We all have giants we deal with. This is as much for me as for you. I sometimes call them diseases, sometimes road blocks, but the effect is still the same: They hinder our progress as a Christian. For some, it’s drugs and alcohol. For others, it’s pornography. Other big ones I’ve heard are lying, backbiting, gossiping, procrastination, lust, pride, etc. Priorities not being straight, AKA putting other stuff before God is another one. There’s many others too, and I’m as guilty as the next guy of at least some of them. Regardless of what it is, it’s unhealthy for any Christian, or any person for that matter, to be controlled by these giants.
The “fellowship” we used to have with unbelievers (as one of them) will also hinder us if we don’t change the people we hang around with. I know many people don’t want to get rid of their old friends and act like nothing happened when they accepted Christ except receiving a “Get Out of Hell Free” card. The fact remains, though, you become who you hang around with. Satan’s flirting with us to try to get us to become ineffective witnesses for Christ, and not changing your environment just makes it easier for him to dangle that carrot in front of your nose and get you to take it. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying to isolate yourself from the unsaved completely. That’s against the command of Christ in Matt. 28 to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Besides, how are they going to hear about Jesus if we as Christians decide to be cut off from the rest of the world? We need to learn to have a different kind of fellowship when we’re saved: A true fellowship with the other believers. That’s how we grow along with reading the Bible and prayer. Any of these apply to any of you?
One of the largest, most difficult giants to conquer is fear. It’s a HUGE one: Fear of being rejected, fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of persecution. In my opinion, fear is one of the main things that causes Christians to go astray. They may not even realize that they are afraid. Some people, at the first signs of rejection from their unsaved friends, they return to their “comfort zone.” They return to their old ways because that’s what they’re used to. That’s a very real danger for any of us who call ourselves Christians. For some, it’s easier to conquer than for others, but the fact remains that fear is one of the most destructive forces in our world today.
Fear is one thing that need not be in a Christian’s life at all. After all, the God we serve is NOT a God of fear, nor does He make us “a slave again to fear” (Rom. 8:15). Rather, He empowers us to do His will and to press on with reckless abandon. We have the power to conquer any giant through Him. Fear is something all people deal with, whether saved or not, but my Lord is powerful enough to destroy it for good, and one day He will, and then He will reign for all eternity. I can’t wait until that day.
Next time you’re afraid, or are having a tough battle with any one of these, instead of asking, “What am I going to do?,” ask “What would I do if I was unafraid and trusted completely in my God?,” and then act on it. In the words of my pastor, “We have a giant-killer God…so tell those giants to turn or burn…” You know it’s true. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, and He holds all the power of the universe in His hand. He is bigger than everything that would attempt to destroy us, and He is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea.” (Ps. 46:1,2).
Our Lord is the most powerful Being in and beyond our universe, the Creator of all who holds the keys to death and Hell in his hands. Yet, He cared enough about us to send His One and only Son to come and die for us, Who conquered death and the world so we could have hope for victory in our lives and a future hope in our home in eternity. He is indeed a giant-killer God. We just need to rely on His strength and trust He can defeat what we’re dealing with, and then run toward and attack that giant head-on. Victory is ours already. We just need to reach out and take it.
God bless you all and catch ya next time!!