His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

Matthew 25:21

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Plenty of us face a similar predicament every day—although we’re not fighting literal giants, we’re facing some sort of insurmountable challenge or problem that rips into our lives. Maybe it’s fear. Maybe it’s an addiction. Maybe it’s anger. Maybe it’s the feeling of rejection, a feeling that permeates so many areas of life. Maybe it’s the sneaky giant of complacency. Have you ever felt like King Saul and the Israelite army did? Some kind of giant stands before you, taunting you, harassing you, insulting you. Day after day this giant robs you of your power. You’ve tried any number of approaches to stop the taunts, but you feel immobilised. Held back. Slowed or stopped from moving forward in a healthy way. Ultimately, you know you’re not living the kind of life you want to live. 

 

Our first response is often a quick “no.” “I don’t have any Goliaths in my life. I’m in my lane, doing my thing. Living my life.” Some of you would say the opposite, you know you have a giant staring you down and you want to know how to defeat it. Yet it’s likely all of us have something lurking nearby that’s stealing our joy. A habit, or a memory, or a way of thinking that we’ve grown accustomed to. It doesn’t have to be alcoholism or anorexia or depression. Giants come in all shapes and sizes, some subtle and others stark. The good news is it’s not God’s plan for you to live with anything standing in the middle of your life, demoralising you, day by day by day. These giants harm you and rob God of His glory in your life. God wants you to live free. God wants your giants to fall. He wants you to live without the chains that bind you, unfettered from beliefs that limit you. And you can! No matter how many times you’ve tried before or how loud the voice is that says you’ll never be different than you are, God says something else today; you can live free!


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