God Sends and Giants
We are finishing up our Life Seasons study. Today we will conclude the seasons in the life of David series. In the life of every person just like in the life of David, there are people that God sends to help us and affect our lives for a purpose and there are also those people and circumstances that satan will try to use for our demise. When we trust and obey God, we can rest assured that He will take care of us and even those things that the devil would have to destroy us, God can use for our good and for His own good purpose and glory.
Handout : God Sends and Giants
Today we will be looking at the people that came into David’s life. We will see those that were sent by God, or Godsends, and those that were sent for the destruction of David. By looking at David’s life, it is my prayer that we can learn to recognize those people in our lives who are God sends and those people, or things which are giants.
Who is a God send?
God sends are people that God uses to recognize and affirm His calling on our lives even when we are not aware of it. (Many times this will be older people.)
God sends are trustworthy and safe place people. The first God send of David’s life we will be looking at is Samuel.
We see that there were many people in David’s life that God sent to him to help him. David was in each of their lives for a special reason as well. We must realize that every person of God is in our lives for a purpose and we must not take them for granted. Think about the people in your own life and begin to ask God why they are there and what purpose He has.
Sometimes our relationships with God sends are very limited, but our lives will be changed for the better. They will mark us for the rest of our lives. In David’s life, an example of this was his close friend Jonathan. God sends will confront us when we sin. They will tell us the truth in order to bring us to repentance and restoration to God the way Nathan did for David. God will send people to us in winter seasons. Hushai was a God send in a winter season for David. God sends also often show us our blind spots and help us to see the things we cannot see. God sends may be someone who is not a perfect person. God can use anyone, whomever He chooses to us. Joab in the life of David is a perfect example of this. (God can choose to use a donkey if he pleases, remember Balaam.)
In ever season of our lives, Praise the Lord there will be God sends, but on the other hand, there will also be Giants.
Key Principles about Giants
Giants can be difficult circumstances, people, trials, and testing that our Sovereign God allows us to face in order to bring us into spiritual maturity and to increase our dependence upon Him.
Types of Giants:
1. Satan – He is our ultimate enemy. We must be aware of his trickery. We must resist him firm in faith in the Lord. We must stand in truth, walk in the Spirit, and Put on the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:11)
Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
2. Sin – This is giants of our own making. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We must learn to walk in the Spirit. We must learn to be dead to sin. It does not control us. Through Christ we have been set free and we are over comers of sin through His precious blood in which He shed on the Cross for us. We MUST NOT let sin reign in our lives; we must present our bodies to God. These hands are your hands; this tongue is your tongue. We must allow our whole being to be used as an instrument of righteousness for the glory of our Heavenly Father. (Romans 6:11-14)
James 1:14 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
3. A Person – A living breathing person can be a giant in our lives. Powers and principalities come to us sometimes through other people. Jesus said they hated me, they will hate you also. In 2 Timothy 4:14, Paul calls the name of Alexander who was a coppersmith. He writes that this man did much evil to him. Just like Paul we will have some people who will try to do much evil to us. We must learn to be on guard. The battle is the Lord’s just like David said when he went up against one of the giants in his life, which was Goliath. We must rely upon and rest in God’s presence and His strength when the enemy comes at us. We must learn to pray for our enemies and to not return evil for evil. We are commanded to love our enemies and to forgive them. Praying for God to help us see them as He sees them will help us in this.
Matthew 5:44 “ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
Romans 13:3 “ Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
4. Circumstances – Circumstances are giants in our lives many times. However, God’s word tells us to count it all joy and be thankful to God in all things praising Him. We know that all things work together for the good of those who are the called according to God’s purpose. (James 1) (Romans 8:28)
Trial brings endurance. Endurance is the quality that does not surrender to circumstances nor does it succumb under trial. If we never had trials, we would never learn to live above them. We must ask ourselves in times of trial, Am I growing in the Lord? We must pray for God to help us to grow spiritually in Christ.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Romans 8:31 “What shall we say then to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us.”
Numbers 14:9 “Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them NOT!”
Press on Dear Soldier of the Cross, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. He will never leave us or forsake us but He will go with us even unto the end of the world! That is a promise of God.
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Thank You Lord!
Dear Righteous and Heavenly Father,
We bow before You yet again in worship and in awe of who You are. Thank You for loving us and for providing for us. Thank You for being a Father to us and for allowing us to be Your sons and daughters through the precious blood of Jesus. Lord today I come to You asking You to help me and all Your children in every season of our lives. Father, I ask that You help us to be content in all things, trusting You because You always do what is best and I thank You Lovely Father that we can always trust You to do what is good and right and just. Father I ask today that You help us to recognize the ones that You send into our lives for a reason be they God sends or giants that You allow to happen for our good and Your glory. Father be glorified always in the lives of Your people and help us to please Your heart and to live in Your will. Thank You for Your many blessings to us even though we do not deserve it. Thank You for making us worthy through Christ alone. Thank You for loving us and for mercy and for salvation. We will ever praise You, worship You, and Love you with our whole hearts, In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
August 23, 2009