Sammy Gitaari

Wings to Fly, Legs to Run

Becoming Giant Killers
There are persons who stick out in the Bible as pioneers, winners, giant killers. The world is made of two kinds of people: Those who win and those who lose; those who achieve purposes and those who only know what they were to achieve but don’t end up doing so. In this article we will concern ourselves with how we would become giant killers by finding what characterized them. Giants for the purpose of this article are symbolic of hurdles in the way to victory and achievement.
They have ability to stand alone. Giant killers don’t carry the thinking, “if you can’t beat them join them.” If the situation so demands, they stand alone.
An example in the Bible is that of Caleb and Joshua as recorded in Numbers 13 and 14. Sent by Moses together with 10 others to spy the Lord of promise these two gentlemen came back with a report that contradicted the majority and stood with this position for 40 years. Why all the other members of the investigation commission appointed by Moses were unanimous that the project to capture Canaan was mission impossible, and with numbers and power of persuasion they got the whole community to abandon the mission to go to the Promised Land. Caleb and Joshua were of a contrary opinion and they let everyone know so. So convincing was the 10 that the people wanted to stone Caleb and Joshua for sticking with the minority view.
The sheer force of numbers did not keep Caleb and Joshua from pursuing the God –given vision to own their own land and determine their own destiny as a people. Even though they were outnumbered and as a result their vision delayed for a whole 40 years, to allow those that could not believe God time to die and get out of the way, Joshua and Caleb stood alone all the way. Finally, for sure Caleb drove the giants out just as he had believed when he was younger.
David is another one giant killer who also had the same capacity to stand alone. When he came to the battle scene and offered to kill Goliath, the giant that all men in Israel were afraid to face, not even his brothers supported him and the King himself defended Goliath (1 Samuel).  David however had the ability to stand alone pursued the goal of becoming giant killer and Goliath licked the dust (see 1 Samuel). In a different case David and his men got a major loss when their properties, children and wives were taken away by enemies. All the men with him blamed him for their loss even though he too had lost just as much. As they talked of stoning him, David encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel) and pursued his enemies to recover all he had lost.  
Giant killers are men and women who are able to stand alone if need be. They do not toe the line of the majority neither do they fit on the general orders. These are men and women who don’t follow the popular path which often leads to hell and failure. They are able to take a stand in life and follow God’s leading.
They are driven by a vision. Giant killers know want they want in life and have strategy to achieve it. They know where they are and have an idea where they are going. To have a vision is to have a clear awareness of things as they are [status quo] and a clear view of what can be done. The Bible says, “without a vision people perish”(Proverbs 28:18,KJV). This makes having a vision very important when it comes to achieving purposes or killing giants.
Our two earlier examples are the best in illustrating this point. Because Caleb and Joshua had a vision, a God given end result they said with great confidence, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it… do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them"(Num 13:30; 14:9, NIV).
David faced the feared Goliath in the same manner. He told Goliath himself, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands" (1 Sam 17:45-48). This is bold declaration of a man with a vision!
Vision is very important in the live of giant killers because:
Ø  Vision gives direction,
Ø  Vision sees potential
Ø  Vision sees the power of God—not human abilities
Ø  Vision sees provisions--not lack
Ø  Vision sees opportunities--not dead ends
Ø  Vision gives more energy—the higher the goal the more power you need
They are not afraid of taking action. Giant killers are not indecisive but active and daring. This is important in achieving any dream. They remain dream until action is taken. As a matter of fact they despise your giants.
David did not face Goliath in a hiding place but out in the field where everyone saw him risk to lose or win. He was so daring that in facing the enemy he actually ran to meet him:
 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.( 1 Sam 17:48-49).
Similarly when Caleb got to the promised land, albeit delayed with a whole 40 years, he did not only dream of doing what was his vision as a young man but literally did it. Hear him talk for himself:
I am today, eighty-five years old!  I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then... Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day…From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites-Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai — descendants of Anak” (Josh 14:10-15).
Caleb was a daring man and full of action. He ended up doing what his 10 colleagues died for fearing, the giants, sons of Anak.
The fact that God gave you a promise and a vision does not exempt you from sweat. The Lord told Moses and company to go conquer and posses the land. God will not design battle strategies for you. He won’t buy swords for you. He won’t appoint leaders for you. To be a giant killer you must plan for action and take the action—yourself.
To be a giant killer you have to take the bull by the horns. To win means to take the bull by the horns, that is move in spite of obstacles. Winners are not passively praying and waiting for just anything to happen. They press, they attack, they move. They do what they can. They make attempts on what they want.
They manage rather than get controlled by problems. Managing means you stay in charge even with challenges ahead of you. David did not only set his goal and announce it, “David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him." (1 Sam 17:32, NIV). From that point on he was in charge of the operations, knowing clearly what he will use and how he was going to do it. He was not going to need a sword, or a spear, or a javelin. He had a plan of action that he was going to execute.
In the same way Caleb did not magnify the problem like his colleagues, they just managed the situation.  
They are disciplined. Giant Killers have a never die attitude. They do not stop until the land is possessed. Perseverance and discipline is necessary to do what God wants you to do or to become.
It is not how far you have come that matters, but how far we have not gone yet. The apostle Paul, one great New Testament giant killer, put it this way, “I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize…” (Phil 3:13-14).
 They do not surrender to fear. Giant killers are not ignorant of challenges before them but they don’t move by fear. Fear is a terrible enemy of any venture—fear immobilizes, fear brings torment, fear kills.
Take the example of Caleb. Addressing the community of people who were scared of giants he said, “Do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them." (Num 14:9).
They have power in their tongue. Giant killers are full of positive faith. Being able to know the power of God who is behind them giant killers Talk right. When you listen to David talk to Goliath or Caleb talk about their giant’s one thing is clear, giant killers despise your giants.

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