Who or What is Your Giant? By Mayada Naami

“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’” 

(1 Samuel 17:45-47, NIV) 

Have you ever faced an obstacle or situation so big that you thought there was no way you can get out of it or win the battle? David, a young boy, faced his giant with a stone and a sling—with faith that he had God on his side—no giant was going to take him down. The Bible tells us that faith is all we need to face our giant, and yet the world tells us differently. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus tells us faith of a mustard seed is all we need to move mountains, yet the world tells us there is no way we can move a mountain. In the literal sense, of course we cannot physically move a mountain, however in the spiritual realm, moving mountains or giant obstacles is possible with faith; the belief that anything is possible through Christ Jesus.   

“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’” 

(Matthew 17:20, NIV) 

With my unfailing belief that ALL things are possible through Christ Jesus, I have moved mountains that were blocking my vision of the future that God promised me. A future filled with plans to “prosper me and not to harm me,” and plans to give me a “hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has good plans for you too. They are not plans of failure or defeat. They are plans to prosper you, they are “good, pleasing, and perfect” (Romans 12:2). However, God will never force His plans on you. He desires your cooperation and participation. You need to actively seek Him if you want His plans for you to be fulfilled. Because of His faithful promise, I wake up daily with confidence that I can take down any “giant” with a single stone.  

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” 

(Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV) 

In Romans 8:28, we are told ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. It is not by our own human strength that we move mountains or take down a giant obstacle facing us. It is only through our faith in the supernatural Holy Spirit Power (gifted to us when we believe and declare Jesus as our Lord and Savior) that we can face any giant with the assuredness of a victory. After several battles with my personal “Goliath,” I can boldly say nothing is impossible when you are in Christ—and He is in you. Looking back, there is no way I won those battles on my own. They were giant obstacles that were much bigger than anything I could handle in my own power and strength.

What “giant” are you facing today? Is it a failed marriage or a dead end job? Maybe it’s your prodigal child that is going astray. Whatever the obstacle, trust that your faith in the miraculous can move mountains and take down giants. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” 

(Romans 8:28-31, NIV) 

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