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Facing Your Goliath (2 of 9)
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1 Samuel 17
Dennis Jernigan is a man of God. God has so used him, so blessed him. But in his book, "The Giant Killers," Dennis Jernigan talks about a giant that was so huge in his life.
Dennis Jernigan grew up in a home where they went to church all the time, and he said, "You know, my parents were good parents, and they loved me." But one thing he didn't get as a kid growing up, he didn't get much affection and affirmation and attention from his dad. He longed for that. Dennis was not a big athlete. He was more of a kid that liked to sing and play the piano and do things like that. And so he had more feminine characteristics and he got teased a little bit. And he said when he was young, he saw himself more attracted to men than to women. He knew that was wrong. And he carried this burden with him as he went off to college.
And he said in college there was an older man that was involved in the college and at his church and he took an interest in Dennis. And Dennis so longed to be loved and accepted, especially by his father. And this guy was kind of like a father figure, and he really earned Dennis' trust. And so, Dennis one night shared with this man this burden about his attraction to other men. And he said the man, whom he thought was his friend, his confidant, he seized on that opportunity. He made a sexual advance toward Dennis Jernigan. And that night Dennis Jernigan started down the swirling pathway of homosexuality. He said, "I wanted to die. I wanted to kill myself." He said, "I knew it was wrong, but I couldn't break out, and I didn't know what to do.
And I was so filled with guilt and shame. I was facing a giant who was continually defeating me."
Now, can you relate in your life to facing a giant? Oh, maybe it's not the giant of homosexuality or maybe it is. But maybe for you the giant is just sexual immorality. The giant for so many guys that they face is lust. ...
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