Reset and Repositioned

Months ago, before Covid-19 and the riots, the Holy Spirit spoke the word “reset” to me. Meaning that we were going through a time that would cause a reset in our nation and the Body of Christ. You typically need to reset something because it is not set properly. Later, He added the word, “reposition”. Similarly, you reposition something because it isn’t positioned correctly.

Whether we realize it or not we are born in the midst of violent spiritual warfare on the earth. As a result of our new birth in Christ we become a beloved son in the Family Dynasty of the living God. The overall mission of this family is to do the will of our Father. As Jesus said, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven“, Matthew 6:10. Not our will, but His be done. How do we accomplish the will of God?  By hearing and seeing from Him so we can speak and act for Him, this is the essence of Ekklesia; the government of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. God is looking for faithful men that will simply be obedient to Him. 

Gideon and his small army are an example of faithful men as well as an illustration of being “rest and repositioned”. Judges 4 begins with, again the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord… In chapter 5; the judge and prophet Deborah lead a victory for the people of Israel over the Canaanites. The chapter ends with a song of victory and praise to God. Then once again Judges 6 begins with, the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. This is a repeated pattern in scripture; faithfulness demonstrated by obedience that produces blessing. Then unfaithfulness demonstrated by disobedience that leads to oppression and bondage. 

As a result of the oppression in Israel by the Midianites, the people cried to the Lord in prayer and God sent a prophet, Judges 6:7. The prophet tells Israel they were in this oppressive predicament because they did not obey God. In verses 11 and 12, the Angel of the Lord appears and says to Gideon, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior”. There was no outward evidence of Gideon being a valiant warrior and obviously Gideon didn’t see himself that way either by his reply. God sees us differently than we see ourselves. He sees who we truly are, and He speaks to it, calling it out in us to cause us to rise up to be who He created us to be and do what He created us to do. However, we still need to respond by faith to Him. 

Gideon is found threshing wheat in a winepress when the Angel of the Lord appears which speaks to the littleness of his harvest as well as his fear of the Midianites. Gideon asks the Angel for a sign to validate the authenticity of the Angel of the Lord. He then goes and prepares an offering. In the midst of lack, an economic downturn and oppression from enemies, Gideon gives an offering. Notice how much of a generous offering he gives, verse 19. The angel of the Lord touched it and fire consumed it then Gideon builds an altar commemorating the promise of peace from God for himself and the nation.

The first thing Gideon was instructed to do was tear down his father’s altar to false gods and idolatrous worship of Baal and the Asherah. As tough as an assignment from the Lord as this was, he does it. The same holds true for us. Before we go up against our enemy, we must remove idolatry from our own life. This resets us so we can be repositioned for victory. We cannot fight a spiritual battle in the same spirit that we are confronting. If we do, we will be defeated. 

What did Gideon do so far? He gave a generous offering, he worshipped, and he obeyed by removing idolatry. Then in verse 34 it says, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon. Gideon went from hiding in a wine press threshing wheat for food to commanding an army for national deliverance. As a result of hearing, seeing and obeying, Gideon is now reset and repositioned to defeat the enemy of Israel.

May Gideons arise in this hour! To be continued…

Joe Nicola

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