The Seven Giants by Hp1B2m


									The Seven Giants - Sunday 10/07/07 message by Rick Sampson

Intro: Many of you have heard me talk about intimacy, especially at mens group. As Jim
said a couple of weeks ago, broken into it’s syllables the word says In-To Me-See. When I
have said that a personal, intimate relationship with our Father is the most important thing
we could aspire to, indeed it is what we were created for, the common response is “How
do I do that?” Today I want to talk about some of the things that can keep us from

As I prayed about how to share what I felt God had put on my heart, I felt very strongly
that he was saying that I should expose myself. When I told Marlene what I was hearing
she said “Not Physically.” I promised not to take my clothes off.

I. The journey really began several years after I was saved. Marlene and I were at a home
group meeting. This was the first time we had attended this group, so we didn’t know any
of the people. The group leader was talking about being a Father pleaser. He teaching from
Psalm 51:10-11

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The thing David was most afraid of was separation from God. He wanted to be a Father
pleaser. That David is asking God to create in him a clean heart is an indication that we
are not able to do this on our own.
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After the Meeting when everyone else having cookies and coffee, I am outside on the deck
crying. The group leader came out, put his hand on my shoulder and said “you
understood.” When I understood wanting to please the Father as a motivation for my
Christian walk it was like being born again, again. I wanted it more than anything. It was
like God physically planted a seed in my chest and the more I pursued it the more it grew.

Most of the information I’m going to talk about did not originate with me. I have been very
fortunate over the years to have had some excellent teachers. Most of this material came
from Bob Mumford, Oswald Chambers and a few others.

II. It is important that we lay a foundation for what we are trying to wrestle with.
       A. There are four words in the Greek for love. The two we are most concerned with at
this time are Eros and Agape.
          1. Eros is the original unreality and vanity that entered at the fall of man and it
holds all of creation in bondage. See Romans 8:19-21. The Greek word Eros is not used in
the New Testament because of the sexual corruption of the word. The principle of Eros
however certainly does apply. Eros does not seek to be accepted by its object, but rather to
gain possession of it. Eros has an appetite or yearning desire that is aroused by the
attractive qualities of it’s object. It is man-centered, self-centered love recognized by these
three manifestations.
Possess, Acquire, and Control. If you were to draw a picture of Eros it would look like a
fish hook. I love you because there is something in it for me. We do it with our friends,
family and with God. An example would be “I love you Lord because you make me a
leader in this church, respect in the community, and influence with these people. These
statements are all about me.

        2. Agape - Strongs #25. An exercise of Devine will in deliberate choice, made
without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself. Agape would
look like a straight arrow. It says “I love you without any other motive. Duet 7:7-8
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of which can be omitted.

       a. Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and
       b. Love myself because God has given us worth by pouring His own love into us
while we are still sinners. Romans 5:8
       c. Matthew 5:43-48 Love others. God is Agape 1 John 4:8. His love is covenantally
faithful, unconditional, and self giving.

III. Three Hindrances to an intimate relationship with God.
       A. Satanic or Demonic
       B. Original fall
             1. Fallen world
              2. Unpredictable people & unfulfilled expectations
Most of us have at least some understanding of these two.
       C. Human Failure which is what we are dealing with today.
             1. This would include mistakes, injuries, etc..

IV. The Seven Giants are the real cause of failure. ( Achilles in the Iliad by Homer said “
Hateful to me as the gates of hell is he that hideth one thing in his heart and uttereth
      A. When God sent Israel into the land of milk and honey they expected to milk the
cows and fight off a few bees. What they found were seven nations bent on keeping them
from inheriting the Promised Land.
           1. Hittites, Girashites, Amorites, Cannanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
Deut 7:1
       B. Just as these literal giants kept Israel from the Promised Land so there are seven
Spiritual Giants to keep us from the Land Of Promises which is our inheritance - intimacy
with God. Romans 8:16          The giants are
         1. Look Good. 2. Feel Good 3. Be Right 4. Stay In Control 5. Hidden
Agenda 6. Personal Advantage 7. Remain Undisturbed

        C. James 4:1-5 gives accurate insight into how these giants confuse, hinder, put us to
flight, and create desires & urges that cause conflict and injury in our marriages, families,
friendships, and churches.

4      What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires
that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you
cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not
ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that
you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward
God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do
you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies

       D. The seven giants are manifestations of pure Eros
           1. They function synergistically
            2. Stay In Control is the most dominant
            3. Romans 8:37 & 2 Peter 1:5-11 help us expose and defeat the giants

       E.        Look Good         -     Possess
             Feel Good           -         &
              Be Right                 -    Intimidate
 Stay In Control                     -   Central
                Hidden Agenda          -      Acquire
               Personal Advantage -       &
              Remain Undisturbed - Manipulate

V. Now let’s look at them individually.
       A. Look Good - Matthew 6:1
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you
have no reward with your Father Who is in Heaven.”

Look Good creates the unresolvable issue of appearance as opposed to reality. Look Good
is not just concerned with outward appearance, but with creating a reputation that is not
established in truth. Look Good an improper or illegal search for originality, uniqueness in
dress, language, car, etc.. Sometimes it is called styling with brand name clothes and
designer shoes. Don’t underestimate the power of this giant; it will exert tremendous effort
to preserve it’s image. This giant is a particular curse on our whole generation because we
are more concerned with how we appear than who we are.
             1. Pastors and Christian leaders are not immune to the Look Good giant. 1
Samuel 15:30 Saul is more concerned with Looking Good than he is with his disobedience.
Some of you have heard me tell the story about the pastors conference being held at a large
metropolitan hotel. The conference lasted several days and toward the end one of the
leaders was approached by the hotel manager. This manager asked, “may I ask you a
question?” This leader said of course. The manager said, “During these past several days
while your conference has been hear we have never had so little business in our lounge.
Liquor sales are never been so low. At the same time we have never rented so may
pay-per-view adult movies?”

These leaders would not dare risk their image by doing in public what they did when they
thought no one would know. This giant is full of drive, ambition, vows, and promises that
cause us to posture and position ourselves in order to keep up appearances.

           2. Luke 20:46 "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and
love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of
honor at banquets,
Luk 20:47 who devour widows' houses, and for appearance's sake offer long prayers. These
will receive greater condemnation."

Have you ever know anyone who wanted to impress God with how well they know His
word. They will go on and on telling God all about what He said in His scripture. He knows
what he said and the only ones we can hope to impress are the others who might be

         3. Matthew 10:33 "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before
My Father who is in heaven.

Look Good is one of the primary sources of anxiety. It sometimes reveals itself as Fear Of
Man and the aberrant search for man’s approval. Look Good is the motivation behind
making sure everyone likes us;

Pro 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.

This becomes a real issue when we are in situations where it is harmful to our career,
reputation, or popularity to be a Christian.

        4. Look Good may be the reason some have a difficult time with repentance.
Repentance humbles us. It is pretty hard to maintain our appearance while apologizing to
someone. This can result in tremendous damage.

         5. Some people will do anything to look good. Consider the concept of saving face.
I heard a story about a middle aged oriental man who was working on a 20 foot step
ladder, when he fell, landing on the marble floor of a hotel lobby. He got up, bowed
properly, apologized to everyone, and went into the janitor’s closet and died. He was too
embarrassed to humble himself and ask for help.

         6. A question that will help us discern the presence of this giant is: Would you
rather be a coward with the reputation of a courageous person or be an authentically brave
person who is perceived as a coward. Our whole society is moving away from true heros
who live free of the opinions of others, toward celebrities whose very existence hinges on
what others think. This is an Eros Shift!

        7. Some conducts Indicative of Look Good are: a. Search For position. B. Overly
concerned with titles - doctor, reverend bishop, elder, etc.. c. An insatiable drive for fame
or recognition. d. inordinate concern for reputation or image. E. Paralysis when asked to
go against the tide of public opinion.

       B. Feel Good -
James 4:3 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may
spend it on your pleasures.“
Feel Good wants to control our emotions, mind and heart. This giant has kept more people
from freedom than we can imagine.

          1. Feel Good involves the avoidance of pain and discomfort at any cost. It is
committed to personal pleasure or gain, and is given to the senses or is sensual. It is the
epitome of what scripture identifies as sensuality, causing us to seek gratification of the
senses in a manner that controls us.

          2. Feel Good operates on a pure pleasure principle. It is the source or first cause
of all compulsive and addictive behaviors that sooner or later effect us all either directly or
indirectly. Anyone controlled by substance abuse understands the authority and power of
Feel Good.
          3. Modern psychology and cultural preoccupation with feeling good are the source
of much of our anxiety. Our society is rooted in feeling good one way or another. This giant
is why we sit in front of the television like couch potatoes. We want to escape reality and
Feel Good.

       4. Feeling Good must be guarded and protected, it cannot be disturbed. We do not
want to hear what God is saying because, not only will it bother us, but it might not feel
good. Entire churches and doctrinal emphases have been built on the premise of feeling

         5. Eventually feeling good stops working because there are not enough drugs,
alcohol, attention, or sex to meet our desires that keep expanding out of control. This is
called the universal law of diminished return. The more that is used the less results are
produced, leaving us in pure frustration. God did not design us to feel good all of the time.

          6. Many careers, ministries, and families have been destroyed by this giant. We
all know that sometimes our feelings lie to us. When a situation makes us uncomfortable,
we can move toward the freedom for God’s Kingdom by opposing the demand of the giant
Feel Good.

         7. Symptoms of Feel Good are: preoccupation with happiness, entertainment, fun,
comfort, gratification, diversion, and recreation.

        C. Be Right -
Job 40:8 "Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be
Be Right is directly related to the biblical reality of the fall of man. Original sin left us with
an innate longing to enter God’s sphere where we have assumed that we possess the needed
knowledge of both good and evil. This leaves us insecure, anxious, and unable to admit
being wrong. The know it all is paralyzed by the domino theory - if we are wrong once, how
can we be sure we have ever been right? Since the mind rules our emotions, we are focused,
controlled, and overly committed to our own evaluations, ideas and concepts. The Be Right
giant is fearful of being challenged, making us increasingly ridged - a form of stubbornness
and rebellion. This giant has a perverted “gift of omniscience,” feeling he knows
everything, but living with the shame and fear of being exposed. Be Right often uses anger
as a protective mechanism to prevent being discovered. My secretary once yelled at me. She
said, “you think you know everything.” I responded with, “I must, you keep asking me.”

          1. How many of you know that you can Be Right and Be Divorced. Not long after
we first began to examine some of these issues, Marlene and I were driving in the car. We
were having a discussion about what is the shortest way to get where we were going. She
wanted to go one way and I deliberately turned another just so I could show her. She
turned to me and said, You just have to be right, don’t you.” I am deeply sorry for having
done that, especially in the light of what we are trying to understand here. Couples have
seriously fought over whether or not a banana was rotten or just right for making banana
bread. Our minds become so made up that we can not or will not bend. This Giant is so
strong that it refuses to accept reality. Imagine how many churches, marriages,
businesses, families, and social groups are destroyed because two or more factions did not
have enough AGAPE to yield or compromise over something that was essentially irrelevant

         2. To be right, unchallenged, and face life with an unbowed attitude leads to a form
of self-righteousness that turns light into darkness.
Mat 6:23 "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light
that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Many of us who are controlled by the Be Right giant may have traded God’s grace for the
privilege of maintaining a facade of being right, even in the face of God Himself. You may
want to read the book of Job again with the seven giants in mind - it could provide new
insights into the giants exposed in Job and his friends.

          3. I have never met anyone controlled by this giant that was very joyful. We are
unable to enjoy community when we cannot be wrong. The person who must be right
approaches every relationship with a determination to win. If I have eight of something
they will increase theirs to nine. I may not be first but I am ahead of you.

         4. Be Right hinders our ability to exegete the scriptures, respond to prophetic
direction, or obey some specific instruction from the Lord Jesus. It signifies our
commitment to our tradition or system, such as Calvinism, Lutheranism, Catholicism, etc.,
above the over-all authority of God’s Kingdom. Conversely, Be Right may be the source of
our anger or alienation from the main stream of Christian doctrine, called the “tenor of

          5. Have you ever experienced the joy of an Eros Payoff when you were proven
right in an argument. The urge to say I told you so is more than addictive; it borders on
obsession. The other extreme is the sheer despair of being proven wrong, or to have put
ourselves on the line only to have been mistaken, misled, or deceived. Be Right is one of the
most difficult giants to identify, expose, and slay because it is so defensible and insidious.
Getting free from Be Right requires grace, space, liberty, and understanding from others.
Eros demands grace but refuses to give it.

        D. Stay In Control -
Luke 4:6 And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has
been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. The desire to control is a major
issue .

We see it set forth in the five I wills of Satan. See Isaiah 14:13-14
"But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of
God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. Isa 14:14 'I will
ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'

Stay In Control demands to have his hands on the steering wheel. He believes that if he is in
control everyone is safe and the results are guaranteed. He thinks he is God. Stay In
Control Must determine the outcome of everything for everyone. There is always anxiety
regarding the future because it may just be beyond their control. Control freaks out when
control is relinquished to God.

          1. Attempting to stay in control is one of the greatest traps of the Christian life.
We are afraid that if we really let go, Jesus will ask something of us that is more than we
can give. Stay In Control leads to crash and burn cycles because it exceeds the normal pace
of life.
         2. Stay In Control refuses to take no for an answer. This giant refuses the biblical
limitations of walking in God’s assigned sphere, recognizing our limitations, and not
encroaching upon the realm of others. Stay In Control is determined to have everything
and everyone within their sphere of life in their power and under their influence. This can
even include anesthesia. I have heard stories about people who refused to be anaesthetized
during major medical procedures because they were afraid of being out of control. People
who control will use and consume those who love them. They use the need for intimacy as a
way to maintain their control.

         3. Stay In Control believes in the humanistic myth “I can be anything I want to
be.” When we get saved this can reappear under the Bible verse, “I can do all things,”(
Philippians 4:13). We leave out the “through Christ which strengthens me” part. Because
Stay In Control cannot participate in anything with a whole heart that we are not leading,
we deceive ourselves into thinking that we are the only ones who know how to do a project

          4. Anxiety is a major symptom of anyone who has a fear of losing control. If a
person is given to anxiety and lack of rest, chances are this giant is roaming free in their
life. Anxiety is the sin of our culture. Lie detectors function on the principle of our fear of
losing control and being discovered.

         5. Being a loner is one way to stay in control. We intentionally remain isolated
from people because we don’t want to lose control. We think if we really love someone, they
are going to hurt us, and they very well might. Intimacy requires vulnerability which
always risks injury.

          6. We become what we focus on. Loss of control with it’s rage, violence, defiance,
and self hate, is the first cause of suicide. Loss of control leads to the heart breaking
discovery that we are not God.

        7. Stay in control makes us arbitrary, arrogant, autocratic, dictatorial,
determined, and dominant.

        E. Hidden Agenda -
Jude 1:12 These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with
you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn
trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;

Hidden Agenda is covert. It has words of peace and a heart of criticism. It is like a snowball
with a rock in it. It appears to be one thing, but when it hits someone they are devastated.
This giant is a user; it seeks to use life , people, any every event for the purpose of
advancing it’s own agenda.
          1. Hidden Agenda may be the most destructive of the giants to relationships. It
can be found everywhere - in personal relationships, in politics, on television, and in the
pulpit. I can hardly stand to watch religious television but one day we were at someone
else’s house and a well know television minister came on. He was laying hands on people
and praying for them to be healed. Then the screen changed and we had a view of him in
his study at his desk. He said, I’ve been praying about you people in the TV audience. I
know that some of you are hurting financially. God has told me He wants to heal your
finances. But you need to take a step of faith. Send your contribution to the address on
your screen. I think that if God really said that to him, he would be afraid to touch that
money. Judas Iscariot had a hidden agenda.

          2. The apostle Paul isolates three hidden agendas in 2Co 4:1 Therefore, since we
have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,
2Co 4:2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in
craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending
ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

Hidden Agendas are cultivated, and nourished in secret, and often self-deceiving ways.
Once engaged we cannot rest until our hidden agenda is accomplished.

          3. Once someone has been the victim of a hidden agenda they can become cynical
and unable to accept fellowship without suspicion. I once gave up a couple of weekends to
travel a couple of hundred miles and help a friend do some repair work on his house. His
response was to say that everybody wants something and nobody does anything without an
ulterior motive.

       F. Personal Advantage -
Jude 1:16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak
arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.

The original Greek word is translated as selfish ambition - strongs #2052. With Personal
Advantage in operation, we are constantly maneuvering for title, position, or recognition.
This giant uses others for it’s own gain. When we are not the center of attention we suffer
envy and pain.
          1. This giant troubled even the disciples.
Mat 19:27 Then Peter said to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what
then will there be for us?"

At the Lord’s table they argued about who would be the leader. Personal Advantage is the
most obviously self-referential of the seven giants. People are used for self-promotion and
self-advantage. Every opportunity and relationship is evaluated on the basis of what is in it
for me.

          2. The original idea behind the word parasite in the ancient Greek was one who
arranged to have all of their meals in other peoples homes. They paid for the meals by
flattering their hosts. The church is full of people who take personal advantage. Remember,
the seven giants operate in groups, several working together synergistically. Note the
statement by John in
3Jn 1:9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them,
does not accept what we say.

Diotrephes efforts to gain personal advantage hindered the apostolic words of John

        3. Eros appears in biblical clothes when we use crowds, churches, fund-raising,
church-growth, and even evangelism to work the system to our advantage. When Personal
Advantage is wrapped in biblical clothing it is very difficult to challenge. It may even be
encouraged and assisted.

        G. Remain Undisturbed -
Jer 48:11 "Moab has been at ease since his youth; He has also been undisturbed, like wine
on its dregs, And he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, Nor has he gone into exile.
Therefore he retains his flavor, And his aroma has not changed.

Undisturbed may be the most insidious, secretive and difficult to expose of all. His presence
is not as blatant as the other six.

         1. This giant disguises himself as the need for stability, or the need to preserve his
reputation or honor of respectability when asked to give more than he wants to give.
Becoming Father pleasers requires that we deal with being Undisturbed. Kingdom rule
causes serious disruption of our own desires and comfort levels. Undisturbed is the subtle
difference between admiration for Christ and identification with Him. It says, “I will follow
you but I cannot follow you that far.”

          2. Matthew 13:14 "In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which

The remarkable thing about this is that if they understood with their hearts, it would
demand that they change. If they did so Jesus would heal them. Because disturbance
accompanies change the intentional choice was not to hear.

         3. I have personally experienced Undisturbed a number of times. Each time I was
faced with a painful choice.

         4. Because of this giant we seek to avoid or manipulate anything that could result
in inconvenience or discomfort. Consequently we allow inconvenience to become a barrier
to our helping others. The real problem is that we just can’t be bothered. Someone once
observed that those with modern home entertainment centers don’t rise up in revolt.

        5. The parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-35 is a good example of

         6. When we set our selves to remain undisturbed, we calcify and become
undisturbable. After years of being hurt and injured by Christians I decided I had had
enough. I would let the church stew in it’s own juices so long as they left me alone. More
than once I made the comment that I would buy a big dog and teach him to bite anyone
with a bible. I don’t even like dogs.

         7. My Father would not let me get away with that.
Matthew 11:17 and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.'

As long as He is playing the music I am going to dance to it.

VI. There are a couple of things that will help us kill the seven giants.

        A. Repentance - When we sincerely, honestly ask God to create in us a clean heart
he will begin to reveal each of these issues as they occur. We then need to renounce each
of these behaviors and ask God to forgive us and help us to be free.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
        B. AGAPE - Ask God to fill us with His AGAPE. As Agape fills us EROS is pushed
to outside.
1Jn 4:16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is
love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1Jn 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of
judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

       C. Have confidence in the wedding garment.

When Jesus told the parable of the wedding garment in
Mat 22:11 "But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there
who was not dressed in wedding clothes,
Mat 22:12 and he *said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?'
And the man was speechless.

Without the garment of His righteousness which He provided we have no business at the
wedding feast. When we place our confidence in the garment, knowing that it is complete,
we will no longer feel the need to improve on it. Within the realm of His covering we no
longer need to maneuver for position or try to make ourselves holy. We are free to enjoy
the intimacy, because we have nothing to prove. The garment is adequate clothing to wear
before the King.

VII. When the giants are killed their characteristics become the following:

Look Good                     - Compassion
Feel Good                      - Graciousness
Be Right                         - Slow To Anger
Stay In Control           - Mercy
Hidden Agenda            - Truth
Personal Advantage - Faithfullness
Remain Undisturbed - Forgiving

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