Ken Johnson - Giants - Saginaw, Michigan - 2009

Deuteronomy 2:9-10, 19-21, "There was also giants in the land of Moab and the land of Ammon but the Lord forbade the children of Israel to meddle with them because they were descendants of Lot. He, the Lord, wouldn’t give to the children of Israel their land for an inheritance. Moab and Ammon had their giants, also …" Everyone has had their giants to deal with. Joshua 14:10-12, Caleb was anxious to take on the land of the giants. Caleb said, “I am as strong this day as the day as when Moses sent me. As my strength was then, so is my strength now.” This is only possible because forty years before, his strength was in the Lord and that strength was still sustaining him.

 

I Samuel 17:23, the descendants of the giants had joined up with the Philistines and during Saul’s reign, one of the giants named Goliath was defying the armies of the Lord. David brought sustenance to his brothers, who were in Saul’s army. He heard Goliath’s taunting and asked, “What shall be done to the man that killed this Philistine?” Verse 26, Eliab heard David’s comment. His anger was kindled against David and he railed on him. David didn’t take offense, just let it ago… these were just words and not to get upset about…the giant to fight that day was Goliath. There are some things that are not worth getting upset about…not a giant, but some things we need to stand up and fight.

 

II Samuel 21:15-22, the Philistines made war with Israel again and David waxed faint. Another giant, Ishibenob, whose spear weighed 300 shekels of brass, being girded with a new sword thought to kill David, but Abishai, son of Zeruiah, smote the Philistine and killed him, but David’s men said, “Thou shalt go no more out to battle with us lest thou quench the light of Israel.” There was another generation grew up to face the giants, they were the son’s of some of his mighty men. Jonathan, David’s nephew, slew another great giant. Four of the sons of the giant were killed by David’s men in this episode. We appreciate seeing our older brothers and sisters putting forth a great effort to go on…also our younger brothers and sisters taking up the gap and helping to fight the giants.

 

Ephesians 6:12, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” I Corinthians 9:26, “I therefore so run not as uncertainly, so fight I, not as one that beateth the air; but I keep under my body to bring it unto subjection, lest by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself, should be a castaway.” Me, Myself, and I is an unholy trinity that must be overcome. Our human nature is our greatest giant.

 

Luke 22:42, Jesus’ giant attacked Him on His last night on earth. He prayed three times to take this cup from Him but He then prayed that God’s will be done. Jesus prayed until not only His spirit was willing, but His flesh was willing, also.

 

Philippians 3:13, “I count not myself to apprehended but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” There are times that we fear the future because of the past. A child has no past so does not worry about the future. It just assumes that he will be taken care of. Paul had a lot of past to forget so he could have let that hinder him but he just left the past in the Lord’s hands.


Faith is of God and doubts are of Satan… Doubts can be a giant, fear can be a giant, self pity can be a giant, even our health can be a giant. John 9:25, the blind man that Jesus healed had no doubts…his comment when asked who healed him, “One thing I know, once I was blind but now I can see!” Romans 8:16 “The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.” No need to fear or doubt…recipe that works: “DON’T FEED THE GIANTS.”



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