Saturday, March 1, 2014

Chasing Giants!

Chasing Giants (August 2013 Sermon notes)
Prepare yourself because this post is quite lengthly but it's so worth a read. It's a months worth of sermon notes but my goodness it's good. Push through & grow your faith!

A giant is an obstacle, something harassing us and chasing us. Giants are good because they show me that I'm in the promised land.
Chase them, face them, conquer them!
Numbers 13:1-3
"God spoke to Moses: “Send men to scout out the country of Canaan that I am giving to the People of Israel. Send one man from each ancestral tribe, each one a tried-and-true leader in the tribe.” So Moses sent them off from the Wilderness of Paran at the command of God." 
All of them were leaders in Israel, one from each tribe. There are 7,000 promises in the Bible, we need to find out which ones belong to us. (Claim what Has been given to us)
Numbers 13:25-27
"25 After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned 26 to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. 27 This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces."
God sent them to get a vision so they can be it. He gives us a picture so we can see it! 
The land that flowed with milk and stands for health and wealth. Guess where the milk & honey are? They are where the giants are.

Numbers 13:28 
"But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak!" 
child of Anak, Goliath came from Anak 
Instead of facing the giants they focused on the giants. Focusing on the giants make us weak in our faith, it is cowardice.
Facing them is positioning you to conquer them. 
Deuteronomy 7:1
"When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and occupy, he will clear away many nations ahead of you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. These seven nations are greater and more numerous than you."
7 giants...7 is the number of perfection...7 giants=the perfect storm
How do you kill a giant? With your faith b/c we are not fighting flesh and blood. People aren't the problem. There are the "We can" people and the "We can't" people.
Face them, chase them, fight them, beat them, and then possess your possession.
We kill a giant with our faith, a giant is a bully. 
Giants aren't in the desert and we don't grow where it is comfortable. Either we chase giants or they chase us. We don't focus on our problems, family situations but we FACE it. The best relationships we've got to fight for....
Deut 7:1 (the seven 'ites') perfect storm 
Hittite means FEAR
Deut 7:22
"The Lord your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little. You will not clear them away all at once, otherwise the wild animals would multiply too quickly for you."
We conquer the giant little by little. Inch by inch it's a cinch by the mile it's a trial. Daily....
A giant is any obstacle that stands between where I'm at and where I am supposed to be. 
In Number 13, when Moses sent the spies to check out the land, 10 came back with a negative report and 2 of them had a positive report.
There are giants in the desert & we don't want to stay in the wilderness forever.
Deut 6:23
"He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had sworn to give our ancestors."
Our focus is a determining factor of the achievements that we will accomplish in our life. If we focus on our problems then they grow. [What I am talking about is a reflection of what I'm thinking.] We can either be a lightbulb or a laser. A laser focuses and accomplishes. The Israelites died in the desert b/c it was "comfortable."
God wanted to bring them out to (of the desert) bring them in (to the promised land) but they died b/c they focused on the giants. Their focus was a determining factor of where they ended up. The wealth of the wicked is turned over into the hands of the righteous!
Are we focusing on the giants or God's promises?
There is a giant between the promise & the possession. God wants us in the land of more than enough.....the land of milk & honey. The giants are proof that we are about to enter God's best. 
Numbers 13:2
"Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.
As the leader goes so goes the tribe. 
People's number one giant is money.
Our giants are not people.
(Vs 6) Caleb of the tribe of Judah, Jesus & David were both of the tribe of Judah.
Joshua & Caleb were giant killers, they were optimists.
Judah means praise. A life of praise will change our focus, perspective. Praise is the voice of faith, the voice of a giant killer but complaining is the voice of unbelief.
Caleb is a praiser. He held on to the promises of God. He possessed his possessions, he made it through the desert. He ended up in the promised land. He held on to a promise And lived a life of praise.
Hold on to the promise, praise God for it & it will carry you. 
Joshua 19:9
"Their allocation of land came from part of what had been given to Judah because Judah’s territory was too large for them. So the tribe of Simeon received an allocation within the territory of Judah."
Praise will bring your promise, your inheritance, your possessions.
Praise will bring you too much joy, peace, blessings. A sacrifice of praise, when we praise him we make room for his goodness and when we can't see a reason to praise him then we need to reflect, remember what he has done. 
Numbers 13:23
"When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also brought back samples of the pomegranates and figs."
How to kill a giant:
with a grape= the blood of the lamb pomegranate=worship 
figs=bread of life 
Through the blood we gets new identity to go after our inheritance. We overcome by the blood of the lamb and word of our testimony. Confession proceeds possession. We find out our identity and our possessions through reading the word.

There are 365 times in the bible that God says "fear not" there is a FEAR NOT for everything we face.
Feed your faith & starve your doubt.
Numbers 13:1
"The Lord now said to Moses..."
Israel was in the desert b/c of disobedience. God raised up Moses and Moses' name means deliverer.
God's will for my life is to live fearless!
Just b/c I am a Christ follower doesn't mean everything will be given to me, I have to fight the good fight. God promised it but in between the promise and the possession is the GIANT.
How to chase the giant of fear from my life. 
Deut 7: 1-2
"When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and occupy, he will clear away many nations ahead of you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. These seven nations are greater and more numerous than you.When the Lord your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completely destroy[a] them. Make no treaties with them and show them no mercy."
In the land of milk & honey, in the land of Canaan, the land of health & wealth there are 7 tribes:
Hittites is our English word for FEAR so our first giant we have to face in order to have everything God has for us. The first tribe that wants to sit on our inheritance is FEAR.
Changing our focus can chase fear out. Whatever we focus on grows. If I focus on the worst I build fear but if I focus on the best I build faith. [The law of displacement.] 
David is of the tribe of Judah, he's a praiser. He reviewed, reflected, reminded himself of what God has done with/for him. The God that helped him kill the bear, the lion, etc.
We chase fear by changing our focus, we get our focus right with our praise life. When we change our focus we invite praise in our life and our fears are scattered.
1 Sam 22:1
"So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there."
The cabe of Adullam is 'refuge'. We can't hear God if we are in discontent. The devil wants us in doubt, in distress & discontent. In the scriptures there are about 400 men, in The Message translation it says 'losers'. 
1 Samuel 22:2
"Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men."

Fear & failure are connected when we make a decision out of fear we will fail. 
2 Sam 23:1
" These are the last words of David: “David, the son of Jesse, speaks—    David, the man who was raised up so high, David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, David, the sweet psalmist of Israel."
Praise releases grace.
Grace comes as a result of praise.
Grace is what we need to chase giants away from our lives. 
Praise & worship release grace. 
David wrote Psalm 34 in the cave of Adulum when he was running in fear
David was writing & praising while he was in the cave he was not complaining about his circumstances but he was praising God! David was blessing The Lord! 
What comes out of your mouth sets the tone for your house.
Nothing happens 'til I get happy....rejoice in The Lord always!
Psalm 34:1
"I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises."
What we talk about, and/or focus on gets bigger! He chased the giant of fear out of the cave through focus on praise! Faith is an act & action removes fear.
God wants us to live a fearless life. 
There is a "fear not" in the bible for every day of my life. Grapes represent the blood or our identification we need to know who we are to use our authority. We don't know our authority 'til we are in Christ and we are only in Christ through the blood of Jesus, our identification. Pomegranates signify worship we chase giants with our worship, full of the spirit. Figs signify the Word, full of Him.
That's the 3 components to chase giants: the blood, worship & The Word!
Numbers 14:6
"Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing."
Milk & Honey= Health & Wealth 
3 John 2 says health & wealth is God's will for us. Until we know God's can not be released. Giants help us grow, w/o them we will coast and not get bigger in God. We run towards our giant b/c we know that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Giants are proof that I am in the promised land. Giants are my meat, they bring us nourishment. We are bigger & better on the other side of them.
The mindset of Joshua & Caleb....giant chasers, giant killers. We don't compare them to us but to God.
1. We reflect.
David says "the God who helped me kill the bear and the lion...." He was remembering and reflecting & thanking God for what he had done the victories we have overcome with him. Bring God's goodness from the past into the present and it builds us up.
2. We Respond, how we respond will determine our destiny
How would things have been if David ran away from the giant? 
3. Readiness. How I respond determines my readiness to receive
4. Receive, receive what you believe 
Through reflecting we count it all joy, my readiness determines how I respond and that shows God if I'm ready for a new level.
Numbers 14:8,9
"And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!"
We fight off fear with God's presence & we get God's presence through praise....

Deut 7:2
The 7 tribes that we will fight: 
Hittites - Fear 
David wrote Psalm 34, 57 while in the cave of Adulum, he was fighting his giants in that cave, he was overwhelmed, weary, fearful and on the run but when he praised God he was transformed he ran away the losers of doubt, distress, discontent 
Praise will run out all those things. When Gods presence comes in fear leaves.
2 Samuel 23:1, 2, 16, 20
Benaiah, one of mighty David's men, chased a lion in the winter/snow he jumps in the pit and kills the lion. Transformation happened in his life.
Chase•Face•Kill giants
He was of the 300/30/3 men 
Benaiah, his name means "built up in The Lord" How to chase a giant? Build your self up daily in The Lord!! 
Colossians 3:16
"Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts."
*Confession leads to possession*
Joshua 14:6-12
"A delegation from the tribe of Judah, led by Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb said to Joshua, “Remember what the Lord said to Moses, the man of God, about you and me when we were at Kadesh-barnea. I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God. So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.’ 10 “Now, as you can see, the Lord has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old. 11 I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. 12 So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the Lord said."
To kill a giant we need to know what The Lord says....what The Word says. We need the sword of the spirit. My praise life & holding on to God's promise will get me there.....
We've got to see what's on the other side of the giants, change my focus, see beyond the giants, see the promise because blessing, growth, influence & platform are on the other side of the giant!
David would have never been king without Goliath. How we respond determines our destiny. God won't give me more until I'm ready. Caleb was after hebron for 45 years. He held on to the promise. Hebron means fellowship, communion that births blessing & prosperity. We are going to have to fight for daily fellowship and communion with God but it brings us blessing & prosperity.
God's presence chases the fear out of my life.
2 kinds of unbelief: ignorance & reluctance 
One is not knowing & the other is just disregarding.
Unbelief is a thief. It robs me of my future. The antidote for unbelief is speaking words of faith. My mind controls my mouth.
Find out what God has said and I must begin to say it. 
I master/control my mind with my mouth. Speak words of faith which are the sword of the spirit. I release belief with what I say, I release unbelief with what I say. 
Deut 7:1 [the 7 tribes in the land]
Girgashites means unbelief, unbelief kept them out of the promised land
Hebrews 3:12
"Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God."
Unbelief is evil, it's a thief that will rob me of God's best for me, it hits the door on my destiny. Unbelief, rejects and responds to God without faith. It moves me away from the living God. 
Hebrews 3:13-18
"13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”16 And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? 18 And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him?"
Kill unbelief with faith, an action plan
Chase the giant of unbelief by speaking words of faith. Get rid of fear with faith, get rid of unbelief with belief. You can start or stop a thought with your word.
My mouth controls my mind...the enemy targets my mind with fiery darts. 
*Matthew 6*
He obtain faith by hearing and we release faith by speaking it.
Hebrews 3:19
"So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest."

Every morning & night say Phillipians 4:13 ten times
{I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.}
My self talk determines my self esteem/self portrait which determines my confidence which determines my choices. 
Matthew 13:58 "And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief."
Mark 4:24 *what you hear* 
"Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more."
To kill a giant we call those things that are not as though they were.
*Job 22:26* "Then you will take delight in the Almighty and look up to God."
*Read 1 Samuel 17:7-45*
David declared to Goliath his future 
Luke 8:18
"So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them."

Mark 5:25 "A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding."
*she heard* vs 26-28 
*she said it* it's not enough to hear it...she had to say it. The woman was always told she couldn't, she would never, she was a woman...etc but she chose not to let the giant of unbelief win...she heard the word of God and said it......
*she believed* Mark 5:28 AMP & vs 29 
We need to "say" until we "see" it. We don't need faith for what we've got! We need faith for what are expecting! We cannot pray for only comes by hearing. We need to continually hear it daily to build our faith.
We are to pick up Gods aroma, His scent, his smell by being in His presence
Humility & honor/healing are connected
Deut 7:1-2 the 7 tribes
Hitites- fear
Girgashites- unbelief
Amorites- pride
Canaanites- to belittle or criticize, as Christians people will criticize or try to belittle you, humiliate
Perezzites- represent robbery, theft, the enemy comes to steal, kill & destroy
Hivites-stand for, their name means deception. The enemy is a liar. That's all he has...he deceives us into believing lies to destroy us. 
Jebusites- means depression, discouragement 
These 7 names/tribes represent spiritual warfare and what we have to deal with throughout our life if we want to pursue Christ.
*Faith never believes for less*
Romans 9:33 AMP
Therefore thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone of sure foundation; he who believes (trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone) will not be ashamed or give way or hasten away [in sudden panic]. [Ps. 118:22; Matt. 21:42; Acts 4:11; Rom. 9:33; Eph. 2:20; I Pet. 2:4-6.] (Isaiah 28:16 AMP)❤

New Generation, new leaders, new time...Joshua 1:1-8
"After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ minister,
Moses My servant is dead. So now arise [take his place], go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites.
Every place upon which the sole of your foot shall tread, that have I given to you, as I promised Moses.
From the wilderness and this Lebanon to the great river Euphrates—all the land of the [a]Hittites [Canaan]—and to the Great [Mediterranean] Sea on the west shall be your territory.
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [b]success."

Vs 3 is our authority
(We need to know what God has said)
We cannot know our authority if we don't know our identity in Christ.
Vs 8, meditation brings revelation, God's commandments. Keep God's word coming out of your mouth! Our mouth controls our mind! Our mind moves in the direction of my mouth. When I stop speaking scriptures I lose strength, get weak. Change begins with my mouth....believe in your heart but confess with your mouth. What I say I begin to think and what I think I will believe & what I believe I see & what I see is what I will receive.
When I speak scripture in the morning I gain strength.
2 Cor 10...spiritual warfare starts in the mind
*Numbers 14

*Joshua 1
A filled mind produces a fulfilled life. 
But we must fill our minds with God's word through meditation.. Vs 8
There should not be a time when God's word isn't on my mouth b/c my mouth controls my mind which controls my action!!! 
We obtain faith by hearing but we release faith by speaking! 
Luke 17:6 (say)
"And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you"

*Mark 11:12-14 Jesus is answering the tree which represents giants, obstacles and obstructions in our life. When sickness, when lack comes. We speak to it, we don't listen to it!! We have more than enough, we are healed, we have enough money!
*1 Sam 17:45....Time to declare war!
We destroy our giants by focusing on the faithfulness of God, when we focus on His faithfulness it feeds my faith.
Vs 45-51
David released his faith with his mouth, he told Goliath that he would prevail & he took his weapons, and with God's anointing he prevailed.
2 Cor 10:3 "For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons."
*Ephesians 6:10-18*
7 pieces of the armor of God, 7 is the number of completion & God has given us all the weapons that we need to fight our giants.
1. Loins represent my emotions-truth
2. Breastplate of righteousness
3. Shoes of peace 
4. Shield of faith
5. Helmet of salvation- renewing my mind
6. Sword of the spirit- God's word
7. Praying 
Pray this armor on daily 
Pray much=much power, pray little=little power
Psalm 103:20
"Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His commandments, hearkening to the voice of His word."
Angels harken to God's word being prayed. 
Exodus 33:2 
"I will send an Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite, Amorite, Hittite, Perizzite, Hivite, and Jebusite."
God will send an angel before me to destroy all the tribes against me. When we pray God's word we release warring angels to go before me and release angels.
The angels will fight fear/unbelief/pride/criticism/theft/deception/depression before me! Amen! 
Hitites- fear
Girgashites- unbelief
Amorites- pride
Canaanites- to belittle or criticize, as Christians people will criticize or try to belittle you, humiliate
Perezzites- represent robbery, theft, the enemy comes to steal, kill & destroy
Hivites-stand for, their name means deception. The enemy is a liar. That's all he has...he deceives us into believing lies to destroy us. 
Jebusites- means depression, discouragement 

This is a read and re-read! A constant tool. I hope it blesses you like it does me every time I read it. 
Love, Melissa


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