Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GIANTS IN THE LAND

All kinds of giants...  Genesis 6:4 is my starting place, but that's not where I'm going to land, so hang on, dear readers...

"The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown." (NIV)

There is a huge amount of literature and probably thousands of videos on Youtube about these giants and their origins. I've watched a lot of it and, although I am sure many people would think I'm a bit looney for believing it, I have to admit that I do.  I don't think that the genuine sightings and encounters that people are experiencing the world over are anything less than demonic.  However, I truly believe it is just one of the many deceptions the enemy Satan has prepared for these end times in which we are living.  But rather than getting caught up in all of the debate about the authenticity of what we're seeing and where it's coming from, for this particular blog post I just want to focus on where our focus should be focused!

You and I are really living in the second most exciting time in history.  The coming of our LORD, Yeshua/Jesus 2,000 years ago was the 'first' most exciting time.  I wonder what it was like to have actually seen him everyday and listened to him talk.  Just to have been around him would have been so amazingly awesome!  What a GIFT those people had been given:  to just be WITH him...  I cannot imagine what that would have been like. 

Please don't misunderstand.  I know he is with me everyday - his word promised us that he would send another 'Comforter' - Holy Spirit - to be 'with us and in us'.  John 14:16,17 in the NIV records it thus,
"16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you". I know that he is with me and there are no words to express the depth of my gratitude for every single moment of his presence and counsel, his comfort, love, correction and wisdom.  He is beyond amazing and I love him so much.

Years ago when I lived in Florida, I served as a pastor in a church where there were many people who had come from different Christian faith backgrounds.  As such, they all had many different belief systems about the return of Christ and the timing of it all.  After listening to the debates that went on about it, I took the matter before the LORD.  He sent me to Matthew 24.  When I read it, I was given understanding about the timing and the LORD told me several things.  If you read it without any denominational filters and take it to him, also, genuinely seeking his word, you may receive your own confirmation, too.  I'm not going to go into what he told me in this post, for that is a whole post in and of itself.  Instead, I will just tell you what he said at the end of his conversation with me.  Ready?  Here it is...

He said the timing is not the important issue.  He said the important thing is that we will all have a face-to-face meeting with him one day - whether through death or when he comes in the clouds - and he wants us to get ready for that meeting!  Not very many words, but lots and lots and lots of information!  How do we get ready for the meeting?  Again, that is for another blog time...

For now, here we are.  The giants in the land.  Whether nephilim...or the gossipy tongue...or the hateful words and thoughts directed at others...or pornography...or entitlement mentalities...or self-righteousness...or lying lips...or adulterous behavior...  The list goes on and on and on... 

So my question for all of us is, what are we doing to uncover the giants?  Are we running away from them mentally - avoiding the confrontations that would require us to pick up our 5 smooth stones and engage them and their brothers in a battle to the death?  Beloved, someone in this battle has to die.  Will it be you or them?  Will you kill off the things that are trying to destroy you and your relationship with Yeshua/Jesus?  Or will you hide like King Saul and the whole army of Israel did in that time - afraid of the confrontation and what it would cost them?  Are you wrapped up in the armor of some denominational belief system that is not comfortable and will not allow you to fight as you ought?  Have you fought your bear and lion on the hills of your land, learning that there is NOTHING too great for you to overcome if you fight alongside the Angel of the LORD?  Do you see the multitude of angelic host that have come to do battle with you?  Are you asking for wisdom and discernment to recognize the enemy, so that you are not deceived by anything or anyone...knowing that no weapon formed against you will prosper when you stand on the side of the King of kings and LORD of lords?  Are you refreshing yourself daily by eating from the Tree of LIFE (for HE says he is LIFE) or are you hiding because your focus has been stolen from His word and His promises?  Are you eating instead from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, running away because fear has gripped your heart in these tumultuous days?

Let me encourage you to remember:  YESHUA IS THE TREE OF LIFE!  HE IS THE ULTIMATE KING WHO SLAYS GIANTS!  So do not be afraid!  Be fearless!  The LORD is MIGHTY TO SAVE and it is he who goes before you!  He is the CAPTAIN OF THE ARMY!  He will not be defeated!  Look around you and run into the battle!  Prepare yourself through prayer, study, worship, praise, thankfulness, giving and most especially of all - THROUGH DEVELOPING AND DEEPENING THE RELATIONSHIP THAT HE WANTS TO HAVE WITH YOU!  David learned that powerful lesson on the hills with the flocks when there was no one else around.  He learned to worship, he learned to hear his Father in heaven.  He learned how to be his friend and companion. 

Keep your eyes open to see what the LORD is doing.  He is your example.  He only did what he saw his father do.  Keep your ears open to hear.  He only said what he heard his father saying.  Keep your heart - guard it with all that you are - for the enemy comes to steal it, to destroy and kill it and you. He comes to steal the work you've been given to do for the Father and his kingdom.  He comes to bring confusion and distraction in every way possible.  He comes to deceive you into believing his ways and thoughts.  Don't let yourself be distracted.  David didn't look away from the giant when he went to fight him.  He kept his focus and ran against the enemy, sure of victory, sure of son-ship, sure of the GOD who called him and equipped him for the task. 

Giants come in all sizes, beloved.  They come dressed in fine clothes and soft words.  They come with great temptation, knowing what pleases your eye and touches your heart.  Pray that you will NEVER be deceived by them.  Get as close to the Captain of the Army as you can - the True King - Yeshua/Jesus - and listen as he sends you his orders.  He is good.  He is faithful.  He will never ever send you into a battle that you cannot win - even though it may at times be difficult to recognize what the victory looks like - but you must be sure that is he who is doing the sending!

So whether Nephilim or not, just remember there are always giants, but there is One who is greater than them all and he cannot be defeated!  I leave you with these words from Revelation 19:11-16,

"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.  He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robed dipped in blood and his name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  He will rule them with an iron scepter.  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:  KING OF KINDS AND LORD OF LORDS.  And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, 'Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great'  Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.  But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf.  With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.  The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh."  (NIV)

Blessings!