Facing Your Giants

5 Jan

At one time or another, we’ve all heard the story of David and Goliath. David, the youngest son of Jesse, dashes to the battle line with only a sling and a few stones to face Goliath — the Phillistine giant with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Standing some 9 feet tall, he seemed more like a freakish monster than a man.

Goliath, the Phillistine champion, had been fighting battles since his youth and by all accounts was a seasoned professional. He was so intimidating, he would challenge the Israelite army each day, taunting Saul and his men to send out someone who dare challenge him to a one on one duel to the death — winner take all. The only problem was, no one had the guts to face the giant!

David had been back at home watching his father’s sheep while his older brothers were encamped with the rest of Saul’s army at Elah. Jesse, wanting an update from the battle lines, sent David with some fresh bread and cheese to be delivered to his brothers and their officers. He was to inquire of their disposition and return immediately home. But that’s where the story takes a dramatic turn.

When David reaches the Israelite camp, he finds his brothers, drops off the bread and cheese, and views Goliath for the very first time. Hearing his defiant words, mocking Israel’s army and the God of heaven, David asks, “Who is this pagan Phillistine anyway, that he’s aloud to defy the armies of the living God?” And after finding out there was a handsome reward for defeating the giant, David tells King Saul. “Don’t worry about this Phillistine, I’ll go fight him.”

Now, one would think young David had completely lost his mind. How could he — a young shepherd boy with no battle experience — even consider facing Goliath, a champion fighter, in the open field. So bold was David, that he not only agreed to the Phillistines’ challenge, the Bible says he “ran toward the battle line.”

Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, and sneered in contempt at the ruddy faced boy. “Am I a dog” he roared at David ” that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the name of his gods. David replied to the Phillistine, “You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today I will conquer you and I will kill you and cut off your head. And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people.”

And we know the rest of the story. David conquered the giant by striking a fatal blow to the head with his own sling and stone. Then David finished the job, taking Goliath’s own sword and cutting off the giants head. When the Israelite army realized Goliath was dead, they immediately pursued the Phillistine army and the Phillistines ran for thier lives!

Looking back on the story, one would wonder how David ever mustered up the courage to face the giant in the first place. Did he really think he could defeat the Phillistine’s champion with just his sling and a few smooth rocks? Or did he know something we don’t know?

When it comes to facing our giants (and we all will face them at one time or another), what can we glean from this well known Bible story? I believe there are a few clues that help tilt the favor toward David defeating the giant. Here are a two of them. One practical and the other spiritual in nature. Let’s start with the practical.

This was not David’s first fight. Serving his father as a shepherd helped prepare David for the bigger stage. David had already fought predators such as bears and lions,  protecting his father’s sheep. If the animal turned on David, he would grab it by it’s jaw and club it to death. If he could do that to a lion or bear, why should he be intimidated by Goliath?

David didn’t fear death because God had already promised that he would be the next king of Israel. This speaks of David’s amazing faith in the prophetic word of God. He believed so strongly in God’s promise of kingship through the prophetic words of Samuel, that he was ready to risk his life for the glory of God and for his people Israel.

David faced his giant head on. He didn’t run away. He didn’t cave. He fufilled the calling God had placed on his life. Every calling God places on people has an element of risk to it. Better said, it is the element of faith that enables us to face our giants.

Fear and intimidation are too of the biggest giants we’ll ever face. They seem to stand against us at every turn like Goliath; mocking us and defying the word of the Lord spoken over our lives. Instead of shrinking back in fear, may we stand strong in faith, trusting that the battles we’ve already won have positioned us for such a time as this! And may we never forget, our God will bring us ultimate victory over our enemies. For we are more than overcomers through Christ!

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5 Responses to “Facing Your Giants”

  1. pastor .A.sangalwisye J.wangakala January 27, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    MARANATHA CHRISTIAN CENTER

    PASTOR ASANGALWISYE J.MWANGAKALA
    M.C.C
    P.O.BOX.123
    SONGEA-RUVUMA-TANZANIA
    Email:pmwangakala1959@yahoo.com
    27-01-2012

    REF: CREATING COOPERATION
    Greetings to you,
    Thanks for your cooperation.
    I need to create cooperation between you and me in creating your service and to build the body of Jesus Christ lord even Tanzania.
    I well come you in Tanzania to be a close friend and relative in doing the work of god’s work to get her.
    It’s my hope that we are going to cooperate in various aspects.

    PASTOR ASANGALWISYE J.MWANGAKALA.

  2. pastor .A.sangalwisye J.wangakala January 27, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    MARANATHA CHRISTIAN CENTER

    PASTOR, ASANGALWISYE J.N. MWANGAKALA

    MARANATHA CHRISTIAN CENTER

    P.O. Box 123,

    SONGEA – RUVUMA,

    TANZANIA
    EAST AFRICA

    E-mail-pmwangakala1959@yahoo.com

    12/01/2012

    .

    Beloved in Jesus Christ,

    I’m greeting you in the name of Jesus Christ; I hope that all in your family are fine and proceeding well in salvation together with the work of God. Back to my side, I’m find together with my family.

    For this event I thank God for this time to write the letter to you. And this done through Jesus Love and Holy Spirit which is special for his work to us.

    I thank for your Ministry of God, I believe this will be the key of revival in the world, I except that the call which the Lord has poured in your heart will be applied by the reach of Holy Spirit so as to do for the purpose of fulfilling the will of God.

    I would like to introduce me to you, I’m a servant of God, I’m a Pastor Evangelist here in Songea town Southern of Tanzania, we do preach in villages, towns, schools and colleges so that our fellows be served. And not only that, for this time we have the following plans:-

    a) The great aim in our Ministry is to reach people in villages and towns. Where the people did not listen the word of God (Gospel) especially in Districts i.e. Songea,Mbinga, Namtumbo, Tunduru,Nyasa. and everywhere, depending on the will of God.

    b) We are expecting to have SEMINARS to new believers which will try to educated them on how to undergo their life together with their relatives in home Christian affairs. As a primary stage to them these can evangelized through video, printed materials or audio cassettes.

    c) To preach the good news to students who are in school and colleges in our region and ensure that there are getting a primary stage, medium and educate them more about Jesus Christ.

    d) To bring the Gospel to the people who is already separated from their families and they are deeply in sin like prostitutes, users of drugs etc.

    e) I ask the help of the following instruments for the ministry:-

    (i) Audio tapes

    (ii) Video tapes for various teaching

    (iii) News papers, Books Tracts, Booklets, Pham lets of various gospel teachings children, woman, man, youth. You have performed previous up to date. Equipment the Christian Soldiers in the war for souls.

    (iv) Children teaching and various playing equipment.

    This all will be source of collecting people, so as preach tem simply.

    (f) Evangelism through children Ministry to preach Gospel and educate street children in order them to know Jesus Christ who make changes from their bad behaviours.

    SEMINARS:-

    The purpose of having seminars is to try to teach believers, leaders and other Christians how to preach the Gospel of salvation.

    a. To train believers to be an agency of good for evangelizing our region and all over the world.

    b. Seminars for the church training programs for the preparation and counselling during evangelism.

    I believe that God through Holy Spirit is going to talk with you in order to satisfy the system of Gospel to be preached in whole the world through your ministry. So we need your cooperation in order to share together in the work of God. May the Lord say with you to help our Ministry in a way you can, we need more prayers for strengthening our Ministry.

    Finally I want to attend to all your seminars and confere3nce which mostly being prepared by your Ministry. The main aim to be amongst of the people who been attended to your Seminars, I would like to know more and more about God and to be trained more how to deliver the word of God to others, it will be good to inform me where the Seminar is expected to be done.

    I wish you all the best in your Ministry.

    Yours In Jesus Christ,

    …………………………………………..

    Pastor A. J. N. Mwangakala

  3. pastor .A.sangalwisye J.wangakala January 27, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    MARANATHA CHRISTIAN CENTER.

    P.O.BOX.123

    SONGEA-RUVUMA-TANZANIA

    12/01/2012

    Praise the Lord

    I greet you in the name of the Lord.

    I beg you and your fellow ministries to pray for me. I got your E-mail from internet /

    T.V.

    NO.
    PRAYER ITEM
    PROPHECY / RESURTS

    1.
    Pray for me to have a child(children)

    We have lived for 25 years in our house with my wife, We have don’t a child

    2.
    To pray that God should open the door in his ministry and give me the focus and map Where I should minister him according to his wills.

    3.
    To pray that God should enable me to get money to buy a house.

    4.
    To pray that God should enable us to get money to buy a plot for building a Church / Worship center.

    5.
    To pray that God should anoint me with his Holy spirit in his work especially at the Area where I live

    6.
    To pray for my wife, she has problems in her stomach about 24 years.

    Name Magreth Mwangakala my Husband name Asangalwisye Mwangakala .God should deliver her. Also God has given her leadership in women’s league. God should give her wisdom in Looking over this.

    7.
    To pray for the people of my area so that God should deliver them from different bondages. They should accept Jesus. The area is called MIEMBENIM-SAMALA- GASA.

    8.
    To pray for the following people that God should deliver them the bondages of the devil. God should meet them and be saved from adulteries, drunkard ness and unbelieving spirit.

    1.FELIX NGOMANO&MRS

    2.SELLEMAN ABDALA OTTAWA.& MRS

    3.DATSUNI HINJU KISUMAPAI

    4.MATIKO.MR&MRS

    5.IPYANA MWANGAKALA( BRO).

    6.ABLAHAMU MWANGAKALA( BRO)

    7.KEVIN SANGA MR&MRS.

    8.MR.MAIGE ( DSM)

    9.LAZARO KITOMALI

    10.SAMWELI MAKONGWA.

    11.GLORIA LYIMO

    12.CHRISTINA NJOVU

    13.JUDITH MARIKI

    14.MAMA SIA

    15 MARY NDITI.

    16.MORDEN

    17.SUMA MWANGUNULE.

    18.ALTANAS MWINGIRA

    19.MARY MACHA

    20.PAULO MLIA MR&MRS

    21.UPENDO EBENEZER

    22.FLORA MAYUNGA

    23.YUSUPH MRUMA

    24 KHARIFA KISIWA

    25.ABDI ABUDALA MR$MRS

    26.MWAJABU KIPANDE

    27.VENANTI MHAGAMA

    28.ANJELA KIBONDE

    29.MR.KOMU

    30.MWANYIKA MR&MRS

    31.WILFRED GUTTA

    32.QUEEN MWAHALENDE

    33.SISTER.BETIRIS

    34.BITIRIS MSOMISI

    35.ASHA.NYAGA

    36.ITIKA DAVID&MRS

    37.NURU TAMBA&MR

    38.TUNGA KASHUMBA&MR

    39.ANDREW ABRAHAMU&MRS

    40.NICODEMU ABLAHAMU

    41.FLORA JUSTIN LUAMBANO

    42.JUSTINI LUAMBANO&MRS

    42.TERESIA IRINGA.

    43.MR.NGANIWA&MRS

    44.DAYNNES SALILAS

    45.ABULA CHEGAMILA$MRS

    46.ELIZA NGANIWA

    47.HILIDA GERODI MBENA

    48.LEA-SOKO

    49.MOSHI DAUDI.MTANDIKA

    50.ANNA ANORD.PRAY FOR EXAMINATION.

    51.ELIASI – SALVATION

    52.NDIPONILE- SALVATION

    53.PHILOMENA.-SALVATION

    54.FRED- SALVATION

    55.FADHILI-SALVATION

    56.JOINER-SALVATIO

    57.SHUKURU-SALVATION

    58.EMILY-SALILAH.SALVATION

    59.STELLA.-SALVATION

    60.MARIA THEUDOLI-MCHAMI

    61.EPIFHANIA-LUOGA

    62.OTUMAN LUOGA.

    9.
    To pray that God should deliver his servants so that they should minister Him with great power of the HolySpirit in our area called Msamala-Songea-Ruvuma-Tanzania.

    I believe God, through your ministry he will do great things and in our area greater salvation and resurrection. God should continue anointing you with his Holy Spirit.

    I beg your relationship between I and You, and you’re Ministry Church and your means of Communication.

    I will be glad to receive one from you.

    You’re in Jesus Christ.

    PASTOR ASANGALWISYE J MWANGAKALA

    SONGEA-TANZANIA

  4. vittal December 13, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    From
    Rev.K.Kanthaiah
    pastor
    Gurrampode(vi)&(mandal)
    Nalgonda(Dist)
    Andhra Pradesh(INDIA)
    PIN 508256
    Dear Beloved Brother/sister.
    Loving Greeting to you in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
    My Name is K.Vittal , M.Tech(Master of Technology) completed. Bible Course B.Th (Bachlor of thelogy) 3 years course completed in Agape Bible College .Hyderabad. my father Name Rev.K.Kanthaiah, Senior pastor Gurrampode village& Mandal, District Nalgonda A.P INDIA. My mother Name K.Kamalamma god serve, My young Brother Name.K.Sunder Kumar studying M.Sc,(Ph.D) pursuing are sending their love and greeting to you. I accepted (Born again ) Jesus Christ 12th Aug 2001 as my personal savior and I submitting my life to the Lord, doing Lord’s work around area of Gurrampode, Chapur, mosangi, Eradlagudam, chamaladu Gurrampode, Zinaichintha,Konaigudam,Bapanigudam,Thenepally, these are all villages. Present I am Assistant pastor involve the god ministry in sarounding villages. Myself and my father visiting that villages. The people will come from all the villages to worship the lord. My Church Independent Church Gurrampode . We are all from different backgrounds and different communities yet Lord showed his mercy up on us and saved us. Here we are having so many troubles, and tribulations in our lives and lords, service. Here we are listened about our ministry and praying about you. Independent Church started by my father Pastor.Rev.K.kanthaiah, accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and Submitting life to the Lord Doing Lord’s Work around the area. The people will come from all the villages to Worship the Lord. We are all Different backgrounds and different places, was started in the year 2nd March 1994 with a God given vision and strategy to reach the unreached people of India. God saved my father Kanthaiah out of Hinduism and idol worship at find called him to preach the good news of Jesus Christ at very young age. Pastor Kanthaiah, Founder of the Church had studied in reputed Bible Seminaries in India. And he also worked in different Places. He has over 28 years of ministerial experience with a heart burning for the lost and poor.ent Communities yet Lord showed his Mercy up on us and saved us. Here we are having so many Troubles, and tribulations in our lives and Lords service.
    God gave him the burden to start Independent Church we are in the Mandal headquater of Andhra Pradesh, God has been using him to advance the Kingdom of God. He conducts Gospel Meetings, training young people for the ministry, poor children, and caring(helping) for the elderly widows .We were able start our work between the tribal and interior villages, since 2007. We planted worshipping groups in different villages. We gave the glory to God for His enabling strength to us to carry the gospel to the unreached rural areas Our mission is to evangelize the lost, disciple the saved, . We plant churches by going into villages, holding outreaches, and starting Bible studies.
    I conducted BBS Believers Bible study one day a week BBS meeting on every Thursday at Gurrampode at 5pm-7pm. All the local young Students are benefiting by these classes. Every Sunday 9:30-10:30 Sunday School, 10:30Am-1:30Pm Worship, singing &Message Every Sunday afternoon my father & Myself visit 3 villages 2:30pm-4:00Pm worship the lord Chapur village no church conduct the worship one Believer house Attended 35-40Belivers Church place his there plz pray for church need. My father & myself 5:00pm-6:30 pm go to mossangi 5 famillies gathering that place. my father & Myself Go to Earadlagudam village only 2 families accepted jesus Christ .every weak conduct open meeting 7:30Pm-9:15Pm gadharing 45-60 members un –Believers gathering .2 months back my father purchase Church place. I am not my house construction, god Hose and god work.plz pray and help them Brother . if u have interest please come visit my ministry . so many problems so I(we) request you please remember us in your regular prayers.
    Please pray for our ministry needs:-
    Ø We need support of church planting, evangelism,
    Ø We need bore well in church promises no water.
    Ø We need a sound system and materials etc.
    Ø We need a 4 wheel vehicle for our Mobile Gospel ministry, to go to remote villages to preach the Gospel and to carry things for distribution for the poor people.
    Ø Next month Christmas Celebration gifted 25 saris(cloths)Approximant Amount Rs.4,000/- Gifted old Age people and church Decaration Amount Rs.1500 /- 100 Song Books printed Rs.2,000/- Children’s Gifts 500/-Need Total need: 8,000/-pray and Help brother.
    @ Next month preach the Gospel 15 villages. Every day one village conduct open meeting if are interested plz come and visit god ministry.
    @ Holy Bible needs 40 plz pray.
    • One Christian school establishment rural area place of one School, plz pray and help them.

    Urgent for 2church Construction please pray 4 Ragular
    I purchase church place 48,500/- another church place one believer contribute church place in chapur Village. I start 2 churches construction in rural Area village Names Chapur (village) Eradlagudam (village) Gurrampode(mandal) Nalgonda(dist) Andhra Pradesh India sarounding 6 villages gadharing in worship a lord, please construct church in that place Brother , please help them. Thanku brother plz pry for regular . please contribution god Church . please pray for regular. Cheques to our mailing address is shown below. THANKU Brother.
    UCO Bank
    Account No: 16280110032527,
    Account Name: K.Vittal
    Bank Name: UCO Bank
    Branch: Malkapet Branch Hyderabad
    IFSC Code: UCBA0001628,

    In Christian Love.
    Emmanuel M.B.Church, D.V.K.Road
    Gurrampode(vi&Mdl)&(post) Nalgonda District,
    pin 508256, Andra Pradesh INDIA
    Phone No:990 +91-9908618641

  5. Soman Mathews July 27, 2015 at 7:36 am #

    Praise The Lord !!
    Praise The Lord !!
    May all Glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ !!
    Respected Brothers & Sisters,
    Request your kind, Urgent Prayers for my immediate Promotion in Office , so that I can help many and can donate more for Gospel Works and for Charity Works in Andhra Pradesh. ( I have been earnestly praying for this need since 2006).Though almost all my colleagues and even my juniors have got elevation, I am condemned, though I worked very hard.
    As my Promotion in Office is delayed for long, I am facing lot of Humiliation from all my family members and from my colleagues. Also in my present place of posting I have lot of Financial difficulties and other hardships ;so I request Prayers for my transfer from this place Urgently. I am depressed a lot.

    -Soman Mathews, Chennai, India.

    Requesting for your kind Prayers repeatedly because I am worried a lot, due to various problems at Home and in Office.
    I am constantly praying for an immediate Transfer to Andhra Pradesh to take up Gospel Works and Charity Works along with my Official Work.
    God Bless.
    – Soman Mathews, Chennai, India.

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