Quotes and thoughts to remember from Facing your Giants by Max Lucado

In his inspirational book “Facing your Giants”, Max Lucado takes us through the life of King David from the time when as a young shepherd boy he slew the mighty giant Goliath with a single stone from a slingshot, through his life as a warrior and king, with its victories and defeats, its highs and its lows. The times when he hid from King Saul in caves and darkness, weak with hunger. When his infidelity with Bathsheba and grave blunder in killing her husband, cost him huge consequences – the loss of his own son. The times when he cried out his hopelessness and helplessness, his rage and frustration and anger to God, or pleaded for his forgiveness, yet left it to his Maker to decide what to do, for he put his trust in Him. The times when he worshipped God with singing and dancing, and penned a number of psalms, singing his praises to his God and King.

King David has his human weaknesses. But in God lay his strength. David was a man after God’s own heart. We can learn a lot from a study of his life. We can learn how to handle our defeats and disappointments, and how to face our giants – the giant of insecurity… depression… divorce… alcoholism…drugs… child abuse.

Take your giant down!
Max Lucado tells you how. As David took five stones to face his giant,
you too take five stones to get ready to slay your giant.

The stone of the past.

Max says “Write today’s worries in sand. Chisel yesterday’s victories in stone.” Gaze at God’s victories, and your worries will vanish.

The stone of prayer.

Prayer spawned David’s successes.
“David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” – 1 Sam. 30:6When David soaked his life in God, he stood. When he didn’t, he flopped.
Invite God’s help with prayer.

The stone of priority.
Your highest priority is God’s reputation.God is bigger than your biggest challenge! Your challenges provide an opportunity for God’s power to be manifested others.

See your struggle as God’s canvas.
On it he will paint his multicoloured supremacy.

David was not afraid of Goliath for he saw God as more powerful than the giant.

The stone of passion.
When you know that God is bigger than any problem you have, you have the power of passionate faith. Emphasise God’s power and you can face any giant with confidence.

The stone of persistence.
David took five stones just in case one stone was not enough. Goliath was known to have four huge relatives who just might come running in to defend their kin and tear his attacker limb from limb. David was prepared not to give up, and face those giants too!

Never give up. You may have to try more than once to slay your giant. You may have to pick yourself up when you get knocked down, and try again.

Keep the five stones with you – the stones of the past, prayer, priority, passion, persistence.

And take your giant down!

Here are some thoughts to ponder from Max Lucado’s book,
“Facing your Giants.”

Giants. We must face them.
Yet we need not face them alone.
-Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Focus on giants – you stumble.
Focus on God – your giants tumble.
-Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

You’ll never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.
Are you in the wilderness?
Find refuge in God’s presence. Find comfort in his people.
-Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

See your enemies, not as God’s failures, but as God’s projects.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Forgiveness is choosing to see your offender with different eyes.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple. – Job5:2 NIV

God examines hearts.
When he finds one set on him, he calls it and claims it.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose. – Rom 8:28

You long for one true friend? You have one.
And because you do, you have a choice.
You can… ponder the malice of your monster
or the kindness of your Christ.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

God brings bread for our souls (“Peace be with you”)
and a sword for the struggle. (“Receive the Holy Spirit “).
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

In the final sum, we give grace because we’ve been given grace.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Humility has such power.
Apologies can disarm arguments. Contrition can defuse rage.
Olive branches do more good than battle axes ever will.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Soft speech can crush strong opposition.
- Proverbs 25:15 NLT

Christ lived the life we could not live
and took the punishment we could not take
to offer the hope we cannot resist.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Don’t let evil get the best of you;
get the best of evil by doing good. – Rom 12:21
- The Message

Hiding out with the enemy brings only temporary relief.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

How we handle our tough times stays with us for a long time.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Be quick to pray.
Stop talking to yourself. Talk to Christ.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Hurting people hang with hurting people.
We love those who commiserate and avoid those who correct.
Yet correction and direction are what we need.
Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail;
take good counsel and watch them succeed. Prov. 12:22 The Message
Take a long look at the shore that awaits you.
Don’t be fooled by the fog of the slump.
The finish may be only strokes away.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

It’s okay to rest. Jesus fights when you cannot.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Are you weary? Catch your breath. Are you strong?
Reserve passing judgment on the tired.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

We, like David, have two choices: flee or face the giant.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

When you stand in the cemetery and stare down at the soft, freshly turned earth and promise, I’ll see you soon, you speak truth.
Reunion is a splinter of an eternal moment away. There is no need for you to “grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope”(1 Thess. 4:14 NIV)
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

The God who guided David guides you.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8 NLT

Seek his will in all you do and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:6 NLT

You have a Bible? Read it.
You have a family of faith? Consult it.
You have a heart for God? Heed it.
…You have all you need to face the giant-size questions of your life.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”
– Proverbs 12:15 NIV

“God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him” – Phil 2: 13 NCV

God comes on his own terms.
He comes when commands are revered,
hearts are clean, and confession is made.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

God’s present is his presence. His greatest gift is himself.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

You can climb too high for your own good.
Linger too long at high altitudes and your hearing dulls and your eyesight dims.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself but that you think of yourself less.

Your home is your giant-size privilege, your towering priority.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Be fiercely loyal to one spouse.
… You’ve made a promise. Keep it.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Children spell love with four letters: T-I-M-E..
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Love the one who wears your ring.
And cherish the children who share your name.
Succeed at home first.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Write today’s worries in sand. Chisel yesterday’s victories in stone.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Christ became one of us to redeem all of us.
- Max Lucado, “Facing your Giants”

Jesus “understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
– Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT

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