On Thanksgiving I watched a 51 minute video on the life of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand. They faced impossible giants through faith in the name of Jesus. Richard told how he would pace his small solitary prison cell. He would pray, he would deliver a sermon, and he would worship.
Sabina told how the ladies in her prison developed a greeting. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” It changed everything. They even had unbelievers come and ask them to teach them the greeting.
My faith was challenged as I watched their faith being shared. At one point Richard’s health had declined so much that they put him in a cell with other prisoners who were dying. He went man to man and shared the gospel with them.
Our giant is a mindset that is empty of faith~
I want to use Jesus as an example. He knew that He would be betrayed by one of His disciples. He knew the cross was before Him. John 13:3-4 says, “Jesus, knowing that…He had come from God and was going to God, rose…” He washed the feet of His betrayer. He shared His bread with him.
John 18:4 says, “…knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward…” Jesus never shrunk back as He faced His giant. He boldly went forward. Yet when He declared who He is, verse 6 says of the threatening mob, “…they drew back and fell to the ground.”
Our giant is never a person. Our enemy is spirit and therefore only defeated through faith. 1 Peter 5:8 says that the devil seeks whom he can devour. Verse 9 says, “Resist him, steadfast in the faith…”
Our faith is not a mindset. It is a heart belief in the name of the Lord. One day every knee will bow to that name. Our giants will bow to that name when we wield His word as a sword.
I faced a medical giant in August 2016. I typed out two pages of verses that would strengthen and keep my faith steadfast. I daily read them out loud. They were the medicine my Great Physician prescribed. His word was my life sustaining strength.
Lying mindsets are inner strongholds. Only by working His word into our heart, like a potter works water into dry clay, will inner transformation take place. There is no other way to slay a giant.
James 1:21 says that the implanted word will save our soul. Note the word ‘established’ in Colossians 2:7. It says, “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
We have so much to be thankful for. It is God’s will that we give thanks for everything. Richard and Sabina did when imprisoned. Yet, their faith stood that fiery trial because they had faith in the power of His name. No giant can stand before the Lord Over All.