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50 Days of Transformation // Part 7

Facing Giants In Life and Work

  1. Transformed series:

    Spiritual health, physical health, emotional health, relational health, our thought life, financial health, and today I’ll end with living out your purpose and dream, or career and vocational health.

  2. I love people. That’s why I do what I do. People excite me. People frustrate me. People inspire me and people worry the daylights out of me. Some I want hug, some I want to… well, better left unsaid.

  3. But what bothers me most about people – really about all of us – is we live so far below our privileges. We settle. We seldom fight our way through and become what God birthed in our hearts.

  4. My prayer for every one of us is that we live out our dreams, fulfill our purpose, and live full and abundant lives. I truly believe that is God’s will for us.

  5. Way too often though we get bogged down in the nitty-gritty mundane. We head toward the goal, we are “living the dream,” operating from our passion, but the day-to-day, tension and hard work drains us of our energy and strength and drive – and too often we just give in and give up – and the dream dies.

  6. Today, let’s hear from God and His Word. You don’t – I don’t – need another pep talk – they don’t last. We need to always hear from God.

  7. Your ability to dream is a God-given gift. It is one thing that makes us so different than the animals. Animals cannot imagine the future. God gave you – made in His image – the ability to see the past. That’s called memory… And to visualize or imagine the future. That’s called dreaming.

  8. But with all of us, we face giants along the way. All kinds of giants - financial, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual and more giants than I can name.

  9. I Samuel 17 – David and Goliath.

  10. So, we all are very familiar with the giant, Goliath, that David faced. But there were more, and though you may not be dealing with a 9-foot-tall real live giant, you do or will face those in becoming what God desires for your life.

  11. Before David was ever in the valley facing Goliath, he had been anointed to be the next King of Israel by the prophet Samuel.

  12. There is quite a long delay between when David is anointed as king and when he actually sees the fulfillment of his dream years later. There’s a big delay and a lot of stuff he dealt with.

1. Delay

  • The first giant in facing your dream is more often delay. God gives you the dream on one day, but He doesn’t fulfill it the next. No, generally it takes years. There is a time delay.

  • In David’s case, his dad holds him back. Immediately after he is anointed to be king, Jesse sends David back out in the fields to take care of the sheep.

  • And when his brothers went into the army, verses 12-15 say:

  • “Now David was the youngest of Jesse’s eight sons… His three older brothers enlisted in Saul’s army… but David was held back to care for the sheep in Bethlehem.”

A. Listen, so often the first barrier of your dream is: There are going to be people who hold you back.

  • Often family – David’s dad

  • Friends – sometimes jealousy

  • Discrimination – some look at your skin color, or nationality, or height or weight or pimples and say, “You’ll never do it.”

But God has a plan for your life. And God knew everything about you when He birthed that dream in your heart. And He knew this about you, if you could endure and press on, and never give up, that you would see the dream come to pass.

Don’t let delay kill your dream!

2. Discouragement

A. I pray this doesn’t come as a shock to you, but you will face discouragement. There are way too many dooms-dayers and naysayers out there who operate in fear and doubt. And I promise you, it will at times seem you are surrounded by them and the whole atmosphere is filled with discouragement.

B. Goliath had created a climate of fear:

Verses 8-10: Each day Goliath would stand out and shout at the ranks of Israel’s Army, “Why do you come out here and line up for battle?... Choose one man to fight me. If he’s able to kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I kill him, you’ll become our subjects and serve us! Day after day, Goliath taunted them saying, ‘This day I defy the ranks of Israel!’ When Saul and the Israelites heard this, everyone was deeply shaken and paralyzed with fear.”

C. They were so frightened they couldn’t do anything.

Have you ever been around a person or group like that? “It can’t be done. It’s too big. It’s too much. There’s not enough. You don’t have what it takes. You aren’t smart enough. I know you too well…”

D. But somebody had to challenge the status quo. Why had everybody in the whole army given up?

Because verse 16 says, “For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening, the Philistine giant berated the Israelite army.”

E. Here’s the Big Question: Who are you listening to? Who are you listening to that says it can’t be done? Who keeps telling you that you can’t do it?

  • If you listen to negative people long enough, you know what happens? You get negative. It’s highly contagious.
  • Maybe one of the best things you can do is quit listening to talk radio all the time. Because it is so negative. If you listen or watch negative all the time, you will become negative.

And if you listen to people who are against and against and against everyday of your life, you end up being against everything. Negativity is highly contagious and is at epidemic proportions.

  • And so is fear and so is discouragement. And what we need in the church and what we need in America and what we need in the world is a fresh voice! We need a kid from the fields wide-eyed with excitement and heart pounding with passion saying, “Where is the giant? Let me at him!”
  • Don’t hang out with fearful people! All of Israel was fearful – vss. 23-24.
  • The first barrier to your dream is delay. The second dream-buster is discouragement.

3. Disapproval

A. David faced it. And I know for me personally, and for some I know, this is an enormous giant.

  • We want everyone to like us. We want everyone to approve of us. But if you go after God’s dream, not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to approve of you. Not everyone is going to ride your train.
  • And this giant of disapproval must be dealt with.
  • In verses 28-29, after David says, “Who does this giant think he is?” - his brothers start, “Who do you think you are? Go home where you belong. Who’s tending the sheep back home? You don’t belong here.”

B. One of the biggest inner battles I face is I want to be liked by everyone. Many times, I’ve based decisions on trying to please everybody.

And I’m telling you, that is a huge burden to bear.

C. One man said, when asked what success is, “I’m not sure what success is. But I can tell you what it’s not – trying to please everybody.”

D. If you are going to please God and live out His purpose, you and I must want His applause more than we want man’s applause.

E. David’s brothers asked, “Who do you think you are?”

Listen to me, the question isn’t, who do we think we are? The question is: who do we think God is?

  • You let the size of your God determine the size of your goal. If you have a big God, then you need to have some big goals. Because this Jehovah God of the Bible doesn’t give puny pathetic goals!
  • If the dream is from God, then it’s be big enough that you won’t live it out if He doesn’t help you. Big dreams come from a big God!
  • Dream big! Set big plans! Seek to please God. He’ll help with the rest.
  • The fourth dream buster is doubt.

4. Doubt

  • First there is delay. Then discouragement. Then disapproval. Then there is doubt.
  • Am I capable of this?
  • Am I up to the task?
  • Can I really do what God is asking me to do?
  • King Saul – expert warrior – told David, “You can’t do this.”
  • You need to know the experts aren’t always right.
  • If God says you can, it doesn’t matter what anyone tells you.
  • I can do all things…

Okay, let me wrap this up. How can I defeat these giants?

How to Defeat Giants

1. I remember how God has helped me in the past.

V. 36 – David remembers the lion and bear and the Lord’s help.

2. I use the tools that God has given me now.

  • I don’t wait for something I don’t have. I don’t have enough money… education… connections… Use what you’ve got.
  • All David had was a sling – so he used what God had given him.

3. Ignore the dream-busters.

  • Dig deep. Believe in the dream. Believe in the God of the dream.
  • Our first building program. (No names). Bank – you can’t. Weeks and weeks of “no, no, no.”
  • It was huge for us. $325,000 for a building. But God kept saying, “Go back. Go back. Go back.”
  • Finally, I got a call to come to the bank. “We’re going to take a chance on you. You better not let us down!”
  • I want to tell you, the devil will always suit up a giant and lead him or her out in front of you and your dream. I say it again: Ignore the dream-busters!

The fourth thing David did –

4. Expect God to help for His glory.

  • Tell the end of the story.
  • Jesus said, “In My Name…”
  • The Psalmist cried, “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower…”
  • I don’t have to be the smartest guy in the room.
  • I don’t have to be the wealthiest.
  • I don’t have to be the best looking.
  • All I have to do is arm myself with the Name of the Lord!

What giant do you need to slay today?

Worship Set

Breathe On Us 

- Ed Cash and Kari Jobe

Verse 1

There is a shaking
Let hearts awaken
Our God is moving
Forever changing us

There is a trembling
There is revival
The sound of worship
So great and glorious
Holy Spirit hear us now

Chorus 1

Breathe on us
Holy fire fall
Come and fill this place with Your presence
Like a rushing wind
Send Your Spirit here
Breath of Heaven breathe on us
(Breath of Heaven breathe on us)

Misc 1 (Interlude)

Come breathe on us
Come breathe on us
Come breathe on us

Misc 2 (Bridge)

Lift up your hands and shout
The Lord is with us now
Lift up your voice and sing
He is holy

Here As In Heaven 

- Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Ntele, Steven Furtick

Verse 1

The atmosphere is changing now
For the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the Spirit of the Lord is here

Chorus 1

Overflow in this place
Fill our hearts with your love
Your love surrounds us
You're the reason we came to encounter your love
Your love surrounds us

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Spirit of God fall fresh on us
We need your presence
Your kingdom come your will be done
Here as in heaven

Verse 2

A miracle can happen now
For the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the Spirit of the Lord is here

He Looked Beyond My Faults 

- Dottie Rambo

Verse 1

Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise
For it was grace that bought my liberty
I do not know just why He came to love me so
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need

Chorus 1

I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary
To view the cross where Jesus died for me
How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need

No Other Name 

- Joel Houston and Jonas Myrin

Verse 1

One Name
Holds weight above them all
His fame
Outlasts the earth He formed

His praise
Resounds beyond the stars
And echoes in our hearts
The greatest One of all

Verse 2

His face
Shines brighter than the sun
His grace
As boundless as His love

He reigns
With healing in His wings
The King above all kings
The greatest One of all

Chorus 1

Lift up our eyes see the King has come
Light of the world
Reaching out for us
There is no other Name

There is no other Name
Jesus Christ our God oh
Seated on high the undefeated One
Mountains bow down as we lift Him up
There is no other Name
There is no other Name
Jesus Christ our God oh

Verse 3

Find hope
When all the world seems lost
The triumph of the cross

His power has trampled death and grave
Our life found in His Name
The greatest Name of all

Misc 1 (Interlude)


Misc 2 (Bridge)

The earth will shake
And tremble before Him
Chains will break
As heaven and earth sing
Holy is the Name
Holy is the Name of Jesus Jesus Jesus

Misc 3 (Ending)

There is no other Name
There is no other Name