There are giants in our lives, in every sphere of human existence. And these giants won’t go away but will relentlessly torment and mock you at your weakness. But for the courageous, they will go forth and kill them. For every giant there is a stone. The Holy Bible has thousands of powerful promises (stones) for every situation in life. Use it in the power of the Holy Spirit and kill your giants.
What are the giants or obstacles in your life? Are you facing them head on or fleeing from them?
If you are born again believer, you have what it takes to kill the giants in your life and to overcome what others are being defeated by. You will learn from the life of David, what it takes to be a courageous giant killer. Find out how you can build a consciousness of God’s presence and develop confidence in His covenant. Know who you are in Christ, release words that will activate things in the spirit and cultivate the lifestyle of a giant killer!
The victory of David over Goliath is recorded in 1 Samuel 17. It has a lot to teach us about the giants in our lives. There are giants in our lives, in every sphere of human existence and these giants are waiting for courageous people to kill them. I believe that for every giant, there is a sling and a stone. For every Red Sea, there is the rod of Moses. Read the Bible, where you will discover ordinary things became powerful weapons in the hands of anyone operating in the power of the Holy Spirit.
God always uses what is in our hands to kill the giants or to deal with the challenges we face. That is a lesson that we need to lay hold of, that what we have in our hands, when we have committed our hearts to God and full of His Spirit, is what it takes to kill our giants or to overcome our impossible situations. All it takes is to have enough courage to do what is right and to obey God and to be in fellowship with Him. So, the first lesson for the giant killer is the lesson of identity.
The Lesson of Identity – WHO we are in CHRIST JESUS
David clearly stated that the Philistine was an uncircumcised Philistine. He recognized that he was a child of God’s covenant and the Philistine wasn’t. Our text is 2Cor 5: 17-21: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. We find out that our identity is linked to our connection to God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. If that does not define our identity then we are not even ready to kill our giants. David did not go there in the identity of himself, as the son of Jesse. He went there in the identity of himself being in covenant relationship with God. It is interesting to note that in Matthew 16 when Peter said ‘you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God’, Jesus immediately turns around and gives Peter a sense of identity. He called him ‘Petros’, meaning small stone or rock’, and said “on this rock ‘Petra’ (the big rock of revealed knowledge) I will build my Church”. Rock speaks of stability, immovable, strong and solid.
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (Petros), and upon this rock (Petra) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16: 16-18)
You know yourself by who God is and what He does for you. Who we are in Christ and what the Spirit can do in us – all of that defines our identity. 1 John 4:4 says, ‘greater is he that is in us, than he that is in the world’. We belong to God and we are who He says we are. We need to build a consciousness of who we are in Christ and to recognize that the greater one dwells on the inside of us. It is not just enough to know who we are in Christ but who is in us as well – the Spirit of God – the greater One. We belong to God. We have God dwelling inside us by His Spirit and we are who He says we are.
The Lesson of Expectation – On God’s Ability to PERFORM
Usually we get what we expect in life. Our expectation is limited by our revelation of God and His ways. Every experience, negative or positive, builds expectation in us. In Psalm 62: 1-8 he says, my expectation is from the Lord. Our expectation is built by what we focus on. In Romans 4 verse 19: Abraham focused not on his own inabilities but on God and on God’s ability to perform. Our expectation is usually built on what we focus our faculties on. Confidence works with expectation. What we spend our time on is what we have confidence in and expectation comes from what our souls wait on. May our souls wait on the Lord.
The Lesson of Confession and Declaration – In the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT
At the time when David said ‘this day the head of the giant will come down,’ David didn’t even have a sword and he was not trained as a soldier. (1 Samuel 17:46) How did David know that the head of the giant would come down? In Mark 11: 22-26 we see Jesus teaching His disciples how to exercise their faith and He says if you say unto this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea and shall not doubt in your heart but believe that those things which you say shall come to pass, you shall have whatsoever you say. What we see there is the confession of the Word, which is a principle that the faith message has brought to the Body of Christ.
Confession of the Word builds the right images within us, it helps our faith in God to grow and it releases the power of God through our declaration. There are a lot of people who want to release the power of God through declaration without first building the right image on their inside. I want to believe that David had built the right image on his inside. David had used his worship moments to build the right image on his inside ‘the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want’. Psalm 23 was David’s confession of his revelation of who God was to him. The image and his faith were built by his regular confession.
When it was time to release the power of God in declaration, David was well prepared. We also see the confession principle at work when God changed Abraham’s name from Abram when he was discouraged. God also encouraged him to look at the stars and the sand. When Paul looked at the paralyzed man and saw that he had faith to be healed, Paul made a declaration and the man received his healing. I want you to know that declaration precedes the miraculous. It is a lesson that we need to learn from the life of the giant killer. Dare to make declarations in the power of the Holy Spirit!
The Lesson of Victory – JESUS CHRIST gives us the VICTORY!
It is when faith translates into action that victory is assured. It is not enough for us to believe in something if we are not going to act on it. It comes to those who believe it will come to them. Many fail because they believe they will! Nobody wins who did not believe they would. Dare to believe for victory. Anticipate the reward. We have victory in the name of the Lord! David understood the reward that was available for whoever killed the giant and he sprang into action. The Bible says that he ran to meet the giant. In 1 John 5:4 the Bible says, this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Victory starts in our hearts, then our actions show it and complete the victory train. Read also 1 Cor. 15: 57 – Christ gives us victory always.
The Lesson of Love – Love God with ALL your HEART!
David obviously loved God. In 1 Samuel 17:46, he says ‘that they all might know that there is a God in heaven.’ David’s goal for opposing the giant was because He loved God enough to let His name be glorified. The Bible says ‘faith works by love’ and ‘hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts’ (Romans 5:5). In 1 Thess. 1:3 the Bible talks about the recognition of their labor of love. David was motivated by his love for God. ‘Hope makes not ashamed for the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.’ What this tells me is that if you are going to let your faith work, you must let it work in love. And the first love is to love the Lord your God with all your heart. It is a very silent lesson that people tend not to see and very vital if we are going to overcome our giants.
The Lesson of Remembrance – Our Victories in God
Whatever you call to remembrance you can re-experience. In verses 32-37 of 1 Samuel 17, David remembered the lion and the bear he had killed. It is worthy of note that David’s experience with the lion and the bear were kept to himself. The fact that nobody celebrated these events ever made them less worthy of celebration in the heart of David. We need to understand that selective remembrance of all the good things God has done will prepare our heart for more. In Psalm 103:1 it says, ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.’ The Psalmist said to bless the Lord and forget not. It looks to me that if we forget a lot of the good things and remember the bad things, we shouldn’t wonder why bad things keep happening to us. We need to call to remembrance the victories we have had in God so that we can relive them.
The Lesson of Covenant – The LORD who keeps HIS COVENANT!
David said, this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like the lion and the bear and the God who delivered him shall deliver him again. He also knew that this uncircumcised Philistine had no covenant with God. In the Old Testament, circumcision was the seal of the covenant. David said he was an uncircumcised Philistine – he cannot win in this battle! I want you to know that God is a covenant God, He keeps covenant. If you walk with God in a consciousness of the New Covenant made in the blood of Jesus, you will walk in victory. You will understand that you have a covenant and your enemy doesn’t and that will give you the edge.
May the Lord bless your understanding as you learn the faith lessons from the Giant – Killer.
This article was written to inspire and exalt the precious Body of Christ by my teacher and mentor Rev. Dr. Samuel Kurian Thomas. Be Blessed!
Bro Chim TS,
Rev. Dr. Sam Kurian Thomas, D. Min.
Dr. Thomas has been in ministry since 1972. He is the Presiding Elder of the Apostolic Council of the Apostolic Faith Church. The Mission of the Church is the RESTORATION OF APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANITY.
After handing over pastoral duties to others, Dr. Thomas through Daystar School of Leadership & Daystar School of Ministry has been actively engaged in leadership and ministry training for pastors and ministers for more than 15 years, focusing especially on Third World Nations; and providing them free training materials. His mission is to establish Apostolic Christianity.
He has been actively working with other Apostolic / Prophetic leaders of the Church to form Apostolic Councils from Africa to Fiji in the Pacific. The Council provides ordination, oversight and leadership for ministers, ministries and fellowships who desires to be part of Apostolic Christianity as patterned in the Scriptures and that is emerging everywhere today. We contend earnestly for the Apostolic Faith that was once for all delivered to the Saints (Jude 3).
Dr. Thomas is in the process of setting up these schools in Malaysia at Zenith Corporate Park, Kelana Jaya, Malaysia. The schools will begin operations in January 2016. He and his Team intend to activate the Saints through the mobile school – Daystar Apostolic School of Ministry and Daystar Leadership Training for the fulfillment of purpose and destiny, equipping potential leaders by recognizing, raising, and releasing seasoned, proven, mature, valid and fruitful ministry in the body of Christ according to Ephesians 4:13. The Lord also, is bringing His ministers, Christian businessmen / businesswomen, professionals and all believers into perfect alignment to God’s will through teaching, training, mentoring and oversight; and maintaining these relationships in the love of Christ.
At this moment, he holds revival meetings called “LIVING FREE MINISTRIES” every Sunday at 5.30 pm and speaks at various fellowships and groups.
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