We all have giants in our lives that are challenges. How do we defeat the giant? Be defiant. The definition of defiant means “bold.” How can we be bold? If you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, you are in covenant with Him. Covenant: an agreement, contract, guarantee, promise, commitment. The word of God is our agreement. It is the same as signing off on a car or a home. The confidence is there because of the legally binding papers. There is no time like the present to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior because it comes with benefits.
In 1 Samuel 17, David faced a giant over nine feet tall named Goliath. Imagine a little boy meeting someone huge! It can be a frightening thought! Goliath taunted the Israelites for 40 days which caused them to fear. But because David believed in the covenant, he was able to have confidence that God would deliver him. He also had something to look forward to, which gave him the strength to defeat Goliath. King Saul’s reward for slaying the giant was a massive sum of money, tax exemption, and marriage to his daughter. His brothers and the King tried to discourage him from fighting the giant. They said he was too young and inexperienced against a warrior Goliath. David did not pay them any attention. He focused on the reward. David asked, “who is this uncircumcised Philistine going up against the living God?” Goliath was not in a blood covenant, meaning he did not have a legal right to come up against God’s people. David said, “I killed a lion and a bear; I can defeat Goliath.” David believed that if God delivered him before, He could do it again. David used what he had to slay the giant. When Saul gave him his armor, it did not work. David used his slingshot and five smooth stones to defeat Goliath. What works for another person may not work for the next person; use what you have and trust God for the rest.
Wear the Full Armor of God
Ephesians 6:10-18 Easy Read Version says 10 To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and his great power. 11 Wear the whole armor of God. Wear God’s armor to fight against the devil’s clever tricks. 12 Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers, authorities, and powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand firm. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.
14 So stand firm with the belt of truth tied around your waist and wear the protection of right living on your chest. 15 On your feet, wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One. 17 Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit always. Pray with all kinds of prayers and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people.
We no longer have to put up with the giants in our lives. As we stay focused on the reward, we can tackle your shackle. When people or the circumstances say differently, pay them no attention. Just imagine the wealth, peace of mind, and health waiting on the other side to give you the determination to get to your destination. Most importantly, dress yourself every day with the spiritual armor of God.
Be defiant (bold); slay the giant!
Prayer: I praise you, Lord, for everything you have given me. I walk boldly, trusting in the covenant. I face my giants head-on. I use what I have and put on my spiritual armor to defeat the devil. I repent for walking in fear because you have given me power, love, and a sound mind. I am strong in the Lord and the power of His might. I refuse to do things with my own strength. I claim the victory in Jesus’ name!