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Slay the Giant

 

(1 Samuel 17:45 KJV)  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

 

 

What are some of the giants that we face today? Oh, we might not have to face a ten foot man on the field of battle, but each of us face giants every day. Some have to face giant medical problems. Some have to face giant problems in their relationships. Others, OK, many of us have giant financial problems standing in front of us and our backs are up against the wall. No matter what the situation the reality is the same. There is something that is bigger then you, and you have to face it.

 

There is a difference between facing the giants, and slaying the giant. There were a lot of men facing the giant before David slew Him. And if you look at them, you can compare them to a lot of people you might know today. They are facing the same problems that you are, but they are definitely no help. In fact, a lot of the time they end up making the giant seem a lot bigger then you even knew it was.

 

Comments like, “ Oh, yes, times are hard and they are not going to get any better any time soon.” Don’t really give us much encouragement when we are facing something that we know is bigger then we are.  When we are sick it is not someone telling us how they knew this person or that person that died from what we have, that is going to help us get up and take on any giant infirmity.

 

There are millions if not billions of people that will tell you that the giant is going to win. You have to not listen to the nay-sayers, and discover a stronger voice deep within you.

 

Looking back at this account of David and Goliath, we discover that the men facing him were genuinely afraid.

 

(1 Samuel 17:4 KJV)  And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

 

I have to take a little side trip here to talk about translations. On my computer I use a program that actually has at my fingertips 41 different translations of the Bible. Most of the time, I use the King James Version in my teaching because I do not want to argue with the “King James Only” people. Plus, King James gets it right most of the time, and you can somewhat understand it.  But, this is one place I do not think they got it right. Let me give you the long and short version of the translation. The following is from Adam Clark’s Commentary on the Bible. He is talking about the use of the word “champion” to describe Goliath.

 

“But is this the meaning of the original איש הבנים  ish habbenayim, a middle man, the man between two; that is, as here, the man who undertakes to settle the disputes between two armies or nations. So our ancient champions settled disputes between contending parties by what was termed camp fight, hence the campio or champion. The versions know not well what to make of this man. The Vulgate calls him sir spurius, “a bastard;” the Septuagint, ανηρ δυνατος, “a strong or powerful man;” the Targum, גברא מביניהון  gabra mibbeyneyhon, “a man from between them;” the Arabic, rujil jibar, “a great or gigantic man;” the Syriac is the same; and Josephus terms him ανηρ παμμεγεθιστατος, “an immensely great man.”…”

 

So here is another translation not calling him a champion but translating the word in what I believe, to be a more fitting definition of who this man was.

(1 Samuel 17:4 GB)  Then came a man betweene them both out of the tents of the Philistims, named Goliath of Gath: his height was sixe cubites and an hande breadth,

 

This translation is the “Geneva Bible from 1599. I do not mean to get picky over words buts one word can really change the whole meaning of a passage of scripture.

 

Let me give you an example…. I do not know how this is going to fit into our message today, but I believe that it is important for us to really not just read the Bible, or listen to the scriptures, we need to study them. You need to individually dig deep into the information that you are constantly being bombarded with, and not simply become comfortable with a truth that you can live with, but you need to really discover the truth.

 

Look at this one simple passage.

 

 

(Acts 2:38 KJV)  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

 

(Acts 2:38 LITV)  And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, each of you on the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

In the first translation the Greek word “epi” is translated “in.” In our second translation the same word is translated “on.”

 

Now at first you might really think that I am nit picking here. But look at the deeper meaning of the passage. In the first it is saying that you need to be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of your sins. So then, in that, it is the baptism that removed your sins. There are many people that honestly believe that if you were not properly baptized with the correct words then you are not saved.

 

The second translation puts the emphasis not on the baptism, but rather on the person of Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins. It is not the baptism that brings about the remission of our sins, it is Jesus. It is our faith and trust on and in Him. 

 

Do you see how one simple word can take you down the wrong road. So what I am asking you to do is to really seek the truth. Not what might be truth to you; but “the truth.” Many people will say today, that what is true for you might not be true for me, and in that, attempt to deign that there is any real, ultimate truth.

 

The hard part is for each of us to discover the truth, then lovingly try to let others discover it for themselves without hitting them over the head with it.  Because the truth is, it is sad when people do not know the truth. But what is even sadder is when we who do, are afraid to share it.

 

Twenty years ago it was taboo to call someone a homosexual. And please do not get me wrong, I do not have anything at all against anyone who is or may think that they are a homosexual. I am simply talking about how twenty years ago people would not openly talk about someone’s sexuality. Now, it has in our society, almost become a badge of honor to be openly homosexual.

 

OK, here I am a Pentecostal Pastor and I am sometimes timid about telling others of my “Spirit Filled life.” Yet a co- worker of mine this past week, proudly tells me of his Unitarian Universalism Church that he attends, that the pastor is a Hindu Homosexual.  Now he could proudly talk about his Hindu homosexual pastor, but I can’t tell someone that I talk in tongues? There is something wrong with that. 

 

That is how easily things can get twisted.  Calling someone a champion, when they are clearly anything but, might not seem like a big deal, but when kids today start thinking of gangsters as heroes and police as people to be afraid of, there is a problem. 

 

This whole account of David taking on this giant of a man and defeating him is the archetypical hope of most of our lives. We so often see ourselves as the underdog, and the things of the world being a giant bully trying to destroy us.

 

And the truth is, we do have an enemy trying to destroy us. But we can either coward under it and live a life of defeat, or we can not only face the giant, but we can defeat it. We can slay the giants of opposition in our path. We can overcome the adversary. We can cast the mountain into the see. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

 

So let’s see exactly what David did and how he did it, then try to apply these tactics and techniques to the giants in our own lives.  I am going to use the word “SLAY” as an acronym to help us remember that we can have the victory in our lives.

 

S = Say!!!!

         You need to speak victoriously. You need to tell yourself and the world that you are blessed and highly favored of the L- -D. Because that is the truth. Everyone else may have been talking about how tough the giant is and being defeated before the battle is even fought. But David saw the giant, and he started talking about the reward for defeating the giant.

 

(1 Samuel 17:26 KJV)  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

 

L = Look!!!!!

 

Look what the L- -D has done in the past. Look at the victories that G-D has given you in your life. Look at the miracles that he has performed. Look at the healings in peoples lives. Look at the provision where he has made a way when everything seemed like there was no way. David did not look at his past failures, he looked at his victories in the past and he knew that if G-D did it for him in the past, G-D could defeat this giant and any other that would stand against him. He knew the truth that no weapon formed against him would prosper

 

(1 Samuel 17:36 KJV)  Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

 

A = Align  

 

Align things in your life for victory not defeat. Get ready to win. Remember the two farmers that were going through a drought? One sat and cried, and the other prepared for the rain. David got ready for battle. He prepared not only to take on the one giant, but he grabbed five stones because he was ready to take on goliath’s whole family if he had to.

 

(1 Samuel 17:40 KJV)  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

 

Y = You

 

You have to believe in yourself. You have to know that G-D is with you. You have to know that you can do all things though Him who strengthens you. The thing that empowers fears is our lake of belief in ourselves. 

 

Last week I talked about my boss who I believe is a fantastic motivational speaker. He has been relaying to us how we have our “Being” and under that is our “Doing” which will determine our “Having.”  Picture this in a vertical position with your “Being” being your head, and your “Doing” being your heart, and your “Having” as being your… I don’t know…. Your wallet.  Anyway, Now I want you to take it one step further…… Above your being …………………to the “GREAT I AM.”

 

Remember, there is a direct correlation between your spiritual life and your physical life. That is why tithing really works the way it does. It is a spiritual investment.  We need to make that connection, not only between our being and our doing, but we need to get linked up with the great I AM  and then, we can be, do and have, all the blessings in the heavenlies. You have already been blessed with all the spiritual blessings, now it is time to manifest those blessings into the slaying of those giants that have been threatening you.

 

Speak to the problem and call it what it is. One thing that changes when “All things become new” is that you know the enemy that is all puffed up like a roaring lion in front of you has already been defeated. He is not a roaring lion, but he is a worn under your feat.  Stop speaking defeat, and start speaking victoriously. Talk about the victory that is ahead of you not the failure behind you.

 

Look at the future though the eyes of faith. Look what the L- -D has done. He healed your body, He touched your mind, He saved you just in time.  Whose report are you going to believe anyway?  Open your eyes to the truth that you are a child of the King.

 

Align things in your life for the victory. G-D does not call the equipped, He equips the called. You have been called, and in that you can trust that all things work together for those who revere the L- -D and are called according to His purpose.  And please do not forget it is His purpose and desire that you prosper. It is not all about you, but it is about “you in Him” and “Him in You.”

 

You honestly can do all things through Christ. It is a matter of choosing today who you will serve. Everyone else might be lining up like sheep for the slaughter, but you can step up, and slay the giants and reign victorious.

 

S.L.A.Y.

 

Speak Look and Align  Yourself for greatness.

 

  (1 Samuel 17:46 KJV)  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

 

Know today, choose today, to reveal tomorrow and for the rest of your life, that G-D blesses those that love Him. Choose today to win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             

 

      

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