**Sequel** Facing and Defeating Your Giant(s)…

As we have stated throughout this entire series, Facing and Defeating your Giant(s), everyone has a giant or giants they are fighting against. Giants come in all shapes and sizes and we have spent time over the month of January examining these giants and looking at ways that we are able to defeat them, not simply face them.

What is keeping you in the boat…

In our post yesterday, we spent time looking at the message Jonathan shared this weekend, specifically asking the question: What is keeping you from taking that next step? If you missed that post, I would encourage you

to take a few minutes to catch up before reading further. You can find the first post here.

Jonathan shared several key points on Sunday, each being common excuses we use to keep from stepping out of the boat. We will examine each of these excuses over the next few days and my hope is this will help us take that next step in defeating the giant(s) we face.

Everything you need in your hands…

The first key Jonathan shared was knowing that you have everything you need in your hands.

Often times, we do not act on our next step because we wrongly believe that we do not have what it takes. However, when we make that declaration and do not make our next step, we are falsely accusing God since He is the one who has created us and determined what gifts / abilities we each have.

In the story in Matthew 25, the master (God) gave each of his servants according to their own ability. This means that the master gave each one exactly what was needed to accomplish what he expected and according to what they could manage. This is true for us as well. I believe firmly that God has already deposited into each of us exactly what He desires us to use. We definitely have a role to play in developing these gifts and abilities, but we already have exactly what we will need to serve God in the role He has for us.

When we act as if we don’t have what it takes to do what God has called us to do, we are acting as if God is not able to work in and through us. We act as if we are trying to maintain humility. However, we do not determine our gifts / abilities, God does. And He has given us everything that we need to accomplish what He has called us to do.

Are you allowing this false belief to keep you from taking your next step? Have you bought into the lie that you don’t have what it takes to accomplish what God has called you to? Are you stuck in the boat because you don’t think you can make it?

When you find yourself in this situation, you must remind yourself that God has given you everything you need to be successful! You have what it takes! You can do what He has called you to do! And by refusing to take your next step, you are preventing God from using you and are withholding a blessing from yourself and from others.

God has created a system in which we all rely on each other and the various gifts we each bring to the table. When you believe that you have all that you will need, you respond differently. You are able to operate in your gifts and you are a blessing to those around you.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived in this area. God has given you everything you will need to accomplish all that He has called you to do!

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