Pioneers of Faith

In 2 Samuel 21:15-22 we find a record of a war – again – between the Philistines and Israel.  Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of the Giants, whose speak weighed 300 shekels of bronze, and who was armed with a new sword, thought to kill David.  But Abishai . . . came to his aid and attacked the Philistine and killed him.  After this there was again war with the Philistines at Gob.  Then Sibbecau the Hushathite struck down Saph, who was one of the descendants of the giants.  And there was war again with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan . . . struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.  And there was war again at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot . . . and he also descended from the giants.  And when he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, struck him down.  These four were descended from the giants of Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

 

Do you see the common thread?  Four giants.  From the Philistines.  All attacking Israel at different times.  And each one of them slain – not by David, but by a different man.

 

We all know the story of David and Goliath, where the Israelites gained a great victory.  So we assume that is the end of the story.  But notice that the Philistines continued to attack Israel.  The war isn’t totally over.  The enemy does not give up easily, and he may attack time and again.

 

But notice the shift here.  In 2 Samuel 21, David has been king of Israel for some time, and the Philistines came against them once again.  But this time it was not David who defeated the giants, but the next generation.  David opened up something in the spirit realm – with a spirit of faith he paved the way for the next generation to have courage to fight and defeat the enemy!

 

You have the same capacity to be a pioneer of victory for your household for generations to come.  Every giant you defeat is a giant that your descendants can defeat.  Every victory you secure is a victory that your descendants can replicate.  When you stand, in faith, to face the enemy, you’re not just fighting for yourself, but for generations to come.

 

Be strong and courageous.  God is with you and for you.  He fights the battle for you, and makes you a sign, for generations to come, that there is nothing to fear.  The victory is yours!


Dr. Chiqui Polo-Wood | All Rights Reserved 2016

 

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