Sunday, October 28, 2012

Slaying the Giant

Slaying the Giant

(Updated August 2014)

Matthew 14:22-32
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” NKJV)

Everybody has what constitutes a giant to him/her 

What is a giant to you may not be a giant to me. Your giant is a measure of your faith and your ability to appropriate to yourself the promises of God. In other words, you can determine what your giant is by asking yourself two questions: 
    • How Big Is My God? 
    • How responsive is my God?
Anything that is bigger than your God is a giant to you or anything that your faith in your God is not able to conquer becomes your giant.

To the ten spies in Numbers 13, the Amalekites were their giants – at least that was what they thought. They saw themselves as grass-hoppers. To Caleb and Joshua, however, the Amalekites were bread for food. 

To Samson, the beautiful woman was a giant and not the terrible Philistines. So he had a haircut in the devil’s barber shop. 

To Judas, thirty pieces of silver was a giant. He could not overcome the temptation to enrich his purse. On the other hand, that was not a giant to Paul in Acts 13:8-11 when he met with Elymas the Sorcerer. 

To all the soldiers of Israel under King Saul, Goliath was a giant but not to the shepherd boy David. 

Recognize Your Giant 

It is only when we know the giant that we can begin the attempt to slay him. Know that the power to overcome him/it is not in you. Turn to the true source of Power – God Himself. How big is your God? Release your faith in God and you see the giant fall.

My prayer for you is that today, if you do not know who God is in Christ Jesus, that you’ll do so. You then will see all your giants fall as Jesus fights for you. 

What is your giant?

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