Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants

Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants

by Louie Giglio

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Fear. Rejection. Addiction. Anger. Comfort...Must Fall.

It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort, or addiction, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives. Demoralized and defeated, we settle for far less than his best.

God has a better plan for you, a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he has silenced your giant once and for all.

In Goliath Must Fall, pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic story of David and Goliath. The key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer—Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall.

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ISBN-13: 9780718088880
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 79,104
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Louie Giglio is pastor of Passion City Church and founder of the Passion Movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus.

Since 1997, Passion has gathered collegiate-aged young people at events across the US and around the world, uniting millions of students in worship, prayer, and justice.

In addition to the collegiate gatherings of Passion Conferences, Louie and his wife, Shelley, lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords, and the Passion Global Institute.

Louie is the author of The Comeback, The Air I Breathe, I Am Not But I Know I Am, Goliath Must Fall, and Indescribable.

Louie and Shelley make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Goliath Must Fall

Winning the Battle Against Your Giants

By Louie Giglio

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2017 Louie Giglio
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ISBN: 978-0-7180-8888-0


Bigger Than Your Giant

Recently a woman was mauled to death by her pet tiger.

I was saddened by this tragic event. But I also thought what most sane people must have thought when they read the story: Why would anyone have a pet tiger? (No offense if you've got a pet Bengal in your backyard.)

Tigers are meat eaters! They survive in the wild by hunting and killing their prey. And a tiger will always be a tiger. So why would anyone try to tempt nature by making a pet out of one of these natural-born killers?

Here's what I think happened. When the woman first met the tiger, it looked cute and cuddly. That furry little cub was small and playful. Entertaining. Endearing. I bet she held that cub tight and it purred with delight. A bond was formed. She gave her pet tiger cub a name. Maybe Mooshie or BooBoo or Stripey or Elwood. She took it home with her and gave it a warm space to sleep and a safe place to play. All was well, day after day after day after day.




Then that playful pet morphed into what it truly was and showed its true colors. It wasn't a fuzzy cub anymore. It was a savage killer. The tiger attacked and the results were heartbreaking.

It's not much different with our giants — the habits, the behaviors, the faulty beliefs, the same old broken ways we're accommodating in our lives.

These "pets" started out as cute and cuddly babies. They didn't look like they'd do us any harm. They were comforting. Reassuring. We formed bonds with these pets, and gave them a warm place to stay in our minds and hearts and behaviors.

But these same pets have grown. They're showing their true colors — and they aren't pets anymore. They're savage killers. Nine-foot-tall giants. They're ripping into us, mauling us.

We desperately want to rid ourselves of these giants.

But how?

My Own Pet Giant

Goliath wasn't born nine feet tall. And whatever has a stranglehold on you most likely didn't arrive on day one with threats of clenching you between its teeth. I'm guessing it was comforting and spoke to a need you had buried within. Your killer was camouflaged as a friend you couldn't live without. But, on the day not of your choosing, the gloves came off and the giant stepped on your throat, suffocating you with all its weight.

I've chronicled such a giant in my life in other talks and writings, and been up front about the tipping point where I fell into a deep, dark hole of depression and anxiety. If one of these behemoths is making life unbearable for you, I get it. For a time it was identified as my "anxiety disorder," a nice generic term generally accepted by people. Yet, over time, I have been able to more acutely pinpoint the giants that shoved me over the edge and into that pit. For me, understanding that anxiety is not a thing, but a symptom of something(s), has been a game changer in dealing with the enemies of God's glory in my life.

To put it mildly, I had a breakdown. That was pretty obvious to everyone around me, and a nonnegotiable reality for me. The day arrived when the baby tiger was grown. It took aim, and the consequences were drastic and almost deadly. But what's more helpful is to understand why. I've come to learn it's usually not the result of one thing or one moment, but a combination of lots of things that fester over time, rotting us from the inside until we come unhinged.

So what pushed me into the hole of anxiety and depression? Genetic tendencies? No doubt. The rush and crush of having the engine revved too high for too long? For sure. Worry? Check. But looking back I see the footprints of two of my own Goliaths: control and approval. I have a tendency to want to change whatever environment I am in. I want to make things better. I see what is, but I dream of what can be. I think like this driving through a city, sitting in traffic, eating in a restaurant, walking through a slum in Haiti, passing time between flights in an airport, waiting in a hospital. Anywhere. Anytime. I am thinking of how to create change, cast vision, and marshal people toward a common goal.

Being a change leader can be good. But it can also invite the baby cub of control into the mix. Some of you know what I mean. You're trying to control every outcome for your kids. You're sweating the stock market. You monitor all the conversations that flow throughout your crew, wanting to make sure everyone thinks the right thing and comes to the right conclusions. And like me, you find yourself staring at the ceiling when you should be deep in sleep, wondering which approach will work best to bring about the conclusion you are convinced is right.

Wanting to steer toward great outcomes is noble. But trying to control the world is disastrous. In time, controllers crack under the reality that none of us are in control.

Then there's the giant of approval. Couple my need to control with my underlying need to be liked and you have a perfect storm. This was especially true in the early days of planting the church we shepherd. Before we planted Passion City Church, being a speaker and ministry entrepreneur had been challenging for sure. We crafted stadium events in countries around the globe and forged a record label to bring music to the worldwide church. I spoke here, there, and everywhere. But if people didn't like me there was always another opportunity around the corner. Another conference. Another group of people. Another endeavor to launch.

But in planting a church you sink roots with a tribe, and in leading people week by week you quickly discover you can't please everyone. Sadly, I thought I could make everyone happy (control is talking now). And I really needed to, more than I wanted to admit. In our embryonic days, my wife, Shelley, and I got an e-mail from a friend that shattered any notion that planting a church would be easy, or that our good intentions would always be rewarded. When the giant of control met and married the giant of rejection, they tag-teamed me, tied my hands, and hurled me over the cliff. It wasn't anyone's fault but mine. Character flaws that were once smaller and manageable were now towering over me. Taunting me. Defying my God.

I was a controller who'd found he couldn't control anymore. I was an approval-seeker who'd discovered not everything he did was applauded. My pet tiger cub was a full-grown adversary I had to admit and deal with.

These are (I initially wrote were, but that's not as realistic as I'd like it to be) a couple of my giants.

What about you?

When One Voice Shuts You Down

For some of you, as soon as you read the title of this book, you knew exactly what your giant was. You didn't even need to think about it, because you battle against it every day.

Others aren't exactly sure what the name of their problem is because it's not as clear. All they know is something isn't right and they want to fix it.

A few, who read early copies of the manuscript, noted they didn't think they had any giants until they read a little more.

Either way, it's helpful to articulate what kind of giants can do us the most harm.

• Maybe a giant called fear rules our lives. It's not like we walk around shaking in our boots all the time. But in our most honest moments, we know anxiety is a big piece of who we are. It shakes us up and rattles our world. It makes us dread the nighttime. The fear has begun to dominate us, and at the end of the day we know it diminishes God's glory in our life.

• Maybe we're battling rejection. We grew up in a performance-based environment, and because of that we're afraid that if we don't get everything perfect we're not going to get the approval we long for. We fear that people will only love us if we produce the needed result. If we ever take a break, if we ever turn in something less than perfect, if we ever say the wrong thing, if we ever show up in the wrong outfit, if we ever go slower than the frantic pace we're going now, then all that approval is out the window.

• Maybe a giant called comfort has taken hold. Comfort isn't wrong if we're talking about genuine rest that refreshes us. But comfort can become a huge problem if it morphs into complacency or entitlement. Too often we embrace the easiest path, the bare minimum, the "cush" job, the spoils of this life. But the easiest path might not be the best path, the path that Jesus invites us to take.

• Maybe the giant that harms us is anger. Not rage, necessarily. Yet something smolders inside. We can't keep a lid on our temper. Every once in a while we lash out for no good reason. Something jumps out of us in anger, and we wish we could take it back. We know this anger is shutting down God's best for us, but we just can't seem to get a handle on it.

• Maybe we are flat-out stuck in an addiction. Lots of different addictions taunt us, and most of us struggle with at least one. The addiction might be to a substance or behavior that's controlling us — alcohol, drugs, porn, gambling, shopping, or binge eating. Or maybe the addiction is to something subtle. The wrong kind of friend. A wrong kind of thought. Maybe we always feel we need to be the caretaker of other people — doing for them what they should do for themselves. Or we feel victimized if people don't give us the respect or love we think we deserve. Maybe we're always defensive. Or critical. We manipulate people. Or blame them. Our feelings have a way of hurting the relationships that matter, and we're not sure what to do. Well, this is just the way I am, we tell ourselves — and some days we even believe that lie.

Maybe we find ourselves tolerating the harmful thing at first, even though we know it clearly goes against God's plan. Maybe we try to justify its existence. We wrestle with it and wish it were gone. We're annoyed the harmful thing is there in the first place, but we end up giving it free rent anyway. Before we know it, the harmful thing has established a foothold. It becomes a giant. A default routine is formed. Our giant becomes a habit in the way we think or act. Some days we fight to rid ourselves of the giant, but the problem never seems to go away entirely.

How do we get rid of the giants? Jesus offers an abundant life to everyone who follows him. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy," Jesus said; "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). Jesus didn't come to earth to die on the cross and be resurrected from the grave so we could settle for a reduced amount of God's best. Jesus intended for us to "really live" (1 Thessalonians 3:8). And that means we can live freely in the power of what he has accomplished for us.

It starts with seeing and believing that whatever giant we're battling might be big — but it's not bigger than Jesus. Nine feet tall is nothing to him. And he intends to set you free.

We're going to see this in a powerful way as we unpack the story of David and Goliath. I'm guessing you've heard this tale somewhere along the line. If not, get ready. It's a gripping tale jammed with possibility for you. I've heard this story since my days as a kid in church. But there's a fresh twist that's been exploding in my heart more recently. A life-altering way of seeing Jesus in the story that changes everything about the way your giant is going down.

The Kid Comes to Death Valley

The backdrop of the story of David and Goliath, to catch us all up to speed, is that the ancient army of the Philistines was fighting against the army of Israel, the people of God. This was a pattern all throughout the Old Testament: the Philistine army was a constant thorn in the side of God's people, and the two armies often clashed. The Philistines have a god of their own, an idol we'll see more about in a moment. They were vile and surly, haters of the people who claimed allegiance to the one true God.

A lot of times throughout the story of Scripture, the Philistines had the upper hand, and that was the case when this particular story unfolds in 1 Samuel 17. Here's the backdrop.

Picture a particular valley in ancient Israel. It's stubbly and rocky and green and thorny. It's called the Valley of Elah, and through that valley flows the Brook of Elah. You'd think such a bucolic scene would be peaceful, inviting. But it isn't. It's soon going to be the valley of death.

Flanking each side of the brook is a hillside. The Philistine army was camped on one hillside, and the army of Israel was camped on the other side. Each army would camp in their tents at night, then each morning they'd come out to their places of battle. They could look right across the valley to stare each other down.

When our story opens, the two armies weren't doing much actual fighting. The army of Israel was being held back from advancing — and the guy holding back the Israelites from doing their real work was a crude brawler named Goliath, a big, huge, giant Philistine, nine feet tall, a champion fighter, a fierce and awesome-looking black-bearded warrior with thick body armor.

Every day Goliath would come out and yell insults at the army of Israel. He'd stride right down into the valley with his army behind him, glare up at the opposing hillside at the Israelite army, and shout with a sneer, "Cowards! You and your God are not big enough to take on us. I challenge you to a fight, and I defy your God! If anyone's brave enough to fight me, then come on down. Whoever wins the fight will win the whole war. The losing army will serve the winning army. All you gotta do is get past me." (That's not exactly what it says in 1 Samuel, but you get the idea.)

Day after day Goliath did this. A week passed. Two weeks. Three weeks. Four. Day after day, the insults continued. Day after day, none of the Israelites dared to go down to fight. The Bible says Goliath did this for a full forty days, yet even then, not a single soldier from the highly trained army of the people of God could stomach the thought of facing Goliath alone. Goliath must have let out a slew of insults. He shouted and taunted. He harassed and mocked. He agitated and coaxed and cajoled and scoffed, but still no one would fight him alone.

The Israelite army was intimidated.




The sound of a single bad voice had shut down the Israelites. Can you relate? They'd lost the fight, and they hadn't even gone to battle yet.

Step back for a moment and consider who the ancient Israelites were. It's hard to know exactly why they'd allowed themselves to become so intimidated. God had a rich history with these people. He'd chosen them as his own. He'd given them his presence. All they had to do was look to their times gone by to see how God had miraculously removed them from slavery in Egypt. He'd spilt the sea wide-open before them. Once they were safely through, its waters crashed down and wiped out the enemies pursuing them. He'd guided them through the Sinai wilderness with a cloud in the day and by fire at night. When they were thirsty, God made water appear. When they were hungry, God gave them manna to eat. He'd taken them across the Jordan River and brought them into the promised land. They'd conquered the highly fortified city of Jericho thanks to God's mighty outstretched arm. A shout of praise brought Jericho's walls tumbling down. Time and time again, God had done miraculous things for his people.

But they'd forgotten.

They weren't tapping into how all-powerful their God was, and how if they would just trust him and follow him and lean into him, then they'd have access to that same power in their lives again.

In fairness, we've got to give the Israelite army a bit of a break. Personally, I've never fought a nine-foot giant before. I've never really fought another human being before, and I can't say that I'd have the grit to go up against an armor-plated warrior standing three feet taller than me.

But what if he had threatened the people I love? There's a good chance I'd take a shot at a nine-foot giant then. Particularly if I had a sword in my hand and my own armor on. Yet not a single one of the Israelites were willing to enter into the fray. Every day the people of God were shut down by one harassing voice. What a gloomy thought. One loud, uncouth man was paralyzing the entire army of God.

Fortunately, help was on the way. And it was coming from an unlikely source.

On the fortieth day, a kid named David came up to the outskirts of the Israelite camp. Most folks at the time didn't think David was anything special. The only person who'd ever thought much of him was an old prophet named Samuel, who'd come to the family's house once and anointed David's head with oil. But that had been awhile back. David was the youngest of a whole raft of older brothers. They were taller than he was. Tougher than he was. More handsome.

While the men in the family went off to do the fighting, David's job was to stay home with his aged father and take care of the family sheep.

On that particular day when he came to camp, David was bringing supplies to his older brothers who were up on the line. Basically, David was just a delivery boy.

The kid everybody yelled at to bring more cheese.


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Table of Contents


Overture: Your Giant Is Going Down, ix,
1. Bigger Than Your Giant, 1,
2. Dead but Still Deadly, 27,
3. Fear Must Fall, 51,
4. Rejection Must Fall, 79,
5. Comfort Must Fall, 107,
Interlude: Your Giant Is Dead, 133,
6. Anger Must Fall, 139,
7. Addiction Must Fall, 167,
8. A Table in the Presence, 193,
9. Fuel for the Fight, 225,
Acknowledgments, 243,
Notes, 247,
About the Author, 249,

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iiiireader More than 1 year ago
There was something about the title of this book, “Goliath Must Fall” that grabbed my attention as a book I must read. I questioned the word “must”, after all, Goliath did fall, but why “must” he? I began the book with my own opinion of who my Goliath was and what needed to be done to make him fall. After Louie’s explanation of who and what are giants are made of, I realized that I was wrong. The Goliath that I thought was my own turned out to be a symptom of many other giants that have been holding sway in my life. Fear, anger, control and even comfort have their hold on me. It took reading this book, with Louie’s examples of situations for me to be able to see my giants with new eyes. His explanation that David was Jesus and me also showed me who had slain my giants at the cross, that my thoughts and actions were what were still propping them up and that it was past time for me to finally let them fall. Louie gives a suggestion of some actions to take over a 40 day period which will help. I’ve read that it takes at least 30 day period to create a habit (good or bad). The number 40 is such a Biblical number and, in appropriate in this instance for the days that Goliath taunted the Israelites. I intend to follow this suggestion to break down my habits that are keeping these giants on their feet. This is a book that I will turn to again and again as I am sure that my giants will try to get their footings in my life once more. While the book describes events in the pastor’s and others lives, the ultimate direction it always points to is Christ, the giant slayer, all-sufficient and victorious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly life changing. Every chapter has great meaning and some even brought me to tears. Will definitely be recommending this book to friends and family.
ACReads More than 1 year ago
It’s a good book especially if you feel overwhelmed by your problems often. It’s not a typical book telling you to overcome your fears but gives some insight on why they happen and realistic ways to overcome them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wow
MissieStein More than 1 year ago
This book is a "Must Read" for Everyone! I know of the author, Louie Giglio, through his Passion Conferences for college-age young adults. I am a parent of 2 former college-aged adults who were not able to attend a conference while away at school, but when Passion came to our city 3 years in a row, we were in the front of the line to volunteer to serve. Three days of powerful life-changing speakers & original music by the greatest Christian music artists. When I first heard about Louie’s new book, I was excited to read it! However, I wrongly assumed it was written for the same college-age audience. Then I received an email from the Passion organization asking if I would be interested in reading the book to give honest feedback, to which I immediately replied yes! It’s a great read and I loved it! Also, not just for young adults! Based on the Bible story of David & Goliath, the narrative is applied to our own personal “giants.” Expect the unexpected, there are twists and turns, but expect Jesus to show up! Admittedly, I personally have more than 1 giant lurking around my corner, so I was glad to see that Louie listed 5 giants that MUST Fall! Now don’t waste another minute! Order you own copy now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first heard the title of Louie Giglio’s book I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but once I dove into the book I realized it was exactly what I needed! Louie is a powerful speaker and has a great way of relating a story to a topic to make it easier to understand. He does that so well in this book. When starting the book it could be easy to say I don’t know what my giant is, but Louie did an excellent job handling this. He explained that we each have a giant, but we may be comfortable with it and we need to ask God to reveal it to us. For others, the giant is clear. One of the points that stood out to me is that we are not David in the story of David and Goliath. I found Louie’s perspective to shed a new light on a popular story. Since starting this book, I have become more aware of the points Louie made in this book. He not only brought giants to light, but also offered guidance through God on how to overcome these giants. Louie was relatable as he shared his own giant and his journey with the giant. I also appreciate how Louie shared that he is still overcoming his giant. Many people will write books and offer this splendid life where instantly everything is rainbows and pots of gold, but we know life doesn’t always (usually) work that way. This book was both honest and practical and I really appreciate that.
LeoLozano More than 1 year ago
This is a book you must have. I love the take of Louie on this David and Goliath story. Yes we have heard it many times, we probably know it back and forth but... My goodness the fresh perspective Giglio gives us in this book is breathtaking. If you want to be encouraged, if you don't want to feel alone in your fight(s), pick up this book and let the Gospel shine new light over your circumstances.
Asianguy More than 1 year ago
Love that this book doesn't shy away from the hard issues that we all face ... whether that be fear, rejection, addiction, anger, [fill-in-the-blank]. It can often seem like a losing battle, but Louie reminds us that no matter how big our giants are, we have a BIGGER God. It's not about trying harder, but about letting God do what we can never do our own. Jesus is > than any giants that we are facing or will face in the future. Definitely recommend this book if you're looking for freedom and for hope in the midst of your circumstances. Prepare to be INSPIRED and to see the giants in your life FALL! Some inspiring quotes from the book: "Whatever giants we're battling might be big - but it's not bigger than Jesus." "We believe what God did for us is greater than what anyone could do against us." "We are able because God is able." "Our lives' central aim is to enjoy this great God and to glorify Him forever."
cheltseabird More than 1 year ago
Goliath Must Fall is a must read book! In his most recent book, Louie Giglio, presents a freeing truth: because of the cross of Christ, our giants our already dead. But how do we live in that freedom when our giants seem to chase us around? We come back to the cross. We come back to our God who slays the giants for us. We learn to name our giants: fear, anxiety, comfort, anger, and addiction. We learn to fix our gaze on a God who is bigger than us and bigger than our giants. We learn to walk in freedom. This book provides the “me too” we all need when fighting our giants. We are all fighting against something. And we all want to see our giants fall. This book will equip readers with practical ways to do just that as well as help others in our lives win the battle against their giants. I was given an advanced copy in exchange for my honest feedback.
charkelll More than 1 year ago
Incredibly vulnerable and personal revelation that flips the script on the Old Testament story we all know. Or THOUGHT we knew. Calling out the biggest giants of our generation and paving a way for us to claim our freedom through the assertion that even modern day Goliaths MUST fall. If you or someone you love struggles with fear, anxiety, control, perfectionism, etc. this book was written with you in mind and heart. Highly recommend!!
Carol Roberts More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I've been a Louie Giglio fan ever since my first year at the Passion Conference nearly 10 years ago. He communicates the Truth of the Gospel in a practical and easily understood way. This book is no different. If you've ever struggled or are struggling now with a sense that things simply aren't right in your world, or maybe you feel a deep sense of longing to be more than your schedule, more than your to-do list, more than your fears or anxieties, maybe even more than your successes, this book is a must read. I cannot express to you the freedom found in Christ being overwhelming. I know I have personally struggled with the giant of inadequacy. Not feeling like I was good enough. This message resonates with the person that simply needs to hear that you can have freedom from these things. Louie does a stellar job of communicating this message and simply holding the door for you to walk into freedom in Christ. Excellent life-changing read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Louie Giglio has once again written a book that speaks directly into my everyday life and situations. This book was so powerful and convicting that I actually had to put it down at times just to process all God was doing in my life as I read. If you've ever felt beat down, conquered, or defeated, this book is definitely for you!
the937nerd More than 1 year ago
This booko is a great reminder that it's not that giants CAN fall but with God the giants in our life MUST fall.