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Giants Will Fall


Satan hates geographical locations that have become meaningful to God and His people. When possible, he seeks to defile them, using perversions, violence, covenant breaking, idolatry, and the shedding of innocent blood. Hebron, as a type of Christ and a picture of covenantal friendship with God, became a prime target, and in the four centuries between Abraham and Joshua, evil giants had overtaken the city. In fact, the greatest of all the Anakim (giants), Arba, made it his stronghold and renamed Hebron after himself: Kiriath-Arba, meaning “the city of Arba” (see Joshua 14:15).


By the time the 12 spies of Israel were sent by Moses to check out the Promised Land, three more giants, direct descendants of Anak from whom the giants were spawned, had inherited Hebron (see Numbers 13:22, 28. 33). This holy place, representing friendship and covenant with God, was now ruled by giants and was a place of terror. It so terrified ten of the twelve spies, in fact, that they brought back an evil report of fear and unbelief to the rest of the nation. “There is no way we can take our promised land,” they stated. “The giants are simply too big and powerful.”


Caleb, one of the 12 spies I spoke to you about a few days back, was indignant. Seeing that Arba and the other giants had defiled this holy city and desecrated the final resting place of the patriarch Abraham, he was angry. His response was to ask Moses for this very mountain-top city as his inheritance. “We can conquer these giants and their fortified cities, guys,” Caleb told the fearful Israelites, “and I’ll take the biggest.” Because of the Israelites’ fear and unbelief, however, Caleb had to wait for this opportunity. Forty-five years later, after 40 years of wilderness wandering by the unbelieving generation and another 5 years of war, it was time. Caleb, now 85 years old, said, “Give me my mountain!” (Joshua 14:12). In asking for this piece of land, this warrior was asking for more than a city; he was requesting the assignment of conquering the greatest stronghold of the giants.


Caleb was BAD.


The greatest warrior did, indeed, conquer Kiriath-Arba and its giants, then renamed it Hebron. He pioneered Hebron again. Caleb enjoyed a covenantal friendship with God. He also paved the way for it to become David’s first capital and a picture of Christ, our Savior, and our Refuge.


God is making an encouraging and wonderful announcement: “I am going to empower you to confront and take out spiritual giants ruling regions of the earth, transforming these regions into strongholds of life. You are going to transform spiritually dark cities and nations into places where covenantal friendship with God can be experienced, and from which the rule and authority of Christ can be seen again. All that God does on Earth is birthed through His intercessors. My goal today is to bring an understanding of your spiritual weapons, to strengthen your faith regarding knocking out spiritual giants in our land.


The praying Church is about to step into its highest authority and its greatest history-writing role.


I don’t have to tell you that things are shockingly out of control. The Church of America is discouraged, confused, people are finger-pointing and the giants in our land are mocking us in the name of their gods. Every part of American society is screaming for cause-minded, impassioned followers of Christ to arise and represent HIM and resurrect our song.


It’s past time to abandon our denial. Many Americans are like the optimist Mark Twain wrote of. Describing a fight he was obviously losing, this denial expert bragged, “Thrusting my nose firmly between his teeth, I threw him heavily to the ground on top of me.”


We, in America, especially the body of Christ, must wake up to our true condition. America has become the proverbial frog in the kettle - We’ve been dying and don’t know it. Like the band on the RMS Titanic, we continue playing while the ship is sinking. There is no human answer for America’s punctured hull. We cannot bail the water fast enough


I have great hope for America; our song CAN be resurrected. But for hope and optimism to be legitimate, they must exist in the light of reality. Otherwise, they’re nothing more than denial-driven complacency. In misguided optimism, like the causeless army of Israel when facing Goliath, we have convinced ourselves that if we wait long enough, the shocking giants of the land will go away and leave us alone.


Satan, however, has no intention of letting up in his relentless assault on America. Positive change will only come when a people of passion, like Caleb, rise to the challenge and meet the enemy in spiritual battle. If we do, we can turn the tide.


Repentance of sin, turning back to God, and a Third Great Awakening are America’s only hope. Will this occur? Will we see the fulfillment of these and other hope-filled promises? A resounding YES!!! Modern-day Caleb’s - bold, cause-minded spiritual warriors - are rising.


God is giving America a chance to re-write her epitaph. If written today, it would read, “Weighed in the Balances and Found Wanting,” or perhaps, “The Giants Won.” But our gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness, forgives sinners and heals nations.


And to cause-minded Caleb’s...He gives anointings to slay giants.


You, my friend, are a giant slayer.


Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:


  • Ask God to show where you may be complacent - even procrastinating a spiritual assignment He has for you.

  • Re-engage your “Caleb” spirit - the warrior within.

  • Commit to being part of the praying Church and not sitting on the sidelines.

  • Remind yourself of the covenantal friendship you have with Jesus. Allow yourself to be refreshed in His presence.

  • Determine that you want to be part of America’s renewal and rebuilding, writing history and making a difference.


A prayer you can pray:


Lord, we thank you for the examples you give us in scripture. We can find encouragement and tools for our journey as we read biblical history and the passages that describe how You helped Your people. You never made them walk alone or figure it out by themselves. Instead, you empowered them and encouraged them.


We are grateful for Caleb’s example - the warrior who was not afraid in the face of discouragement, overwhelming odds, and possible defeat. Not only were the giants intimidating, but the weaknesses of others forced him to wait longer to take them out than he had initially planned. Oh, how we wish that timing wasn’t a factor - that we could always see the results of our prayers immediately.


But we will not remain discouraged. We will come into your presence and find refreshment and clear direction for the future. We drink deeply from your wells and as we pray, our eyesight is becoming clearer.


We agree with you, Holy Spirit, that Your plans for America have not changed. Her destiny and purpose are just as clear today as before. We will embrace Your will, Your guidance, and sharpen our ears to hear You even more clearly as we move forward. We thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Decree:


We decree that we are giant slayers!



Part of today’s devotional was taken from my book Giants Will Fall.



It’s Time to Hope Again


Since many who watch the daily Give Him 15s are women, we thought it might be good for me (Ceci) to take a day and share with you. As women, we process things a little differently than do men. Where men can compartmentalize and focus on one thing at a time, for us, everything from the different compartments run together; each affects the other. In the situation regarding the election, what happened wasn’t what we expected, or at least, not what we hoped for or what we were praying for. We are faced with quite a few emotions. As women, because we do not compartmentalize as men do, we start to wonder how things will now affect our lives - what’s going to change, how it will affect our children’s lives, and even possibly, the lives of our grandchildren.


What we have to guard against is hope deferred. Here is a likely progression of unchecked hope deferred:


  1. Discouragement

  2. Confusion - we begin to question ourselves, dreams, words from God, and even His promises to us

  3. Unbelief - this is experienced when hope is lost and expectations are gone; was God teasing us? (Of course, we know that it is not in His nature, but when we are being honest, we go there.)

  4. Disillusionment - which usually involves questioning even the character of God.

  5. Bitterness - with deep feelings of resentment we blame God, others, the prophets, our spouse, our parents, and maybe even ourselves

  6. Cynicism - a complete loss of faith and hope


If you find yourself as I described above, what do you do?


  1. Maintain Proper Perspective. Perspective is critical when it comes to emotional pain, it isn’t what happens to you that controls you and ravages your heart. Rather, it is what you believe about the situation that controls you. Take a step back. Tell yourself the truth. God is going to take care of you. He’s going to take care of your family, your job, your children. God does not tease or trick His children. He is faithful and His faithfulness to us never changes.

  2. Draw Near to God. Spend time in His word. Psalms 107:20 tells us God’s word is actually a medicine and can heal your heart. The psalmist David drew near to God for victory over hope deferred. Use Psalm 27 or perhaps even compose one of your own to draw near to the Lord. If you quieten your soul and draw near to Him during your time of pain, of which simple worship and devotion are 2 keys, you can begin to experience change.

  3. Speak to Your Heart. Declare over yourself what God says about you - that you have peace, joy, hope, and a healthy heart - even when circumstances still seem to contradict Him. “But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-23 TPT)

  4. Embrace Biblical Faith. In spite of what you feel or what circumstances tell you, choose to believe what God’s word says. Faith isn’t positive thinking, denying the reality of your circumstances; faith is denying these circumstances the right to remain in control of your thoughts, your words, your hope, your life. Exalting God above your situation changes your perspective.

  5. Apply the Power of Hope. Psalm 103.8; 9:9-10, 33:18-22; 138:7; 89:1-2; Romans 5:5; 8:38-39; Jeremiah 31:3; 29:11; Isaiah 40:29, 31; John 8:36; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Timothy 1:7; Philippians 4:13; 1:6; Romans 8:31; Ephesians 1:7; 2:6, 10; 1 Peter 2:4, 9


In Dutch’s book, The Power of Hope, he tells the story of a family in the Arizona desert:


One night a fierce desert storm struck with rain, hail, and high wind. At daybreak, feeling sick and fearing what he might find, Samuel went to survey their loss.

The hail had beaten the garden into the ground; the house was partially unroofed; the henhouse had blown away and dead chickens were scattered about. Destruction and devastation were everywhere.

While standing dazed, evaluating the mess and wondering about the future, Samuel heard a stirring in the lumber pile that was the remains of the henhouse. A rooster started climbing up and continued until he had mounted the highest board in the pile. That old rooster was dripping wet, and most of his feathers were blown away. But as the sun came over the eastern horizon, he flapped his bony wings and proudly crowed.


When the morning sun appeared on the horizon, that beat-up, featherless rooster - amidst all the chaos and devastation - still crowed, announcing the beginning of a new day. Why? Because it was his nature to do so.


Winds of adversity may be blowing through our lives and we feel our part of the world is falling apart. But if we will look closely, we will see the light of God’s faithfulness shining through the debris. And we can rise above the disillusionment because it is our nature to overcome! This is what God says about us in Romans 8, taken from The Message Bible. It is laced with the power of hope.


“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not back-stabbing, not even the worst sins listed in scripture...None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing - nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (Romans 8: 35-39)


I say to you, you are going to climb up out of the debris, flap your bony wings, and announce to the world that you’ve entered a new day. Why? Because deep within your DNA you can do this; you are an overcomer. Friend, it’s time to trust again, it’s time to hope again.


A prayer you can pray:


Father, we thank You that You know our hearts even when we can’t see clearly. Your love for us never changes. Even when we seem to lose hope and don’t know what to say to You, we know that You are faithful. You are Jehovah Shalom, our peace, Jehovah Rapha - the One who heals our heart. You are El Shaddai, the One Who has power over all, Elohim - strong, mighty, but full of compassion.


We choose to believe Your truths that You watch over us, You are good, faithful, merciful, You cannot lie, You’re my Strong Tower, my Refuge, and my Strength. Lord, I ask You for Your peace and Your strength. I trust that You hold my times and my seasons in Your hands. Today I choose to run into Your loving arms and allow Your wrap-around presence to comfort and sustain me.


Lord, we will not waver in our faith but choose to stand firm, believing Your truths. We hold onto Your promises for us personally, and for America. We ask You to visit us with Your Holy Spirit - sweep across our land, shine the light of Your truth and drive out all darkness. We choose to be Your instruments of love and compassion while carrying the torches of truth and justice. Breathe Your hope across our hearts and our land today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Decree:


I declare that it’s time to hope again.



Some of the material used today was taken from Dutch’s book The Power of Hope.



The Cleansing Rain


I spoke to you yesterday about God’s cleansing coming to America. The exposure has begun and will continue - millions of Americans are now seeing the incredibly deep and broad level of corruption in our government. Both parties. Other segments of our nation are also being exposed as dishonest - media, education, business, insurrectionist movements, and more. Money (to satisfy lusts) and power (to satisfy egos or implement or control societal change) are the primary motives.


Most, especially in government, don’t believe they’ll ever be held accountable. After all, we’ve known for 3-4 years now of the corruption and lies by politicians, judges, and the Deep State in their efforts to destroy Trump and his allies, yet no one has been held accountable. The double standard of justice continues and most Americans have become increasingly cynical of our government.


Most politicians in Washington, D.C., and many around the nation - Congress, the Supreme Court, the Executive Branch, Governors, State Supreme Courts, Federal, and District Judges - practically yawned at the fact that voter fraud occurred in the recent elections. “Yea, well, there’s always some of that,” was often the attitude. The Supreme Court made it clear they had no intention of getting involved. Only two of the nine thought states had a right to object if illegalities in other states negated their votes. “No Standing” to bring the case, they contended. Translation: “we’re not touching this.” Lady Justice wears a blindfold, indeed, at the sidestepping court. “Dishonest”, “weak”, “self-serving” - pick your adjective - but the fact is many in our government have lost their integrity.


Thankfully, there is hope. God has begun a cleansing and an awakening. My friend, Steven Springer, had a dream regarding this on, of all days, Inauguration Day.


“On 1/20/2021, I woke up from a dream with such a sense of hope! In the dream, I was lifted over Washington, D.C. It was very cloudy; you could barely see the buildings below. Suddenly, lightning struck the top of the White House and winds began to blow. Along with the lightning, rain and hail began coming down from heaven.


“As the winds blew, a clarity came across the city. Then, one by one I saw rubber masks coming off people, enabling them to be seen for who they really are. An exposure was taking place. Some looked very hideous. All things hidden and masked were being revealed.


“Then I saw a large broom come down from heaven and begin sweeping across the entire nation. It started with the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and as the hand with the broom swept across the nation, all sorts of evil were revealed and removed. Then, interestingly, I saw many people getting out of their beds, stretching and yawning, realizing it was day. The night was gone and a day had dawned. The cleansing had produced an awakening!


“The sweeping and awakening continued across the nations of the earth. The world was being swept clean of corruption and decay in order that awakening, a mighty revival and outpouring of the Holy Spirit and fire, could come. As the dust from the sweeping settled, the earth looked dark. But new life began to sprout up everywhere as the outpouring of Holy rain, mingled with Holy fire, was released. There was such joy and happiness on people’s faces; even the land itself seemed to rejoice.” End of dream.


Steven added that in the face of these last couple of months, God wants to release tremendous hope, a hope that out of the ashes shall arise a beautiful Church, an incredible revival, and a reformation like the planet has never seen! He feels our greatest days are at hand. I concur.


Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.” ‭‭(Hosea‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭NKJV)‬‬


“The LORD reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad! Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭97:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)


“Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.” ‭‭(Revelation‬ ‭14:14-16‬ NKJV‬‬)


Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Remove from your heart all unbelief that God cannot cleanse our nation.

  • Pray that the exposure will continue. Ask for the lightning, hail, wind, and rain seen in this dream to be released.

  • Ask Him for mercy to those who will repent. God loves them all.

  • Continue to ask God for righteous leaders.

  • Ask Him to release a great awakening to the earth.

A prayer you can pray:


Father, there is indeed a weariness on our nation. The last 2 1/2 months have been difficult, confusing, and disheartening. Many have grown more cynical, others have become disillusioned. Division in our nation has intensified. It does, indeed, seem that truth has fallen in the streets.


And yet, You are showing many that You’re going to cleanse our nation. We believe this has already begun. You are exposing so much. We ask You to continue this. Give grace and mercy to those who repent and turn from their deceitful ways, but whatever it takes, please cleanse us from this corruption. And we continue to ask for the corruption in this past election to be exposed until it is clear to all what really took place. Then bring Your solution.


And finally, Lord, we ask You for this Third Great Awakening, which we know is coming. Pour it out on America, and also around the world. We ask for 1 billion souls to be saved, and for entire nations to be transformed. May America be a recipient of this revival and also be used as a messenger of Your gospel to the ends of the earth. In the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, we pray, amen.


Decree:


The cleansing rain and lightning of Almighty God will continue to be released on America.


You can learn more about Steven Springer here.