Aaron Summers

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5 Steps to Fighting Giants

In Gospel Living on July 20, 2017 at 7:04 am

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His name was Anthony and we were in the fifth grade.  He had already hit his stride in the growth spurt and was already a little older than the rest of us.  Looking back, I know what was happening, but was completely unaware at the time.  All I knew was that he picked on everyone.  He would slap them.  He would hit them.  He would talk smack.  On one particular day, he focused his attention on the smallest boy in the class.  Incensed, I stepped in and let the victim roll out.  I caught him at an awkward moment and jumped on top.  Somehow we ended up under a table.  I raised my hand and hit the table.  This caused just enough pause that the teacher came in.  Needless to say, the office was the next stop. Anthony didn’t mess with us anymore that year.  The giant had been taken down.

David walked up on the army of Israel when Goliath stepped up and shouted.  This was not just a shout against the armies of Israel, but were shouts against the integrity, power, and majesty of God.  He was calling into question the nature of God and the covenant!  David couldn’t stand it and stepped in to do something.  As you might guess, this is the sling and 5 stones story.  David fought the giant and won.

What major issues are you facing right now?  They loom large, weigh heavy, and cause stress, anxiety, or despair.  Maybe it’s a boss who taunts you.  Maybe it’s a spouse, child, or family member that has disappointed or betrayed you.  Maybe you’re dealing with health issues with your parents, or a child is sick.  Financial limitations stress us out and break marriages.

How do we deal with these problems?  Like the Israelites, we feel hopeless to do anything.  We feel that God’s promises are only true for others.  David, though, believed in the covenant.  He trusted in God’s Word.  He made a choice to fight the giant.  Here are 5 steps to victory:

  1. Consider the situation. David got to a point, quickly, that something must be done.  Until you are truly fed up and ready to act you will lose.  You will be trembling in the trenches like David’s brothers.  But, when you get to the point that you are tired of hearing God’s promises taunted, then you will be ready for victory.  The first thing you must do is consider the situation worthy of the fight.  If it is not worth changing then you need to stop letting it control you.  If it is worth changing keep reading.
  2. Have the courage to step out. David wondered, “Why not me? Why not now?”  Are you there?  Once we decide the problem is worth the fight courage is the next step.  Stop waiting for someone, anyone, to handle YOUR problems.  God has allowed them into your space.  Will you trust?  Will you jump off the ledge of fear and grab onto the courage God’s Spirit has planted within you?  Why not you?  Why can’t you be the change you want to see happen?
  3. Count the cost. David felt that the mocking of God was so critically bad that he was willing to die if need be.  He evaluated the situation.  He stepped up to Saul and pronounced he would handle the problem – HIM.  He was the youngest.  He was the smallest.  BUT, he was willing to die for what he believed.  Are you ready to lose if you must?  What if you lose your job?  Do you trust God?  What if you lose your kids or your spouse?  Do you trust God?  What if you DO lose your life which is very possible in parts of our world today?  Do you trust God?  Count this cost.  If you are not willing to pay the price, stop reading now.  If you are ready, keep reading.
  4. Confidence to speak up in prayer. David engaged in this fight in the name of the Lord, for God’s glory.  Read that again.  He was doing this for God’s glory not his own.  He did receive quite a bit, but only because that was not his aim.  If you want the glory just stop.  You may win but it will be very hollow.  Possibly, you will only trade one issue for another.  Self-made confidence is far weaker than spirit-filled confidence.  David had experience and education, but his real strength was in the relationship he had with God.  Go in that confidence.
  5. Cast your stone for victory. David only used one of the five stones he picked up. I don’t know why he picked five, but he did.  What I notice is that it only took one.  God will use your gifts and talents matched with our courage and pure confidence in God to give you victory.  David achieved this victory immediately.  Those in Hebrews 11 did not all see what they fought for come to conquest, but it did.

God demands his glory.  We are put in situations where that can happen if we have the courage and confidence to fight for the conquest.  As was once shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”

GO.

FIGHT.

WIN.

 

Becoming Brave

In Faith, Life and Culture on February 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

bravery

I sat behind her and watched her shake and sob.  I knew who she was dating and wondered if that had anything to do with what I was seeing.  We had just a few minutes before class would start so I asked her what happened.  She was tired of being treated poorly.  She was tired of being yelled at.  She was tired of being “handled”.  The problem was she did not have the strength to be brave.  Because he was such a popular person she felt trapped.  I told her that she was worth being treated better.  I told her to be brave and break it off with him.

Guess what she did?

She did not try to break out of some mold and kiss a girl or swing on a ball.  She did not quit eating.  She did not cut herself.  She did not do any of those things.  She went to the bathroom and washed her face.  She took a deep breath and ended the relationship.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  1 Tim 1:7

Being brave is important for self-esteem and social confidence.  Here are a few thoughts:

1.  Talk it out.  Living in silence is a result of fear.  Expressing what we are feeling in healthy ways to God and others reduces what can shift into shame and guilt.  How many have experiences that demand our silence?  Find someone and talk.  Tell your story.  Share your pain.  Express your shame.  If you never get it out, you can never deal with it properly.  The result could be deadly.   David was among the soldiers and he began asking questions about why they were so frightened.  He talked to them.  He talked to the leadership.  He talked to the King.  He opened a conversation that was not pleasant for him, but needful for Israel to have.  What conversations do you need to have?

2.  Call it out.  In the case above the boyfriend was to blame.  Maybe you have that problem.  Maybe you were abused.  Maybe you were bullied.  Whatever the problem may be it is time to call it out.  Israel was shaking in her boots as they were lined up against the Philistines.  God and His covenant were being questioned as Goliath stood and spouted vulgarities.  David called him out.  The problem was addressed.  Until you decide to address the problem you will live in fear rather than courage.  David could not believe what he was seeing with Israel’s army.  They were cowering in fear rather than storming the enemy with force.  What do you need to call out today?

3.  Surrender it all.  This is not throwing in the towel or raising the white flag to the enemy.  Often, when we have no hope or live in fear, we just give up.  We stay with the abuser.  We keep losing jobs because of drugs.  Our homes are repossessed because of gambling habits.  We surrender to the wrong entity.  When Jesus went to the cross he did so after surrendering to God.  “Whatever You want Father” was His final word.  He surrendered to God and then acted in the most brave way possible.  Surrender your life to God’s will and watch what happens next!  David did and the giant fell.  The hope in God and the covenant was restored.  All was well again.  Have you surrendered to God’s plan yet?

4.  Win it all.  The joy of victory is incredible!  The girl came the next day to school with a new outlook and a smile I had not seen in a while.  I have seen those who have dealt with cutting and/or eating disorders come to the other side bright, happy, and stronger.  The abused spouse finds new value and strength.  The victimized child finds new hope.  You may be facing one of these problems.  You may know someone else who is.  Are you in it to win it?

Be Brave!

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