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My Goliath Must Die!

Chapter 1


My Goliath Must Die!


“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1Timothy 6:12


Life is a battle right from the cradle to the grave. That explains why the first thing a child does at birth is to cry to announce his arrival to the battle front. This is because the battle for survival starts in earnest. As long as we live here on earth, you cannot run away from battles. Every believer therefore should know that the world is warfare and be ready to fight.

There are many Goliaths standing between you and your throne. Believe it or not, the aim of these so called giants is to stop you. They seem to be saying “Never, you will not go”. They want to stop you at all cost from reaching your throne of glory. Hence, these giants must die. And until the giants are dead, the throne will be very far away or if care is not taken, might not be attained in a life time. Therefore, there is no gain saying about this, you must stop the goliaths before they stopped you.

Who and what are goliaths?

Goliaths can either be physical or spiritual giants standing between you and your throne of glory (Number 13:33).

Goliaths are giants waging war against children of God.

Goliaths are giants that threaten your future existence.

Goliaths are giants that want to stop you prematurely.

Goliaths are problems surrounding you like mountains.

They are giants contesting for your crown of glory.

Goliaths are those giants that are confronting you in prolonged battles.

Goliaths are the forces of darkness militating against your well being.

They challenge your authority and defiled your God.

Goliaths are situations querying the existence of God in your life.

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Goliath wants to kill your vision, dreams and pursuit in life.

Except your goliath dies, your dreams of great future cannot come to fulfillment.

Unless your Goliath is laid to rest, your future is far from reality.

On the other hand, if you failed to kill your Goliath, the Goliath will kill you. Imagine if David failed to kill Goliath that day, the champion of Gath would have cut David into a million pieces with fury and great indignation (1 Samuel 17:42-44).

Goliaths could be grouped into two: (1) Physical, and (2) Spiritual.

In the case of David, it was a physical goliath that rose up against the people of God and if he didn’t lose his head, David would never have reigned as king notwithstanding the anointing he had earlier received (1 Samuel 16:1-13). In the war front there is no mercy, the first to kill is the one that will be alive to tell the story. Hence, Goliath, the champion of Philistine, did not come to the war front to play, he was there seeking to kill David. He could have gained another rank if the battle had favoured him. Therefore, you must not allow any goliath to kill you; else, they will use you to gain promotion and higher ranks in their kingdom. Hence, all household goliaths, represented by witches and wizards must die. And according to Exodus 22:18, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Stop them before they stopped you.

Pharaoh constituted himself as goliath to the people of Israel in Egypt. They had lived as strangers in another man’s land for 430 years with agony and heavy burden. They cried to God for deliverance, God sent to get them out but Pharaoh became adamant and refused them exit. He would not want to release the people of God. The message God sent to him was very clear but pharaoh responded: “…Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.”The battle line was drawn. Consequently, he was destined to die. Any pharaoh holding you captive and refused to release you to your promised land must die in Jesus name.

Sin is a spiritual goliath. Sin is a powerful and strong giant that conquers giants. Anyone who fails to deal with this great giant called sin will be severely dealt with by it. For example, Samson was extremely powerful, as a matter of fact; he had no equal during his days. But unfortunately, he failed to conquer the giant called SIN. Hence, he paid dearly for it with his life. He lost all the investment of God in his life and died shamefully without fulfilling his God ordained mandate. He wasted all the heavenly resource bestowed on him and also failed to fulfill his mandate (Judges 16). That giant called sin must die in your life; else you are not likely going to go very far.

Anger dealt a heavy blow Moses. If only he had been a little careful, if he had not allowed anger to take the better part of him, he would have remembered the instructions of God (Number 20:7-11), then, he would have entered the promise land unhindered. But unfortunately, the giant called “anger” stopped him (Number 20:12). The truth is the goliath you refused to deal with, will eventually deal with you some days in the future and the result will be too disastrous and devastating and could even be beyond redemption. And in most cases, it would have been too late. For Moses, it was beyond redemption, there was no forgiveness for him. Therefore, he paid dearly for it. Consequently, his ministry ended abruptly. He was only able to see the Promised Land afar off but could not enter. Therefore, deal with anything that will not allow you to enter your promised land now.

Some conditions can also pose themselves as goliath in the lives of people. For example Jabez was faced with giant placed on him at his birth. His mother named him sorrow because of the situation of his birth. And until he prayed to God, he did not amount to anything prominent though he was expected to be better than his brethren (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). If he had failed to pray, perhaps, he would have lived a beggarly life. Until we begin to take the issues of our lives seriously, by facing the challenges squarely, some situations will remain unchanged.

Hannah was faced with mockery from her rival, Peninnah, because she was barren. The bible calls her “…adversary…who…provoked her sore, for to make her fret…so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.”(1 Samuel 1: 6, 7). Although, delay in child bearing was Hannah’s problem but that was nothing compared to the harassment and intimidations she suffered from the hands of the second wife who constituted herself as an adversary. She was always weeping and in bitterness of heart (1 Samuel 1:10). But at last, she had a life changing encounter with God at Shiloh. Her long time goliath was removed and her adversary was permanently silenced. You will observe that Peninnah’s name after 1 Samuel 1, and looking through the bible, there was no where the names of her children were mentioned. The tide was changed, now the one that was weeping started composing songs. Glory to God, she can now sings to the glory of God (1 Samuel 2). Hence, she stopped entertaining the enemy with her tears, weeping ended; consequently, unending joy was finally ushered into her life, her morning of joy eventually came. Indeed, “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Glory be to God in the highest. Whatever is the goliath in your life must die and your sorrows will turn to unending joy in Jesus name. This is but a light thing for God to do. What a great God we serve!

The Red Sea stood as a goliath before the people of God (Exodus 14). God told them he will fight for them. Indeed God performed an outstanding miracle that day, the red sea parted for God’s children to pass on dry ground. What a miracle! Their enemies of long time were finally and permanently settled at the red sea; they were baptized and subsumed in the red sea. The people can now go on their way to fulfill purpose and to claim the covenant land promised them by God. The enemies were completely uprooted and instruments of war totally destroyed. Who can battle with the Lord and still remain as he was in the beginning? Matthew 21:44 says “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” It is actually a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, the Almighty man of War (Hebrews 10:31; Exodus 15:3).

The wall of Jericho stood in as a strong giant before the people of God denying them access to their promised land (Joshua 6). Amazingly, it turned out to be the best victory they had without raising a single weapon. They were divinely instructed to march round the wall once in six days and to march round seven times at the seventh day. This was to be followed with the sounding of trumpets. Eventually, the highly fortified wall of Jericho fell down after this basic instruction was carefully followed, yet, no instrument was used. I am sure God will also give you Divine instruction on how to handle your goliath. The wall of Jericho stood against the people of God for the fulfillment of God’s promises for them. Anything that wants to stand between you and the fulfillment of the promises of God for your life must give way this year. Hence, your goliath must die in Jesus name.

Goliath can be the household enemies who have seen part of your glory and they are saying the glory must not manifest. Except these household enemies dies, such glory will not manifest.

For example, my biological father was stopped in attempt to be educated. The household enemies had a glimpse at his glorious future had it been he was educated. They ensured he dropped out of school by all means. It happened that anytime he resumed to school he will be terribly sick, consequently, he will be withdrew home, then, the sickness will automatically be gone. And anytime he returned to school, it will start with greater intensity. This continued on and off like that for some times, when his parents noticed the trend, they then asked him to go and learn a trade. Then, the mysterious sickness finally and permanently stopped without using anything.

When it came to my turn, being the first born just like my father, I was only able to escape the same fate because I had the backing of God, the Mighty One in battle with me. He helped me to silence all the household Goliaths permanently. If you are not careful, the same goliath that stopped your parents can also stop you. That is why you must fight the battle now. Your goliath must die. Fight for yourself and also obtain victory for your children yet unborn.

Is there any Goliath in your life? Is there any one in mine? Does he stand squarely between you and your desired happiness? Your Goliath may not carry a sword or hurl a verbal challenge of insult that all may hear and force you to a decision. He may not be ten feet tall, but he likely will appear equally as formidable, and his silent challenge may shame and embarrass greatly.

One man’s Goliath may be the stranglehold of a cigarette or perhaps an unquenchable thirst for alcohol or kava or untamed desire for strange women (a good example was Samson).

To another, her Goliath may be an unruly tongue or a selfish streak which causes her to spurn the poor and the downtrodden. Envy, greed, fear, laziness, doubt, different vices, pride, lust, selfishness, discouragement-all spell Goliath. They must all die!

Please, note that the giant you face will not diminish in size or in power or strength by mere hoping or wishes, or casually waiting for it to do so. Rather, the power will increase more and more as their hold gets more tightened on the victims. Hence, you must confront your Goliath squarely and obtain victory over them by the power of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Fight for yourself and also obtain victory for your children yet unborn. Do not transfer battles or problems to them.

When Your Will becomes a goliath?

Humans will can also stand as goliath in some cases. A story was told of a particular boy whom God called to be a minister of the Gospel. But the mother particularly never like that idea instead she wanted the boy to be a Medical Doctor. (She wanted to be addressed as Mummy Doctor when in the cycles of friends). Although, the boy was ready to fulfill the mandate of God but the mother’s will stood as goliath before him. He was eventually derailed. He ended up becoming neither. He died prematurely, it was a total loss.

Anything you love and place higher above God could stand as the giant blocking your God given visions. Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed a prayer in the garden of Gethsemane “…O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." (Matthew 26:39). The second time, he prayed the same words, "…O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done." (verse 42). And the thirds time, the bible confirmed that He“…went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.” (verse 44). Jesus Christ was ready to do the will of the Father at all cost. He did not allow His will to prevail over that of His father.

The truth is that God made every man a free agent with the capacity to choose and decide what he desires to do (Gen 6:3). But when such choice overrides that of God there is problem. This will lead to separation between God and the person. Therefore, every true child of God must learn to surrender his/her will to God and accept what the will of God is for his/her life and on various issues of life.

Father Abraham stood out when it comes to yielding to God’s will. He was asked to leave his country home for a land God promised to show him; he left without asking any question (Genesis 11:1-5). God asked him to sacrifice his covenant child, Isaac whom he waited for years before he had him. Yet he did not argue with God (Genesis 22:1-10). Isaac would have been a big giant standing between God and him, if he refused that instruction. That would have signaled the end of his relationship with God. But for the fact that he did not hold back, he was blessed above measures, and by extensions, the blessings we all enjoys till date (Genesis 22: 16-18).

Check your ambition and see if it is in tandem with God. If you are not on God’s side, it means you are definitely on the other side with the enemies. This is dangerous because when God arises all His enemies must scattered (Psalm 68:1). But as long as you are on God’s side, you can win any battle.

The Battle for the Souls

The enemy is seeking to devour the souls of faithful believers in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 5:8). This battle aimed at our souls is not less important than the battle fought by David. In fact, the enemy roars like lions. So, the enemy is not less formidable, but the help of Almighty God is near us. What should our action be? Like David of old, we must come against the enemy “…..in the name of the LORD of hosts….” (1 Samuel 17: 45). For “….it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”(Acts 2:21).This is because the “….name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10). As long as you are on the Lord side, the enemy cannot get you, you are already more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).

God placed us on earth not to fail or fall victim to temptations and snares, none are we made subject to the devil. But we are blessed by God to be fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue the earth, to have dominion- meaning to be in charge, to bear rule, to reign in glory and to have great successes in life and destiny (Genesis 1:28). With this degree of assignment and expectations from God, it is natural for the devil to set a trap in order to defeat the individual. One of the ways he does this is by setting your flesh against yourself. Therefore, to escape this, ensure you crucified your flesh and the lust thereof (Colossians 3:5, Galatians 2:20) to avoid being cheaply captured.

The hunters are all around in form of whorish women. The bible hinted “For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.”(Proverbs 6:26). This is a warning for those who want to go far. The mighty Samson was not too lucky in this regards. I am sure if he had a second chance; he would run when anyone attempts to pronounce “wo...me…n.” He would not allow the person to finish the pronunciation before taking to his heel. The hunter got him because he was not careful; you too have a duty to deliver your soul from hell. The hunter could be anybody (Micah 7:2), therefore be careful.

The enemy is on rampage for the souls of men. The bible puts it thus“…Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12:12). Our giant, our Goliath, must be conquered, else our heaven is not guaranteed. Stop that goliath before its stops you.


Chapter 2


THE BOAST OF GOLIATH


“And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.”(1 Samuel 17: 23)


If there is anything common to all Goliaths is the spirit of pride. This spirit makes them to be boastful (Isaiah 14:12-14).There are many things Goliaths relied on as sources of confidence and power. It also serves as source of inspiration for their boasting and power. If your Goliaths must die, you must understand this. Hence, few of the boast of Goliaths are discuss below:

Past experiences and records

There is no doubt that goliath has experiences. Therefore, it is common for them to boast of it. The Goliath that confronted David depends so much on past experiences. He was a champion by all means, a warrior from his youth. This is very true when you consider the curriculum vitae of Goliath, the champion of Gath. See the manner and the way he was introduced: “And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath...”(1 Samuel 17:4)

For him to be addressed as a champion, he must have shown so many prowess’s in warfare. Consequently, he would have won several battles for his country. More so, his worth would have been tested over the years by his people before they could choose him as their representative. It seems to me he must have been rated equal in power and numeric to other members of the troop put together. Nobody dares to come forward or talk among them, he was the most revered, their champion.

His credentials in warfare were so outstanding to the extent that King Saul, the captain of the host of Israel bore credence to Goliath’s experiences of many years. Saul said to David, “….Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”(1 Samuel 17: 33). No wonder why he was roaring like lion for forty days with a loud intimidating voice. He cried loudly daily: “…unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” (1 Samuel 17: 8-10).

Because of this nobody was manned enough to stand against him. Beloved, Satan the biggest goliath in the universe has several experiences to boast about only to intimidate but these experiences are nothing before God. God can use anything to deal with the devil because: “…God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” (1 Corinthians 1: 27).

Rabshakeh, the king of Assyria was a good example of a powerful king who was extremely intoxicated by the experiences of his past conquests. Because of this he invited God to a fight, hear him: “Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria: Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:… Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand? Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?”(2 Kings 18: 28-29, 30-35).

The greatest mistake anyone could make is to compare the living God with any other god. Rabshakeh was comparing the living God to other gods of nations that could not delivered them. The gods that has eyes but could not see, ears but could not hear, hence, they depends on men to see or hear for them. They have hands but cannot save legs but could not work, yet, they needed men to carry them about. In fact, they are as useless as the people that are following them.

For the fact that goliath had stopped some people before that does not mean it should stop you too. God is a man of war who has never lost any battle before. Always have your boast in your Father because: “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.”(Exodus 15:3).

Despite the provocations of Rabshakeh, the people ignored his ranting, they: “…held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.”(2 Kings 18:36). Learn to ignore the ranting of the enemies sometimes knowing fully well that you have a God that can win any battle. God is not limited in any form, but the enemy is limited in many ways. Take for example, in 1King 20, the Syrian wage war against the people of Israel on the hill, they won the battle but in verse 23 they said: “And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, their gods [are] gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.”

Why should they think like this? This is because; it was a general belief in the heathen world that each district had its tutelary and protecting deity, who could do nothing out of his own sphere. They look at God Almighty in the same sense. The Syrians believe God could only fight on the mountain and could not fight in the valley, but God proved them wrong. To prove to them that the same God of the mountain is the same for the valley, He responded in verse 28 and 29:

“And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, thus saith the LORD, because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD. And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.”

Also, in 2 Chronicles 32:16-19, Sennacherib king of Assyria, challenged God to a fight, the result of that fight was recorded in verse 21: And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valor , and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.”

Just one angel was enough to silence Sennacherib, in the same vein David, the shepherd boy- a teenager was enough to see the end of goliath. God will empower you to conquer your Goliath in Jesus name.

Please note that no mortal being or anybody can win any battle against God. His weapons are numerous. He has fought several battles and has not lost any.

If indeed God is a man of war and He is the Captain of the Host of His army, then, what manner of children should we be? A civilian or a soldier? Certainly, it must be like father like son, if not, something is wrong.

Intimidating size and stature.

“And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span…And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.”(1 Samuel 17:4, 24)

Goliath is called a giant because of the intimidating size and stature. Goliaths are always figured to be very huge and big. The stature is always imposing. The enemy wants you to believe this and run any time you see the huge stature. For believers who focus on the Almighty God you will know that the size of any goliath is not up to a small dot before your Heavenly Father. If all the inhabitants of the earth are like grasshoppers before Him, how big will be the biggest Goliath then? If only you can look unto Jesus! Isaiah 40:21-23 summed it up this way,“Have ye not known? Have ye not heard? Hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.”

This scripture is enough for you to down play on the stature of any Goliath. Therefore, stop looking at that giant with the eye of flesh but with the spiritual eye of faith. It is your imaginations that tell you that the giant is big, therefore, stop magnifying the giant called goliath. The whole men of war including King Saul saw a giant that could not be approached or killed for forty days but David saw uncircumcised Philistine that must die (1 Samuel 17: 36). When two objects stands, the larger takes a better view. When you chose to look beyond your small mountains of problems, you will see the Big God far bigger than the mountains of problem in your life. When you focus on God, you will not see the thinning Goliath, because your focus determines what you will see. Look ahead and see possibilities, successes and breakthroughs. God asked His people Israel: “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”(Isaiah 40:25-26).

Your God is bigger than any goliath, stop describing the magnitude of your problems. Also, desist from vocalizing how big your problems are; rather focus on how big your God is. When you focus on God, you will soon discover that Goliath is nothing before Him. See how God introduced Himself, “Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: …” (Isaiah 66:1). Great God, he alone can only seat in heaven and places his foots on a stool here on earth. No one else could do that.

We serve a very Big God and when you focus on God, you can never sink in life. For example, when Peter focused on Jesus Christ while walking on water, he did not see the boisterous wind. As soon as he shifted his gaze from Him, it was then he saw the great boisterous wind and he began to sink (Matthew 14:28-30). Shift you gaze from the giant and focus on the almightiness of God.

Voice of intimidation

Goliath has an intimidating voice that they normally use to terrorize and weaken their victim. For example, Goliath the champion of Gath appears every day for forty days with the same cry and invitation; nobody dare reply him a word. Little did he know that his voice will not go beyond the 40th day. “And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.” Many believers are terrorized and intimidated with the voices of the giant in their lives, they wonder when the giant will be silenced permanently, I have good news for you, your time has finally come. The Goliaths in your life will be silenced permanently in Jesus name.

Beloved, whenever your giant is at the peak of boasting, rejoice because your victory is around the corner. One may wonder why God did not send David the first day when Goliath started boasting. Why did God wait for forty days? It is such that the fall of Goliath might be great. Why? The magnitude of pride in a man will determine the depth and impact of his fall. The scripture must be fulfilled, pride must precede destruction according to Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” The scriptures went further to say: “The LORD will destroy the house of the proud…. Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 15:25; 16:5).


The cup of goliath was totally full at the forty days. There is an expiry date for every intimidation. The almighty God silenced him permanently. Therefore, if any goliath is speaking against you, it is because God still permits it. Do not worry but rather encourage it to speak more loudly because its end is around the corner. Note that the voice of your God is more intimidating than any voice. Hence the bible says “The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters…The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon…The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.” (Psalms 29: 3, 5, 7-9).

Still talking about the voice of God, Job recorded that it is: “…a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. (Job 37:4-5).

Great God with a powerful thundering voice that cannot be compared to any Goliath. Stop being intimidated by the voice of giants as long as you have God on your side. Have you forgotten that the empty barrel makes the loudest noise? The rattling of a million dogs cannot withstand the roaring of a single lion. The elders say “a thousand flies cannot withstand a broom.” They will all be swept away.

The power of his gods

Goliath also relied on the power of his gods. It is amazing to note that Goliath had some gods backing him up. To show the level of confidence he had in his gods, “…the Philistine cursed David by his gods.” (1 Samuel 17: 43).

But little did he know that these gods are “…the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.”(Deuteronomy 4:28).


How strong and powerful a man is depending on the one backing him up. Goliath had some gods backing him up. But little did he know that those gods were not reliable. Therefore, before you are afraid of someone cursing you by his gods, the Bible emphasized here again the kind of gods they have, “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” (Psalms 115:4-8).


It is very instructive to know that, “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”(Proverbs 26:2). It means curses cannot have effect on you without a cause. Remember, when a prophet of God, Balaam was hired to curse the people of God by Barrack. God forbade him because “curse causeless shall not come.” (Proverbs 26:2) God instructed Prophet Balaam, “… Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.” Although, he went against God’s instruction because of financial reward but when he was taken to where to curse the people, he opened his mouth and said: “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his...Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them….Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.” (Number 23:8-10, 20-21, 23-24).

No wonder, with all the curses Goliath raised on David by the name of his gods, David saw his end that day. I am sure all your goliath too must die no matter the numbers of gods backing them up. And if the enemy hired a prophet to curse you, whether genuine or counterfeit; it will not stand in Jesus name. Why? Because “there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel”

The physical weapons

Goliaths derive their strength from the sophistication of their weapons. For the champion of Gath, his weapons were outstanding and can make anyone to faint. Men of war in the camp of King Saul could not draw near him, it was fearsome. He was heavily clad with sophisticated weapons, which intimidates the opponent. Goliath, the champion of Gath, he: “…had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.” (I Samuel 17:5-7).

This is an amazing fortification put upon a single man. All hope was on him because of these weapons. No one else had this in his camp; only him because all eyes were on him alone. Before he could be addressed as a champion, he must have won several battles with these same weapons. They were over confidence because of these weapons. No wonder, Goliath moved majestically before them all with intimidating invitation daily, roaring like a lion. He had forgotten that the arm of flesh will fail. If only they knew that, “…the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” (1 Corinthians 10: 4-6).

More so, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

Goliaths employed the use of physical and destructible weapons although sophisticated, but they are limited in range and effectiveness. Whereas, we make use of spiritual weapons which are indestructible, unlimited in range and cannot be seen or handled or stopped by human beings, that explain why they are highly potent and effectual over and above the later. Physical weapons are always handled by the carnal man and can be outdated but spiritual weapons are empowered by God Himself, always enforced and renewed by God. No matter the array of weapons your Goliath brandish before you, you must not be intimidated. Our weapons are made effective by God and they remain relevant for all ages. Your Goliath will die and perish with all his weapons in Jesus name.


Chapter 3


TAKE THE BATTLE TO THE ENEMY’S TERRITORY


“And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.” Isaiah 22:7


It is often said that the best way in warfare is attack. You are expected to give the first attack. Don’t allow the enemy to close up on you rather take the battle to enemy’s territory. You must not sit back for the enemy to take you by surprise. David understood this principle in dealing with Goliath. The bible recorded that “…when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.” (1 Samuel 17:48- 49).


In war front, there is no room for sluggishness. David ran toward the enemy and gave a surprised unexpected first attack. This was like a magic, David took everybody including Goliath by surprise. The boastful Goliath who has been threatening with fire and brimstone for forty days fell flat to the amazement of everybody. The battle was over in a flash. We must be forceful on the enemy, don’t wait till he comes before you. Do not slack in the battle, be the first to unleash terror on the enemies and its camp before they know what is happening.

Hence, every true believer must be battle ready at all times. We must put on the whole armour of God all the time. As a matter of fact, we should wear our weapons to bed. The truth is that, when the enemy discovers you are battle ready, he will not dare to attack. Hence, the bible enjoyed us to: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:11).


Some mighty men of David also took after him. They dared the territory of the enemy and wrought victory. The bible records that “…the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD. (2 Samuel 23:16).

Dealing with Foundation Curses

There is a need to deal with your foundational curses. Your goliath might have been empowered in your foundation before or at your birth. Some believers keep running from their country homes because of household enemies. They are afraid to be killed physically whereas spiritually some are already dead. It could have been better for some people to have been dead physically than for them to still be alive. This is because their being alive does not profit anyone or them self. Yet these sets of people are still afraid of fighting the battles of their lives. You may need to visit your foundation.

For example, when God called Gideon, the first thing God asked him to do was to destroy the family idol and the grove (Judges 6: 25-27). He went about this assignment forcefully in the middle of the night while others are far asleep. He boldly confronted the idols of his father’s house and he carried out spiritual cleansing for his family. His foundation was divinely and forcefully visited and healed. When it’s comes to your foundation, you will have to visit by yourself and let God help you.

Almost everyone born in Africa has a link to one idol or the other. Hence the scripture says “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3). The only option left for the righteous ones is to pray earnestly to God. Surely, God will come to his rescue because “….The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16). More so, it is a settled fact that whenever “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”(Psalm 34:6).

Take for example; Jabez was in a terrible state, until he discovered he was having a foundational issue he must deal with. Hence, he cried to God and God heard him. God removed the foundational curses placed on him at birth by his mother. All he asked for was granted him. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 says And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. Jabez discovered and dealt with his foundational problem, you too must discover yours and deal with it accordingly. Running will not solve the problem. Hence, stop running! Instead settle it once and for all.

Jacob also challenged his foundation when he wrestled with God. He prevailed in prayers and God performed a permanent surgery on him. After then, he now became a prince who has power with God and with men, and hast prevailed (Genesis 32:24-29). Jacob had this testimony because he dared to challenge the status quo in the foundation of his life.

The situation you failed to do something or anything about will only become more visible per day and get more strengthened. You must learn to challenge the status quo in your foundation. Do a spiritual censor of your family and deal decisively with forces that be. Free yourself from their strong hold of your father’s house and of the enemies in Jesus name.

Chapter 4


WHEN THE BATTLE SEEMS TOUGH


“When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”Deuteronomy 20:1


Tough times they say never last but tough people do. Battle of life sometimes might not be easy to win. It might be tough and may take extra time before the ultimate victory. That is why the more the battle is tough, the tougher you must be. Anyhow, you must win your battle, no carry over in the battle of life. David did not have another option while standing face to face in front of Goliath that faithful day. It is suicidal for anyone to run before the enemy that is fully armed ready to kill. Hence, you are not permitted to turn your back in the battle because God did not design any weapon to protect your back.

Goliath talked tough, same way David gave it back to him. Hear Goliath, the champion:

“ And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.”(1 Samuel 17: 42-44)

He ‘looked about’ and what he saw surprised him, he ‘disdained’ David. He looked down on him with prideful and pitiful eyes; to him David was less than human, a small rat so to say. A teenager for that matter! In his heart, he said, wao! Could this be the best all the army of Israel can bring forth for such a crucial battle like this? He was a teenager who had not fought a single war before. Worse still, he was not clad with any weapon of war. How can he come to the war front with ordinary staves? The champion of Gath concluded by all calculations that the battle was over before the fight began. He concluded that David was not a match for him by all standards. He could have rejected fighting David but he must have thought in his heart, what is my business since he was the best choice for the whole nation of Israel? The cast was down, they knew the rule- whoever wins would enslave the whole nation of the loser. That was the deed signed.

The response of David was power by God Almighty with great boldness. He was tough at the enemy: “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47).

Some people cannot even stand the intimidating rattling voices of the enemies not to talk of challenging the enemy to a fight. David knew who he believes, thereby fulfilling the scriptures: “…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”(Daniel 11:32b).

If you know the living God, you can win any battle in life. David was not afraid before Goliath because he knew that “…fear hath torment” (1John 4:18). You must not entertain fear in facing your Goliath. Furthermore, he also knew that only The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1).

David had developed a strong ‘romantic’ relationship with God while tending the animals in the bush. He knew that God will always fight and defend the righteous. Note that you cannot lay claim to God if you are not on His side. God is always on the side of the righteous but against the wicked. Hence His word clearly stated: “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.” (Isaiah 3:10-11)

David also knew that winning a battle is not by size but by the support of the Divine Ally. He knew that wining battle is: “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”(Zechariah 4:6).


He knew that once you have the greater One in you, you will overcome any giant at any time. As 1John 4:4 put it: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

These among other things kept David in the battle against Goliath; eventually Goliath fell flat before him. No matter how tough the battle of life might be in your life, you will always overcome in Jesus name.

When the battle is tough, you must note the following;

1. Goliath has lots limitations

Devil, the number one gangster in the universe, has lots of limitations, and so also does every Goliath in your life.

For instance:

(a) The devil is not omnipresence, omniscience and not omnipotent. Job 1: 6-7, reveals that: “…there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”If the devil is omnipresent, he will not need to move to and fro in the earth and walking up and down in it.

To prove that the devil is not all knowing, in 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 the bible says: “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” You can see that the devil is not all powerful or all knowing as you think. The devil did not perceive or appreciate the Excellency of God’s character; the wisdom of His plan, and the glory of His scheme of salvation. If he did, he would not have put Jesus Christ to death. It was an error on his part to have crucified the King of glory to his downfall.

But when you read Revelation 19:6, you will discover the One that has all the power: “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

Our Lord God, the Almighty, reigns. What consolation to every genuine Christian that HIS Lord and God is the Almighty, and that this Almighty never trusts the reins of the government of the universe out of his hands! What therefore has any true army of Christ to fear? Not even the devil, or his cohorts.

As a true child of God and a good soldier of Christ, you have a duty to perform as Psalms 97:1 says: “The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.”

You should rejoice because your God is all powerful, all knowing and is present at all places at the same time. The devil does not have any of these characteristics. Not one! This is a strong limitation to the enemy you are fighting. Hence, stop arrogating all power or all things to the devil.

(b) The devil has judgment hanging on him (Mathew 25:41). This scripture further explains this judgment: “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”(Revelation 20:10).

It doesn’t matter the kinds of delicacies allotted or the degree of freedom allowed to a man already sentenced to death by hanging, he will not be better off as long as the sentence subsist. As long as the death sentence remains, he is a condemned man only passing the time. This is the situation Devil found himself, as a matter of fact, he is doing all that he can do because he knows that he has but a short time (1 Peter 5:8). No matter what he does, the judgment cannot be done away with.

(c) Most battle he is fighting is by permission, once God said it is over that is the end of the battle. In Job 1:12 God granted the Devil the permission to touch Job’s properties and children. Afterward he needed further permission, hence in Job 2:6-7, God granted him the go ahead to touch his health but not his life. But these permissions finally expired, as “…the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10).

Soldiers of Christ knows that when the battle is tough the end is at hand because the devil is acting based on permission and when his time is over, he cannot work a minute more than permitted. Night time does not continue forever, we know that light automatically terminates darkness. Hence “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5b). Every soldier of Christ should always expect the morning of joy any moment.

2. You are not alone in the battle

Since you are not alone, there is a maximum security for you. You must know that your security is eternal and is permanent. For example, God promised in Isaiah 43:2 that “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

Also in Colossians 3:3, the bible further assured that “…your life is hid with Christ in God.”As you fight the tough battle, you have security with the Redeemer with a great assurance that “he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”(2Timothy 1:12). Also, Mathew 28:20 affirmed “… lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”Furthermore, be assured that, “…in Him we live, and move, and have our being; … for we are also His offspring.” (Acts 17:28). Since you live and move in Him, it means, you are in the battle of life together with him. The knowledge of this makes every soldier of God to be rest assured that victory is sure any day and anytime.

3. Since you are not alone, you must not contemplate giving up the fight.

Any decision you take as member of the army of Christ affects your Captain who has never lost any battle before. For example, David declared to Goliath “…I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45). He was not there on his own name; therefore he dare not give up.

When the Captain is with you, you can win any battle however fierce it may be. The bible enjoined us to thank God, because He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).

In Deuteronomy 20:1-4, God assured that:“When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”

4. Get assurance for the Master’s manual.

As a matter of fact, soldiers of Christ should always check the manual (the Bible) for the Word of His Captain because there are enough succors in the Word during tough time. As a soldier in the army of God, any time you think of calling it quits, check the scriptures. The words of God will serve as comfort and succor to your soul and enables you to march on in the battle of life.

For example God said unto Joshua: “…Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.” (Joshua 10:8). David also assured himself when he said: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). And he went further to say in Psalm 27:2 that: “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.” The Words of God gives assurances that stabilize your mind in the face of intimidations, challenges and trials of life.

It is gladdening to know that God is always with us in the battle and he has promised to help us. He charged His armies “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.” (Isaiah 41:10-15). Above all, “…If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). What is more than to know that God is with me in the battle, that I am not alone? Which means any enemy that is fighting me is actually fighting God. As a matter of fact, Psalms 27:5 says that “...in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” Also, Psalms 31:20 further stated: “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” This means, there is maximum protection for me.

And since I am the apple of His eye, the matter is settled, because I know that He cares for me dearly. Deuteronomy 32:10 says “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.”

Hence, my enemies are in trouble because anyone who attempts to touch me is touching the apple of God’s eye. Zechariah 2:8 “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” Then why should I be afraid of the enemies or attempt to give up in the battle when I know that I am not alone?

The Words of God are golden and assuring, once you keep these golden Words in your heart, it will become impossible for you to contemplating given up in the battle of life.

5. It does not matter how tough the battle, victory is sure.

The reasons for this are not farfetched.

Firstly, you have victory as a privilege because your friend Jesus is a Victor. The bible in Romans 8:37 confirmed that: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Secondly, you are a victor because the victor is your captain. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Thirdly, you are a victor because the victor dwells in you. In 1 John 4:4 the bible says: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

And fourthly, your victory is established through your faith in Jesus Christ and through Him you can do all things (Philippians 4:13). More so, 1 John 5:4-5 says “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

6. Whenever the battle seems tough, you should know that the battle is about to end.

The bible recorded that that “…the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.” (1 Samuel 17:16). He kept on boasting for forty days before David came to the scene, his end became near at the appearance of the Shepherd Boy. It was a great mistake for him to have come up while David appeared at the scene. The bible recorded: “And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.”

(1 Samuel 17:23). If Goliath had kept quiet that moment, David would not have heard him; perhaps he would have lived beyond that day. But he came out to boast for the last time. He did not know that the battle was about to end. Goliath can boast before others, not before David, the anointed one. You could also be like David if only you have the Spirit of God is in you, hence, you are anointed. I therefore, speak against all your goliaths, there boastings are over in your life and there end has come in Jesus name.

The battle became extremely tough when it got to verses 45-52, it was a make or mar at this juncture but then the end of Goliath finally came: “So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled”

You must know that as long as God has not declared the battle over, the enemies will still continue to boast. In the case of Goliath, he was only permitted to boast for forty days after which David cut off his head with his own sword. It does not cost God a fortune to destroy all the enemies of your life. You must know that the more the battle become tough, the end of the enemies is very near.

The famine in Samaria was not over until the critical state when two women killed and eat their children as food (2 kings 6:26-31). In 1 kings7: 1-20, the long awaiting miracle came after the prophet of God prophesied about the famine. Whenever the battle is tough, you need a Word from heaven. The victory will surely come.

7. Keep periodic check of your standing with your captain.

Do not dwell on false security while you are not in peace with your Captain. Hence, the bible enjoins: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

If sin has entered secretly, ensure you put them out quickly or else the battle will become tougher. No sinner can win a battle against the enemy without total repentance. For example, Joshua and his army could not win the battle against the small town called Ai, because there was an Achan in the camp who had committed a grievous sin by taken the accursed things. God revealed to Joshua “Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.” Therefore, “…the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.”(Joshua 7:11-12). They couldn’t win because God said “…neither will I be with you any more.” This clearly means, God will never be on the side of a sinner come what may.

A true child of God must not parley with sin and its vices in any way. The abundant of scriptures affirmed strongly that God hates sins with all passion.

For example Psalms 5:4-5 says “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”

Always remember that “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) while Isaiah 59:2 says“… your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” This is because Habakkuk 1:13 confirmed that God’s is purer “…than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?”

8. Turn the battle over to God and stand still.

When the battle seems tough, all you need to do is to turn it over to God and then take your rest. As a matter of fact, when the battle is too big for you, relax and allow God to fight for you. When a battle is turned to God it means your enemies become that of God. You can boldly tell God: “Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. (Psalms 7:6). Whenever God arises, His enemies must scattered and those that hate Him will flee before Him (Psalms 68:1).

For anyone or people that rest in God, they will see the salvation of the Lord. The host of Egypt was against the Israelites while the red sea would not allow them quick passage assuming it was possible. No way of escape, it was a dead end. To say that the people were perplexed was an understatement. They were truly troubled; in fact they took it up on Moses. The truth state of the people is captured in Exodus 14:10-12: “And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. And they said unto Moses, because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? Wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.”

Moses knew God and that He is too faithful to lie or fail, he assured the people “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-14).

Moses needed to remind and encourage them not to fear but to stand still. True to what Moses said, God responded to the word of faith from the mouth of His servant. The bible says, God “… took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.” (Exodus 14:25)

Outstanding results will always follows whenever men allow God to take over their fight. It actually takes a man of absolute faith in the living God to hand over the affair of his/her life to God and whenever this is done absolute victories and successes are the results.

For example, Jehoshaphat the king of Judah was confronted with three nations. Each of the three nations has greater might than the army of Judah put together. How would they confront three countries with their combine armory and number? At that time the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, a levite, who spoke to the congregation and the king who was visibly afraid“… Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.”(2Chronicle 20:17). Don’t attempt to fight God’s battle for him. You cannot win any battle with the arm of flesh.

With this assurance that God is interested in the battle, King Jehoshaphat advised the people, although the advice seems suicidal to a natural mind but because the people already believed in their God they went out in faith. Truly only those who knew their God shall do exploit.

In the next morning Jehoshaphat stood and charge his people “…Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endurethfor ever.” (2 Chronicle 20: 20 -21)

Because the people moved in faith, the result was amazing. As they began to “…sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.” (2 Chronicle 20:22-23)

Which is easier, to fight the enemies with weapons in direct confrontation or by singing praises to God in dancing and rejoicing? Without any gain saying, dancing and singing is much easier and better. In this case, there was no casualty on the side of Jehoshaphat and his men; this might not have been possible if physical weapons were used. The battle was turned to God- the one that has never lost any battle. The burden of warfare was taken off the shoulders of the people. Not only that, they had an outstanding revelation of God in a way they have not seen Him fought before.

9. Relieve yourself of the burden of warfare.

When the battle is tough, God expect you to relieve yourself of the burden of warfare by developing absolute trust and faith in Him for victory. That is why He said in Isaiah 30: 15: “For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”

Whenever the battle is tough, God knows that your strength might be waning, consequently, your strength to continue in the battle lies in your peaceful rest in God and allow Him to do the fight why you are behind Him gathering the spoil. He said by so doing total salvation is obtainable. This is proved beyond any doubt in the case of Jehoshaphat and the three nations that came up against them. Jehoshaphat and his people gathered the spoil for three days without a single casualty in their camp. You can actually win your battle without any casualty if you allow Him to fight for you.

You can be rest assured, when God undertake your battle for you, there is nothing to fear. 2 Chronicles 32:8 assured, “With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”

10. Take time to listen to the commander to know the next line of action.

Instruction is very important in warfare. Armies of nations cannot do without their commander’s instructions. The work of a captain is to issue out commands and dictates the next line of action, he map out and plan the winning strategy. The captain sees beyond other members of the army with a great responsibility to provided leadership to others.

In spiritual warfare, Jesus Christ is our Chief Commander- our Captain. Hence, He gives instruction which we must follow. He knows the next step of the enemy before they are taken, that is why He reveals the secret of the enemies to a true soldier. Following the instruction of the Commander guaranteed victory any day but failure spells doom and defeat. The Master knows the right method to use at different time and stages of the battle for effective victory. This is not the case with human being who is short sighted and often stick to one method.

When you look through the bible we would see different method and instructions He gave to people when the battle became tough.

For example, He told Moses at the Red Sea “…Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (Exodus 16:15-16)

At this point in time, Moses and the people did not know the next line of action until the Commander spoke. When the battle seems tough, you must take time out to listen to what He has to say, because He has a word for every situation.

In the case of Joshua when the wall of Jericho solidly stood between him and the promised land, the Captain gave an amazing instruction which was heart rendering: “…the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.” (Joshua 6:2-5)

It is always amazing how God can use the infinitesimal or inconsequential things to achieve great things. Sincerely speaking, no natural man preparing for battles would ever thought of the strategy recommended above. The method looks too simple and hard to believe. It is like a child’s play, an exercise not commensurable with the degree of problem at hand. Or how can one imagine that the wall of Jericho that was so thick with a house built on top could be brought down only by marching round, followed blowing of trumpets and ordinary shouting following? One would have rather look for some big bulldozers to pull down the wall by force but that would not have amounted to anything even if this was available for the job. It means the task would have been impossible thereby defeating the purpose and the intent of God for them. Hence, they would not have been able to possess their promised land that flows with milk and honey. But thank God because the magic was done when they followed the instruction of the Commander. The wall of Jericho in your life- marriage, ministry, finance and health will all crumble as you listen to the Commander on the next step to take in Jesus name.

In Judges 7:2-8, God told Gideon that the thirty two thousand soldiers he has relied on to fight the battle were too many, even when twenty two thousand fearful ones were sent packing; God still insisted that the ten thousand was too many. Thereafter, a bravery and alertness test was conducted; the number was further trimmed down to three hundred soldiers.

The instrument of their conquest was awesome: “And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.”(Judges 7:16-22)

Whenever the instruction of the Master is carefully followed, the result is always outstanding. Another example of such instruction is in 2 Chronicles 20: 13-22, Jehoshaphat relieved himself of the burden of war when he decided to praise God in the battle front, God took over the battle and victory was certain.

The widow-wife of the sons of the prophets won the battle over lack and wants because she listens to the instruction of the Commander through His servant, Prophet Elisha (2 kings 4:1-7). This actually sounds ridiculous for someone who had only one bottle of oil to go round borrowing empty jar from people. What for? That might be the questions from many people. But the woman was not deterred by the question and she did not betray her faith through unbelief. She went ahead as instructed and the result was great. The Commander can use the intangible to provoke and bring the tangible. For God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1Corinthians 1:27).

Peter could not have won the battle against unfruitfulness after toiling for a whole night if the Commander has not ordered him to “…Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.”(Luke 5:4-7).

Peter was not a novice in the act of fishing. He went with the right tools, at the right timing and with the right team who were also proficient in the act of fishing. In spite of all these, he could not catch any fish through the night. If he was not sensible enough to carry out the divine instruction despite the fact that it was contrary to his training as a professional fisherman, he would have missed out completely. The Master sees into the spiritual and for any battle to be won in the physical, it must first of all be won effectively in the spiritual. Every battle has a spiritual undertone and the spiritual controls the physical. The beauty of it is that Jesus Christ our Commander is omniscience- He knows all thing- both physical and spiritual alike. He knows what he will do accurately to address your specific case.

The newly wedded couple in John 2:1-11, had a tough battle against insufficiency on the very first day of their wedding. Shame crept in when the wine finished, there was no extra budget and no plan for emergency. After all, it was never envisaged. Jesus Christ, the Commander issued out an astonished instruction to the people, “…Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”(John 2:7-10)

You will agree with me that, the instructions given above was directly opposite what was required. Wine was needed to serve the visitors, yet, in the presence of the same set of visitors another guest asked them to be fetching water into the pots. That sounds ridiculous. Isn’t it? But the commander knows the right thing to do at every point in time especially when the battle seem tough. The mother of Jesus must have helped the faith of this people because she had told them earlier “…Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” (John 2:5b)

To win battles in life, you must be ready to listen to your Commander. Although, His instruction sometime might sound illogical to humans reasoning and might not appeal to your senses but as the earthly soldiers dare not query the instructions of their superior officers, the same should be the attitude of a true army of Christ. He should have enough faith to believe whatever his Master commands and should be bold enough to carry them out as instructed. There lies true victory.

When the battle seems tough do not attempt to go on without a definite word from the Commander. Do not depend on your past experience alone, no two battles are exactly the same, though it might have the same composition of affliction but the individual is different. That is why every battle should be treated uniquely. Remember Moses made this mistake and paid dearly for it.


Chapter 5


GOD IS A MAN OF WAR


“The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His name.” Exodus 15:3

God is not a civilian. He is a man of war, a powerful veteran in warfare. No man’s experience can go near His. He has never lost a battle before and He will never lose any. Psalms 24:8 confirmed that God is indeed mighty in battle. And He is the Host of heavenly army (Psalms 24:10). God almighty will help you to handle the Goliaths in your life if only you aligned with Him (Psalm 91).

The first enemy God fought was darkness at the creation. In Genesis 1:2, God fought darkness with a command, He ordered that there should be light, without wasting time, darkness vanished and gave room for two types of lights-the greater for the day and the lesser for the night. With this total victory over darkness, He has nothing to do with darkness and its works, by so doing darkness cannot overcome Him, hence “…the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:5).

Before long, devil captured the soul of man that God created for His worship. God did not give up despite the inglorious fell of man; immediately the battle line was drawn. The game plan for the recovery of mankind was announced. It was to be a strong battle between the seed of the woman and Satan in which God said, “…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heels. (Genesis 3:15).

The final battle was fought and won on the cross of Calvary. It was a permanent victory over the devil and his cohort. When Jesus Christ was still on the cross, while the enemy was rejoicing, He announced It is finished” (John 19:30).

This brought to an end, the long battle over the soul of man. This battle was won and sealed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. This was a unique battle that marks the eternal return of man to his Maker. Before this time, the devil rejoices on the loss of man into eternal doom under the domain of the devil and the wicked falling angels. The death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary and His resurrection was the final joker that sealed the victory.

Aside from this unique battle fought by the Almighty God, He demonstrated in several instances in the bible that He is indeed a Man of war.

For example, He fought king pharaoh to a standstill. God sent a simple message to Pharaoh, “Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness. (Exodus 5:1). But the response of Pharaoh to this simple demand was alarming. His response was an open confrontation to God. He denied any knowledge of God; He therefore queried “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:2). With this effrontery, the battle line was drawn; he invited God to prove Himself. As a result of this, God was battle ready. God told Moses “Now you shall see what I will do to pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land” (Exodus 6:1).

And according to the saying of the Elders: “anyone who carries’ ants infested firewood to his house, should be ready for the visitation of lizards” Since Pharaoh says “I do not know the Lord”, God decided to pay him a visit to introduce Himself with ten different rounds of plagues. It would have been too early for the battle to be over at the first round; this was a light thing for the Lord to do any way. But God decided to give him a long rope may be he would have a rethink after the first, second or ninth rounds of plagues. But his case was truly to the saying, “the hunter’s dog that will get lost will not hear the whistle of the hunter” hence, the heart of Pharaoh was hardened for destruction. In the same vein, there are some stubborn pharaohs assigned against the children of God by the devil that are saying you cannot go; God will demonstrate His power over then and they will be defeated in Jesus name.

Pharaoh was adamant until the tenth round; he sent for Moses and Aaron by night, it was urgent. He has seen the undeniable hands of God; consequently the people are now freed to serve their God. The same Lord he claimed he did not know was the same he ordered the people to go and worship. Therefore with a hasty voice, he said “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also.” (Exodus 12:31-32).

There is no mortal man who can win a battle against God- the Almighty. He has all the might and He does whatever pleases Him and nobody can query Him otherwise.

One would have taught that pharaoh would have learned his lessons but he was destined for total destruction. He would not take a knock-out even at round ten, he preferred a total destruction. The battle ground was shifted to the Red Sea. It was amazing to know that despite the plagues unleashed on the Egyptians, they were yet to know who God truly is. They still went ahead to pursue the people of God. God was left with no choice as He declared “…I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honor upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honor upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.” (Exodus 14:17-18).

The victory at the Red Sea was great and complete. The enemies they saw in a moment were all swallowed up in the belly of the sea with their instruments of war just as Moses admonished (Exodus 14:13). It was a time to sing and dance.

Moses helped with a song and without too much of rehearsal, all the people sang in one voice: “I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; they sank to the bottom like a stone. Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces. And in the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You; You sent forth Your wrath; it consumed them like stubble. And with the blast of Your nostrils the waters were gathered together; the floods stood upright like a heap; the depths congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’ You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.” (Exodus 15:1-10).

What a glorious day for the people of God. The battle was won and it has led to praises. Until there is a song of praise to God, the battle is not yet over. The battle in your life will be won completely and you will dance and sing a song of victory in Jesus name. God took all the glory over the enemy of His people because He cannot lose any battle; He is a Man of war. What a great God will serve!

In God’s Hands: Everything becomes Instrument of Warfare

The plagues God unleashed on pharaoh and his people proved that everything He created are at His beckons whenever there is a battle to be fought.

The Red Sea became a powerful instrument for Him to drown the enemies. With the blast of His nostrils, the water was gathered together and with the blowing of the wind the sea covered them (Exodus 14:15-28, 15:1-10).

In the case of the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, God decided to “…rained brimstone and fire on…” them from the heavens (Genesis 19:24). All the cities in the plains were totally overthrown.

After the incident, the land of Sodom and Gomorrah became totally desolate, uncultivated, inhabitable and completely wiped out. Till date, archeologist could not ascertain the exact location of Sodom and Gomorrah. They were totally wiped off the surface of the earth. Though, it is assumed to be located around the Dead Sea.

Please note that God is always against the wicked ones; they cannot go scoff-free. You should pity the wicked because God said, “Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalms 11:6).

He further stated concerning the wicked in Ezekiel 38:22 “…I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”

From the above bible passages, we can deduce that God makes use of unusual weapons to fight. Some of them are listed: snares, fire, brimstones, horrible tempest, overflowing rain, and great hailstones. The weapons are inexhaustible.

In addition to the ones listed above, God also make use of the following weapons:

Famine: This is one of the terrible weapons in the hand of God as stated in the following scriptures:

Psalm 105:16, “Moreover He called for a famine upon the land: He brake the whole staff of bread.”

Also in Isaiah 3:1, “For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.”

And Ezekiel 4:16, “Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment.”

Sword and evil beast. Anything in the hands of God is a weapon of warfare. He created them all (Isaiah 54:16). God said in Ezekiel 5:17: “So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.

Plague and tumult. Pharaoh will never forget the efficacy of this weapon. Ten different plagues were unleashed on him and his people in quick successions. He had no choice but to let the people go. Zechariah 14:12-15 highlighted some plagues the LORD “…will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem.” He said that “…their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” Also “…a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold everyone on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour...”

Great stones. This weapon is highly terrific; imagine heavy stones thrown with invisible hands from heaven. God used this weapon against the enemies of Joshua. In Joshua10:11, the bible recorded that “…the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.”

Thunder and lightings. Up till today, any time there is thunder and lightning strikes, the wicked runs for cover. People who have skeletons in their cupboard are always afraid. The enemies knew quite well that during thunder and lightings God normally send “…hail stones and coals of fire. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. (Psalm 18:12-14). Anytime this happened, the waters and the depths are troubled before God, the clouds poured out water and the voice of His thunder will make the earth trembled and shook (Psalm 77:16-18).

Noise. Christians often regard noise as ordinary but when you read 2 Kings 7:6, you will conclude that noise is a powerful weapon. God only “…made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.” Whenever God visit people with thunder, earthquake, storm, tempest and flame of devouring fire, it is usually accompany with great noise. (Isaiah 29:6).

His Voice, Devouring fire, tempest and hailstone. These are mighty combination of weapons against the onslaughts of the enemy. In Isaiah 30:30-33, the bible says “…the LORD shall cause His glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod…and in battles of shaking will he fight with it. For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.”

Flood. This was the first visible weapon God used to destroy the wicked world during the time of Noah. The bible said that generation was so wicked to the extent that Angels (‘son of God’) were sleeping with the daughters of men (Genesis 6: 2-4). God therefore made up His mind “…to bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.” (Genesis 6:17). As a result of this, all lives were destroyed except Noah and his immediately family, eight in number.

Grasshoppers, Locust and worms. These are generals in God’s army; they are silent destroyers because many a times they operate unnoticed. These creatures are great wasters of resources and investment. Farmers are often left with nothing whenever these generals visit their farms. We witnessed a little of this some few years back. God revealed the operation of this great army to Prophet Amos. According to him, he saw that these terrible armies had made an end of eating the grass of the land; he began to plead for forgiveness immediately (Amos 7:1-4).

These creatures are highly destructive and work together. Joel 1:4 alluded to this fact: “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.”

And when you read Psalms 78:46 and 105:34, you will discover that when God want to deal with His enemies He will give “…their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust… He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillars, and that without number.”

Pestilence, blasting, or mildew and sickness. No enemy can escape this great onslaught especially when it originated from the Lord (2 Chronicles 6:28).

Ambush. This weapon is extremely powerful. It is so because the person that lays ambush for another is said to be powerful than the person because he is going to overpower the person unaware. God used this weapon against the three countries that faced Judah in warfare. The bible stated that “…when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” (2 Chronicles 20:22).

Shout. This is one of the weapons people often despise but it is extremely power in the hand of God Almighty. In Joshua 6:20, the bible recorded that “…the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

This same weapon was used in 2 Chronicles 13:15, as “…the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.” The result was highly amazing. The winning side is the shouting side indeed.

God can use the insignificant to achieve the incredible any time any day. God can never be boxed into a corner for His ways; acts and deeds are unsearchable and cannot be fully comprehended by any mortal. If you truly belong to God, you too can invoke these weapons to work for you against every goliath of your life with awesome results.

Angels. Angels stands in the presence of God waiting to take delivery of His massage whenever the need be. When it comes to good news they are available. They are not found wanting in warfare too. For example in 2 Chronicles 32:21, it was only an angel God sent to “…cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria….” Thereafter, his own children completed the job by killing him with sword.

Hell Fire!

In addition to all the physical weapons mentioned above, God will consume the wicked finally in hell. God is a loving person but also a consuming fire (Hebrew 12:29). Hell is an everlasting separation of the wicked sinners from God and the glory of His power. It is the utmost punishment that will be inflicted on sinners; hence, brimstone and fire are used in Scripture to signify the torments in that place of punishment. Although some people did not believe in hell fire but scriptures is very clear about this.

Revelation 14:10 says, “ The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” Revelation 19:20 further stated that “…the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” This is further emphasized in Revelation 20:10 that “…the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Conclusively, all those that are “…fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8). These are undeniable words of God that must come to past. Please take heed to them!

Beware! Hell is scary!

Hell is the final abode of the wicket sinners with their father, the Devil. The best way to describe hell is to warn that: Hell is scary!

Therefore, sinners, run for your life, run from the “wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation”, run from the danger of hell fire.

Luke 16:22-31 gave a vivid account of someone who has been to hell: And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

We need to draw some lessons from this first hand story:

  1. a. …The beggar died …the rich man also died, and was buried. Which means both the rich and the poor must die one day. There is no escape.


  1. b. …And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments. The rich man found himself in hell. Your money cannot save you from the power of hell except you are born again. Your money is useless after you leave the world. Money will not buy you abode and comfort after here.
  2. c. …And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me. So, the rich also could cry? But unfortunately, he was crying for mercy in a wrong place. There is no mercy in hell, instead cry for mercy here on earth before you die.
  3. d. …That he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; This means there is no water in hell, hence, he was seeking permission to export a drop from Heaven to hell. You remember how this same man fed and drink lavishly while on earth. This was the same man who…fared sumptuously every day… with assorted drinks, meat and food. What will he be doing with one drop of water? This is pathetic. Haa! Hell is not a friendly place. Not at all, it is not a pleasant place!
  4. e. …For I am tormented in this flame. What a revelation! It means there is torment by flame in hell. Remember, Proverbs 6:27 warned: Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Also, the fire of hell is set up to consumed the devil and those who follow the way of the devil. All sinners without exceptions are destiny for hell. Revelation 20:10, 14-15 says And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

  1. f. …Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things. Please note, for the fact that you enjoy here on earth does not mean it will continue yonder. In like manner, you might not have the best of life here but had it in heaven.


Do not confuse things, that a man is poor does not guaranteed him passport to heaven. Hence, Solomon prayed in Proverbs 30: 8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.


In the same manner also, it is difficult for the rich because their riches takes the place of God in their lives. Hence, Jesus Christ said in Matthew 19:24 “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God”. Whichever way, be careful so that you will not spoil your heaven with your lifestyle while here on earth.

Hence, both the rich and the poor must be born again and be Holy serving God to the end. Those are the guarantee passport to heaven.


Do you notice that father Abraham called him ‘son’? That means not all sons of father Abraham will make it to heaven. Hence, hell is an eternal spiritually and physical separation of sinners from the saint and the righteous.

  1. g. …He is comforted, and thou art tormented. No man will miss his or her due reward after death. Revelation 22:11-12 says He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Do not be deceived, whatever a man sows, the same he shall also reap during harvest.
  2. h. …Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot. Heaven and hell has no meeting point. If you miss heaven, you surely, cannot miss hell. The choice is confined to just two options: heaven or hell. You cannot jump fence from hell to heaven. There is no movement between the two places. And it is not possible to cross over. God will not be angry and throw you from hell to heaven, it is not possible.Do not be deceived and don’t listen to those who make such assertions. It is your sin that will find you out
  3. i. …I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house. No request or prayers will be answered in hell. It does not profit anyone to turn a prayer warrior in hell, instead do all the prayers while still alive.
  4. j. …For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. If you understood the danger and how scary hell is, you wouldn’t pray that your enemies go there. The rich man suddenly became evangelist in hell. He suddenly developed compassion and love for his brethren. But while on earth, he failed to have compassion and love the poor Lazarus in his pitiable state. When the reality is done, sinners will be in hell. Mathew 25:41-46 says Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. We noticed that the rich man was guilty of these charges in the case of Lazarus. You must take care of the less privilege and do everything to escape hell.
  5. k. …They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. Save yourself from hell, listen to men of God sent to preach His Words to you. 1 Cornthians 1:18 says “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” Stop rationalizing the message of salvation. It will be too late one day.
  6. l. …Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. The rich man became a negotiator in hell. He wanted ministers to be sponsored from hell to the earth because of his brethren. He became so concerned. Had he sponsored evangelical outreaches and programs with his money while on earth, perhaps, he might not have been in hell. Of course, his five brethren he was pleading and begging for would have been saved. A stitch in time saves nine.
  7. m. …If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. There are enough resources available for your salvation. There are more than enough credible and genuine men and women of God around you too. If you failed to use all these to your advantage, heaven will not send anyone from the dead to come and preach to you. It is the living that God designed for the salvation of another living being not someone from the realm of the death.

Please note, Hell is real

Therefore, run, run, hell is real and scary! Beware! Hell has enlarged herself. Isaiah 5:14 says “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”

And finally, please note that, the fire of hell does not dies or quench, hence, it is called everlasting fire. Matthew 25:41, 46 says “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”


Hence, in Mark 8:43-48, Jesus Christ counseled: “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”


Hence, deliver yourself from the goliath of flesh that usually causes you to sin.

The only way to do this is by running to Jesus Christ for salvation today. If only you will accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then, you will escape hell. Hear the gentle voice of your Maker saying, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20).


Please friend “Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness” (Psalm 95:8). Hence, while it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation (Hebrew 3:15). Give Jesus Christ a chance in your heart today and He will give rest to your soul.


Shalom! Peace unto you!




Chapter 6

RISE UP, FIGHT THAT GOLIATH

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” 1Corinthians 16:13

Our heavenly Father is a man of war, if we are truly His children, we must be like Him as a soldier. As a matter of fact, God is interested in raising soldiers- militant men and women who He could use to combat the enemy. God is interested in raising combatant soldiers who will take the battle right into the gate of the enemies. The Goliath you fail to confront and fight will continue to roar and threatens fire and brimstone. You are raised as a soldier not a civilian. Soldiers are meant to fight battle; a true soldier of God must not dodge fight. It is a command to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).

Please note that battle did not originate from the earth rather from heaven where God dwells. The bible recorded that there was an age long battle that started in heaven (Revelation 12: 7-10); devil was defeated and casted down to the earth. Consequently, the battle ground has since been shifted to the earth, where the devil has been engaging in spiritual warfare against the integrity of God using seen and unseen forces to hurt and destroy God’s people. In returns, God uses combatant men and women He chose to be His armies on the planet earth to fight the battle against the devil. This carefully selected Soldiers of Christ are found in the right places and at the right time bringing victory through spiritual warfare to God’s kingdom.

The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

It is worthy of note that man engages in spiritual warfare daily. Although, the reality of this does not yet dawn on some people. The fact that one is ignorant of this does not remove the reality. A better understanding of this warfare will go a long way to stir up the readiness in the believers to wanting to fight more and to win at all cost. Ephesians 6:10-12 is an eyes opener to this truth: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

One of the reasons given in the bible verses above that accounted for the unrealistic nature of the battle is because the battle is not a physical one. The bible confirms that the wrestling is not against the tangible things but against unseen forces such as principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. This therefore made the battle to be more serious and delicate. Because the battle is against unseen forces, the instruments of conquest cannot also be seen (2 Corinthians 10:4). Every believer in Christ Jesus has been enlisted to contend earnestly against the antics of the devil and in defense of the faith (Jude vs. 3)

We Wrestle

Apostle Paul also in the aforementioned scriptures did not mince words in describing the nature of the combat- “we wrestle.” This means, a Christian’s life is in perpetual warfare, a continual wrestling. "Wrestling" implies that it is a hand-to-hand and foot-to-foot struggle for the mastery against the enemy and his cohort. It is indeed a tragedy when a man is wrestling and do not know it.

The truth of the matter is that spiritual battles are even more real than the physical battles. While physical combats are generated through some provocations, spiritual battles are perpetually enforced willingly or unwillingly. In other word, the forces that initiate it are consistent in the actions against the human fold, it does not matter if one is aware or not. In fact, as long as believers remain ignorant of the devil’s antics, he is happy and by so doing he can go on operating unnoticed and unchallenged.

Every true child of God who truly declares a stand for God, almost immediately, Satan will declare such person wanted in hell. He will declare a full fleshed war against the fellow. But the battle is not yours; it is between God and Satan. God will fight through you and have victory through you also. We must not fail to always declare our allegiance to God and be ready to defend ourselves and others from attack. The battle, though not fought with physical weapons, is just as real as a military war and victory requires battle strategy. Knowing that, we can learn from David’s tactics against Goliath (1 Samuel, chapter 17).

David was young and untrained in battle, a young shepherd boy; he was not a soldier because he was still under aged. On the other hand, Goliath was an experienced gladiator, a champion, bigger and stronger. Yet with God’s help David was victorious, because God will always use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. More so, it is not by big size or by military prowess. Hence, the Word of God expressly declares, “Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” (Zachariah 4: 7). Therefore every goliath standing as mountain before you shall become plain in Jesus name.

Why David Was Able To Overcome Goliath

David employed the following tactics to confront Goliath and he won.

David recognized opportunity

David was not qualified to be at the war front by all means because he was a teenager. But immediately he arrived at the war front, he quickly recognized why providence brought him there. Although, it was by chance he got there but in God’s agenda, there is no coincidence. God has purpose for everything. His father was not aware of the challenges the armies were facing, he was only interested in knowing their welfare and give them some foods. Little did he know that he was sending a deliverer of the nation to the war front? The bible recorded that he heard the boasting of Goliath and he immediately made his intention know to fight. His brother chided him for interfering in what was not his business. The bible says “…Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.” (1 Samuel 17: 28). But gently David replied, “…What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” (verse29). He concluded that for him to have been there at that point in time there must be a reason. He did not allow the reaction of his brother to deter him, he turned to another person until “…the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.” (verse30). All those that were qualified to be in the warfront by reason of age and statures were running helter-skelter, but a teenager identified purpose immediately he saw an opportunity.

In the program of God, He doesn’t reserve exclusive right to anybody. Whenever people with ability are not prepared or not ready, God uses the available and equips the fellow with special Divine abilities to perform above ordinary.

We must learn to recognize opportunities around us and grab them. David seized the greatest opportunity of his life.

After the victory, the women equated the single victory to ten thousand conquests. Just after a fight, he was said to have killed ten thousand men. It means all opportunities are not the same in magnitude and glory. There are some opportunities that will announce you to the whole world. We must therefore be concerned about the happenings around us and see what we can do to be relevant. It could be the opportunity you have been waiting for to shine.

Remember, Joseph interpreted dream for a co-prisoner, the same person finally remembered him after two years (Genesis 40: 6-14; 41:9-14). Imagine if Joseph had neglected him and did not put smile on his face at that time, he would not have been part of his story. More so, he would not have known that Joseph was endowed with the gift of interpretation of dream. Whatever gift God gives you is for edifications of people around you. Therefore, when such gift is appropriately used, it turns out to be a blessing to the one that possesses the gift and inferably bring glory to God, the giver of the gift (Daniel 2: 47- 48). You are created to be a blessing to people around you, for in service we are truly blessed. May your gifts take you before those who matter to the actualization of your destiny in Jesus Name.

David knew his God

Winning a battle depends on the one that backs you up. No one can truly win a battle without a strong Divine ally. Who are your allies? Even Goliath relied on the power of his god, his ally. He believed in them that was why he cursed David with his gods. David’s divine ally was the living God. When you know the living God nothing can overcome you. David affirmed and said “…all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17: 47). This is the statement of the person that knew he cannot fight but trusted in God whole heartedly. He knew he was a Divine representative.

Because David knew his God, he went to the battle in His name. No wonder he boldly declared to the Philistine: “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied”

If you know the name of God, you need not fear any goliath because the bible confirms that “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10). And because we know Him, it means “…greater One dwells in us than the one in the world (1 John 4:4). He dwells in us because we know him; therefore “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37). Hence, “…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32). Those who knew their God indeed will certainly enjoy a life of great exploit for their God. David happens to be one of the few who knew God during this era. Consequently, he went out with the full authority and power of God against the enemy. No wonder the enemy surrendered unto him (Philippians 2: 9-11). Please note, you cannot use the authority of the one you don’t know in battle against the enemy. The story of the seven sons of Sceva comes to mind here (Acts 19: 13-17).

David was Jealous for his God

Because David knew his God, he became jealous of his God, this motivated him to fight Goliath in defense of his God. He purposed to fight Goliath was to defend the honour of the Lord. He saw what Goliath did as defilement of God. In 1 Samuel 17: 26, David exclaimed, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

The rewards promised by King Saul for the man who would defeat Goliath (I Samuel 17: 25) was not the major motivation for David, nor was he motivated by a desire to eradicate the shame of Israel’s army. Rather he was motivated because the “uncircumcised Philistine” defied God. For the bible recorded: “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”(1 Samuel 17:45).

You must not choose wrong battle that is based on selfish reasons. Victory is not certain when you are fighting for a selfish reason. Although, there was a reward promised for whoever defeated Goliath but that was nothing to David. He fulfilled the scripture “…whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthian 10:31). Fight for the name of God, for those who fight for God are blessed. Your jealousy for God will grow to unusual zeal. Jehu said to Jehonadab “…Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot. (2 Kings 10:16)

David did not fear the enemy

David knew his God; therefore he was very bold in confronting Goliath despite the size and the weapons. David knew that Goliath, the “uncircumcised Philistine,” was strong, skilled and equipped with heavy armours. While David represents and trusted in God, Goliath trusted in Dagon, the fish god, a mere idol that was no match for the living God. David knew his God, he dare him and boldly declared: “…This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47). Here David was making a strong valid point “…all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S….” Those who truly know their God will not shift attention to themselves but to the Almighty God.

Those who know their God will not be dazzled with the sophisticated weapons of philistine nor their eloquence. But they will concentrate on the loving God who is able to rescue and deliver them from the hand of any Goliath.

Those who know their God knows that the Holy Spirit who indwells God’s people is stronger than the prince of this world (I John 4:4). By His power in us, we believers that are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ can fearlessly defend God’s Word and God’s truths. We can disarm those who knowingly or unknowingly arm themselves with Satan’s arsenal. We can pull down strongholds and cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5), with the assurance that He will give us, victory is sure. All we need to win our goliath has been deposited in us.

David had testimonies in God

David had some testimonies of victories he had in the past through God’s backing. These testimonies served as boosters that enhanced his confidences in God. He recounted to King Saul who was trying to discourage him not to embark on what seems as suicide mission. He said “… unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.” (1 Samuel 17:35-36). David acknowledged God as the person behind those miracles. He also believes that the same God who did those miracles in the past can do it again. It was on this strength he went against goliath.

Do you trust God enough to grant victory on all issues of life? What are your testimonies of God? Remember, they overcame the Devil“…by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” (Revelation 12:11).

David chose his own weapon

In confronting your goliath, you must choose the weapons you are familiar with not the one offered in emergency. If you go to the battle with weapons you have not tested, you are bound to fail. In the case of David, Saul offered David his own armour and weapons, so as to match the enemy’s weapons. Although, they were given with good intentions, David declined them. He knew it would be a mistake to use them, because although they were the best to be had, but they were unsuitable for him. “And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.” (1Samuel 17: 38-39). Instead he chose only the invisible shield of divine protection and the slingshot that, with God’s help, had brought him past victories as he tended his sheep (1 Samuel 17: 40).

Hence, it will be a great mistake for us to go to battle with unsuitable weapon even though is offered from a well-intentioned helper. We must choose appropriate weapons that we have the skill to use. David was talented in the use of sling and stones, he decide to stick to it while trusting God to grant victory.

Please note that the Word of God is the ever reliable weapon which is always appropriate for all situations. Our Lord Jesus Christ fought the temptations of Satan with Scriptures (Matthew 4:4-10). God has blessed his people with various gifts of the Spirit described in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Also, note that God can make use of your special skill, talent for speech or communication, perseverance in prayer, great faith, special insight or great knowledge of Scriptures, to fight for Him. Every spiritual endowment is for a purpose. Discover the one He has endowed you with and use it appropriately. Every endowment when used properly and appropriately brings glory to God.

David tackled the problem in stages

In confronting your goliath follow a well plan sequence. Seek to get requisite knowledge. What you don’t know is higher and bigger than you. If David had not come to the war front, he would not have heard the rattling of Goliath; consequently, he would not have fought the battle.

In the first instance, David realized that someone was needed to take up the battle. Then he purposed that he must be the man for this assignment. Unwaveringly he told Saul, “Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine” (I Samuel 17:32). Having made the commitment, David sought the proper weapon. Finally, when he found Saul’s armour unsuitable, he chose his own weapon which he was used to, the five stones for his trusty slingshot.

David kept his opposition at a distance

We should not endanger ourselves by getting too close to the enemy. David was cautious in his approach to Goliath. He ran toward him only a short distance and brought him down with a stone from his slingshot. Only then did he allow himself to get close enough to kill Goliath with the giant’s own sword.

Like David, we should get just close enough to fight on our own terms, but far enough away so as not to get wounded. As we aim in the power and protection of the Lord, we will hit the target and win the battle. Finally, as the Philistines fled when they lost the battle (I Samuel 17:51), God also promised that if we resist the devil, he too will flee from us (James 4:7).

David was not slack, he was watchful

Even though, he kept the enemy at a distance but when it was time to take action, he was not slack. He ran swiftly while the enemy was approaching. The bible says “…it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:48). You must not be slack or sleep because your enemy is approaching. Christian should be watchful else the enemy will overcome unaware.

A song writer puts it this way:

Christian, seek not repose;

Hear thy guardian angel say,

Thou art in the midst of foes;

“Watch and pray!”

Principalities and powers,

Mustering their unseen array,

Wait for thy unguarded hours;

“Watch and pray!”


Gird thy heavenly armour on;

Wear it every night and day

Ambush’d lies the evil one

“Watch and pray!”

Hear the victors who o’ercame;

Still they mark each warrior’s way;

All with one sweet voice exclaim,

“Watch and pray!”

Hear, above all, hear thy Lord,

Him thou lovest to obey;

Hide within thy heart His word,

“Watch and pray!”

Watch as if on that alone,

Hung the issue of the day;

Pray, that help may be sent down;

“Watch and pray!”

So be like David, we must learn to fight our Goliaths for God. Like David, let’s remember that our cause is just while we trust Him for victory. Let’s be brave in the Lord, using the skill He has given us, and above all let’s be watchful. God will grant us victory.


Chapter 7

THE WEAPONS OF THE ENEMY AGAINST ARMIES OF GOD

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”1 Peter 5:8

Spiritual goliath is more powerful and destructive in their fight against the army of God. You must not be ignorance of this fact. The physical Goliath had relied on visible weapons but the spiritual goliath is well equipped with some sophisticated weapons that he uses to fight the Army of God. As a matter of fact, the enemy is so fierce in battle, not ready to waste any time and would not be ready to take chances (1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12: 12b). It should be noted here that these weapons are in themselves spiritual goliaths that the enemy uses to bring any true child of God down.

We shall discuss some of them briefly.

1. Sin

This is the first and most powerful goliath the enemy is using to reduce the generals in God’s army to a piece of cake in his hands. Sin is a cancer (a malignant tumor) and it is so deadly. When Balaam was hired by Barak to cause the people of God, he could not because according to him, God has blessed them and they were not to be cursed. Neither can there be any enchantment or any divination against them. But he thereafter counseled them that they should introduced sin to them, which was done, and true to it, it’s worked. Consequently, many of them perish in a day.

Sin is not only weapon in the hands of the devil but it always moves the hand of God against his own children; consequently, edge of protection is removed. Blessings are turned to curses while strength is drained and reduced to weakness. All these are possible because sin will break the cordial relationship between the army of God and his greatest ally- Jesus Christ -his Captain. Once the fellowship is broken, then the line of supply is cut off. There is no soldier that can effectively win a battle when the line of supply is cut off, especially when such soldier is no longer in touch with the captain; when the chain of command is totally lost; when there is no divine cover any more. This is a dangerous life to live.

A sinning soldier cannot win a battle against the devil because the word of God made clear: “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” (1John 3:8-10).

If a sinner is of the devil, how then can he or she fight and win a battle against the one he belongs? Jesus said any kingdom that stood against itself cannot stand. There is no way any man can belong to the devil and at the same time belong to God. And if you are of the devil then you are an enemy of God, which explains why sinners and God are far apart. Hence, the bible says: “Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.” (Psalms 140:11). Furthermore, Psalm 101:7 says, “He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within My house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in My sight.”

From these psalms, it is clear that God Himself will expel all sinners of all sort from His court. They cannot stand to represent Him in battle against the enemy. Already they are overthrown by their own deeds.

It is also abundantly clear that sin makes life to be spent in grief, sighing, drains strength and weakens the bones with reproaches as a resultant effect (Psalm 31: 10-11). Sin is a heavy burden that is too heavy for the bearer (Psalms 38:4). The one that carries heavy burdens cannot possibly fight the enemy, instead there will be trouble. David knew this he earnestly prayed to God, “Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round…. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. …My strength is dried up like a potsherd; ….For dogs have compassed me: the assemblies of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. (Psalm 22:11-19). What a perplex state of a sinner! Sin should not be a light thing for any true child of God else the enemy will finish such person.

The Devil uses sin to ravage and deplete the strength of men and women that are supposed to be Generals in God’s army. It’s a serious matter that the mighty are still falling, while the weapons of war are wasted daily. One could have thought that people would have learnt from the mistakes of the fallen generals, since their cases were written for examples unto us that the end of the world has come (1 Corinthians 10:11). But it seems to me that the nature of man does not permit them to easily learn from others’ mistakes. A true soldier of Christ should therefore deceit from sins.

Few examples of such sins are discussed here:

a. Lying

Devil is the father or the originator of falsehood. Devil is the father of liars (John 8:44). It is an inherent nature and perpetual work of the devil to lie and deceive. A liar cannot be of God, because lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight (Proverbs 12:22). A righteous man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame (Proverbs 13:5). Any one that refuses to hear the truth which Jesus spoke shows that he is a child of the devil,the father of lies. If you want to conquer that goliath, you must stop and hate lies with passion.

b. Pride

Satan himself fell because of pride but God represents humility and Hehates pride with passion. It is worthy of note that the devil likes the things God hates. That is why pride remains a strong instrument he uses against the army of God so as to set them at longer head with their Maker. The enemy knows the scripture very well and he is ready to use it against the people of God. Devil knew things that are written, he capitalizes on this to deal with God’s children. Devil knows that pride usually comes with shame (Proverbs 11:2); because pride is sin (Proverbs 21:4), pride stirs up strife (Proverb 28:25); pride brings contention (Proverbs 13:10); pride is an abomination to God (Proverbs 16:5), God is against the proud to destroy their house (Proverbs 15:25); God resists the proud (1Peter 5:5b); pride must precede destruction (Proverbs 16:18-19; 18:12), and God will humiliate the proud (Proverbs 25:6-7; 29:23).

The truth of the matter is that it is not only the devil that is against the proud; God also is against him. If God’s Word said “God will destroy the house of the proud”, the devil, knew too well that the Word of God is forever settled in heaven and it is yea and amen. He will naturally capitalize on these words to infuse the spirit of pride in any one he desires to destroy quickly. More so, since the Word of God cannot be broken and God Himself is bound by them, all forces are mobilized against the individual- both the positive and the negative forces- seeing he had broken the spiritual law that governs the operations of God. Remember God is equally bound by His Words.

Since the Word of God clearly says before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall, then any soldiers of Christ that is proud has opened up his line of defense for the devil to come in. Please note that the devil derived his right from the spiritual law. As a matter of fact, devil will not draw near a humble soldier of Christ. Because God will give more grace to the humble to conquer the devil (1 Peter 5:5). Therefore, if you want to conquer your goliath, steer clear of pride. And if pride is your goliath, get rid of it now!

Every Army of Christ should also note that humility is a great preserver of peace and order in all Christian churches and societies; while pride is the great disturber of peace, and the cause of most dissensions and breaches in the church. It is already established that there is a mutual opposition between God and the proud, so the proud is not only warring against the devil but also at war against God. Therefore, God scorns and resists His own because of pride, God now sees them like the devil, an enemy to Him and to His kingdom. So the proud has lost completely from God point of view. The bible emphatically says: “Surely He scorneth the scorners: but He giveth grace unto the lowly.” (Proverbs 3:34). More so, where God gives grace to the humble, He will give abundant grace, more wisdom, faith, holiness, and humility to fight the enemy and win. Hence, 1 Peter 5:6 admonished, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:” To avoid the impending judgment of God, we must be humble (1Peter 4:17) because judgment will start from the house of God.

On a final note, God’s hand is almighty; He can easily pull anyone down who is proud, on the other hand can easily exalt the humble. You have a part in the choice. It is therefore strongly advised that every soldier of Christ should run away from sin of pride, it is a killer disease and a quick way to destruction. So, beware!

c. Anger

Anger is said to be a temporary madness. It is also described as the devil’s anointing. Whenever devil wants to destroy a true army of God, he will allow the spirit of anger, thereby turning such army to a fool whereas a true soldier must be wise. The scriptures ardently advise in Ecclesiastes 7:9, “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” The bible admonished further in Proverbs 14:17, “He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.” There is great strength in being able to control one spirit just as Proverbs 16:32 says: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” This is further buttressed in Proverbs 19:11: “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

No matter how powerful a man may claim to be if he cannot control his emotional outburst, then such a man is said to be a fool. For example, Moses was such a great man in the land of Egypt because God magnified him in the eye of Pharaoh and all the people of Egypt such that he was seem in their eyes as god, but little did he know that anger was waiting at one corner to destroy his record of many years. Anger was his Goliath which has being with him for several years. The devil used anger to destroy the good work he had built for about 80 years and prevented him to enter the promise land- the land he has longed for. What a wasted years! This is very important; every true child of God must deal with the root of anger properly. It must be totally and completely rooted out; else it could hinder one from entering into glory at the appropriate time. If Moses had known that anger would be his downfall, he would have taken extra time to deal with it after he killed the Egyptian man in anger though in defense of an Israelite in the street of Egypt. Amazingly, 80 years has passed, the anger resurfaced again but this time there was no remedy. Every army of God must watch out for this devil’s weapon.

d. Immorality

Barak had hired prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites, at three different occasions he was blessing them instead. This is because God has not cursed them. At a point in time he declares to Barak in Number 23:23, “Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!”

These same people that could not be cursed by a hired prophet fell into the trap of immorality cheaply and before long, they fell into idolatry. This is so pathetic, to say the least. See the account in Number 25:1-3: “And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.”

As a result of their immorality, God sent great plague into their midst which claimed the lives of twenty and four thousand people in a single day (Number 31:16). Please every true army of God should know that “…a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.” (Proverbs 23:27). Also, “The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.” (Proverbs 22:14). The bible in Ecclesiastes 7:26 also puts it this way: “And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.”

Any soldier of Christ that fails to tame his appetite for sexual desire will find himself in the valley of life. It does not matter the level of the anointing. This was the weakness of the mighty Samson. He had insatiable desire for women, which eventually became his downfall (Judge 16:1-5). Samson threw all caution to the air and before long he was in the camp of the enemy making sport and grinding in the prison.

What a pity! Samson, the mighty man of war suddenly became grinder in the court of the enemy and was making sport for them!

Immorality will completely drain the strength of any soldier and turn him to another man. Many soldiers of Christ are still falling into this trap today. Every true child of God should run away from every form of immorality. Note that the enemy rejoices at the downfall of any true soldier. It will amaze you to note that the lords of the Philistines declared a public holiday to celebrate the capture of the great Samson and to “…offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us.” (Judge 16: 23-24).


It was a big catch for them. They were “praising their god” for the great catch. That tells us something, if you are a useful vessel in the hand of God, you must be careful because you are always the target of the enemy and once the enemy captures you, the devil throw a party to celebrate the big catch.

e. Idolatry.

In Exodus 32:3-7, the people felt Moses was getting too late while he went to collect the Ten Commandments. Aaron the priest of God requested them to bring their golden earring and made them molten calf. He declared to them “…O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, to morrow is a feast to the LORD...” This became a stumbling block in the way of God’s people. Consequently, God was set to destroy His own people. God sought for the permission of Moses to wipe off the entire children of Israel. “Now therefore let me alone, that My wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.” (Exodus 32:10). Does it not surprise you that Aaron was in the middle of this mess? Beware of some so called senior men of God; check their fruits very well before they introduce you to their idols.

Because of idolatry, God decided to destroy the same people he laboured to save from bondage. At the end of the day, about three thousand men lost their lives due to this grievous sin against the Almighty God engineered by the devil (Exodus 32:28). There is a need for us to love what God loves, and hate what He hates, that way; we can be counted as one of His trusted army. Your love for the living God must be total; it must not be shared with anything or with any master of any form because God is a jealous God (Exodus 20: 3-5). An idolater cannot win against his goliath because you have provoked God to jealousy, hence, instead of Him be on your side, he will be against you. It’s not going to be possible for anyone who is against God to conquer the devil (Exodus 32:26).

2. Sorrow

Sin brought sorrow into the world; consequently, the world became a vale of tears, brought showers of trouble upon our heads, and opened springs of sorrows in the hearts of men, and so deluged the world. If we had not known guilt, we would not have known grief. The pains of child bearing are the effect of sin. Every pang and groaning of the travailing woman speak aloud the fatal consequences of sin which came as a result of eating the forbidden fruit.

Sorrow was not part of God’s agenda for mankind. In the Garden of Eden, thing were looking good for them. The environment was conducive coupled with the constant fellowship they always had with God. Before the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, it was altogether joy and splendid moment but immediately men fell, God pronounced a curse on the women in Genesis 3:16 when He said, “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Also to the man God pronounced, “… Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;” (Genesis 3:17)

As matter of fact, Adam business before he fell into sin was a constant pleasure to him. The garden was then dressed without so much labour, and kept with little care; but now his labour shall be weariness and shall waste his body; his care shall be a torment and shall afflict his mind. The curse upon the ground which made it barren, and produced thorns and thistles, made his employment about it much more difficult and toilsome. If Adam had not sinned, he had not sweated. Sin turned a fruitful land into barrenness; and Adam lost his comfortable dwelling in Eden to live in the wilderness- the barren land. He was driven out of the fertile garden and sent to barren land and dry land (Job 39: 6; Psalms 68: 6).

If these curses have not been in part removed through the blood of Jesus Christ, the earth would have been forever barren, and never produced anything but thorns and thistles. Since this time sorrow entered into the life of mankind and the enemy has been using this weapon against man.

This weapon is devastating because sorrow dims visions (Job 17:7); drains strength (1 Samuel 30:4). It is amazing to note that David gallant men of War wept till there was no strength in them again, because of sorrow of their heart. This is because sorrow lead to heaviness of heart and broken of spirit (Isaiah 29:2; Proverb 15:13b); and a man of sorrow is a man of woe (Proverb 23:29). Furthermore, sorrow make the heart to faint (Jeremiah 8:18); brings weariness and tiredness (Luke 22:45); shame follows (Jeremiah 20:18) while worldly sorrow ultimately lead to death (2Corinthians 7:10).

3. Discouragement.

Discouragement is another weapon in the hand of the enemy against soldiers of Christ. Sorrow normally gives birth to discouragement. This is a weapon against the spirit. Anything that affects the spirit must have negative effect on both the soul and the body also. Any time an army of God is discouraged, the journey of such a person is tentatively halted. He or she will lack the inner will to continue the journey. For example, in 1 Samuel 30:4, the bible recorded that: “…David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” They were men of war, yet they wept until there was no strength in them. They were discouraged because of what went wrong. In the same chapter, verse 9, the bible says David left with six hundred men but in verse 10, two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

Discouragement makes men of war to faint and consequently, lead to a temporary stoppage in the journey of their life. Whenever, the journey of a man is halted, the enemy will be on the run with the loots. If David had not encouraged himself in the Lord, the enemy would have succeeded in carting away all that he ever worked for.

Any time the enemy is using this weapon against you, remember the following scriptures and speak to your soul to awake from discouragement. David in Psalm 42:5 charged: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” He also further assured himself: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (Psalms 56:3-4).

The bible put it this way in Habakkuk 3:17-19: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”

In spite of the antics of the enemy to bring discouragement to your life as army of God, you must know always that God Himself is the portion of His people, and though all earthly possessions failed, He remains an infinite and all-sufficient God. And He is able to make His armies victorious over all evil, and to pour through their souls an overflowing tide of holy peace and gladness. For He promised, “…the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” (Isaiah 58:11).

4. Fear

Fear has been defined as- False Expression Appearing Real. Fear troubles the mind but we should know that “….God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). Every Army of God needs sound mind to take a stand for God in the face of challenges and provocation in life and ministry. The enemy knows this quite well. The encounter of the people of Israel for 40 days speaks volume of this phenomenon. They were chickened out by just one man called Goliath. Consequently, they became weakened in the mind. They were tormented day and night by the words from a man. The bible in 1 John 4:18 confirms that fear has torment. Fear lead to anxiety which is a serious killer disease (Philippians 4:6).

Fear retards ones vision and progress in life. In Numbers 13:28, the ten spies brought evil report of the land they went to spy. They said there were giants of the tribe of Anak there and because of this; they concluded that they were not able to go up against them. In verses 33, the spies reported: “…there we saw the giants….and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight” They were afraid of the giants. God was not happy with this report, consequently, He told Moses “…say to them as I live, says the Lord, “just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you” (Numbers 14:28). Therefore, the journey of 40 days became 40 years (Numbers 14:34). In addition to this, all those who were 20 years and above before they left Egypt except Caleb and Joshua were wasted in the wilderness (Numbers 14:35). Fear can turn a militant soldier to a grasshopper. Grasshopper mentality will reduce any soldier to a mere man.

Fear makes people to focus on the problem instead of Jesus Christ the Author and Finisher of their faith. Thereby making the journey of life to be temporarily halted.

The devil uses fear as a trick to keep people under bondage. Hebrew 2:15 talks about some people who were subject to bondage through fear of death for a lifetime. Fear troubles the mind and weakens it. Hence, the Chief Commander warned “let not your heart be troubled, but we should believe in God, and believe also in Jesus Christ.”(John 14:1).

Fear normally forces people to do what they will not want to do. Fear can terminate destiny abruptly. It was fear that made Elijah to resign his ministry. When it was becoming obvious that he might not be able to continue the ministry because of the complaints, God instructed him to hand over to someone else. Hence, fear can lead to transfer of ministry.

Fear can make someone to disobey God’s instructions. King Saul said to Prophet Samuel “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your word, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice” (1 Samuel 15: 24). He missed it because according to him, he feared the people and displeased his Master. That was the end of his reign as king in Israel, as Prophet Samuel announced to him “…the Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to a neighbour of yours, who is better than you”(1 Samuel 15: 28). He was substituted with a better neighbour. Fear can lead to a soldier of Christ being substituted with a better neighbour. Therefore, be careful and ensure that you give no room for fear to dominate your heart.

Doubt and unbelief are products of fear, which are strong, potent and powerful instrument in devil's hand to weigh down believers. Fear is an enemy of faith. Jesus said to the disciples “…“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”(Mark 4:40).

It is faith that will keep a true army of God glowing till eternity. Hebrews10:38 affirmed “Now the just shall live by faith….” Fear dealt a deadly blow on Elijah when Jezebel harassed him. Unfortunately that led to his vision terminated untimely (1King 19:2-5). It was after this encounter, Elijah resigned by himself because of fear.

Fear makes people to bury their God given talents. A lot of potentials are buried because of fear of failure, uncertainty and fear of the unknown. The man that was given one talent buried it because of fear. The account stated “…He who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.” (Matthew 25:24-25).

Fear lead to laziness. Any one that is fearful will not be able to take adventure for God. Anything scares a fearful man. For example, the fearful man will say “…There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the street!” “…There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!” (Proverbs 22:13; 26:13).

Therefore, this person cannot fulfill the mandate of God for his life. As a matter of fact, the fearful are excused from the warfront. How can such person taste the joy of victory? Also it might be difficult for fearful person to reach the desired destination (Numbers 13:28, 31).

Fear magnifies problem like a big insurmountable mountain. The men of war that wept in 1Samuel 30:1-8 already concluded that there cannot be any solution to what has happened. To them the problem is insurmountable mountain, hence they resulted into weeping.

Fearful soldiers will definitely compromise their faith. The enemy rejoices any time soldiers of Christ compromises their faith and consequently denied faith. If the Apostles were to be fearful, they would have given up especially after they were strictly warned never to preach in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4: 18-20). Had they done this that would have been the end of their ministry. Peter and John asked the council in boldness to determine if it was appropriate for them to listen to them more than God. They affirmed strongly: For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

If indeed you a true Army of God, you must be ready to face various opposition and hardship but you must be determined not to compromised your faith. You will be intimidated by your boss in the office in other to do things you ought not to do. You need to take a definite stand for your Commander. Remember, the devil also tempted Jesus Christ but he never sinned or compromised what He stood for. Please note that what would be would be, therefore, do not