[Linux4christians] OT: SO GOOD, I had to post it! Giant Killing Faith
Fred A. Miller
fmiller at lightlink.com
Fri Jul 9 12:26:42 EDT 2010
Giant Killing Faith
Those upon whom the fulfillment of the ages has come, have _much_
to learn about faith from the Biblical account of David killing Goliath,
and, as it is with much of the Old Testament, this event in David's life
was not meant for him alone. It was also intended as a source of
_revelation_ for us, because there be *GIANTS* greater than Goliath
gathering just over the horizon to persecute the people of the Lord and
oppose the will of God in the last days.
Giants, although never common, were apparently not uncommon in David's
day, and we're not talking about NBA seven footers. We're talking about
nine feet of muscle and sinew. They would have their own weight class in
the WCW or WWF.
In *Genesis 6:2-4* we find that the occurrence of giants
originated with a strange event in which fallen angels, referred to here
as "sons of God", mated with women.
/* When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters
were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were
beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the LORD said,
"My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days
will be a hundred and twenty years." */
*/ The Nephilim...(giants)... were on the earth in those days and also
afterward when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had
children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. (insert is
the author's) /*
Mankind, with bloodlines corrupted by fallen angels, was given over to
evil in those days, and God determined to cleanse the earth with a
flood. Only Noah, his wife, his sons, and their wives were spared.
However, in Numbers we find that the descendents of the Nephilim still
existed in the days when Moses led the Israelites to the promised land.
*/ We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from
the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we
looked the same to them. /**/_Numbers 13:33 NIV_
*/ /* Although scripture does not provide an explanation, it is possible
that at least one of the wives of Noah's sons was contaminated by the
Nephilim bloodline. This would seem strange since the very purpose of
the flood was to purge sinful mankind, but Noah's sons, their wives, and
any children would have been covered or sanctified by Noah's covenant
with God, regardless of their individual standing with God and
regardless of any contamination of the bloodline.
It also appears that Gath was the stronghold of these descendents of
fallen angels and the daughters of men, and Goliath the Gittite was the
predominant Nephilim of his day, the champion and hero of the Philistines.
Goliath challenged the Israelites to provide a champion of their own to
face him in single combat, because, from the Philistine point of view,
if the Israelites were foolish enough to take up the challenge, Israel
would quickly become subjugated to them.
On the surface of things it seems unlikely that a young man, who was
still considered to be too young for military service, would be allowed
by Saul to face this giant, since the outcome of this uneven fight could
put the entire nation of Israel into slavery.
*So why did he allow it?*
Unknown to Saul, David had already been anointed by Samuel to be the
future king of Israel (1 Samuel 1:1-13), and Saul had chosen him to be
one of his armor-bearers, although Saul did not yet know that David had
been anointed to take his place as king of Israel.
The fact that Saul did not know about David's anointing by Samuel is
easy to understand. David's brothers could have spread the word, but
they were embarrassed by their own rejection, and David himself kept
quiet, waiting on the Lord to reveal the anointing at the appropriate time.
Therefore, David, as Saul's armor-bearer, had some standing with Saul
before the event, or he would never have had an audience with Saul at
the battlefront. And Saul's jealousy had not yet been aroused, because
he knew nothing of David's anointing.
*/ David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this
Philistine; your servant will go and fight him." /*
*/ Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this
Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting
man from his youth." /*
*/ But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his
father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from
the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its
mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and
killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this
uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied
the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of
the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this
/* Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you."*/ _1 Samuel
David's account of killing the lion and the bear is unbelievable
when considered from the natural point of view, and it would have been
just as unbelievable to Saul. The only other person in the Bible who
killed a lion with his bare hands was Samson, and he only killed a
"young lion". Not even a powerful grown man is capable of seizing a lion
or bear by the hair and killing it with a single blow. *Only a man
anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit would be capable of such a
We assume, because of Saul's failure later in life, that he was _not_ a
man of faith, but only a man who had been given "ears to hear" would
have believed that David had killed a lion and a bear with his bare
hands in the strength and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Many who have read this account miss the singular and important
fact that Saul believed, *by faith*, David's account of killing a lion
and a bear, and he, too, received *by faith* the promise that this
uncircumcised (outside the covenants of God) giant could not stand
against the anointed of God, even if the anointed one was still a
shepherd boy and not a warrior.
* *The decision to let David face Goliath is proof that Saul's own faith
was involved in the decision and, yet, he tried to equip David with his
own armor and weapons.
In the life of the body of Christ today that would be the equivalent of
receiving a command or commission by revelation from the Holy Spirit and
then trying to implement that command or commission with the strong arm
of the flesh.
It won't work, as many Christians and many churches today have proven
over and over. The work of the Lord is only effective when the grace
(anointing and empowerment) of God is manifested through our active
faith, and David's faith was evident.
David rejected Saul's armor, saying, "I cannot go in these, because I am
not used to them."
His rejection of Saul's armor was a rejection of the strong arm of the
flesh in favor of the power of God.
In this account we also see how the Holy Spirit prepared David for this
work of faith by allowing him to face the lion and the bear. *Sometimes
we don't understand the difficulties and hardships we have faced in the
past until we have to face the giant.* Then we understand that we would
never have had the faith to stand against the giant if we had not
experienced other fiery trials along the way. *The fiery trials were
_necessary_ for the development of David's faith, and they are necessary
for ours as well.*
Oddly enough David's killing of a lion and a bear appears not to have
been known by anyone but David. He kept it to himself until the Holy
Spirit caused him to reveal it to Saul. If he had revealed it to his
family at the time, he would either have been ridiculed as a liar and a
braggart, or he would have become a famous folk hero.
How many of us would keep such a thing to ourselves? But David
kept quiet and waited on the Lord.
As David prepared for the fight he picked up _five_ smooth stones as the
Lord obviously instructed and put them into his shepherd's bag. But why
_five_ stones? If the Lord was going to deliver Goliath into his hands
why would he need five stones? Was this an act of unbelief, a momentary
lapse in the extraordinary anointing of the moment?
Yet, immediately afterward we hear David prophesying to Goliath.
David said to the Philistine,*/You come against me with sword and spear
and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty,
the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD
will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your
head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the
birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will
know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know
that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is
the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands./*
*In David's heart it is already done*. He had the *revelation* of God,
and he is so eager for the manifestation that he _ran_ toward Goliath.
Can you imagine the giant's confusion? He is a fully armored, battle
hardened, four hundred pound warrior, and David is a teenage boy in
sandals running toward him with a slingshot whirling around his head in
a noisy blur.
The outcome was never in doubt with David, and the outcome should never
be in doubt with us.
*If we have the revelation of God in our hearts* we should run to the
battle with the joy of the Lord rising up inside us no matter how the
circumstances seem to be stacked against us.
David's faith was not something he worked up on his own. He didn't copy
some other man of faith, using his words and actions. He didn't dig
through the Bible looking for promises to claim. He didn't decide that
he wanted to kill Goliath so he could marry the king's daughter and then
try to work up the faith to get the job done.
He did what New Testament believers are supposed to do. He did not try
to direct the anointing to meet his needs. *He responded with obedience
to the anointing he received.*
When Samuel anointed David, David did not refuse, nor did he boast. He
simply received and believed, and he waited on the Lord. When the lion
and the bear attacked the sheep David responded to the anointing without
hesitation, and the Lord allowed him to experience the supernatural
power of the Holy Spirit. Again he did not boast or attempt to gain
glory for himself. He simply obeyed and then waited on the Lord.
Most New Testament believers would immediately go out looking for more
lions and bears to kill. Some would start a lion and bear killing
ministry. In short order there would be a new denomination, the Church
of the Lion Killers, who would believe that they now had the whole truth.
But David waited on the Lord, and the Lord brought him out of the fields
to the battle where he anointed his trustworthy servant once again.
Most of us yearn to experience the power of God. We're so eager for it
that we sometimes attempt to manufacture the manifestations of the Holy
Spirit and attempt to manufacture the manifestations of faith, but what
did David do? David waited on the Lord.
David would have been taught the Torah and the prophets in his family
and in his synagogue, but he waited on the Lord in regard to the
anointing and his faith. *He waited on the Lord, and then he responded
to the Lord's anointing in absolute, determined, joy-filled, obedience.*
* * But what about the five stones? Wasn't that a moment of doubt, a
momentary slip of faith? After all, it only took one stone to kill Goliath.
In 2 Samuel 21:15-22 there is an account of four more giants being
killed by David's men.
*/ These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at
the hands of David and his men/.* _2 Samuel 21:22 NIV_
The revelation and promise of God included, not only Goliath, but
four additional giants. Thus five stones.
David's faith and obedience *included giants that he did not,
yet, know about*.
There are lions and bears and giants in our lives, too. If we go up
against them in our own strength (or with some new "faith" fad) and at
the moment of our own choosing, we _will_ be put to flight, even though
it is the Lord's will that we overcome.
In spite of what some teachers of the Word are saying, we cannot
generate giant-killing faith as an act of our own will. The Lord will
first allow the lion and the bear to come against us to prove the
anointing and the faith He is giving us. Only then will we be allowed to
face the giant.
*If we want to experience giant-killing faith we must first be willing
to go through the fiery trials and the testing of our faith (the testing
of our willingness to "hear" and "obey" the voice of the Lord in _all_
Every experience of "hearing" and "obeying" the voice of the Lord, even
as the still small voice of the Spirit, our spiritual conscience, every
prayer of faith, every difficult passage of life in which we have turned
to the Lord, trusting by faith, is a preparation for the trials to come.
Like athletes, we are either aggressively pursuing the perfection of our
faith, or we are just "maintaining." And, like soldiers, we are either
eager to be on the front lines, like Marines or Special Forces, killing
giants, or we are content to be lollygagging back in camp.
But if lollygagging back in camp is our choice we will be totally
unprepared when the giants storm the camp, and *there _are_
giants preparing to storm the camp. *
It is noteworthy that the lion and the bear attacked the sheep. They did
not attack David. David's fearless, faith-filled response was triggered
by his sense of responsibility for the sheep rather than self-defense.
Likewise, David's response to Goliath was _not_ personal. His fearless,
faith-filled response was against the threat to God's covenant people.
What does that tell us?
It tells me that if I want the manifestation of giant-killing faith in
my life I must submit to the testing of my faith in all things rather
than seeking faith "techniques" for the meeting of my own needs. It
tells me I need to be about the business of interceding for others,
_especially_ for my brothers and sisters in Christ, but that I must not
attempt to _manufacture_ faith, even on behalf of others.
It tells me that if I wait on the Lord He will be faithful to anoint me
and fill me with faith for His purpose, and it tells me that if I am
obedient to the anointing and the revelation, the giants _will_ fall,
even those giants that I do not, as yet, know anything about.
*But I _do_ know that they are coming, and you, brothers and sisters, if
you are paying attention to what the Lord is saying to His church, know
they are coming, too.*
*/See, I have _warned_ you in advance./* Matthew 24:25
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