April 23 – Ten Keys to Killing a Giant – #3 Reveal Your Intentions

“And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” I Samuel 17:32

Giant problems exert a tremendous controlling force upon your life. They keep you from becoming all you are capable of becoming in God’s kingdom. They keep you from experiencing the JOY God wants you to have.

This giant Goliath had been insulting the armies of Israel twice a day for forty days before little David came on the scene. Perhaps others had THOUGHT about challenging the giant, but no one SPOKE UP. . . except David.

David put his MOUTH where his FAITH was. He began to tell others, “I can do it!” He committed himself and put God to task by telling others of his intentions to fight the giant.

If you are battling a giant HABIT or DEPRESSION today, reveal your intentions to overcome it. Tell your spouse or Christian friend. Reach out for the help and accountability of the body of Christ. . . do not try to do it alone.

Romans 10:10 says: “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation.” (Emphasis supplied.)

PRAY:
“Precious heavenly Father, grant me the boldness I need to openly proclaim my intentions to overcome the giants in my life. Thank You for Your promise of VICTORY!  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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April 22 – Ten Keys to Killing a Giant – #2 Reject the Negative

“And Eliab his eldest brothera heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? And with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.” I Samuel 17:28

David was a shepherd boy, not a giant killer. Everyone knew that, especially his brothers, and they were obliged to remind him of his lack of qualification. They even suggested that David was acting in pride.

David rejected the negative. Verse :30: “. . : he turned from him toward another. . . . ” He turned away from his negative brother and kept moving toward the battle.

This world is a negative place. From childhood people are indoctrinated with the negative. Nursery rhymes, such as Jack and Jill, Humpty-Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Rock-A-Bye Baby, all end in failure and distress.

God’s Word exhorts you to pull down those negative strongholds that bombard your THOUGHTS and IMAGINATIONS (See II Corinthians 10:4-5.), to not conform to the world’s pattern of behavior, but to be ‘TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a) (Emphasis supplied.)

PRAY:
“Father, at times I need to turn a deaf ear to people with negative attitudes. In the Name of Jesus, I pull down old strongholds gripping my thoughts. Please renew my mind today. Amen.”

April 21 – Ten Keys to Killing a Giant – #1- Recognize a Cause

“And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israelis he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.” I Samuel 17:25

There stood the entire Israeli army, day after day, listening to the insults hurled from the ungodly lips of the great giant, Goliath. Paralyzed with fear, none of Saul’s trained fighting men had the courage to accept the challenge and fight Goliath. Then a little shepherd boy named David came on the scene and asked, “Is there not a cause?” (I Samuel 17:29b)

What did David have that motivated him to ACTION? In a word, David had a CAUSE . . . a grounds for action a reason for doing something.  He saw the spiritual warfare beneath the external problem, and it angered him enough to step out and trust GOD to give the victory!

Discover the CAUSE that will motivate you to take the first step in resisting the enemy to overcome your problem. It may be the FEAR OF GOD or LOVE OF FAMILY that motivates you. Without a CAUSE, you have a BE-CAUSE . . . a poor excuse.

Do not tolerate that giant in your life. There is good CAUSE to approach him boldly with confidence in God!

PRAY:
“Father, I am tired of facing these giants in my life that are getting in the way of my progress toward effectively performing Your will. Help me to overcome them.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

April 20 – Giants in the Land

    “But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” Mark 10:30

It was what God called an evil report of GIANTS that kept Israel out of the land of promise (Numbers 13). It is still GIANTS that keep Christians from receiving the promises of God in their lives.

SPIRITUAL GIANTS are big, obvious problems. If you RUN FROM them or learn to TOLERATE them, therein lies the problem. You will never CHANGE what you RUN FROM or TOLERATE!

It has always been God’s plan for His people to challenge and overcome the GIANTS. God’s land of promise must be cleared of GIANTS. Along with the hundredfold blessings mentioned in Mark 10:30, note the word “persecutions”! This life is not heaven . . . just the land of promise. . . and there are GIANTS that must be overcome.

GIANTS of lingering illness, habit, secret sin, fear, doubt, insecurity, disappointment, discouragement, bitterness, stress, financial pressure.. . ALL OF THESE MUST GO! Believe for it. . . face up to it . . do not tolerate it. Attack and overcome the GIANTS in your land with the good report of the Word of God! IT WORKS!

PRAY:
“Father, I refuse to run from or tolerate the attacks of the enemy any longer. Let faith and hope in Your promises spring forth in my life to defeat my GIANTS.  I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.”

April 19 – Resurrection Power

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” I Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Resurrection only comes through death, and the Spirit of God grows as the flesh is brought under subjection. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might he destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7)

Since the death and resurrection of Jesus nearly 2000 years ago, mankind has been able to experience that same RESURRECTION POWER of the risen Christ. HOW? Through a “born-again” experience, when Jesus puts within you His Spirit. “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.(Romans 6:8)

Your mortal body now is alive. . . alive to the reason that God put you on earth. You are alive to give praise, honor, and glory to Him. You are alive to the needs of others around you. You become a better citizen in the community.

Continue to recognize that Jesus’ RESURRECTION POWER is in your life today and be thankful. Demonstrate the power of the resurrected Christ in WORD and DEED.

PRAY:
“Omnipotent Father, help me grasp the full magnitude of what it means to experience Your RESURRECTION POWER. Let my life be a testimony of You. Amen.”

April 18 – A Risen Savior

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:11

“I serve a risen Savior!” More than words of an old, familiar resurrection hymn, this statement forms the foundation of a living faith in God today. The Savior lives! That is the JOY of the season.

How do you know He lives? Because you can see the life-changing effects of His Holy Spirit alive on the earth today… IN PEOPLE!

People who have accepted the Holy Spirit of Christ into their repentant hearts have been changed from selfish, sinful people into loving, caring people who are ALIVE with joy, good health, peace, and the promise of eternity.

The power of the resurrected Christ is available to ALL who will call upon the Name of Jesus, ask Him into their hearts, and confess Him as Lord. “That if thou shalt  confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt he saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Is the Spirit of the RISEN Savior alive in you today?

PRAY: 
God of mercy, love, and grace, thank You for the cross where You buried my sin forever in the blood of Your Son who died and arose to give me new life. Amen.”