The giant within

chain me down the darkest dungeon
give to me stale bread and water
guard me with a hefty dragon
yet my thoughts will soar
far beyond the chains

and something in me will tell a story.

give me aching pain and sorrow
give me torment steeped in trouble
give me dryness stilled in darkness
yet my mind will spin
a world of brilliance

and know that world will tell a story.

For a while now, I have thought that the things that are external to me are tiny compared to the potency within. Even when I have failed and fallen flat on my face, I knew deep down that I did not fail because of the intensity of the battle without but because on the day of battle, I was internally unfortified. When I had to battle a terminal disease (terminal diseases do not know their age mates, I know), I knew that the disease could not defeat me if I did not allow myself to be defeated internally.

As an entrepreneur even when my enterprise reflects my operating environment, I know that the state of the economy or my industry does not determine the state of my enterprise, if I refuse to allow it internally. I know deep down that my personal economic conditions are determined from within and really have nothing to do with the local or global economic cycle. I have fallen to temptation before but even then, I knew I did not fall because I was tempted, I fell because I was unfortified internally.

My present challenges, my recent posts, the vibrant comments and the suggestion of Histiara, who wrote the opening poem and with whom I collaborated on this post, prompted this post.

There is a giant in me. I know it like I know my name is Tolulope. There is an invincible one in me, who can make a way in the wilderness and create rivers of water in the desert, who can make things happen against all odds. Who is this giant? He is my recreated spirit, my real self, a child of God, who came into being when I received Jesus Christ into my life.

Like God who fathered him, this giant within is invisible and invincible. The giant within is also referred to as “the hidden man of the heart.” Believe it or not, if you have also become God’s child, there is a giant in you. This giant is a love child of the Almighty God, the Creator of the universe. That needs to sink.

Like his father who created this tangible earth and the surrounding universe from those things we dismiss as non-existent, this giant within has the native ability to bring new things into existence. Like his father, this giant within can create a “world of brilliance” from “aching pain and sorrow,” “torment steeped in trouble,” “dryness stilled in darkness.”

Being a child of the Creator of the universe and having the Creator’s native ability to create, this giant within can create, with or without formal education or “experience”. After all, his Father, God the Creator, has no formal education and look what He did! The giant within is the reason Joseph graduated from prison having spent his educational years in slavery and prison and went on to run the empire of his days. The giant within is the reason David, schooled in Sheep Herding and Protection, lacking the required combat experience and equipment, brought down Goliath. There are many more examples in contemporary times, of the giant within in action.

There is a giant within, who, like God his father, can handle whatever he confronts on the outside. He is invisible and in a world where all attention is focused on the external, we are easily deceived into ignoring or dismissing “the hidden man of the heart,” who is the real person. Little wonder many of us live and die without having lived. The hidden man of the heart is not to be ignored as we are admonished in scriptures, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”

The giant within originated from God and therefore has no potency or equipment problem when it comes to challenges of life or engaging forces of wickedness. The giant within is so potent that he cannot be defeated except by himself. From the beginning of time, every defeat of God’s children has been caused by themselves, not the enemy. There is a giant within, who is more potent than the enemy without. Because of the giant within, God expects us to be victorious and that is why heaven is for winners and hell is for losers.

If the enemy was so powerful, why did he have to make suggestions to Adam and Eve? Why could he not come against them unawares and just defeat them? He needed them, he needed the giants in them. Why did Samson have to be tempted by Delilah, in order to be defeated? Like Adam and Eve, his downfall had to come from him, the participation of the giant in him was necessary for his downfall.

I am at a point where I need to activate the giant in me. Activating the giant within, I believe, starts with knowing that there is indeed a giant within. Are you a child of God? You may know there is a giant in you but do you know there is a giant in you?

11 thoughts on “The giant within

  1. As I read this post, the yearning in my heart to fully grasp the size and ability of the giant in me was increasing in intensity. The more I read, the more I wanted my regenrated spirit to come to the fore in my life. It's amazing when one fully grasps the profound revelation that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens from within. I agree with you when you say that our internal environment will determine our external circumstances. One example will be when Jesus calmed the storm. Externally, the storm created an atmosphere of chaos and fear but because His internal environment was befitting on the Prince of Peace, He was unperturbed and even slept soundly. When He was awakened by the disciples, He commanded His internal environment (which is the superior reality) to manifest itself externally. He simply said: "Peace, be still" and serenity returned. There's so much to aspire for. Thanks guys.

  2. Wow…wow…wow! Powerful poem MOH. I read the poem, I think early this year, and I am still getting goose bumps now that I read it again.Now about this post: Because of the daily humdrums of life, we forget that we carry a powerful God on the inside of us. The problem isn't that we do not know of the Giant, but the issue is that we forget. And when we forget, we waste unnecessary time and energy on things that are not that important. I am reminded of one of your early posts that continues to stay with me. You had written about the importance of carrying our yoga mat wherever we go …If I remember correctly, you had said that it was important to live on our yoga mat because it is so easy to get lost in the daily tasks and activities. When we live on the yoga mat which really is meditating on God and on his word, we are truly connected to who he is…to that Giant that creates, and does not abort. And when we do this, there's no need to 'gimmick' out his power through us…it's like saying I'm trying to activate my heartbeat. so long as you take good care of your heart by ensuring the proper nutrition(both physical and spiritual) necessary for a good heart, then your heart beat will be activated without any gimmick on our parts. In the same way, when we meditate on him, he himself shines forth in our lives…just so long as we remember to spend time on that Yoga mat 24/7. F Thanks Tolu for this post. And thanks to my dear MOH for prompting it.

  3. Bunmi, you are a blessing. Thank you for this addendum to the post. No, we do not need to try to activate our heartbeats. We only need proper nutrition for a good heartbeat. You have tapped into the spirit behind this post and have even written about what has not been published yet but will follow. And I so love how you connected this to Yoga beyond the yoga mat.God bless you Bunmi.

  4. MOH ~ That poem is powerful. Girl, you must have gone somewhere deep in your soul to bring that out. I pray that God will replenish your source and you will be full of new revelations.Tolulope ~ What else can i say about the Giant Within? After reading this I can run against a troop, i can leap over a wall.

  5. Thank you Buky. That poem is indeed a masterpiece. God bless MOH for it. I am honored that she would allow it here and that she would collaborate on this Giant within series.Yes Buky. I want to run through a troop, leap over a wall, bring down my Goliath. I also come back to it myself for encouragement, which is one of the primary purposes of my posts anyway, that I may be encouraged, first.Thanks Buky for taking time out of your very busy schedule to contribute to this blog, the readers and myself. God bless you.

  6. It takes more power of God to raise one dead sinner to life than all the power in creation. I want to emphasize the personal pronoun “I”. Ezekiel 36:25-27…..”Then “I” will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; “I” will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, “I” will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and “I” will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh, (one that will respond to spiritual stimuli). “I” will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. It’s all about God.
    “Regeneration” seems to have been lost in most evangelical churches in America.

    • “It takes more power of God to raise a dead sinner to life than all the power in creation.” That is one of the truest phrases I have heard in a long time. That sentence requires selah at the end of it, so it can sink in. We do not realize but it is so true. If it sinks in, we will surly carry ourselves differently.

      God bless you for that insight.

      And I did not see the personal pronoun for what it is until you pointed it out. It is all about God and that makes it all the more amazing.

      If only we knew that what we are toying with as believers is all of God’s omnipotency…

      Thank you thank you for this

  7. I am still digesting this, quite a mouthful, but true nonetheless. Let me paraphrase your words …, make it personal, I know there is a giant in me, but do I know there is a giant in me? Education or no education. I am my own worst enemy. May God help me activate the giant within and know that the potent in me, is God-breathed. May God help us to forget the small-David frame when we see Goliaths-in-today’s-world because we’ll remember how far God has brought us. The many bears we have killed! Oh I am recharged! Thank you!

    This is my first time on your blog, God bless, hoping to read more of your musings!

    • Thank you Maureen. I am glad this spoke to you as it continues to speak to me.

      Most times we need to sit down and appreciate that there is indeed a giant in us, reproduced by God! And I love your prayer, “May God help us to forget the small-David frame when we see Goliaths-in-today’s-world because we’ll remember how far God has brought us.” We need to remember the bears and the lions we killed, with God’s help.

      Thank you for visiting and contributing.

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