Miles begins his message this week by recalling a phone call he received from the senior pastor in another church.
This other pastor was feeling the pressure of being pastor and how he just wanted to quit. Miles reminded him that God is always with him and that he is not alone and God will purposely let you feel that way so you rely upon God alone.
Then to the congregation he points out that we, as Christians, need to decide that when we are faced with tough times that we will fight to overcome and not return to our old ways.
Miles went on to talk his trip to a prison in Fresno where he had spoken to the men and women and then specifically to the women, whom had only a short time left, how they needed to fight because the Devil is always going to fight against them. Miles says he calls this being a "Giant-killer".
Giant Killers in the Bible
As Miles begins to talk about the message of being a Giant-killer, calling the congregation to turn to 1 Samuel 17:24, he points out that in all of the stories in the Old Testament there is someone who represents God and someone who represents the Devil.
There was Moses for God and Pharaoh for the Devil, David for God and Goliath for the Devil and when Joshua led God's people into the Promised Land, he represented God and all the enemies that came against them represented the Devil. Also in these stories, in every battle, there are elements about the battle that represent elements in our spiritual battles.
King David, the Giant Killer
Leading into the story of David and Goliath, sharing how Goliath taunted the Israelites for forty days and evenings, Miles points out the presence of the number forty, the number of testing. Goliath taunted the Israelites that they should send out the one man who would do battle with him to settle the war. In the taunting, every day Goliath denounced the nation of Israel.
David, going to take food to his brothers hearing of the words that Goliath spoke, David proclaimed for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? 1 Samuel 17:26. David began to tell his brothers that he could kill Goliath.
David was called before Saul, the leader of the Army of Israel, where David continued to proclaim that he would kill Goliath. Being given the endorsement of Saul, David chose five smooth stones, took his sling and stick and went to fight Goliath.
Miles calls to points of the battle and the following six traits of being a Giant-killer.
Six Traits of Being a Giant Killer
- Giant-killers walk by faith, not by sight.
When walking by faith, you cannot trust in your senses as your senses can only detect the physical world. Faith will call upon elements your physical senses cannot perceive. So it is only when we completely trust that we are able to overcome the physical battle for spiritual victories.
- Giant-killers know when to grow up.
When faced with Goliath's denouncing the Army of the Living God, David knew it was time to leave his role of shepherd boy and become a Man of God. Miles points to the coming Da Vinci Code Series, saying that we have to know the facts so that we can take our places in battle and be warriors for God.
- Giant-killers give God all the credit.
Nothing that you or I can do will ever equal the accomplishments of God Almighty. David recounts his battles with lions and bears and how it was God who delivered him to victory over these mighty beasts. David proclaims to Goliath that it the assembled armies shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands. 1 Samuel 17:47
- Giant-killers are led by the Spirit.
On this point, Miles reminds us that when it is time to battle, we are to call upon God's wisdom for how to overcome the enemy, citing that there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
- Giant-killers fight in God's name, for God's glory, and not their own.
Upon response to Goliath's taunting, David tells him but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 1 Samuel 17:45 Likewise, when we come to face our enemies, we are not to battle for our own glory, but for the Glory of God. Miles reminds us that God wants us to acknowledge our weaknesses because it is then that we realize that when we overcome, it is truly by the Glory of God.
- Giant-killers are eager to obey God completely.
When David faced Goliath, he ran to the battle, with no lingering steps. 1 Samuel 17:51 Likewise, we are to show no fear when coming against the principalities we face.
Application and Actions
Wrapping up, Miles calls upon us to know the enemy we face, so to go home and write down the name of our enemy and everything we know about the enemy, whether it is finances, addictions, problems at work or whatever they may be.
The reason for this, Miles points out is because until we can write down the name of the enemy two things are true, we don't know who the enemy really is and we won't know what to ask for in order to overcome.
So not relying upon our wisdom and senses, not fearing whatever the enemy comes against us with and realizing that when we raise up our sword, the Word of God, nothing can prevail against us!