“There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown” Genesis 6:4.
“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise” Hebrews 11:32-39.
I decided to write something here about giants, and I’m not wanting to focus upon the physical aspects of this particular thing, but rather, the spiritual significance of what a giant in the faith is.
In the book of Hebrews we read about many who were “giants” of faith. Chapter 11 talks about how they were sawn asunder, were slain by the sword, and they wandered in deserts destitute, afflicted, and were counted unworthy by the world. We read about the faith of Abraham as he looked for a better country as he left his native land and went out in faith. We read about how he was ready to sacrifice his one and only son Isaac, because of his obedience to God. We read about Moses as he gave up the treasures of Egypt and left wandering in the desert to finally become the deliverer for his people. We read about many of these “giants of faith” as they ventured out in faith believing in God, choosing rather to suffer, than to enjoy the pleasures of the world around them.
And yet, we are counted as “giants” of faith and courage even today as we put our faith in Him who leads us in our own wildernesses. We are counted as one who has the stature of the Nephilim because of the wonders that the Holy Spirit can work through us.
We don’t need to dig up the remains of these giants of yore to find something of great stature. It is right here in our midst. We become the mighty men and women of valor today. To be sure, it is intriguing and a wonder to know that there truly were giants of physical stature that once walked upon our land many millennia ago. It is a wonder to discover and read about these things, but the true wonder is again to know that we can become giants of faith today.
We know that Joshua as he was led forward, discovered a people that made themselves appear as grasshoppers to them, and yet God gave them courage to not turn back. We know that we all face different “giants” in our own lives. We face the “giant” of unbelief at times as we see our supply of grain slowly dwindling. We face at times the “giant” of fear because of the uncertainty of what tomorrow may bring. But as we rise up in faith we can be assured that those “giants” will fall just as they did when the young David took his slingshot and killed Goliath.
Be a giant in the earth today. Show forth your valor and strength in the seasons ahead, knowing that He that is inside you can cause you to do even greater things because of the mighty power of His Spirit.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?