Giants are bullies and deceivers who often appear bigger than they really are. And if you’re anything like me, you’d never willingly tolerate a bully of a giant anywhere in your life! The problem is giants often sneak in when you’re unaware so they catch you off guard – and before you know it they are busy working to control and manipulate you with their lies. Giants prefer to work in stealth mode, quietly setting up shop in the recesses of your heart, weaving their web of lies.
The best way to deal with giants is to kick them out with a good dose of truth; but in order to do that you have to identify the lies your giant is using against you.
Listed below are some of the most common lies you’ll encounter from giants that show up in your life.
The giant of fear. Fear is nothing but borrowed troubles at a low rate of return. Simply stated, most of the things you worry about never happen. You were never guaranteed a perfect life, but you were promised that good or bad, the Lord is with you. Fear is the thief of opportunity because truthfully there is no such thing as a risk-free life. The key is to move from risk to opportunity by harnessing your gifts, strengths and passion to think big and pursue your dreams. The key is to getting rid of this giant is to realistically identify and assess the risk and then start taking baby steps toward your dreams.
The giant of negative self-talk. This giant often goes unchallenged because it works in the background where only you hear it. Unless you blurt out your negative self-talk in front of someone else who calls you on it, it continues unchecked. The truth is you’re not perfect; nobody is so give yourself the grace and freedom to learn and grow. Getting sick doesn’t make you an invalid, nor does having a bad day make you a looser. Circumstances don’t define who you are; your victory lies in choosing how you want to respond to them. The key to overcoming this giant is through self-leadership as you capture and identify your thoughts, reject new lies, and replace old lies with the truth.
The giant of unbelief. So what is it that you don’t believe? Not believing something is the same as believing in the wrong thing. Wherever you have unbelief, there is a belief in something else – something that is false. If you have a thought about how you could never do______ (fill in the blank) you need to examine that thought and ask yourself, “why not”? Look at the reasons and determine if they really are true. Then, turn the tables and remove all those reasons by looking at how you would ______ (fill in the blank) if you could. What would it look like if you could do what you really want to do? Often when you look at things from the opposite perspective, you realize it’s not as hard, scary or big as the giant of unbelief made it look. You slay this type of giant when you quit looking at obstacles, get innovative and start focusing on all the opportunities for making the things you want a reality.
Spiritual Perspective: Instead of ignoring the giant or pretending it isn’t there, let the Lord examine your heart through prayer and the scriptures. Once you gain a heavenly perspective the giant’s lies will be easy to spot and remove. There is such powerful truth in Proverbs 4:23* which says, “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Your thoughts, words and actions are a reflection of what you really believe so capture and examine your thoughts then choose your words carefully.
Slay your giants and start playing a bigger game. As a Certified Human Behavior Consultant and Christian Life Coach, I am committed to your success. I value the opportunity to partner with you and help you get the confidence and clarity you need to follow through on the dreams and goals that God has placed in your heart– find out how now!
Renew, Refresh and Refocus: Where in your life is the lie of unbelief holding you back? How is fear robbing you of the joy of pursuing your dreams? Where do you need to give yourself grace and stop the negative self-talk?
* Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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