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Summary: What giants are presently occupying the promised land that is flowing with milk and honey for you? Determine to slay them after the order of David!

In the physical sense, a giant is one whose physical body is immensely bigger than a normal man. Giants, because of their sizes and shapes, usually carve an awesome image for themselves. They are fearful not just in size, but in their actions also. Little wonder, they are considered as ’gods’ in their own right. Whosoever then that will fight and destroy any giant, must do a serious analysis of the tactics and the weaponry to put into use. As there are physical giants, so there are spiritual giants. How then do we deal with them? We shall look at some giant killers in the Bible, and then establish strong points on how giants can be killed: Let us read first from the book of Joshua chapter 15 verse 14, it says. "And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak." God had promised Israelites that they were going to inherit a land filled with milk and honey. As the Israelites were getting close to this promise land, Moses sent 12 spies to go and look at the place, or better put, to go and spy out the place. As there were 12 tribes in Israel, each tribe had to donate a man and of course they donated their greatest warriors that were available. So the people went to the Promised Land and came back with their reports. Numbers chapter 13 verse 26-27, have this to say: "And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. [27] And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it". Nevertheless, the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalakites dwell in the land of the south and the Hittites and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains…" Fearful picture. The place in a nutshell is a no go area. It had been completely surrounded by enemies, and yet, it was the Promised Land. What then did Caleb do. Verses 30 - 33 of the same chapter read thus: "And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. [31] But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. [32] And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. [33] And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight". As a result of that evil testimony something happened in Numbers chapter 14 verse 1 "And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night". It was only someone like Caleb who said, "we are able to overcome them". "Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not". Caleb was that man who refused to grow old, he was vigorous and faithful, all through his life. He was therefore courageous enough to drive out the giants from his own inheritances today too that are being governed by giants. They need to be chased away and slain. David too was a giant killer that most people know in the Bible as the killer of Goliath. He too was courageous and he had violent faith. He refused to allow the threat of the giant to discourage him. He told the giant that, although he had come in the name of his god, but he, David had come in the name of the Almighty Lord of hosts whom he had defiled. And then prophesied unto the giant saying, "This day, I will bring down your head". And it happened just like that. If you are going to face the giants too, many things have to be quite clear to you. We all have different giants working against us. Some people’s giants are sicknesses, while with some it is prayerlessness. There are also those whose giants are their inability to read their Bible or witness to anybody. We also have those whose giants are sleeplessness. The giant in some other people’s lives toss them right, left and centre. With my experience in the ministry, I have come to realise that a lot of Christians harbour giants inside their expensive clothes. Those giants by all means have to die. Therefore, I want you to allow the anger of the Holy Spirit to burn inside of you. Decide that it is the giant that will give way. Be determined that you should get very angry in your spirit, like David got angry and called Goliath the uncircumcised philistine. "He wondered angrily why such a hopeless giant should be threatening the army of the living God. It will interest you to know that Goliath had threatened the Israelites 81 times before David arrived at the war front. Perhaps your own physical or spiritual Goliath has also been threatening you for a long time. It is time for you to rise and slay it. Gone are those days when a witch would cry today and the next day a child would die. Witches who are wicked spiritual giants operate now on a more terrible scale. Whenever they cry, a child dies, they no longer postpone the evil day. If you then choose to stand still and watch them operate, as they want in your life, then, you should blame yourself for the evil consequences and effects of their operations. We now have plenty of comedians who parade themselves as Christians in the church of God. Many of them have Goliaths that pursue then relentlessly day and night. But instead of addressing their Goliaths, they will choose to attend a Bible college. Attending a Bible College is by no means the solution to a pursuing Goliath. The solution is to get truly angry in your spirit, stand on the word of God and defeat your Goliath. If you stand and fight your Goliath, the trouble in your home and business will disappear completely. They will be left with no choice. While I was in the primary school. I attracted many enemies amongst my classmates for no fault of mine. In those days, the teachers usually do not whip those who performed poorly in class tests and examinations by themselves. Rather, they assigned that duty to those who perform excellently well in the class. Since I was doing well in my academics I was always asked to whip the poor performers. But after I had whipped them, they would gather themselves together and wait for me at the gate after school hours and beat me up thoroughly. This terrible situation continued for a long time. Then one day, I purposed in my mind to do something that would put an end to the unpleasant situation. There and then, I bought the peppery balm called Chinese balm. Shortly before the school ended on a particular day, I rubbed my palm with the Chinese balm. As usual, my classmates that I had whipped for poor performance that day were waiting for me at the school gate. But as the first person attacked me, I just robbed my palm very aggressively on his eyes, and the unexpected happened. He screamed uncontrollably. I did the same thing to the second person and that one started screaming too. Since they could not open their eyes, I was able to beat them up very well. That is how to deal with the giant. If I may ask you, where did the stone of David get into the body of Goliath? It was the forehead, because of that Goliath could no longer see, so it was easy for David to finish him up in record time. Therefore you are going to close your eyes now and pray aggressively like this, You the Lord that differentiate the land of Goshen from the land of Egypt, send blindness into the camp of my enemies, in the mighty name of Jesus. Matthew chapter 18 verse 18 says, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven". That verse can be interpreted as follows, whatsoever you refuse to permit on earth, heaven will refuse to permit it. So if you declare to the giant today that you must be freed and that the giant must be slain, heaven will make the same declaration. If however you decide to watch your giant without taking any action, heaven too will stand still. There is nobody who can convince me that any witch is stronger than God. Who is the witch that will talk when God is speaking? The problems created by giants in the lives of men can be divided into twelve.

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