King David isn’t the only one who had a giant who needed to come down. Here are seven giants we all have to overcome.
Goliath #1: Insecurity
Lack of confidence in one’s self is a terrible way to live and God wants you to be confident in your ability in Him. We use Phillipians 4:13 to stone down the giant of self-doubt.
Goliath #2: Approval of Others
When you put your faith in man instead of God, it opens your life up to disappointment and a world of failed expectations. People will fail you that’s a fact, but God won’t. “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.” – Proverbs 29:25
Goliath #3: Blaming
The gift of free-will, thwarts our ability to blame others. We can't control circumstances but we can dictate our reaction to them. Take ownership of your decisions and watch God transform your life. Deuteronomy 30:19 says “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
Goliath #4: Pity Parties
God doesn’t respond to need, He responds to faith. Wallowing in self-pity is another form of idolatry and guess who's being worshipped…you and your situation. This type of behavior prevents the wisdom of God from having an impact because it’s continually blocked by the “poor-me mindset.” Instead we should follown the words of 1 Thessalonians…”Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Goliath #5: Lazy Thinking
The thought life is one of the most powerful gifts God has given us, so much so that the Bible tells us that we become what we continually think about. Therefore, we should train our thoughts to be governed by God through a constant internal dialogue with Him, not conforming to whatever the world dumps in.
Goliath #6: Fear
The spirit that God created for us is one of power, love and a sound mind. When we operate in fear, we essentially defect our original design and function in the distorted realm of the enemy.
Goliath #7: Selfishness
The giant that is most difficult to takedown is ourselves. Living a life that is closed and only concerned about survival is not God’s perfect will for His children. Greatness in God’s Kingdom is based on servant hood. So put "self on the shelf" and live a life of love and serving others.
Jana Duckett, Ph.D. (ABA) is the Associate Director of Digital Marketing and Communications for The Catholic University of America. She is also a former social media manager and editor at Beliefnet.com. She a lover of God, people, and words helping others discover their “God-designed area of excellence.”