Book Review: Goliath Must Fall

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Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio has found a spot on my “read this book often list”.  It was on page 60 when Louie asked “Ask yourself this: What in your life have you truly ever controlled?” that I realized that he was writing this book for me…he knows my problem…my giant.  This book was a great read driven by the truth of Scripture meant to remind the reader of the gospel.  I have to remind myself everyday that the gospel is true for me today, just like it was yesterday, and just like it will be tomorrow.  What are your giants?  Pick up this book and while you are at it…but a copy for a friend as well.

Philippians 1:6 “he who began a good work in (us) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I highlighted several things while reading and posted those notes below…

  • 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. John 10:10 1 Thessalonians 3:8 p. 8
  • Time and time again, God had done miraculous things for his people.  But they’d forgotten. p. 12
  • Whatever giant we’re battling might be big—but it’s not bigger than Jesus. p. 15
  • We are not David in the story of David and Goliath.  Jesus is. p. 21
  • Worship puts God in focus.  When the Almighty is in view, our giant’s power over our thinking begins to flicker and fade. p. 24
  • Your giant is dead.  And yet…your giant is still deadly. p. 33
  • Romans 6:9 “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.” p. 35
  • 2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” p. 41
  • See, whenever a problem is concealed, it finds power in the darkness.  But when a problem is confessed, it loses that power.  Confession brings the light of Christ to shine upon that problem. p. 46
  • Fear comes from our conditioning. p. 57
  • Fear comes from our concealing. p. 58
  • Fear comes from our controlling. p. 58
  • The antidote to fear is faith, and the soundtrack of faith is worship. p. 59
  • Ask yourself this: What in your life have you truly ever controlled? p. 60
  • The Stuff of Faith
    We remind ourselves that God is able.
    We set the Lord always before us.
    We name what’s keeping us up at night.
    We fill our mouths with praise. p. 74
  • Worship and worry cannot occupy the same space; they can’t both fill our mouths at the same time.  One always displaces the other.  We either speak doom and destruction, kicking into high gear our worrying and stressing.  Or we recount the size and the character of the Almighty.  We release our outcomes to him and center our thinking in his sovereign plans. p. 74
  • You are worth Jesus to God. p. 81
  • Philippians 1:6 “he who began a good work in (us) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” p. 89
  • How do we embrace confidence in His acceptance?
    We understand the miracle of our creation.
    We revel in the mystery that Jesus chose us.
    We grasp how costly it was for Jesus to rescue us.
    We live from acceptance, not for it. p. 102
  • Faith thrives in holy discomfort. p. 115
  • How can we make sure we don’t lose God’s opportunity by settling back into our comfort and complacency?
    We remember that faith thrives in discomfort.
    Faith thrives in holy discomfort.  The greatest moments in life can often results from some of the most uncomfortable decisions being made.  Nothing worth having comes without a cost. p. 121
    We remember the point of our lives is the fame of Jesus.
    We align ourselves with God.
    We remember life is short. p. 125
  • We believe what God did for us is greater than what anyone would do against us. p. 153
  • How is anger dealt with?  How does this giant fall?  When we throw the following five smooth stones of truth:
    We remind ourselves we aren’t perfect to being with.
    We remind ourselves that God has made peace with us.
    We believe God is our avenger.
    We forgive.
    We remind ourselves we are sons and daughters of God. p. 163
  • We are able because God is able. p. 169
  • Don’t give the Enemy a seat at the table? p. 200
    If the Enemy is at your table, then you think you’re not going to make it.
    If the Enemy is at your table, then you think there’s something better at another table.
    If the Enemy is at your table, then you feel like you’re not good enough for God.
    If the Enemy is at your table, then you think everyone is out to get you. p. 203
  • What does it look like for the Shepherd to lead you?
    Make sure you are spiritually alive.
    Let the shepherd lead you day by day.
    Trust him and lean in his direction.
    Say yes to the Holy Spirit as a way of life.
    Make sure you don’t take no for an answer.
    Keep your guard up. p. 218
  • God is with us, so we lack nothing. p. 222
  • Our freedom and God’s glory are inextricably woven together. p. 225
  • Our lives’ central aim is to enjoy this great God and to glory him forever. p. 229

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