Giants In Our Land

A repost from August, 2016

Everyone has been faced with some sort of “giant” at one time or another. Maybe an illness, an abusive relationship, habitual sin, or some sort of circumstance where it looked like you were being overcome and you just couldn’t get the victory.

There are personal giants, national giants and global giants. Giants at every level. A giant is something of superhuman size and strength. A giant is a demonic force that stands between us and what the Lord says is ours to possess. A giant will taunt us and try to get us in fear, worry, doubt and unbelief. A giant(s) simply stated is our enemy.

Our nation is facing giants at this very moment. Giants that desire to take America down, destroy our Constitution and the freedoms we enjoy. Giants that are confronting the Body of Christ to make us fear and submit to anti-Christ influences. Giants that are doing their best to destroy the image of God and man who is created in His image. There seems to be giants everywhere.

Israel was faced with many giants in her history. One of those giants was named Goliath, 1 Samuel 17. Goliath was about 9′ 9″ tall! This giant taunted the army of Israel night and day for forty days. Saul, the king of Israel and the entire army was dismayed and in fear. They were in fear because they were focused on the giant and not the Lord.

We will never overcome a giant by focusing on the giant and listening to it’s voice. 

One day David shows up with some food for his brothers. He hears the voice of the giant, Goliath, taunting the army of Israel. David says, For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?” David’s focus was not on the giant. His focus was on the Lord and what the Lord could do through him.

The only way we will overcome the giants is by focusing on the Lord.

David did not ignore the giant or act like he didn’t exist. He did not engage in a long conversation with the giant nor did he spend time learning about the giant. In reading 1 Samuel 17 we discover that David talked about the Lord, his focus was on God and His power, not the giant. David understood this giant was an enemy of the Lord and he simply had to go! For forty days the giant taunted the entire army of Israel and they coward in fear as they looked at him and heard his voice. David comes along and in a “moment” takes the giant out with a stone and a sling! This story and others like it teach us that God does not want us to tolerate, get along with, and live with giants. God brings us face to face with our giants, not to intimidate or scare us, not to overwhelm us or show us how small we are. He shows us our giants so we will take them out!

When the Hebrews left Egypt and arrived at the Promised Land they sent in twelve spies to check out the land. When they returned, ten reported what they saw saying, There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight”, Numbers 13:33. The ten spies focused on the giants and not the Lord. The other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, did not deny that the giants were in the land, they understood the Lord already said it was their land to possess. Their focus and attention was on the Lord and what He said, not the giants that they saw.

The people chose to believe the faithless report of the ten spies and not the Word of the Lord. This one decision of unbelief set them back a generation. They would not enter the Promised Land. The Land that flowed with milk and honey now had to wait for the next generation forty years later! This happened in the Biblical month of Av on the 9th day.

The month of Av has been the most destructive month in Israel’s history. On the first day of the month of Av the first high priest, Aaron, died. Not only was it on the  9th of Av that the ten spies gave their negative report it was also the day each of the temples were destroyed, the first in the year 586 BC and the second in 70 AD. The 9th of Av 1290 is the day the Jews were expelled from England. And in 1492 on the 9th of Av the Jews were expelled from Spain. Germany declared war on Russia to start the First World War in 1914 which led to the Holocaust of WWII, just to name a few.

This is the month that God had determined to be a blessing for Israel to enter the Promised Land. However, the people chose to believe the ten spies over God. Even though God was giving them the land and it flowed with milk and honey they determined the giants were just too much for them! Their focus was on the giants and not the Lord and therefore they saw themselves as grasshoppers!

Are we going to focus on the giants or the Lord? It is our decision. Choose life or choose death, it is our choice. God has given us land and there are giants in it. He shows us our giants so we can take them out and possess the land! We will only be successful as we focus on the Lord, hear His voice and obey Him accordingly. He has a strategy if we will listen to Him.

Focus on Me says the Lord, heed My voice. Giants that have hindered My people for generations shall come down in a moment as David took out the giant that caused My army to shudder in fear. Do not listen to the voice of the majority as My people did who aligned with the report of unbelief that prevented them from entering the Promised Land for a generation. Reverse the curse, release a blessing, choose wisely. 

Joe Nicola

We Have Been Reconciled

Racism is being used as cover for a cultural revolution. While many people, including Christians and Christian leaders, are focused on racism, racial healing and racial reconciliation, a cultural civil war is be waged. The riots we are witnessing in the streets are not about racism. They are about a cultural Marxist revolution, a Communist insurrection and a coup against President Donald Trump. However, I am addressing the finished work of Christ concerning racial reconciliation in this blog post.

Racism is being used as cover for a cultural revolution

Racism should not exist in the life of any Christian. It is sin. However, racism is really a misnomer. Every human is part of one race of people; the human race. Then, according to scripture, there are only two races or classes of people; Jew and Gentile. More specifically, those who have been born again and are now children of God and those who are not, 2 Corinthians 5:17. As Christians we need to understand what Jesus accomplished on the cross and through His resurrection in light of this so-called racism issue.

Sin is inherent to all humanity before the born again experience. Therefore, men have prejudices and men discriminate based on a host of reasons including the color of one’s skin or ethnicity. This is a heart problem that is only rectified in Christ through repentance and forgiveness. Jesus took “every sin” (every sickness and disease too) and crucified it on the cross, Isaiah 53:4-5. Jesus defeated sin and its power. When we receive Christ and are born again we are set free from the curse of sin. If there is sin in the life of a child of God it is because we choose it and give it power over our life, like Adam and Eve did. Sinning is not a result of a sin nature because you do not have a sin nature once you are born again. It is not because the devil made you do it, he cannot make you do anything, he only suggests and deceives. Racism along with every other sin is a choice, not an inherent issue with the born again child of God. Nor is racism inherent to caucasian people as some would like for you to believe.

We need to believe Jesus and live accordingly

It seems that many Christians and Christian leaders believe the power of the cross and the shed blood of Jesus is powerful enough to deal with every sin except the sin of racism. Why do I say that? Because many keep rehashing their pain and heart wounds received from prejudice and discrimination of men. Therefore, repeating a cycle of offense and even bitterness leading to hatred from generation to generation. Then other Christians and Christian leaders keep listening to those who are wounded share their painful experiences without ever going to the cross for healing. What we take to the cross gets crucified and buried and we discover the power of the resurrection for new life! Sin is not resurrected so we can continue the cycle and keep discussing our pain from a wounded perspective. That would render the cross and blood of Christ ineffective. The resurrection is about newness of life, the abundant life Jesus said He came to give us, John 10:10!

Repentance and forgiveness are foundational and essential to Christianity. These men keep talking about reconciliation as if Jesus needs to do something else about it. They keep praying about it, holding rallies about it and having racial reconciliation meetings. They enter into an emotional tie on a soul level assuming the offense of the hurt and wounded because they haven’t sought the only healing that is possible through the blood of Christ. I have been involved in many of these same discussions, prayers and meeting for years. True healing is never accomplished, that should be obvious by now. We are talking and praying for something that Christ Jesus already accomplished for us. What we need to do is believe Jesus and live accordingly. The healing for our nation is the responsibility of the Body of Christ. However, when so many are hurt and wounded or have assumed the offense of the hurt and wounded, our nation does not heal but gets worse. Hurt and wounded people hurt and wound others because like an animal caught in a painful trap, they too are in a painful trap of offense.

Reconciliation has already been accomplished

Here is what one powerful scripture tells us about reconciliation;

Ephesians 2:11-22; Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12  remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you how formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17 A ND H E CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY , AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR ; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of a God's household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

When we receive Christ we are reconciled to Him. Our responsibility is to submit to Him and renew our minds, Romans 12:1-2. Notice verse 15 above, Jew and Gentile (black, white, brown, yellow, red, etc) made into One New Man (Jesus). That is every ethnic group, young or old, rich or poor, male or female are no longer separate, excluded, far off, strangers or aliens! We become reconciled to Christ and our Father by the power of His blood! We are now fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God and His household. We are being fitted together into a holy temple in the Lord for His dwelling!

What is the answer? Repentance and forgiveness. Knowing what Jesus accomplished, believing it and living according to it so we can help a nation in crisis. Many are being blinded by race while we are losing our nation to Marxists.

My people perish for a lack of knowledge, Hosea 4:6.

Joe Nicola