I Samuel 17:50-51 (NLT) 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. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran.
I am not a violent person. I watch hardly any television and rarely go to the movies due to such content. It bothers me. So it has perplexed me for the last couple of days that the image of David running to the fallen giant, grabbing his sword and cutting off his head cannot stop running through my head. It is quite unsettling. However, there is a message here for every believer who is facing giants today. The voice of victory in the whispers of God’s Holy Spirit says, “Child of the Living God – finish it!”
Could it be that it is inconceivable that a person of Goliath’s stature could not be killed by a single stone so David made sure that the job was complete by lopping off his head as a bloody display to the Philistine army that their hero was not coming back? Maybe. I cringe that the thought. Yet within in me I know that often the giants in our life fall but seldom are they put to death. Maybe it is comfort, convenience or even control that keep us from finishing that which is begun. We make headway against sin yet still entertain it. When the mountain moves an inch giving us a crevice to pass through – our call to move mountains and cast them into the sea is forgotten in the moment of relief. God didn’t call you to relief – He has destined you for release. Release from every sin that holds you captive. Every idol that holds your heart. Every thought that is in rebellion. Every unproductive and unfruitful action for a life of deliberate sowing and reaping in the Kingdom. Your giant cannot just fall but must be finished.
John 19:30 (NLT) When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Repentance is more than just I am sorry. It is a choice to turn from one direction to the next. It is 180 degrees. To follow Jesus means taking up our cross to following Him. This is symbolic for it is on the Cross that Jesus declared, “It is finished.” Done. Settled. Complete. It is through His Amazing Gift of Salvation characterized by His Grace that you and I can engage the giants and experience victory. However to follow His Example is to say, “It is finished.” It requires an action of full surrender which comes when the giant is decapitated.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus is the author and finisher of faith. He came to be our example. He completed each task specifically given by His Father to perfection. It gave Him great joy to do the Will of the Father. We are the joy set before Him yet He still had to finish the work on the Cross. Friend, it is not okay to start a good work and not finish it because it becomes only a good intention. I have seen many football games lost in the final seconds because the runner with the ball let off the gas too soon and was overtaken a yard before the triumphant touchdown that would have won the game. Or how many runners who began to celebrate before breaking through the tape only to be overcome by the runner who gave their all to finish the race. I don’t want to be that guy (or girl I guess I should say). What a waste of potential.
Luke 14:28-30 (NLT) “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’”
There will always be giants standing between you and the life God has given you through His Son, Jesus. You must, like David, develop more faith and trust in the Lord than anyone or anything else. Trust is the platform of champions who align with heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. You cannot leave loose ends. You must kill the giant and take the land. Giants like fear, doubt, ignorance, insecurity, intimidation, uncertainty and the list goes on. Maybe the giants you face are less mental and more physical such as disease, addiction, financial, marital or situational. Find your sword in God’s Word and pray that over the giant that is perplexing you. The lie will fall to the truth and you must kill it once and for all. You must overpower the giant using the tools that God has given you to finish it once and for all. Can you afford to finish it? Friend, I don’t believe we can afford not to and have the life God has promised us!
We start with faith. We end with faith. We walk by faith. It is all about faith in God from start to finish. (Romans 1:17) Jesus said that it is “nourishment” to do the Will of God AND to finish it. (John 4:34) Obedience is hard. It doesn’t always make sense but always bears its fruit. To obey God’s Word despite our conditions even when it seems illogical and like David life-threatening is not easy. We have many precious promises from our Father that will require trust to not only knock down our giants but go in for the kill.
2 Corinthians 8:10-11 (NLT) Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have.
Most of us remember when our heart was given to the Lord. Many times it seems like such a naïve choice because it doesn’t always produce radical change in every person. Many people come to Jesus and ask Him to be their Savior. Who wants to go to hell? Not me. The life that you long for is in the Lordship of Jesus in our life. To make Him the Lord, Lead, Example, Guide and Authority in our life makes obedience essential. We cannot toy with sin it must be eradicated. We cannot live in compromise when our destiny is holiness. We cannot merely survive because we were made to thrive. See there is more to life than this but you must surrender your life to finish it. Giving in the context of this verse seems more directed to their tithes and offerings. However, the giving our life is comprehensive if Jesus is our Lord. It is all of it for all of Him.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Like David, you are created and called to be a giant killer. Christ lives in you. His Spirit dwells in you. The Word is your sword that will take off the head of every giant in your path. We must learn to live in such a capacity. Giants must not be entertained, tolerated or allowed to live in our life. We are called to be finishers. As we learn to slay giants, Christ comes alive in us and can finish the good work He started there.