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Giant Killer Story

Let’s be Front Line Giant Killers!

Well that may sound a bit scary, on the other hand it might sound exciting! (at least to say or read!)

I think I may have told this story before, here it is with some new thoughts that came to me listening to Banning Liebscher the other day. Spring before last I was in a low place, very tired, feeling weak. It was a Saturday and I was at our works’s AGM in Manchester. At lunch time I went walking through the city centre listening to some worship music, and whilst still feeling wrecked I just became overwhelmed with God’s presence. Just then I became aware of a man street preaching. So I took my phones out and listened. I then gave him the thumbs up as he looked over at me, just to kind of encourage him. He then went on to say if any brother would like to come up and testify they should do so, I hesitated. He then looked at me and started pointing at the microphone. So I went over and the whole time I was in this kind of Holy Spirit bubble, almost like being in a dream world, I just can’t describe it adequately. I then told the story of how The Lord had healed me of this severe asthma the autumn before. Then I asked if anyone wanted praying for healing from asthma and someone came up and we prayed and laughed together as well. At one point someone walked past and shouted abuse, it felt like this Holy Spirit bubble sort of shimmered in then re-established itself (himself really!), like I had some kind of shield. Yet I was totally weak in myself. Later I saw a young guy looking at me in amazement about 50 yards away, it was just as if we were looking at each other with our spirits! (again I can’t explain how this felt/was, properly) I went over and started to talk to him. His companion, a girl, started to challenge me. And I started, from my within my own strength and intellect, to defend myself. As I did, the Holy Spirit diminished, as if I had dropped the Holy Spirit as a shield/weapon and lifted my own shield/weapon. What I proceeded to say was still blessed and under grace and favour, not the same though.

So is welcoming weakness just being defeatist?

James 1 talks about being joyful when trials come, 2 Cor 12 10 talks about welcoming and delighting in weakness. So how does this line up with faith, the character of God and fighting bad things?

Imagine back to your school days and some bully types come up to you and say, ‘hey your name here, we are gonna get you in the bike shed when school’s over’. You think oh no! I have got to get my bike, or do I? Imagine, later you remember you have an older brother. So you text him and he promises to be there when you pick up your bike. Bam! You have just defeated those bullies! So, your Father can be trusted! He is just like an older brother, only better! And He doesn’t lie, Titus 1:2, he cannot!

There is something called latent heat, which scientists came up with to describe how water can be 100 degrees and not boil, then suddenly it boils . . still all at 100 degrees. When it boils it pushes out lots of steam, it can even ‘boil over’. I believe God gives us His favour and the Holy Spirit like that. We get to 100 degrees just dying to boil over! So what makes us boil over? I believe it’s when we step into a place of weakness or through some other circumstance, are in a place of weakness. Now don’t get me wrong, you could also be praying, in faith, that you be delivered from what’s making you weak, eg an illness. The point here though is, strength comes when you step into that place where you are going to be vulnerable. God’s strength. Whether it’s to mention for the first time at work that you went to church last week or to pray with someone or to share your story with someone at church or with a neighbour . . you boil over with God’s goodness when you step out!

After you have done something like this you can feel tired. At that point don’t let the evil one suggest to you it wasn’t worth it and to get back in your comfy place. God doesn’t always reveal to us the result of our stepping out. Why? Well maybe He wants us to learn to stay vulnerable doing these things. Until we learn how to do that perhaps He holds back a bit? One thing I would suggest, however, is to share your story with other brothers and sisters, they will affirm you and help you to retain a right view of what you did. You will also encourage them!

Dear Lord, thank you that you cannot lie and that we can totally trust you in vulnerable places. Help us today to go to those vulnerable places and slay giants for you! Amen

Thanks for reading,
Andy

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