Declaration Service: The power of testimony
August 1, 2019
Passage: 1 Samuel 17 : 32 - 47

*Have you ever met a giant in your life?
*Have you ever been overwhelmed by the presence of a giant?
*Have you had an experience when life seemed so complicated, you did not know where to start?

Life certainly has its obstacles and some of them are so large we end up feeling helpless. And there are times when we are simply not up to the task. David was a boy of faith. He trusted in God. He said to Saul the King,

"The Lord who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of the Philistine, vs.37. And David said to Goliath, "You come to me with sword and spear and javelin: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of host." David truly believed that God was with him and that he would prevail over the much larger, and well-armed Goliath the giant. David trusted God enough to face the giant.

We too can overcome the giants in our lives by trusting that God will give us the strength and courage we need to move forward. All the giants of our lives can be overcome when we take that small individual steps. To defeat the giants in life, we need a spiritual perspective, a practical faith, and a deliberate focus on God.

How can we defeat these giants so that we can live in freedom and victory and joy in the Lord's service? The well-known story of David and Goliath gives us some clue.
It is a story filled with instructive contrast - Saul and the armies of Israel viewing the situation from a human perspective. ("Have you seen this man?" vs 25), while David views things from God's perspective ("who is this uncircumcised Philistine?" vs 26).

Saul had confidence in his armor (as long as David wore it vs 38). But David had confidence in his God (vs 45). Saul was concerned about his own image, while David was concerned with the honor of God (vs 26, 45-47). So, from David we learn that; to defeat a giant in life, we need a spiritual perspective, a practical faith, and a deliberate focus on God's glory.

From a human perspective, Goliath was a formidable enemy. But that was precisely the problem - Saul and his soldiers were viewing the situation with Goliath from a human perspective. They were allowing the worldly viewpoint of Goliath to go unchallenged. And every day, for forty days, there would be this giant named Goliath, who would proclaim words of intimidation against the army of Israel. But David saw things from God's perspective, and he challenged what Goliath said: "who is this uncircumcised Philistine

That he should taunt the army of the living God?

"(vs 26, 36). Saul and his men saw Goliath and thought, "He is so big we can never kill him!"
David saw the same man and thought, "He is so big, l cannot miss! "(Numbers 13: 30-33).
Goliath, for forty (40) days taunted the Israelites' armies, but on the fortieth day, David arrived, and with a powerful testimony – "The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine,"(vs 37).

This is a great testimony! On our Christian journey, we are bound to meet giants on the way.
And these giants can have a variety of names; failure, unforgiveness, disappointment, sickness, slander, debt, lust, anger, etc. It is important that we understand that when we allow these giants to manifest themselves in our lives, they hinder our testimonies of being Christians.
But the Scriptures gives some instructions as to how to deal with giants in our lives.

*These are seven (7) words that will give us a better understanding of how to deal with giants in our lives;

If you are going to deal with a giant, you first must be able to recognize a giant when you see one. You must recognize anything that will keep you from being on top for the Lord, and that is your Goliath.

Not only do you have to Recognize a giant, but you have to make up your mind that you will take a stand for the Lord.

You have to Reject discouraging words in your fight with a giant.

You have to Rehearse or refer to your past victories/testimonies

You must Refuse to be suited up in someone's else armor, in other words, be yourself before God.

You have to Rely on what the Lord has given you against a giant.

You have to remember that the battle is not yours, but the Lord's.

1. I pray that God will lift you up from discouragement and disappointments.
2. l pray that God will guide you in your life journey.
3. I pray that God will direct you to the right places.
4. I pray that God will crown you and prosper you.
5. I pray that God will heal you from all illness.
6. I pray that God will correct you from all mistakes.
7. I pray that God will elevate you about your enemies.
8. I pray that God will defend you from all attacks.
9. l pray that God will quicken your steps and give you speed never to fall.
10. As the Lord leads you on against all giants, you are able to decree and

Declare that:
*Hardship - l face them no more
*Sickness - l face them no more
*Disappointments - l face them no more
*Failures - l face them no more
*Limitations - l face them no more
*Stagnation - l face them no more.
*Anything that has a beginning has an end.

*As surely as the Lord Jesus lives, He will calm all storms in my life. And because of that, I am able to say, l am free, l will not face those situations any more in the name of JESUS!

Amen and Amen!!

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