Becoming A Giant Killer Part 1

God created you to kill giants.

That’s what you are.

As a believer, you are a giant killer.

Everything you need to slay your giants is at your disposal. There is nothing too great or so powerful that you cannot overpower and overcome it.

Giants may come into your life, seeking to battle against you, steal your faith, rob your joy, destroy the things and people that you hold dear, but God has put HIS SPIRIT into you and it is his desire and determination to create you into something that YOU ARE NOT in the natural.

• You were born to kill giants.

• You were born to defend your territory.

• You were born to destroy the accuser.

• You were born to devastate the enemy of your soul.

No giant is so big that God cannot empower you to conquer it.

So there is only one small issue left…

To kill giants, you have to BECOME a giant killer.

• It doesn’t happen automatically.

• It doesn’t come easily.

• You don’t BECOME a giant killer without making your way through the process and paying the price.

David the king, the shepherd boy, the servant of Saul, the one left out in the field, understood better than anyone, the process involved with becoming a giant killer.

He became one.

I want to begin this series of posts by picking up with David’s story…

1 Samuel 16:1-13 NLT

[1] Now the LORD said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”

[2] But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” “Take a heifer with you,” the LORD replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the LORD.

[3] Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”

[4] So Samuel did as the LORD instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?”

[5] “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too.

[6] When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the LORD’s anointed!”

[7] But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

[8] Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the LORD has chosen.”

[9] Next Jesse summoned Shimea, but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the LORD has chosen.”

[10] In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.”

[11] Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”

To become a giant killer requires something from you that most people want to avoid and overlook…and that’s why they have such little success in killing their giants.

To become a giant killer requires preparation.

Preparation involves living alone in the desert in obscurity.

To prepare means long hours toiling in areas where most people will not see you and where you learn to become dependent on God alone.

Time alone in the desert, handling problems as they come.

David had NO ONE to depend on except himself and the Lord.

• That’s the place where you become a giant killer.

• That’s the place where you are trained to fight.

But it’s also…

Learning to recognize that NOT EVERY PROBLEM IS A GIANT.

Some things we face (like David did) are bears and lions, NOT GIANTS.

They are powerful, but they are not the biggest things that God will ever have you face.

These things are NOT giants.

It may feel like it when they arrive, but the more you fight, the stronger and more adept at fighting you become.

However, they are intent on destroying the delicate work God has started in your heart and life

[12] So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the LORD said, “This is the one; anoint him.”

[13] So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

This is a picture of most believers.

You are anointed to be SO MUCH MORE, yet at the moment you are still alone in the field, watching over sheep.

You pray for God to fill you, help you, empower you…and he has, but the way you become adept at killing giants is through what you learn in obscurity in the field.

I want to tell you what I believe is the secret key to killing your giants…

It is not what you suppose, nevertheless it is powerful.

Here it is:

Preparation is ALL ABOUT learning to worship God

You have to learn to worship God in the good times and in the bad times.

When David spent hours alone in the field, in obscurity, he wasn’t really alone, because God was with him…Because David WORSHIPPED GOD, and God CAME NEAR.

David learned to worship God for himself as he sat alone in the field of preparation.

God started the giant killing process in David LONG before he ever killed a giant!

In fact, here’s a secret you should know…

You worship your way into your calling.

Worship takes a shepherd, and through time, test, and temptation…eventually forms the shepherd into a king.

Giant killers worship God.

It is their main priority.

1 Samuel 13:13-14 KJV

[13] And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

[14] But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

The man after God’s heart, mentioned here is David.

• The shepherd.

• The obscure.

• The one overlooked at first.

• The one left in the field.

• The one who PREPARED HIS HEART THROUGH WORSHIP.

Worship molds you into a man or woman after God’s own heart as you learn to worship him, and seek him.

If you don’t get to know the Lord closely and worship your way into your calling, you won’t know him once you are where you think you should be, and you’ll find yourself alone when he should be right beside you.

Which is exactly where Saul found himself…

• The king who was alone.

• The king who knew not the Lord.

• The king who lost everything given to him.

You recognize a person of great strength by his or her willingness to shift the glory from themselves to God.

• They give God the glory.

• They are quick to worship.

• They are quick to repent when they’ve done wrong.

• They are quick to inquire of the Lord instead of becoming self-reliant.

Giant killers worship God.

It is their main priority.

And if you think that statement isn’t true just look at the proof…

David wrote 76 of the 150 psalms in the book of Psalms.

These were more than poems or prayers, they were SONGS, written to worship the Lord.

These words of worship were literally penned in prayer by David. Many of which, he wrote in time of preparation and others in times of great news, anguish, or battle.

Listen to the heart of David pouring out in this psalm…

Psalm 13:1-6 NLT

[1] O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?

[2] How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

[3] Turn and answer me, O LORD my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.

[4] Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

[5] But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.

[6] I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.

David understood the secret of lasting strength, power, and anointing, was worship.

David absolutely had many requests of the Lord, but he spent at least as much time worshipping the Lord as he did asking for things.

Prayer is much more than asking. Prayer’s engine truly begins to fire when we worship.

Listen to the words of David…

Psalm 9:1-10 NLT

[1] I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.

[2] I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

[3] My enemies retreated; they staggered and died when you appeared.

[4] For you have judged in my favor; from your throne you have judged with fairness.

[5] You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have erased their names forever.

[6] The enemy is finished, in endless ruins; the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.

[7] But the LORD reigns forever, executing judgment from his throne.

[8] He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness.

[9] The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

[10] Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.

You may look like you are alone, but when you worship the Lord, you find out that he INHABITS the praise and you are surrounded by his presence.

Giant killers are not made through muscle and strength, but through humility, dependence, trust, and the ability to worship God.

Giant killers worship God.

It is their main priority.

The amount of your heart that is given in worship to God in PRIVATE will prophesy your ABILITY to win in PUBLIC.

If you want to become the giant killer you were born to be, you need to learn how to worship God NOW, no matter if the time is good or bad.

Psalm 62:5-8 NLT

[5] Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.

[6] He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

[7] My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

[8] O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Interlude

David was mighty in battle publicly, because he was mighty in worship privately.

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