Which giant is giving you grief? Perhaps Fear has your number. Maybe Loneliness has locked you out. Whatever giant may be bullying you, the message of this book is that God is the greatest Giant of all. He goes before you like a consuming fire. It’s clear from the Scriptures that we serve a God who sends. He is constantly sending His children into new and wonderful lands—lands of marriage enrichment, lands of career fulfillment, lands of rich spiritual abundance. You probably know exactly what kind of land He has led you to; and now you stand on its outskirts, yearning to place a tentative toe over the borderline—except for the shadows of those giants. But can’t you feel it? The hand of God Himself is on your shoulder. He whispers to you, as to the Israelites, Go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven.
I don’t know about you, but those marching orders send my heart racing. They send a chill up my spine and leave me restless, eager to move. I want to see the wonders God has laid out for me. I want milk and honey and not another scrap of stale bread. And you know what else? I want to see those giants get what’s coming to them. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the LORD has said to you. What a great day that will be.
Isn’t it about time we stand tall and face the giants in our lives? This book is our training manual, but don’t forget we’ll need the heavier artillery for the battlefield: the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; the helmet of salvation; the shield of faith. Above all, we go with God Himself, who always makes two promises before sending us out to grapple with giants:
1. He will be with us.
2. He will empower us.
That means you’ll never walk alone, and you’ll never walk in weakness. God has the strength to bring you victory over any oppressor. You could ask Joshua about that. Or Moses, for that matter. Or Abraham, Daniel, Isaiah, David, or any of the apostles. Giant-killers all, and in the end they became giants themselves.
David Jeremiah, Slaying the Giants in Your Life (Nashville, TN: W Pub., 2001), xii–xiii.
This article excerpted from Slaying the Giants in Your Life.
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