North Augusta, South Carolina
Church Family, we face some things that seem impossible to overcome. In reality these things are the giants in our lives. This month we are blessed by almighty God, and His grace and mercy, to explore the sermon topic series titled “Overcoming Life’s Giants”
To better understand the reality of giants and how devastating they can be, God, through the blood shed of Jesus Christ, is leading us to the book of I Samuel chapter 17. It is there we are introduced to a concept whereas a real life breathing giant, by the name of Goliath, attempts to defile God’s army; but, he is defeated by God’s power and strength through the faith of a young lad named David.
Now! Before we embark upon the story in the 17th chapter of I Samuel, let us consider the giants we encounter in life that can, and will, defile God’s army of strength and power within us if we fail to walk by faith.
Unlike the nine foot human-being Philistine soldier that stood before God’s army of Israel in an attempt to defile it, we have the giants of sickness (like cancer, AIDS and now EBOLA and many others). We also have the giants of depression, worry, fear, addiction, financial trouble, failing marriages, broken relationships, lawsuits, unemployment and the list goes on and on. All of these giants are standing before us in an attempt to defile us daily.
I don’t intend in any way to give you the notion that you can get rid of these giants. God never said we would not have giants. However, Jesus did tell Peter in the 16th chapter of Matthew that hell would not prevail. The giants in our lives are nothing more than hell’s attempt to come against us to set us back. Thanks be to God, they will not prevail. We will overcome them. Yes! We will overcome them through the grace of God.
I am convinced, by the spirit of our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ, that it is for this cause we are shown in this 17th chapter of I Samuel how we can take the necessary steps, not to eradicate the giants, but to overcome life’s giants.
In this 17th chapter of I Samuel God, allows David to show us how we must face life giants head on, believing that God can and will help us overcome them.
In our text, the story goes that rather than have all the soldiers enter into a hand to hand combat, the Philistines sent a representative from their army to challenge a representative from the Israelites’ army. The decision was reached that whoever won the fight between the two, won the battle. The Philistines selected Goliath, a man 9 ½ foot tall, as their representative.
Each day for 40 days the two armies would line up at the battlefield and Goliath would come forward from the Philistine line up breathing threatening insults and challenging words. Upon hearing these insults and challenging words, King Saul and the Israelites’ army, including David’s three oldest brothers, would run in fear and hide in their camp. They had developed the mindset that there was no way they could possible defeat Goliath.
I’ll have you know, whenever we are faced with situations whereas life’s giants are too difficult for us, our God will have a ram in the bush to bail us out.
The ram God has in the bush to bail us out and to help us overcome life’s giants are many. But, for the sake of this documentary, we will address four of them as pointed out in I Samuel chapter 17.
1. Pray and face the giant
2. Ignore the doubters
3. Use what we have and
4. Walk by faith
We must pray and face the giant - I Samuel 17:17-51 tells us that Jesse, the father of David and his seven other siblings, called upon David and sent him with food to carry to his three brothers, who were on the battlefield of Israel with Saul.
Once David reached the battlefield, he heard the threats of Goliath and asked, “Who does this Philistine think he is anyway, that he would defy the armies of God?” (17:26). David was not going to hear any of it. He was not going to let this giant insult God and God’s people. He was not going to live in fear; he was going to overcome this giant. He was going to face this giant head on, and deal with it right away, not on his own, but by God’s power and strength.
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666