Seven Giants

Posted by on Aug 19, 2009 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

“So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, ‘The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.’ “ – Numbers 13:32-33 (ESV)

While in Highlands last weekend, the pastor of the church we attend there gave a message to the students (elementary through college) and their parents. The message, however, was not just applicable to students and their parents, but to all of us no matter the season. If you come into contact with people, the message would apply. So, please don’t avoid the rest of the post thinking that it couldn’t apply to you, too.

He (the pastor, Gary Hewins) began the message talking about what we are to wear spiritually in order to be the person(s) God has called us to be. He reminded us that according to Isaiah, we are to wear a garment of praise rather than despair, also we are clothed with salvation and righteousness. Outside of Christ, our righteous acts are but filthy rags. In Romans, we are to put on Christ and we are to put on fine linen, which is the righteousness of Christ. According to Ephesians, we are to put off the old self and put on Christ. He concluded this portion of the sermon with the verses in Ephesians 6:10ff that speak of putting on the armor of God. The bottom line on “what to wear” was that what we put on should draw attention to Christ. (My comment – you could actually interpret this in the literal sense as well as the spiritual.)

Then, he went into explaining seven “giants” that seek to destroy students today. I believe adults can relate to them as well. See what you think:

  1. “Look Good” – Matt. 6:1 – this “giant” makes you fear man more than have a reverence for God. It turns you into a chameleon who is able to change his or her colors to fit the mood or group of people to fit in and be liked at all costs. It tells you that you just never look good enough and that you should look good at any cost.
  2. “Feel Good” – James 4:3 – this one says that if it (whatever that may be for you) makes you feel good, then do it. Pleasure comes before righteousness. This one makes you want to say, “I don’t feel like it!” It leads to procrastination and laziness.
  3. “Be Right” – regardless, you must be right and cannot admit you are wrong in order to fit in or to “feel” better about the situation. This one wants you to always have the last word.
  4. “Stay in Control” – this one makes you think you’ve “got things under control” or makes you give the appearance of such and yet you resort to extremes (his example was cutting, rising trend among teenage girls). I could think of all those reckless behaviors that lead people to feeling as though they are in control (underage drinking, smoking, drug abuse, running away, engaging in underage premarital sex, etc.). This one also keeps you from being honest with parents or others. It makes you a “lone ranger” at times because it leads you to think you can handle everything in your own way.
  5. “Have a Hidden Agenda” – this one will bring in some of the other giants to get involved. It says one thing and does another; it keeps up appearances of integrity outwardly.
  6. “Take Personal Advantage” – it wants you to make everything about you and not others. Yet, our example in Jesus was that of a servant as we remember his washing the disciples’ feet.
  7. “Remain Undisturbed” – Luke 10:30-35 – this one does not want you to take a stand for godly truth and principles, it wants you to avoid confrontation. This one also may allow you to see a situation where you should be helping someone else, but you freeze to assisting them and later regret it. This one wants you to be entertained rather than focused on helping meet a need.

So, be spiritually dressed for the day ahead to fend off these giants. Be clothed with Christ and power from God.

After the sermon, he had the elders come forward and then the students. Each elder and the pastor took turns praying over the group of students and their parents.

It was the best back-to-school send off I’ve ever seen. I was ready for David to start his last year and also ready to not throw in the towel as a “finished” parent. I needed the reminder. I’m not saying that I have difficult children that make parenting difficult. What I am saying is that sometimes, I forget my job is not done. I am still parenting no matter how tired, cranky, achy, or lazy I get.

Now I know that if you have children you can see some of these giants influencing them from time to time. I would like to ask you to do something whether you are a parent or not. Take the list of those giants and pray through it asking God to show you, through the power of the Spirit, how you may be living under the influence of one or more of them at home or on the job.

I found that some of these have influenced how I respond in situations where I am tired, frustrated, vulnerable, and unaware of the enemy’s work in the midst. So we adults, too, need to be dressed “appropriately” in order to be protected from the giants’ influence on us.

If you haven’t read Ephesians 6:10-18, then I encourage you to do so. Furthermore, you might want to jot down on an index card what the parts of the armor are and keep the card by your bed. Then, in the morning, pick up the card and pray those pieces on yourself as you face the day’s challenges (as a parent, as an employee, or as a student).

One Comment

  1. This was a good one…Got me thinking.

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