What giant in your life can defeat you? None! Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” We cannot be more secure than we are. What are giants? They are works of our flesh that we have allowed to remain to taunt us. Do you feel like you are a captive to bad habits? A habit is the play out of our thoughts.
Let’s take a lesson from David. What death words did Goliath sling out at David? 1 Samuel 17:44 says, “…Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” How did David counter? Verse 45 says, “…You come to me with a sword, with 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, who you have defied.”
Now watch David’s faith declaration in verse 46. It says, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
Fear is a huge giant that seeks to oppose our faith. What do we do to counter fear? First we must remember that fear is a spirit. 2 Timothy 1:7 is a familiar verse. Yet, when we use it as a stone in our sling of faith, it will fell our giant. It says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
When we interact with fear, our thoughts get scattered. A sound mind is ordered though disciplined thought patterns. How do thoughts form? From what we believe. Our heart is our belief system. When we hide God’s word in our heart, it will be our smooth stone to position in our sling of faith. There are countless verses we can hide in our heart that will be ready stones.
Anger. James 1:19-20 says, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not promote the righteousness of God.” Anger is an inward reaction when our will is crossed. Righteousness is our thoughts, purpose, and actions conformed to God’s will.
Doubt. According to James 1:6-8, doubt makes us unstable. It divides our thoughts. It defies who God is at all times. He does not change. David had a great prayer that we can use as a stone. Psalm 86:11 says, “…unite my heart to fear Your name.” Wholeheartedness is one with God’s word. We bring it into our lives and walk it out through our conversations and actions.
Worry. Another word for worry is to fret. Psalm 37:8 says, “…do not fret–it only causes harm.” To fret means to rub away. That is what worry does in our physical bodies. Bone on bone is the fruit of worry. Matthew 6:25 is God’s command. It says, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life…” Worry is the wrong focus. Verse 33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”
Did you note that fear, anger, doubt, and worry all affect our walk in righteousness. Isaiah 32:17 says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” I encourage you to think about the flesh-giants in your life. Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you gather the stone verses that you need. Hide them in your heart so they are ready to fit into your faith sling.