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Overcoming Giants
Pastor Craig Kessel
1 Samuel 17
David and Goliath is a story about what happens when ordinary people confront giants. David and Goliath provide for us spiritual insights about overcoming adversity and challenges that are bigger than ourselves. Goliath was a giant and a seasoned warrior. David was a teenager who watched over sheep on the hills of Bethlehem. No one would have ever thought that the shepherd boy would have come out victorious when he confronted Goliath. All of us face giants in life. Our giants may not come with a sword and a spear, but they do come in the forms of fear, unforgiveness, insecurity, spiritual attack and addiction. How do we respond to the giants we face? Do we run away in fear, becoming emotionally and spiritually paralyzed or do we confront and overcome our giants?

What are giants? Giants are powerful opponents of all kinds in our life that are bigger than we are. David’s giant brandished a sword, a javelin and a spear. Our giants come in the name of unemployment, relationship problems, abandonment, addiction, fear, abuse, bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, depression, debt, disease and spiritual attacks.

Giants steal our peace and joy, create sleepless nights and bring loads of anxiety. They dominate our thinking and often distract us. Their constant presence brings discouragement and fear.

Overcomers – 1 John 4:4
Those who are from God are overcomers because of their relationship with Him. The word “overcome” implies a conflict in which one party emerges victorious.

Even though John writes, “you have overcome,” the victory won by believers is neither the product of their own effort or merit. Victory comes from God, who is greater than the one who is in the world. When we try to overcome in our own strength and willpower, we will be defeated. This is why many people get discouraged when attempting to overcome giants. They try to be victorious in their own self-effort, wisdom and strength, but it ends up in failure.

God’s Word stresses that the Holy Spirit lives within the believer and that through the Spirit we can be overcomers. We can overcome the evil in this world, including temptations, persecution, false teaching, hardships, trials, disabilities, and our own sinful selfish flesh. We can live victoriously with God’s strength, power, transformation, healing and wisdom in our lives. We have the Holy Spirit within us and we will have all of the resources that we need.

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1Jn 5:4-5)

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Ro 8:37)

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)

How Do We Overcome Giants
1) Focus on God, not the giant (v26)
- We need to be God-focused, not giant-focused. We are overwhelmed by fear and discouragement when we focus on our giants.
- We need to know who God is and trust that He loves us and is faithful to His people.
- Our faith in God grows when we worship Him, read His Word and are filled with the Holy Spirit.
- We need to trust that our battles are the Lord’s and that He will deliver us from our giants.

2) Pray, listen and then obey (Eph 6:18)
- Prayer is an essential in overcoming giants. Our warfare against giants and demonic forces calls for serious and continued prayer. Prayer is not to be viewed as just another spiritual tool, but as the very act of the battle itself as we work together with God to gain victory over giants for ourselves and for others.
- Listen to the Holy Spirit as He guides and leads you in what you are to do. Be obedient to His instructions as He shows you how to be victorious.

3) Testify what God has done (vs34-36)
- David had a testimony of being an overcomer. He learned how God overcame his giants in previous battles as a shepherd.
- When we remember God’s faithfulness and power in previous battles, it gives us the faith and courage to go into the next battle.

4) Engage the Giant (vs48)
- We need to engage our giants with a faith and trust in God’s promises and faithfulness.
- If we ignore or avoid giants because of fear or pride it will result in more giants.
- When we engage and overcome we have victory and God is glorified.

5) Be Persistent – Persevere!
- David grabbed five stones from the brook thinking one may not be enough. He was ready for an ongoing battle. We also need to understand and be prepared that overcoming a giant may take a season.
- One victory in our life leads us into the next battle, which leads us to a life of spiritual warfare.
- Overcoming giants can take a lifetime but we will be victorious. (Psa 18:3) 

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