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  • Writer's pictureDeb Miller Robinson

Face Your Giant

We all have giants that needs to be destroyed. We must learn to face them, take them out, so we can have victory.

I have been reading in 1 Samuel starting at chapter 16, there are some things that have gotten my attention about battles and our giants.

16:1-3: Now the Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for My self among his sons.

But Samuel said, "How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me." And the Lord said, "take a heifer with you, and say 'I have come to sacrfice to the Lord.' (God gave Samuel a battle plan).

And you shall invite Jesse to the sacrifice and I will show you what you shall do and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you.'

God will always highlight the 'One' He wants you to minister to.

When Samuel arrived in the city he invited the elders along with Jesse and his sons, to consecrate themselves before the sacrifice.

Before David was anointed, there was a consecration of elders of the city, his father and his sons along with a sacrifice. This is a sacred gathering per sey for a divine purpose of being dedicated formally. To set apart to the service of God. David's family chose not to include him to this gathering. Sometimes our family (church family) does this to us, They think we are not worthy. But God thinks very highly of us due to the fact He has spent time with us.

God commissions those who He choses. When He knows your heart and your trust, He will send you out for His purpose.

David was anointed by Samuel the prophet. (Thus God supplied David's consecration to be set apart for God's purpose). At the time of his anointing his father didn't even consider him as he was the youngest son who had the lowest job (assignment)

God had planned to choose David to become a mighty warrior. A preplanned divine purpose by God.

David had spent time with God out in the fields (out in nature), to watch over the sheep/flock, David knew when to move the sheep and they knew his voice. He stopped for the one, to protect it from predators (the lion and the bear). He knew his assignment and what he was to do.

It is important that nature knows your voice. It is important to be alert when you are out in nature. It is important to know your assignment and call upon God for help.

David had built a relationship with God like no other person had. He watched with a keene eye and was not distracted by his surroundings or circumstances.

God knew his heart and David knew God's heart. David's father gave him the lowest assignment but yet David did his assignment very well. He learned how to protect the sheep/flock, how to take care of them and in the midst of his assignment, David became close to Creator - God. He was trained exceptionally well by God. Spending time in His Presence.

Don't despise an assignment that has been given to you by your father or heavenly Father, thinking it is the lowest position in your family. David had great lessons that not only made him stronger, alert, focused and most important He knew his heavenly Father deeper than no other.

Samuel anointed David being led by God - 'this is the one I want'. The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. He was filled with the Holy Spirit in a powerful way.

God had an assigned purpose for David.

When God chooses you for His purpose, He equips you, He trains you, and He builds a relationship with you. You will hear His voice and you will trust Him in a deeper way. He will give you wisdom when you ask for it.

This, is when the enemy starts to try to stop you, by sending giants into your pathway. God calls you out, anoints you and the enemy is not happy.

Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him.

Don't be in a position by your pride and disobedience that God rejects you. Saul's servants knew what was happening to him and they also knew what he needed.

It is important to surround yourself with discerning servants (intercessors/friends) who know what to do in the midst of being attacked. It is also important to ask God where this attack is coming from and what door might have been opened for it to happen. Sometimes we need to change. Yes, the enemy can come in and attack but find out why you are being attacked (tormented) and what you need to do. Repentance is powerful and will stop attacks and make the enemy stop.

Not only did David know how to take care of the sheep, he also knew how to play the harp to the Lord. He was a skilled musician. He knew what God loved.

16:16 (Saul's servants) spoke "Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, the he shall play the harp with his hand and you will be well. (even the servants knew the power of the frequency of string instruments)

David was known in his community. 16:18. Then one of the young men answered and said, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlemenite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one pruden in speech, and a handsome man; an dthe Lord is with him."

Are you known in your community of the great warrior for God? How are you perceived?

Saul sent for David and Jesse sent him with bread, wine and a goat.

David's father Jesse always knew to send provisions with David.

Our heavenly Father will always provide for us.

16:21-22 Then David came to Saul and attended him, and Saul loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying "Let David now stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight."

Sometimes our father & heavenly Father sends us to serve when needed for a season.

Now here comes Goliath's (our giant) with intimidation.

History of Goliath is he was the son of Orpah, who turned her back on Naomi, her culture and who came from Israel. Orpah returned to her culture, the Moabites who worshiped false gods and had sexual immorality.

History of David is he was the great grandson of Ruth who embraced Ruth, her culture and moved back to Israel.

1 Samuel 17

Goliath intimidating - the King and his army. Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel. Am I not a Philistine. (Prideful remark) (Philistine = a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture), he gave them an ultimatum - choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants, but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.

Isn't this just like our giants who come at us to intimidate us. Get in our face.

Saul and his ranks heard this and were dismayed and greatly afraid.

Sometimes we become fearful of the enemy. Know who you are and whose you are In Jesus.

Jesse three oldest sons followed Saul to the battle. Their names: Eliab, Abinadab, and Shammah. David had been going back and forth between Saul's and tend his father's flock. David still honored his father even though he was sent out.

Goliath had been coming forth day and evening for 40 days to make his stand. (the king and the army still had not responded to his intimidation and stayed in fear).

The number 40 means end of trials in hebrew. The significance of these 40 days and 40 nights speak to us about our own times of temptation when we are weak and vulnerable. Through the words of satan, the tempter, and Jesus, the Son of God, we learn how to stand up to temptations

Jesse decided to send David to the battlefied to check up on his brothers. He sent him with cheese for the commander and roasted grain and 10 loaves for his brothers.

So David rose early the next day, left his sheep with a keeper took the provisions from his father and went as he had commanded him.

Before you leave for an assignment make sure your home is taken care of. Make sure there is no disputs not dealt with in your household. (Make sure your bills are paid, make sure fights are resolved, make sure your family know how much you love them.)

David arrived at the battle where both armies were fighting. Goliath came out again and David heard him. One of the men of Israel said "have you seen this man who is coming up? Surely he is coming up to defy Israel. And it will be that the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father's hous free in Israel.

17:26 Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?

David knew the living God. He knew who he was and whose he was. He was not in fear but indignant to what Goliath was doing to Israel.

When we have had enough of the intimidation we rise up to stop it. When we have had enough of the enemy we learn to take it out.

Now Eliab (David's oldest brother) was not happy about what David was asking or even being there. Eliab burned against David and had deep anger toward him, mocked him of his past and present (who he was in the family, his assignment, etc). He accused David.

Don't you think Eliab the oldest son was extremely jealous of David? He did witness David being anointed to become the next king. It was usually custom that the oldest first born was the one who had special assignments from the father.

Sometimes our brother's or sister's even in the church become jealous of us and what God has assigned us to do. They can be jealous of the anointing we carry also.

Saul hears of what David had said and sent for him. David said to Saul " let no man's heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."

Saul wants to dismiss David from this battle as he is a youth, in other wards, not qualified.

Don't be so quick to dismiss someone who is young as God may have sent them.

David had to tell Saul of what all he had done, killing a bear and lion. 16:37 and David said, "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said " Go and may the Lord be with you."

When God sends you out - He will bring freedom, deliverance from the enemy, protect and provide.

Then Saul clothed David with his armor garments and it did not work for David.

We need to wear our own armor, have our own weapons that we have be trained in. You can not fight in a battle with someone else's armor, or weapons.

David's armor was strategic to him. He had a battle plan against Goliath (the giant). It was very simple and he was use to using these simple weapons. He had his staff, took 5 smooth stones from the brook, put them in his shepherd's bag and his sling was in his hand.

This is the armor he had been training with. He declared I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, whom you have defied.

Know your armor, your weapon, your strength and courage. Know God is with you.

Here are some keys in preparing to take out your giant:

  1. Stay in the presence of God, build a relationship, let Him know your heart and you will learn to know His heart.

  2. Every assignment you are given is important. Each one has lessons/training for us

  3. Only go when our Heavenly Father sends us (even if we do not know the whole picture)

  4. Take care of business at home before you leave

  5. Do not receive from the accusing ones. Do not walk in fear of the accuser

  6. Use your past experiences or training to know what battle plan you need.

  7. Never let the enemy know you are fearful, take courage, intimidation can't touch you

  8. Put on the right armor in the physical and spiritual. Know your weapon to take out the enemy. (Hit the target the first time)

  9. Keep your plan simple

  10. Come in the name of the Lord. He is God the Victorious One

  11. God has prepared you, God is with you and for you

  12. Stay Alert, stay focus

  13. Do not let distractions get you out of alignment with what God has given you to do.

  14. Know who the enemy is, ask questions.

  15. Cut off the enemies head with his own sword and present it to the King of King's

Deb Miller Robinson - Eagle Warrior


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