Slaying Giants 101

David slew the Philistine giant. First he made a faith declaration. 1 Samuel 17:45 says, “…You come to me with a sword, a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” Our take away: our giant has defied the Lord Over All.

Defy means to openly resist. That is what inner strongholds do. When we have an inner stronghold of truth, it will openly and aggressively resist the fiery dart lies. However, if we have a hidden lie-stronghold, it will resist truth and keep us in bondage. It is only the truth that we experientially live in that sets us free. 

What is the truth about the name of the Lord? In Acts 3 we read about an amazing miracle through the name of the Lord. There was a beggar, lame from his mother’s womb. He had never walked in his life. Peter and John were going into the temple to pray. The beggar looked at them with expectation. Verse 6 says, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

What did Peter have to give? The name of the Lord. Every believer has the name of the Lord. Let’s see what happened when Peter made that declaration. Verse 7 says, “…immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” Watch what happened. Verse 8 says, “So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them–walking, leaping, and praising God.”

Acts 3:16 says, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong…” Saying the name of the Lord is not an add on to a prayer request. It is wholehearted acknowledgement and absolute belief in who the Lord is. His name embodies every attribute. Here are just three. He is All Knowing, All Powerful, and All Present. 

Psalm 124:8 says, “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1 reminds us that our help comes from our Creator. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. ALL things were created through Him and for Him.”

The Lord doesn’t have to plan. All that He knows is in His attribute of Omniscience. His plan for your life is part of how He designed you. He knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb. Colossians 2:3 says, “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” We grow in our understanding of who the Lord is as we daily commune with Him through His word.

Our giants are fully known by Him. It is when we submit to Him, humbling our heart, that we can acknowledge that He knows. We grow in faith as we apply His powerful name to every situation in our lives. Proverbs 18:10 says that His name is our strong tower. The help of man is useless. The victorious strength to slay our giants comes when we stand in who He is. We become a partaker of His nature through our thoughts as we gaze at Him.

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