Let’s pray, shall we?
Giants= those things in our lives that we have felt too small and powerless to confront. We often feel trapped and are afraid to make moves to advance. Giants can also come about as a result of us doing things that are permissible but not beneficial. Our habits can make or break us as far as walking in “victory”. Father, you alone know the giants that each of us must face in order to come into our promised land. Give us the tools necessary to gain revelation into our own strengths and to see our giant’s weakness. The truth is; we have all been given a measure of faith and it is our focus on YOU instead of our problems and weakness that determines the results of battles. Teach us to be a people mastered in the fine art of being GOD focused instead of drawn in to worldly thinking!
You our dearest Heavenly Father are the mightiest and largest power/principality in the heavens or on the earth. So, it we pit YOU against our giants they diminish and turn into ants! We praise you for pulling back the veil of lies and revealing the truth of Your wisdom, power and glory!! As children of GOD we have the same “spirit” that raised Jesus Christ from the dead on the inside of us. Our job is to go deeper into you, so that more and more of your glory can be revealed.
In the mighty name of Jesus we pray… Amen!
Overview of us studies up to this point:
We saw in the first chapter of Genesis that the foundation of our universe is not laid on inert and nonliving matter. Dead rocks have no concern with right conduct. But God, the personal source of our universe, does!
In the creation of man (Genesis 2) there is a reflection of God’s image, giving us ability to distinguish between good and evil, and extending to us the freedom to choose. In Genesis 3-4 we’ve seen the terrible consequences of Adam’s and Eve’s choice of disobedience. In seeing this we have learned that, in God’s universe, there are basic realities with which all must come to grips. Life. Death. Sin.
Now, in the preamble of the story of the Genesis Flood, we meet a world once again deeply divided and their hearts hard towards GOD!
Genesis 6: 1-4 MESSAGE BIBLE
When the human race began to increase, with more and more daughters being born, 2 the sons of God noticed that the daughters of men were beautiful. They looked them over and picked out wives for themselves. 3 Then God said, “I’m not going to breathe life into men and women endlessly. Eventually they’re going to die; from now on they can expect a life span of 120 years.” 4 This was back in the days (and also later) when there were giants in the land. The giants came from the union of the sons of God and the daughters of men. These were the mighty men of ancient lore, the famous ones.
Genesis 6:1-4 NEW LIVING TRANSLATION BIBLE
Then the people began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them.2 The sons of God saw the beautiful women and took any they wanted as their wives.3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”4 In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women; they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.
According to the Bible, before the Great Flood of
Noah’s Day – Evil Angels had forsaken their position
in heaven in order to materialize human bodies for
themselves – so that they could have sexual relations
with human women. The resulting offspring from these
unnatural relations – produced a hybrid group of
Giants (Nephilim) that caused great violence upon
the earth of that time. One wonders if these same
angels might have been “symbolically” tied and bound
in this area – to the “Euphrates” as part of their
punishment at that time.
God is always faithful and perfectly keeps HIS end of an agreement even though we all too soon lose focus and become distracted from our goal as Christian to reach maturity and we often lose cite what is most important and we change our minds as soon as the tide of our feelings move in a different direction.
We can see GOD is faithful and true to HIS promises because mankind continued to bountifully propagate and fill the earth. In addition while this was going on the rebellion that started in heaven long ago with Lucifer against the “throne of GOD” aka now fallen angel now called Satan and his band of 1/3 of heavens angels also now “fallen” had their eyes on the daughters of men.
Angles were not created for procreation by GOD and these fallen angels once again found doing what is deemed un-natural and unholy in the eyes of GOD. They were mating with women of the earth because first of all they found them desirable but secondly because they wanted to disrupt and pervert the geneology of man to prevent the birth of “The Lion of Judah” which is Jesus Christ of course!
In the old stories of mythology lore we find these Nephilim giant of men born of the union between the sons of God and the daughters of men!
But GOD… preserved one righteous line of genealogy from Noah and his entire family in order to repopulate the earth.
Let’s define faithful, shall we?
- True to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.
- Reliable, trusted, or believed.
Does GOD sound like the place where you’d desire to place your heart and hopes?
Let us define distracted, shall we?
- Having the attention diverted: As in having our hearts divided between loving GOD and the world!
- Rendered incapable of behaving, reacting, etc., in a normal manner, as by worry, remorse, or the like; irrational; disturbed
Looking at the definitions between faithful and distracted can we not clearly see illustrated the vast difference between our natural state and GOD’s character?
Have you ever given thought to how it must be for GOD’s heart to be in love with humankind? What if you were in love with someone who was rendered incapable of behaving or reaction in a normal manner and that was prone to being irrational and disturbed? Would you feel secure? Would a relationship built on such a foundation have the necessary backdrop to produce good fruit in your life?
Let’s define perfection!
- A perfect embodiment or example of something.
- A quality, trait, or feature of the highest degree of excellence.
God does not ask us to do what only HE can be and live out. HE is perfection!
Let’s define mature!
- Complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms: a mature rose bush.
- Fully developed in body or mind, as a person
Our response to GOD’s love for us deep inside the fertile ground of the human heart is a desire to grow and mature in the fruits of GOD’s Holy Spirit. God does not expect perfection of us but HE does desire maturity to come about in it’s season! Each of our fruit ripens in different seasons and stages of life; this is why we cannot and should not compare the garden of our inner lives with the outward season of another!
Although you and I may both are children of the Most High GOD (meaning a son or daughter). As far as plants go you may be an apple tree and I an orange tree and it is never wise to compare one fruit with another! In speaking of children of GOD, I mean those that are repentant of their sin nature. Salvation is possible outside of the Church but not outside of Jesus Christ. ALL are members of GOD’s creation but not all are actually a son or daughter and in right standing with “The Father”.
Let’s read a bit of this text.
1 Samuel 17: 26-37 (The Message Bible)
26 David, who was talking to the men standing around him, asked, “What’s in it for the man who kills that Philistine and gets rid of this ugly blot on Israel’s honor? Who does he think he is, anyway, this uncircumcised Philistine, taunting the armies of God-Alive?”
27 They told him what everyone was saying about what the king would do for the man who killed the Philistine.
28 Eliab, his older brother, heard David fraternizing with the men and lost his temper: “What are you doing here! Why aren’t you minding your own business, tending that scrawny flock of sheep? I know what you’re up to. You’ve come down here to see the sights, hoping for a ringside seat at a bloody battle!”
29-30 “What is it with you?” replied David. “All I did was ask a question.” Ignoring his brother, he turned to someone else, asked the same question, and got the same answer as before.
31 The things David was saying were picked up and reported to Saul. Saul sent for him.
32 “Master,” said David, “don’t give up hope. I’m ready to go and fight this Philistine.”
33 Saul answered David, “You can’t go and fight this Philistine. You’re too young and inexperienced—and he’s been at this fighting business since before you were born.”
34-37 David said, “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. Lion or bear, it made no difference—I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God-Alive. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.”
Saul said, “Go. And God help you!”
You see, David’s preparation for this moment of truth came from humble beginnings tending his father’s sheep flock! God knows just the type of preparation necessary to defeat the giants in our lives that are guarding to good GOD has for us in our promised land!