We stand, but barely. We don’t know what to say or what to pray. And honestly, we are tired of fighting. We don’t want to face it anymore! We just want an easy way out. We want to quit. We don’t want to keep going. We’ve got nothing left to give.
But what if we aren’t supposed to find a way out. What if the best thing for us and for God’s kingdom is to actually persevere and fight that giant that keeps swinging his fists at us.
It’s easy to feel like the victim. It’s easy to feel like you’re trapped. The weight is heavy. And discouragement lingers like the stench of a skunk. Satan wants you to stay in that place. He wants you to believe that things would be easier if _____.
But do you know what will tick Satan off and make him run away?
Pray God into your giant.
Allow God to speak to your giant and speak to you when you are daily facing your giant.
You are never trapped. Even though the giant rises above your head and you don’t see the way around him. He puffs his chest out with his worldly power and he assumes he has the final word. He thinks he has control.
Like David and his tiny stone, when the power of God is spoken into the gut of your giant, the giant has no more power in your life.
If you are facing a giant that is attacking your mission, your passion, your very heart, do not think for a second that the Lord is done here, or that he cannot move.
No friend. God needs you to believe that he will fight your giants and that he will make a way. He wants you to PRAY about your passions when you seem to have your fire blown out.
Never settle for the emotion you feel when your giants are standing all around.
The victory belongs to the Lord.
The fight IS the Lord’s.
But how do we do this? When our flesh wants the easy way, and we don’t have the motivation to fight?
I find myself in this place sometimes. When I have no passion left in my body and my giants have risen high. God reminds me of his power and that His Spirit lives in me. That He is higher and much stronger. And so I pray. I pray for God to give me passion to live for Him. I pray for God to give me passion to do my job. I pray for God to protect me from Satan’s lies and schemes. I pray for God to rekindle the flame in my heart. I pray that He would be my motivation to do all the little things throughout the day. Every time, God wins. My giants don’t stand a chance. When I open up my hand, and depend on the Lord to provide for my daily bread, my life is rightly in the hands of the Father where it should be all the while.
In times like these we can truly say that the Lord carries us through. We look back and remember how we felt standing against our giants. We are reminded how God provided. The giant’s power will become smaller and smaller.
But wait. That giant will come back and try to taunt you. It will try to take back your thoughts and your passion. It will seek to orchestrate your life and may even smack you on the hand when you don’t comply with its ways.
But you look back and you remember. No friend, do not forget. Our God does not leave us to figure out our giants on our own. No, no. That is only if we choose it to be that way. He will always be the provider, sustainer, deliverer, and comforter. He will bring peace to the chaos. He will bring light to the darkness.
HE WILL FIGHT YOUR GIANT.
Now, let me tell you this. If you sit back and assume that God is just going to do this and you don’t actually have to do anything (i.e. sit and eat chocolate on the couch), you are missing the point in how God works against giants. God will use you against this giant. It will not be of your own will power or ability, but of his strength. EVERY single person who God used for big things in the Bible had to show up, and they had to obey what He told them to do and trust that He would provide. God remained faithful every time.
Don’t just let this giant have you for lunch. Laugh in his stupid face and tell him who your God is.
Let us open our hands and say, “Lord, I cannot do this on my own. My strength has run out. And I confess that I have tried this on my own for too long. Please provide me with a new zeal for your kingdom, Father. Help me to focus not on my giant, but on you. Give me back my passion to _____. Light a fire in my heart so I can keep going, Father. Without you I just want to quit. You are my life and my breath. Change my heart, Father. Change my attitude. Help me to bring glory to your name.”
“No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:5
King Jesus, shine your light. Speak your truth. Make our giants fall. Help us to CLING to your Word. Help us to stand strong in your mighty power against our giants. Rejuvenate our hearts and help us in our weakness. When we are weak, you are strong.