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

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Government and politics are vitally important because they affect the life of every person in the nation. 

The United States is a Constitutional Republic made up of 50 individual states. A brilliant form of government with a Constitution that restricts government from infringing on the God given rights and freedom of all men. Freedom and liberty unleash the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit like no other form of government on earth ever has. But even the best form of government appears to be bad government when you have corrupt men in it. 

Many people say our system of government is broken. I would agree that some things definitely need to be changed, others completely eliminated and the power the federal government stole from the states returned. Federal government has grown and centralized power over the years. The judicial system has been allowed to assume more authority than our Constitution affords them. However, the basic system of our government as laid out in the Constitution does not need to be “fixed” it needs to be restored.

One, among many misunderstandings of the Constitution, is that our three branches of government are co-equal. They are not. The three branches, Executive, Legislative and Judicial, have Separation of Powers for the purpose of providing checks and balances on each other. Each have their own respective duties that are exclusive of one another. Congress has more power and authority as they are closer to “we the people” as our representatives. This co-equal misunderstanding along with ignorance of our Constitution in general has led to giving the office of the President and the Supreme Court more power and authority than the Constitution allows. 

Elected officials come and go. The President is in office for a maximum of 8 years. Senators are elected to 6 year terms and Representatives 2 year terms. We hire and fire those who “we the people” decide to represent us through elections. Every vote is critical even in local elections as we have discovered through the Covid-19 crisis. 

There is an incredible number of unelected bureaucrats that are not subject to elections that stay, in many cases, for a lifetime. These unelected bureaucrats have been allowed to obtain power and authority they should never have. Some are using it to manipulate, control and implement their own agenda out of the public eye and not subject to elections, thanks to a corrupt mainstream media. During the Covid-19 crisis there has been attempts at giving these unelected people more power, which removes power from “we the people”. 

With that being said, corrupt men straying from our Constitution is the main reason we have so many problems in government that obviously affects every person in our country. As Christians this should concern us to the point we do something about it, if we love people of course. Too many Christians and Christian leaders just bury their head in the sand or worse, are complicit. 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, Hosea 4:6

In a similar way, the number one reason we have so many troubling issues within Christianity is the result of straying from God and His written word, the Scripture. Instead of being the Salt and Light we are called to be representing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth as His representative ambassadors, we have conformed to the image of the world. Multitudes of Christians and entire denominations have succumbed to the pressure of conforming to the world; they have lost a Biblical worldview and their God given identity and purpose. There are so many unscriptural ideas on so many topics we barely resemble a small fraction of true Apostolic Christianity of the Bible. The message of the Gospel has been watered down to be acceptable, tolerant and non-confrontational to a sinful culture and sinful Christians. The fact is the truth of the Gospel offends the worldly soul. The message of the cross offends, you cannot escape it unless you change it. Jesus offended many, especially the legalistic religious establishment. 

Today we call music and singing worship. “Worship” has become entertainment based on personal preference. Sin has been redefined. Grace has been corrupted and received in vain. Love and tolerance have been distorted, redefined and misapplied. A perverted gospel of Social Justice and Liberation Theology is being taught in seminaries and preached from pulpits across America. This denies the power of the cross and the blood of Christ!

Our culture accepts “sexual immorality” as normal, so do many Christians. Culture accepts fornication, sex before marriage, so do many Christians. Culture accepts the murder of unborn babies, sadly, some Christians do too. Culture has accepted the homosexual lifestyle, so has many Christians, churches and entire denominations. Culture has accepted the redefining of marriage, so has many Christians, churches and denominations. Many in our country are actively pushing us towards Socialism and Marxism, tragically so are many Christians and Christian leaders. Either willingly or unwillingly it is still happening. And on and on it goes. When we stray from God and His Word it opens a door to the curse and eventual destruction. Destruction that is self-inflicted I might add. This process is repeated over and over again all throughout the Old Testament with Israel. The nation followed God and was blessed. The nation strayed from God and they were defeated by their enemies and driven into bondage. 

When we stray from God and His Word it opens a door to the curse and eventual destruction.

Marxism and Socialism are becoming more popular…again. Is it any surprise that Marxism is mixing with Christianity to deceive the elect…if possible? Some are even saying Jesus was a Socialist! Crazy! Marxism and Socialism lead to Communism which strips personal freedoms, property rights and human dignity by a harsh task master; corrupt men in seats of power. It promises a utopia of equality and fairness but, delivers nothing short of bondage, poverty and death. This is the exact opposite of what Jesus came to give us, life and life more abundant, John 10:10. The same (zoe) life Christ lived. It is most amazing watching many Christians and leaders come under the deluding influence of this demonic scheme and even helping with the demise of Christianity. 

The US Constitution is not compatible with Marxism. One of them must be destroyed. 

The terms; Marxism, Socialism and Communism are unpopular and not acceptable to the majority of Americans. So, the words have changed to Liberalism, Progressivism, Democratic Socialism and the like to make it more palatable until the more accurate words can be used. Make no mistake, words may change but, the agenda is the same. The ignorance of Marxism and Communism is extremely troubling, especially among Christians. We have strayed from Scripture and from the Constitution and we have just entered a violent storm. Christian persecution is upon us. Fear of sickness and death has caused the majority to freely give up their freedoms for safety. Racism is being used to stir up the people. These riots are not about racism, they are about cultural change led by Communists. The Marxist/Communists are using racism to help expedite change. Marxists believe change comes through the struggle and change is happening, quickly. Their goal is believing “we the people” will tire of the chaos and compromise by giving up more freedom to stop the riots. Push for an extreme but settle for further progress toward the Marxist goal, totalitarianism. You see, the call to abolish the police is an attempt to push ever closer to what they want by getting governing authorities to compromise and make changes to policing across the nation. And it is happening. It is truly shocking how many Christians and Christian leaders are ignorant of the scheme and falling into the trap. Many of them believe this is about racism, it is not. This is nothing new, it is Satan’s age old playbook. 

Scripture is not compatible with Marxism. One of them must be destroyed.

Christian persecution is here and rising in our nation, sadly it is coming from Christians and non-Christians alike. An unholy alliance (a three-stranded cord) between big government, big business and religion for the purpose of establishing Socialism in our nation is being formed. Christianity has been infiltrated by Marxists and is misleading many. How far will it go? A spiritual line has been drawn. Purification often comes through the trial of persecution. Apparently, we need it. 

We, the Ekklesia, must return to the Lord! Return to the pure, undiluted truth of Christ, the Living Word. We must lay down our toys and desire for feel good messages and musical entertainment in our meetings. We must return to Scripture, effective prayer and the pursuit of a Christ-like life. We must truly become who we are and pursue intimate fellowship with our Father. We simply must put our trust in God and God alone. We must be careful to listen to His voice and be obedient to Him. Will the true Ekklesia find her voice? In the beginning God spoke to the chaos and order came. This is just simple basic Christianity. 

We are in the midst of a cultural civil war in America.

As 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, My people who are called by My name humble themselves and prayed seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Have we humbled ourselves? Have we sought the face of God? Have we turned from our wicked ways? Or, have we just “prayed about it”? When we have traveled down a road and realize we are headed in the wrong direction, do we just keep going hoping it will turn into the right road? That’s foolish! The wrong direction never turns into the right direction. We must repent, turn to Him, and get back on the right path.

There is only One voice we should be listening to.

Freedom or captivity, we choose. God already chose life for us and He tells us to choose life or death, the blessing or the curse, Deut. 30. It is our choice.

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It is up to us if we allow the Constitution to be destroyed on our watch. Why is it important? Because it affects the life of every person in our nation and if we care about people we will care about our Constitution, politics and government. 

We should also remember that our politicians are NOT our leaders. They are our servants, hired by us and fired by us. That is the power “we the people” have by voting. With every passing election it is more and more apparent that EVERY vote is needed and EVERY vote counts. It is our responsibility to be an informed Kingdom minded voter. November elections are coming quickly and we will decide if we want to be a socialist nation or a free nation. Yes, that is what will be determined in this election, freedom or captivity. 

It is up to us if we allow Christianity to become more corrupt and irrelevant. A separation is happening between the wheat and the tares. A Harvest is coming and not everyone will participate. Get prepared and stay prepared. Choose revival by starting one in yourself. 

May true apostles and prophets arise!

Joe Nicola