The most courageous thing we can do is consistently give Jesus our “yes”. When we do, He leads us down an unimaginable path and before long, we realize we are on a grand adventure. The Lord stretches us in ways we didn’t think were possible. Why? He knows what we are capable of, after all, He designed us. He wants us to reach our full potential but this requires a level of trust in the Father that many are hesitant of. Are you ready to trust Him wholeheartedly? I guarantee if you are, you won’t be disappointed.
The Lord is looking for those He can fashion into giant slayers because it’s time to crossover. Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, ‘Here I am. Send me!” May we have the same willingness as Isaiah to fulfill the mission the Father has laid out for us.
I believe the Lord is saying it’s time to crossover from learning about the giants to slaying the giants. It certainly has been important to learn about the Nephilim, the hybrids, and their agenda because Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. But now that we have a good understanding of the Nephilim and the impact of their agenda, we need to be equipped to stop them in their tracks. It’s time to start slaying the giants!
In order to become equipped to do this, we want to learn from the best, the biblical giant slayers: Deborah, Joshua, Caleb, and David.
Lessons from Deborah
Deborah was a prophetess, judge, and warrior from the tribe of Ephraim. She governed Israel during a time when they were under the oppression of a foreign king named Jabin. For 20 years, the Israelites were terrorized by Jabin and his military general, Sisera. This violent oppression impacted every aspect of their lives. They couldn’t travel freely; bandits had overtaken the roadways forcing the closure of trade routes. Jabin's men continually raided the farmers’ crops so Israel faced food shortages. Not even the watering holes were safe due to archers positioned to take out those trying to fetch water.
After 20 years of oppression, the Lord spoke to Deborah that it was time to overthrow the enemy; it was time to crossover. She gave the charge to Barak, but he was afraid to fight against Sisera without Deborah. Barak walked in the fear of man but Deborah walked in the fear of the Lord. She was a warrior without hesitation. God said it was as good as done, that’s all she needed to know.
Judges 5:13 (KJV) “Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.”
The Hebrew word for “mighty” is ‘gibbowr’ which means “mighty, strong, valiant, giant, chief, tyrant, impetuous soldier or hunter.”[i] It comes from the root word ‘gabar’ meaning to “prevail, to be strong, to show oneself mighty, to act proudly toward God.”[ii] The first usage of ‘gibbowr’ in scripture is in reference to Nephilim and/or giants in Genesis 6:4.
Deborah understood that she had dominion over the giants. Jabin’s forces, though great in number and powerful in warfare, were no match for her because the Lord appointed her to have dominion! She led the way for the Israelites to take action; she inspired Israel to rise up and fight their oppressors. Deborah took her stand at the city gates where violence had commonly erupted over the past 20 years.
Judges 5:7-8 (NKJV) “Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, arose a mother in Israel. They chose new gods; then there was war in the gates; not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.”
This passage gives us an idea of the state of Israel. Jabin’s forces had removed all of their weapons as a means to crush any resistance from the Israelites. Israel was so traumatized by the cruel oppression that fear filled their hearts. Not once, in 20 years, did they rise up to fight Jabin – until Deborah arose!
The war at the gates of the city was not only a war at the physical gates, but a war at the spiritual gates as well. Spiritual gates serve as an entry point between dimensions so this was an epic battle between the hybrids and their gods vs. the Israelites and the heavenly hosts of the Lord.
Judges 5:20 (NIV) “From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera.”
This is an interesting depiction of the battle, “the stars fought.” What does this mean? It turns out, “stars” is a biblical term frequently used to describe heavenly beings as we see in Job.
Job 38:6-7 (ASV) “Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the cornerstone thereof, When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
In this passage, “stars” and “sons of God” are different types of heavenly beings. Deborah declared that the stars fought “from their courses,” the Hebrew word for “courses” is ‘mĕcillah’ which means “a thoroughfare, viaduct, staircase, highway, path, ladder.”[iii] This gives us a glimpse into the multidimensional battle that took place. The stars accessed a portal, like Jacob’s ladder, to enter into earth’s dimension and fight on behalf of Israel. They partnered with Deborah to secure the victory. Afterward, the Israelites and the land experienced 40 years of peace which was a double portion of recompense for the years the enemy had stolen their peace.
Lessons from Joshua
Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land to face the giants. In order for the Israelites to conquer the land of Canaan and receive their inheritance, they had to slay the giants.
One of the most notable battles Joshua encountered was the battle against the five Amorite kings. It was a battle that they never would have won if it were not for the supernatural hand of God (Joshua 10). Joshua and his best-fighting men marched from Gilgal to Gibeon in the middle of the night. It was a grueling 20-mile journey with several steep uphill climbs. Once they arrived, they conducted a surprise attack on the five Amorite kings and their soldiers. These were not just any soldiers, there were giants fighting among the ranks of the Amorites, but the Lord gave Joshua a promise.
Joshua 10:8 (NIV) “The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”
The Lord promised to deliver the Amorites into the hands of Joshua. This was no ordinary victory; it was a display of God’s supernatural power and dominion. As Israel caught the Amorites by surprise, many fled down the road. The Lord hurled large hailstones onto the Amorites. More Amorites died from the hailstones than were killed by the sword. The significance of this cannot be overlooked. The Amorites worshiped the sun, moon, and stars, so it’s fitting that the Creator of the heavenly bodies, took the very objects that the Amorites worshiped, and used them as weapons to destroy them.
In the midst of the battle, Joshua and the Israelites needed more daylight to completely overthrow their enemy. Astonishingly, Joshua petitioned the Almighty Elohim to halt the rotation of the earth. Never in the history of creation had this happened. The sun stood still over Gibeon for a full day. All of creation would have taken notice of this event. It was a declaration to other nations that Yahweh fights for Israel. More importantly, this cosmic display of God’s power was a statement to all other deities that the one true God, the Almighty Elohim, was superior to all other gods.
Joshua was a man of unwavering faith. Joshua was given a prophetic promise from the Lord that the Amorites would be given into his hands. He could have sat back and waited for this word to be accomplished. But Joshua knew that God’s promises are fulfilled when met with faith put into motion. Joshua wholeheartedly, without reservation, engaged. He gave every ounce of energy to the battle at hand.
It’s important to recognize that Joshua didn’t suddenly develop this courage overnight, he had spent more than 40 years developing an intimate relationship with the Lord. He was Moses’ right-hand man which gave him the opportunity to experience the presence of the Lord. Scripture tells us that Joshua would linger in the presence of the Lord in the Tent of Meeting (Exodus 33:11). This intimacy led him to develop the fear of the Lord which allowed him to have incredible courage and mighty faith to eradicate the giants.
Lessons from Caleb
Caleb was a mighty man of courage who walked in the fear of the Lord. He knew that the source of his strength came from the Lord; this gave him extraordinary confidence to face any giant.
Joshua 14:7-8, 10-11 (NIV) “I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’
Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.”
I love Caleb’s “can do” attitude; he was not a man who made excuses. After decades of wandering in the desert because the 10 other spies stirred up fear in the hearts of the Israelites, Caleb was just as ready to take down the giants in the promised land at age 85, as he was when he was 40 years old. Caleb did not have a retirement mentality! Instead, he was passionate about possessing his inheritance, even though it meant he would have to face the giants and eradicate them from his land. He valued the prophetic word Moses had given him 45 years earlier. How often do we give up on prophetic words spoken over us after 5 or 10 years? Caleb waited for the fullness of time to take possession of his promised inheritance.
Joshua 14:12 “Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.’
Spoken like a true giant slayer!!
Lessons from David
Similar to Caleb, David walked in the fear of the Lord. His confidence came from the strength he found in the Lord. Goliath used fear and intimidation to paralyze the armies of Israel because they walked in the fear of man. Onto the scene walks a shepherd boy. His father sent David on an errand to provide food for his brothers. David had been tried and tested on the fields while protecting his sheep. He had spent his days developing intimacy with the Lord while watching the sheep. This intimacy gave David the courage to fight the lion and the bear that came to attack the sheep. When David heard the insults Goliath spewed, he was indignant and even perplexed by the lack of courage found among Saul’s fighting men. David had not given himself over to fear of man, instead he had developed a relationship with Yahweh.
I Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV) “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
What a declaration of confidence! David was fearless when facing Goliath, the 8-foot-8-inch giant because he knew who he was and he knew that the Ancient of Days had his back.
Possessing Our Inheritance
We can learn some valuable lessons from these Biblical giant slayers. They understood the importance of timing. Waiting for the fullness of time allowed them to apprehend their inheritance and fulfill their destiny.
It’s time for us to crossover into our inheritance and slay the giants. But how do we do this? First, we need to understand who we are. We are image bearers. We have the likeness of God within us. We are His representatives on earth. Our purpose as image bearers is to establish His purposes throughout the earth.
We are to exercise our God-given authority to govern earth according to His purposes. Jesus delegated to us the dominion authority He restored through the Cross. When He ascended into heaven, the responsibility of governing was placed on our shoulders. He declared that we have been given the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16:19). Our responsibility is to reinforce the victory that Jesus secured at the Cross. The Great Commission, as recorded in Matthew, calls us to disciple nations. We must apprehend heaven’s agenda for our nation and bring it down into the earth realm. How do we do this?
- We inquire of the King of kings regarding His purpose for our cities, our states, and our nation.
- We render the King’s decrees through spoken declarations
- We steward the land by cleansing it of defilement and uprooting altars of offense
- We change the atmosphere over cities, regions, and nations through informed intercession
I cannot overstate the power that is released when believers join together in intercession. George Otis Jr. says, “It has been said that history, although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great, is more often shaped by the many acts of the small. Nowhere is this truer than in the realm of spiritual intercession.”[iv]
The giants of our day may not have the exceedingly great height that characterized the giants of old; but the power and control Nephilim Hosts wield, reaches to great heights in global governance.
Nephilim Hosts are intent on destroying the followers of Jesus while enslaving the masses through control, domination and intimidation. They hate the fact that we are created in the image of God, so they want to defile our human genome. They are trying to accomplish this through GMOs, pharmaceuticals, transhumanism, artificial wombs, and the 4th Industrial revolution.
We are living in both the worst of times and the best of times. The world is only getting darker but that means that the light of Jesus inside of us, shines even brighter! It's imperative that we understand who we are. As ambassadors of Christ, we have tremendous power and authority. We can’t waste our potential by sitting on the sidelines. It’s time to rise up and evict the spiritual forces of evil that have taken our communities, our nation, and our destiny. We can follow in the footsteps of Deborah, Joshua, Caleb, and David, by taking dominion over the giants of our day and age.
The lives of these Biblical giant slayers provide us with the strategy of how to conquer the giants we face. A pattern emerged in their stories; they all developed intimacy with the Lord, leading to the fear of the Lord allowing them to have supernatural strength and courage to defeat the giants.
What is your inheritance? What is your destiny? Has fear of man stolen these from you? Let us be people committed to cultivating intimacy with the Lord by lingering in His Presence, by carving time out of our busy lives to learn to hear His voice. Then we will be people who know who we are and who He is. This revelation infuses our body, soul, and spirit with power from the Lord. Let us be encouraged to be strong and courageous (Deuteronomy 31:6), not shrinking back from the battle at hand. For our fight is not against flesh and blood...
Ephesians 6:12-13 (NIV) “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Written by Laura Sanger, Ph.D.
[i]. Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for gibbowr (Strong’s #H1368).” (1996-2020).
[ii]. Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for gabar (Strong’s #H1396).” (1996-2020).
[iii]. Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for mĕcillah (Strong’s #H4546).” (1996-2020).
[iv]. Otis, G. (1997). The Twilight Labryinth. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books.