Kathy —As big as Goliath was, his greatest strength lay not in his muscles but in his schemes (sounds like a present-day, ongoing face-off if you ask me). Today we are facing a more sophisticated monster with many mouths. Nevertheless, like Goliath, this monster has stood on the battlefield, arrayed in armor that implied its own success and presumed to set the parameters for battle. A giant’s voice launched an attack on the ear, the mind and the heart of the hearers (as has the voice of the monster’s fake media). The voice appealed to reason and logic, to narrow everyone’s thinking down to a dark, one-sided agenda. For 40 days, twice daily, Goliath challenged Israel to be “reasonable” and believe that he had thought things out and was offering the best scenario for all concerned. Are we talking giants, monsters or politicians or all of the above? (Did I mention bullies lie?) Daily the giant and monster were convincing them that the outcome was a given so they might as well just suck it up, get it over with and walk into slavery, (with the least bloodshed possible, especially on their side.) Bullies will threaten and intimidate with brute strength or accusation or blackmail or logic or sentiment or an edge of superiority (in knowledge, intellect, reason, information, experience, wealth, age, etc.). An experienced bully can even swing to the other end of the spectrum and use his own neediness or weaknesses or lack of self-worth to manipulate people and events. In fact, a cunning bully can make a weapon of most anything. For example, he can condemn someone into action by manipulating their “sense of responsibility”. Then he can twist his own “sense of responsibility” to justify his brutal or selfish behavior. The bottom line is that an established bully intends to be king of the mountain . . . at any cost. Deut.31:6, Amp — “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”
Melissa — After having some wearisome days I was praying and I saw a slingshot being pulled back slowly to the point of release. I could hear the sling snapping as it was being pulled to the its limit in order to hurl the stone at peak velocity. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You are feeling this way because this is where you are.” We are being stretched to the limit for the greatest outcome. Don’t forget what happened when David release
Kathy — Let’s follow history beyond Goliath into the Middle Ages, (400AD to 1500AD). A guy with a complaint could start a fight and set the rules of engagement just by throwing a gauntlet (a heavy-duty glove) at someone’s feet. Under the sway of that age, you were then obligated to rules of engagement that required you to get a pole and a horse and risk your life in a joust! Supposedly that was all in the name of honor and dignity, though it sounds a bit more like pride and stupidity. For hundreds of years after jousting, there were duels from 1500-1900. This time, if a man slapped you in the face with a glove, you were obligated by the rules of engagement to risk dying or killing someone! Who made that Koolaid? Of course, the culture of that age made it the way of the world. When you consider the huge span of years in history, it begs the question: how does a foolish and destructive paradigm stay so consistent throughout different cultures over a span of centuries? The answer is not complex. We know who has been the consistent negative effect on cultures and we know who has mastered taking advantage of human nature, the prince of the power of the air. Eph. 2:2 says – you walked habitually following the course and fashion under the sway of the present age, following the prince of the power of the air. You were under the control of the demon spirit that is constantly at work. No matter what century, what culture, the same prince of the power of the air is constantly at work in every age and he uses the same methods.
Kathy — The whole scene between David and Goliath could have been on FOX news last week: “A false-god-worshiping foreigner intended to immigrate into the nation and rule the nation with his nation’s laws and gods. He fully intended to obligate another nation to serve him as an immigrant and make the immigrants’ dreams come true.” Sound familiar yet? We have to wonder why men keep allowing the enemy to set the rules of engagement. We have to question also why history keeps repeating itself and why the same influences keep showing up to sway history. Isa.54:13, TPT — “All your children will be taught by Yahweh, and great will be their peace and prosperity.”
If David would have gone home just to pray about Goliath it would have left the giant in the valley. The problem with giants is they don’t stay in valleys. Had David not confronted and contradicted Goliath, he would have marched up the mountain and right into Jerusalem to capture Zion. The giants of this hour are after the defeat of “Zion”, i.e., determined to take out every practice and symbol of our Lord in this nation. Joel 2:17, Msg — “Between Sanctuary entrance and altar, let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance. Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people! Don’t abandon your heritage to contempt. Don’t let the pagans take over and rule them and sneer, ‘And so where is this God of theirs?’”
David was sent by his father to check on his brothers who had gone to war. When David came up over the top of the mountain and saw the scope of what was in the valley below, he could have easily concluded that this ordeal was none of his concern. It did not appear that David had any abilities or skills or protocol to deal with this escalated national problem. The lesson we take away from this bit of Israel’s history (as in numerous others) is that we should never forget to factor in God’s purpose and power. Zech.4:6, CEV — “So the angel explained that it was the following message of the Lord to Zerubbabel: I am the Lord All-Powerful. So don’t depend on your own power or strength, but on my Spirit.”
Giants won’t stay in the valley. They intend to go far beyond their threats and use their intimidation and bulk to conquer. Goliath had not come all the way from Philistia to intimidate a few Hebrews. He was of a mind to march right through the middle of Saul’s army, right through Jesse’s farm and straight into Jerusalem. He came prepared for a fight. Israel had only confronted the giant and didn’t seem to even have a plan for contradicting him. The best time to deal with giants is while they are still in the valley. There must be plans, commitment and action. 1Sam.14:6, Amp — “Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”
Those were dark, oppressive days. The raging giant held the entire Israelite army in tense, intimidating suspension. David searched the faces of the older generation attempting to determine why the offensive oaf was going unchallenged. Could it be that a nation would just sit by while an uncircumcised leader and contingent openly expressed their intentions to subdue and rule them? When David inquired as to why the armored titan was only passively being confronted and not at all contradicted, he was sharply rebuked and told to go back home. Problem: the giant didn’t intend to stay in the valley. Giants always want more. Question: Is there a cause? 1Sam.17:29, KJV — “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”
As the people of God assemble today may they testify and proclaim into the atmosphere that there is One God and His name is Yahweh and He is the Savior of His people and He is Jehovah Sabaoth, Lord of Angel-Armies. 1Sam.17:45 “David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. 46b …THE WHOLE EARTH WILL KNOW THERE’S AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD in Israel. 47 And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God!” (Msg)
Kathy — On December 29th, Marty made the *declarations for 2020. The one that impacted me most specifically was “Subterranean Goliaths will fall!” I took it to heart to ponder and looked up the words he used. Subterranean means “hidden, secret or literally operating beneath the earth’s surface”. (In one gathering in January, as Marty released this declaration, he paused and added, “Watch for what is happening literally in tunnels beneath the earth.”) Fallen means “in a lapsed or degraded state, prostrated or ruined”. So, it was a vivid picture to me to think there will soon be secret giant organizations falling apart behind the scenes and powerful hidden handlers falling on their faces in ruin. Since we can’t always see their presence and operations, I wondered if we will see their fall. After all, the American news media is apt to be for Goliath, not against him nor against any evil giant agenda.
People speak outrageous lies and accusations to reporters to form sound bites so they can be broadcast to the nation. Though there be no truth or accuracy in their clips, the words bombard the atmosphere to echo in people’s thoughts and conversations. Such a tainted atmosphere can affect our thinking without us realizing it. Hell’s methods of sabotage are common and familiar, so they often go unnoticed while they undermine those who pray and their prayers. But you can rest assured that even if we don’t see or hear of the felled “Goliaths”, we will feel the effects of their demise in our world. The declaration stirred me to agreement and prayer because the fall of subterranean Goliaths directly relates to my prayer of the last two years: “Lord, avenge the children”. The fall of subterranean forces this year will be relief from atrocities against children as God’s justice brings down the giants behind abuse and trafficking, no matter who they are or what sewer they work within. On Jan. 28th, one week before the February/March issue of SEEC Magazine made it to print, we heard that a tunnel was discovered from Mexico into the U.S.A. in southern California. It is the longest smuggling tunnel (4309 feet) ever found in the U.S.A. (now numerous other, larger tunnels have been discovered); and they mentioned it was likely used for human trafficking as well as drug running. Subterranean Goliaths are getting taken down!
The Goliath of this age: the mind, the thinking, the reasoning of opposition in this hour of history must be hit with THE Rock, i.e., His Word, His righteousness, His purpose, His Name, His actions… consistently. None of these can have effect without a biblical worldview foremost in the hearts and actions of sons/daughters of God. For David, nothing in his life was separate from the Word and purpose of God.(1Sam17:45)
David hit Goliath in the mind with a rock. That resulted in an unprecedented victory. There are unprecedented events that are making history for the first time. There are more to come. Unheard-of giants must be met with unprecedented courage and means. “I will work a work in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told you. (Hab.1:5; Acts13:41)
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When trouble came to David on that hillside, he couldn’t see how being attacked by a lion had anything to do with being king of Israel someday. That day all he saw was teeth, hair and eyeballs lunging at him. He had no idea killing that lion connected to confronting a bear or how that was preparatory to killing a giant or how that would favor him as a candidate for king. (Rom.8:28) —Kathy
The Rock hit Goliath in the mind resulting in a miraculous, unprecedented victory. (1Sam.17:49) The Goliath of this age: the mind, the thinking, the reasoning of opposition to Christ and His purpose in this hour of history must be hit with THE Rock (2Sam.22:2;Mt.7:24): i.e., His Word, His righteousness, His purpose, His Name, His actions… consistently. A biblical worldview must be foremost in the hearts and actions of His people.
When David showed up at the scene of the battle where a giant prevailed, he only had two skills: playing the harp and shooting a slingshot. But somewhere thru the years it would appear that a father had taken time and interest and taught the boy how to use a slingshot (Lk.1:17). The will of God has a way of taking on very practical aspects.
I asked to understand why the power of the air could get to and maintain such a fierceness of warfare in a particular region I had been praying over. I heard the words, “10 layers” and then I realized this power had been steadily gaining and reigning for decades, and the powers that be, those residing rulers of darkness in this region, have tenure. The air has been repeatedly conditioned as men’s choices, acts and decisions have remained “under the influence.” However, Goliath, no matter how big he grew was born to fall, and no matter how many opponents he fought on the way, the confrontation with David was his appointed demise. God’s “due time” appointments involve the intersection of time, place, circumstances and specific people. It is obviously due time for God’s order to prevail in the atmosphere of that region. That explains why the warfare has peaked to a crisis turning point. Decades of decisions and their results over that region are being set up like dominoes, poised for knocking down. (Kathy Gabler)
Something very ordinary ordained by God to be applied in a unique circumstance turned the tide for a nation. Though the giant loomed large in the valley (1Sam.17:3-4), God had sent a shepherd boy over the top of the hill for the purpose of going down into that valley to contradict the giant. An army did not take out the giant. A small smooth stone from an ordinary shepherd’s sling was all it took to end the giant’s career. The faithful God of Israel still does business the same way He always has.
(Melissa) 2017: The Game Changer #2 — Time to slay the victim mentality. We saw the victim mentality come to a head in 2016 and get whipped! You know that “Sleeping Giant” we’ve been talking about for a while? Well, it’s name is “No More”, and it woke up in the latter half of last year. No more victims for Christ. No more victimized churches. 2017 will see God’s original intent realized in many areas.
In the Bible the LION could not prosper against David because David kept God in the supreme position in his life, in his thoughts, and in his consideration. The BEAR could not prosper against David because of the supremacy of God in David’s life. The GIANT could not prosper against David even though he came against David with the deadliest of weapons. KING Saul could not prosper against David even though he was conniving and had supreme authority in the land. God’s supremacy was far greater than all of them. (Ps.74:12, NASB) “Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.” We are praying that no matter what the opposition, you discover daily God’s supremacy working in you and in your behalf.
Though the giant loomed large in the valley (1Sam.17:3-4), God had sent a shepherd boy over the top of the hill for the purpose of going down into that valley. An army did not take out the giant. A small smooth stone from an ordinary shepherd’s sling was all it took to end the giant’s career.
Something very ordinary ordained by God to be applied in a unique circumstance turned the tide for a nation. The faithful God of Israel still does business the same way He always has.
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1.) GIANTS—Giants represent the difficulties of change and the difficulties involved in making adjustments. When the 12 spies went in to spy out the promised land there were two different reports filed (Num 13:30-33). Caleb reported that the land was a “good land” and that they were able to take it. 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 (Num 13:30). However, there were others who noticed the giants (v. 33-Heb.: bully, tyrant) in the land and decided that, even though the land was flowing with milk and honey, the difficulties this change offered were not worth the effort. If they could have walked in without any difficulties or having to make any adjustments, they would have voted to go into the promised land.
(This is the fifth excerpt from Marty’s article “Giants, Athaliah and Michal“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
The spirits that Goliath, Athaliah and Michal characterize are still operating in these days. The point of difficulty we reach in dealing with these spirits is that they employ likely human personalities to most effectively intimidate those pressing forward in change. Individuals and church groups will both face the sting of these characters as we come closer to realizing our destiny. It is the human voice that is intimidating pastors and leaders into digressing from what they joyously began walking in just a few short years ago. The threat of financial loss and the loss of membership are strong factors of intimidation and discouragement that the enemy is using. We must face these facts, identify the facts and scripturally respond to the intimidation.
(This is the fourth excerpt from Marty’s article “Giants, Athaliah and Michal“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)