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.