Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries.
Facing the Giant of Self
Read the story of David and Goliath: 1 Samuel, chapter 17
One of the greats in scripture was king David. He is a great example of what to do, and more importantly what not to do. His life ended, and he still held the title “man after Gods own heart.” Which would make him a great success in my head.
Let’s start with Davids beginnings as a shepherd boy. He probably didn’t have the greatest home life. He was the on the fence promise to his earthly father. Jesse viewed him as either the rightful heir of his heritage, or an illegitimate son who would ruin him. Because of the changing of the laws at that time everything was uncertain, so Jesse put him in the field with the sheep in hopes he would be forgotten.
God however had David right where He wanted him. Through this process of herding sheep, God was molding a boy into a man after His own heart. David faced many trials, as so many of us do that deal with precious little lambs on a daily basis. He faced and defeated a lion (who run in PRIDES), and a bear (who is powerful but sleeps half the year, or is slothful). So after God allowed David to kill pride, and sloth then he was ready to be anointed King. But David would not be able to take his throne until he had faced the giant.
I believe that the giant represented David’s worse half. All his earthly fears, doubts, anxieties, and all the things that David disliked were represented in this man called Goliath. How many times do we look in the mirror and see a giant looking back at us? The giant of fear, doubt, anxiety, depression? What is the giant you see? But God’s battle plan is perfect, His aim is deadly, and He is mighty!!!!!
So start today by killing pride, and sloth out of your life, and when you face the giant of self know that he is a defeated foe. Love you guys, be blessed.
– Lenny Hall