Here we are again! Back in 1 Chronicles with more warrior inspiration! Let’s check out the text:
4 And after this there arose war with the Philistines at Gezer. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Sippai, who was one of the descendants of the giants, and the Philistines were subdued. 5 And there was again war with the Philistines, and Elhanan the son of Jair struck down Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 6 And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants. 7 And when he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, struck him down. 8 These were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.
Here are some things I underlined in my Bible:
- “Descendants of the giants”
- “And there was again war”
- “the brother of Goliath”
- “And there was again war”
- “Man of great stature”
- “David’s Brother”
- “Descended from the giants in Gath”
- “Fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants”
Aren’t those details fascinating?!
The Giants are Back
Now we all know the story of David and Goliath, right? Of course we do! It’s such a famous and rich story. A little boy (the same one who was anointed to be the King) took on the giant everyone was afraid to fight. All because he knew that the God he served was MIGHTY. And so he fought and he won. The giant was slain. Victory! Right? But there was more!
Did you know that the Giants returned? I sure didn’t! I was blown away by this passage!
They are back. Descendants of the giants. War Again. Another battle. The giants are back.
When I read this passage I felt like I could relate. Can you relate?
What giant did you face in your life?
Was it the giant of addiction? Was it the giant of anxiety? The giant that wanted to tear apart your family? Your marriage? Your ministry?
The giant David faced sought to defy the armies of the living God.
I’m sure it wasn’t easy to put on that armor and face your giant. No one else was willing to fight. You were afraid, but you stepped out in faith anyway. And God gave you victory and an amazing battle story to tell.
So were you surprised?
You know, when the giants returned?
I know I have been in that place. Too many times in fact!
It seems like marriage is a place where this tends to happen. When there is something that needs to be addressed in our marriage Travis and I can feel the tension build up. The giant seems to taunt us. When we realize that’s what is happening, we pray. We seek God for victory. And then we fight. And of course the giant falls, because that is the type of God we serve!
With the victory comes a great sense of relief, which (for me) brings a false sense of security. Before you know it, the giant’s brother is just around the corner, and I am caught off guard!
It reminds me of this passage:
43 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.”
Now of course the above passage is specifically referring to demon possession, but the bible is very clear that we must be on guard. We must be prepared.
(1 Corinthians 16:13– Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.)
Whether we believe it or not- whether we see it or not- we have an enemy who doesn’t just want to defeat us, but wants to defy the armies of the Living God. The next time you get that victory, don’t be caught of guard!
3 Things to do After a Spiritual Victory
1. Remember that more Giants will Return
And this might be the most important thing. Because no one wants to be faced with a surprise attack! Remember to be on guard. Be vigilant.
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. Surround Yourself with other Warriors
When the giants returned… when “there was again war”, David was not alone. By the time these battles against the family of Goliath occured, he had mighty warriors fighting with him. They were together. We need one another! Surround yourself with other warriors for Christ who will fight alongside you.
Proverbs 27:17– Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
3. Believe that God will Give you Victory
Time and time again in the warrior stories found in 1 Chronicles, we see mighty warriors fighting battles, but it was always God who gave the victory! So while we can expect giants to return, we don’t have to live in fear, dread or discouragement because we can also expect God to fight for us and give us victory!
1 Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Be encouraged warrior for Christ! God is doing amazing things in and through you! More battles will come, but God will equip you. He will give you other believers to fight alongside, and He will be with you every step of the way.
What giant have you faced in your life? Share below! Your story matters! You matter.
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