Dwight Fletcher | Conquering the Giant of Fear
Today we begin a series called 'Conquering the Giants', which deals with the usual fears that harass us. For many of us, fears are usually exaggerated and, like giants, seem almost too big to overcome. But God has said, "Fear not for I am with you." Isaiah 41:10 ESV.
In biblical times and even now, people seem to be ruled by their fears. But scientists have discovered that there are only two natural fears that we are born with - the fear of falling and of loud noises. This means, all the others are learned. The good news is, whatever you have learned to be afraid of, you can unlearn.
When we think about conquering giants we can't help but think of David - the boy who went up against a giant named Goliath. Have you ever been there, where the giant was bearing down on you and it seemed like there was no hope? Well, God wants you to learn some great lessons from the story of David and Goliath on how to conquer the giants in your life.
Let's start by looking at how to conquer the giant of fear.
1. NAME MY GIANT...
To conquer something, you need to know what it is - Name it!
David's giant had a literal name and so does yours. Like Goliath, the biggest issues in our lives are usually the big, loud, persistent, and seemingly impossible to defeat giants. They're Goliath in nature and cause us to question God and want to run from them. We need to carry our giant to God and trust Him with it. "Don't worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand..." Philippians 4:6-7 NLT.
2. ASK GOD TO REPLACE MY FEAR WITH HIS FAITH.
David steps up, and reveals the deep faith he has in God. "Don't worry about this Philistine," David told Saul ... The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!" 1 Samuel 17:32 37 NLT. He had seen God work in his life in the past and David knew that God would take care of him now.
When we face our fears, we have one of two options. We will either pull away from God and run, or we lean in to God and experience His faith. God doesn't want you to be afraid. He doesn't want you to be conquered by a Goliath. He wants to give you faith. Hebrews 1:11 NLT "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."
3. MOVE FORWARD WITH GOD THROUGH MY FEARS.
Saul offered David his armour but David could not wear it. David could never defeat Goliath in Saul's armour and, you're never going to defeat your giant through the help of someone or something else except the Lord. God has prepared you for what you have to face so turn to Him. He has already given you what you need. Go to battle with God. He will see you through if you take that step forward through your faith. "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety," Psalm 18:2 NLT.
4. CELEBRATE GOD'S VICTORY!
David defeated one of the greatest warriors of all time, "So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath's sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head..." 1 Samuel 17: 50 51 NLT.
He did it with faith. He conquered Goliath with the Lord on his side. If you have God on your side, no matter how big your giant is, you can celebrate the victory. David triumphed by the power of God and our victory comes to us via Jesus and Him alone.
Jesus, knowing that life is full of giants, said to His disciples: "In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world," John 16:33 NIV.
Jesus overcame all the giants that will ever face us. Even though we constantly underestimate what happened on the cross of Calvary, when Jesus hung there, He took all the giants that were aligned against us and slew them. He defeated our fears and distresses. And God is saying, "Don't be afraid. I have conquered your giant through Jesus. I have seen you through in the past when you dealt with lions and bears, and I will see you through today."