliath and I’m taking that in my life. I’m meeting someone that’s helping me with Afrikaans and helping me grow my receptive vocabulary so that I’m able to speak to a doctor, speak to a specialist in Afrikaans. So – when I bring down that giant, I’ll let you know!
You are daily facing your giants. Some pop up here and there. Some pop up every day. Some giants we’ve been facing with for years now. I’m sure it’s making us feel overwhelmed. We feel challenged. These giants seem unconquerable. Your natural reaction when you are facing your giants, when you face an overwhelming situation, is to
- retreat from it,
- run away from it,
- ignore it
Somehow the giant is so big, so huge that it’s not really going to just disappear.And as we read, what did David do? He did not run away from his giant, he confronted it head on. He ran towards Goliath for the confrontation, knowing that he could sleigh him with the power of God on his side. Do you run towards your giant? Are you facing your giants?
So I encourage you today to think of what your Goliath is. Think of what your giants are.Roll up your sleeve and say: enough is enough! Goliath, giant… I’m taking you on!
I’m not afraid of this giant. Although he seems big and he seems overwhelming. I’m taking this giant on, loading my stones and I’m going to sleigh him just like David did.
It is very important to know who your giants are, and to name them. So if it’s anger, if it’s jealousy, or if it’s a work colleague that seems to be a giant to you – when you pray,
name them. You must know and name if you want to be facing your giants.
Very important also in terms of sleighing your giant, or facing your giant, is turning to God in prayer. Not turning away from Him. Also -
- communicate with God, praying to your Heavenly Father
- ask Him for guidance
- ask Him for strategy in which you can be facing your giants
- ask Him for strength, because it’s actually acknowledging that you cannot be facing your giants by yourself
- ask Him for wisdom to make the right decisions towards facing your giants
- spend time in His presence and seek His face in facing your giants
… saying: Lord – this giant, this thing is far greater than me.
It could be a sickness, it could be so many things. But keep saying – I can’t do this on my own, because I know that greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world, and that I
can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.
For God has not given me a spirit of fear. I’m not afraid of this giant. But a spirit of love, power and a sound mind, and with that power I’m able to conquer the giant.
When we see giants in our life, we also get very afraid. When I thought, oh no – I need now to now go and learn Afrikaans and medical jargon, it really got me afraid. I thought: how am I going to even go about doing this? So there’s a lot of fear evoked when you are facing your giant, because you are small and that giant you’re facing is big.
Scripture reading: Isaiah 12:2 (New International Version)
2 Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation."
Scripture reading: Psalm 56:3&4 (New International Version)
3 When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?
Scripture reading: Psalm 55:16 (New International Version)
16 But I call to God,
and the LORD saves me.
Scripture reading: 1 Samuel 17:37 (New International Version)
37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you."
So David knew that the bear and the lion served as little giants to him in the past but if God helped him with those giants in the past, God is going to help him with Goliath. If you think about it: God has helped you facing your giants and overcoming them in the past. Today is no different. He is going to help you conquer and face the giants that you face right now.
I was also thinking of the movie Rocky – or if you think of any boxer and you see the small guy, maybe Baby Jake and he’s fighting Mike Tyson. They’re in this ring and they are fighting, you know how the story goes… The guy gets beaten up, he’s bruised. And just maybe on the final round, he’s in the corner and think of it – he’s bruised, he’s bleeding, he’s got a bust lip, his eye is blue… and his coach is saying:
Don’t you worry… you can do it! You can make it! If you can just think about this in your life right now. All these years you’re probably fighting and facing your giants in this boxing ring. Let’s just call your giant… depression, or fear. Round by round you are knocking your giant of fear, and your giant is knocking you back.
Each time, year by year, you’re fighting, you’re fighting, you’re fighting. Your seem to be in a corner right now.
Your giant has left you bruised, hurt. You mentally are tired and worn out. You are there in your corner. Who is your coach? Lord Jesus.
He says: yes, you can do it. You fought this fight so long. It’s just one more round. You can do it. I am on your side. And you know, if you think of the crowd, the audience –
they’ve got your name on this banner and they are saying: Yes auntie Urs, you can do it, you can fight, you go! If you think of the movie as well, they all scream ‘go Rocky go!’ And they’re saying: yes, Brenda you can do it, yes uncle Roland, just one more round, just one more fight to face this giant. Don’t give up, because you are not alone.
You have a coach Jesus, right next to you.
In the spiritual realm there are angels. Just think how beautiful that is, that when you’re facing your giants, you’ve got this beautiful audience that is supporting you. You have coach
Jesus on your side. I’m sure it was the same with David when he took on Goliath – the Israelites saying ‘go David go, you can do it!’ They were supportive of him. So likewise, don’t be afraid of facing your giants.
Sometimes you have your giants right in front of you and you don’t know what to do. David took five stones and struck him down. Think about what you can do. Think about what actions you can do to bring down your giants.
See the solution like David. Don’t see anything as a big problem. The same God that helped David sleigh the giants, is the same God that will help you facing your giants and bring them down.
With this short sermon I just encourage you not to be overwhelmed. Even if you’ve been facing your giants for years. Even if you’ve been facing your giants for just this week.
Remember: Face that giant and knock him dead!
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