Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Identify Your Giant

Read: "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" (1 Samuel 17:40, NIV).

Think About it: "What are you struggling with?" he asked the young man whom he had been meeting with for an early morning breakfast. "What do you mean?" The older man continued, "what do you see as the 'giant' that seems to be standing in between where you are and where you hope to be?" "Well," he began, "if I say it, is that like I'm already admitting defeat? Shouldn't I be more positive about what I'm facing and not focus on the negative?" "That is one way to look at it," the mentor responded with a wise look in his eye. "Or, you can identify what it is that you're facing so that you know what it is you're asking God to help you with. If you ignore it or just try to "positively talk it away" it will remain and grow in strength. But if you acknowledge it, be aware of the dangers, and apply God's truth to dealing with it, you will see the big break-through you've been hoping for." "So what you're saying," the young man leaning forward, intrigued, and excited about this newly discovered strategy, "is that by identifying it, I'm not accepting it, just acknowledging what needs to be dealt with?" "Exactly. When you identify your 'giant,' you can identify your goal." 

Going Deeper: It is easy to get caught up in a mindset that believes that if you only speak only positive words, that only positive results will happen. That is positively untrue, unwise, and unscriptural. David, in his unsuspecting match-up between the military hero of the Philistine army, identified his giant. He knew that he was smaller than the giant-sized Goliath that spoke curses over him. He didn't merely throw words back to the opposition, or positively confess that the giant didn't exist, nor did he ignore the reality of the situation at hand. The Bible says that he approached the Philistine. The word used means that he advanced, stepped up, and got closer. He didn't shy away, run away, or pray away the "bigger-than-life-sized" road block that attempted to keep him and the nation he loved away from the promises God had spoken over them. He identified, approached, and stood in faith that the giant he saw rise, would be the giant he would see fall. There are giants that stand towering over you, calling curses upon you, and are determined to the death to stop you from believing that you can achieve the greatness God has in store for you. Identifying your giant isn't admitting defeat. It is acknowledging that you have a strategic plan in running to an all-powerful God that has already determined that your destiny is the freedom that only He can bring.

Next Step: What giants are you facing in your life today? Is it a giant of fear? Are you intimidated by the giant of depression, out of control emotions, or a discouragement you just can't shake? Are you overwhelmed by the giant of insecurity? Are you losing confidence in your ability to do what God has set before you to do? Go ahead. Identify your giant. When you identify "lack" as your giant, you will know that God's provision is your goal. When you identify "insecurity" as your giant, you will see that confidence in Christ is your goal. Is your giant's name "Pride"? Know that humility is your goal. Name your giant. Step up in courage. Move forward in faith. Let the freedom of God be your goal and determine that NO GIANT is big enough to stand between you and all He has for you! 

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