June 16, 2021
Thank you for sharing the burden as we pray each Wednesday for our prodigals and for revival. Prayer causes you to lift your eyes to focus on the One who is able to give you strength and meet your every need.
David lived this out in his life and proved the power of God in a mighty way. The story of Goliath falling in first Samuel seventeen is a good example of how God can bring down the enemy and further His work in you.
Christine Caine once said, “The giant in front of you is never bigger than the God who lives in you.” What a beautiful reminder this is!
Giants are fierce. They are formidable. And they are foreboding. One does not simply remove them with human strength. It takes God. It takes confidence in God.
The giants you face may be quite different from what David faced in the valley of Elah, but they are no less terrible and destructive. Like Goliath, they are controlled by Satan with the purpose of defeating you and rendering you ineffective for God. Since David had four leftover stones in his pouch, let’s consider four giants you need to take down.
The giant of fear is one of the biggest. It cripples you and erodes your trust in God. Solomon says it is like a snare, a trap, or a noose. (Pro. 29:25). He is referring to the fear of what other people think.
As you focus on God’s plan and purpose for your life this fear will dissolve. In His sovereignty, He made you the way He wanted to. Your unique personality was His choice. He gave you the abilities and spiritual gifts you possess.
The more you experience and prove the greatness of the God who lives in you, the smaller the giant will become.
The giant of anxiety is very ugly. (Giants tend to be like this.) It’s ugly in the sense that it saps God’s joy and peace from your life.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus directs you to consider how attentive and careful He is with His creation (Matt. 6:25-34). Look at the birds. God feeds them. Consider the flowers. God causes them to grow.
His eye is upon you. He sees what you require. He knows the problems you face.
He asks you to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and He will supply what you need. When your focus is on His love and His concern, you will experience all that His presence can bring.
The giant of insecurity holds you captive to your own vulnerable thinking. David’s son, Solomon, once wrote, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (Pro. 18:10). The world is a dangerous place. The enemy would have you looking over your shoulder at every turn, but the LORD is your place of refuge.
His name represents who He is. To speak His name, to invite His name, to turn towards His name, is to find safety, security, and rest. Run to Him today, and you will find His arms open wide.
The giant of inadequacy rises up when you try to live with God at a distance. But God is always present. He is never out of reach. It is up to you how close you wish to be to Him. His power is always available. It is your choice to avail yourself of it.
As you pray with us today, may your attention be focused on your God - on who He is, and what He can do!
Love in Christ,
Bryan and Rachel