If you are like us, you are feeling that big changes are coming over the next 12 months. Many of us in the United States are coming to terms with issues of long-term survival as we embrace our place as citizens in a post-Christian nation. Clearly our two great nations are suffering a schizophrenic identity conflict. Who are we as a people? What do we stand for as a nation?
The inevitable consequence of this is a “halt between two opinions” as the culture wobbles between a commitment to the secular pressure of increasing moral lawlessness and government entitlements on the left and fears of radical Islam and economic Armageddon on the right; with Christians disorganised on the right, left and middle – strewn like so many disoriented sheep upon the hills! It won’t be long till these divergent hostile forces, left and right, come together against the real enemy – YOU.
And that’s when Goliath shows up in new laws and anti-Christian policies. Actually, Goliath was part of a whole army of occupation. In David’s day, the devil was manifesting in the harassing form of the Philistines. Every day for 40 days, the armies of Israel were berated and mocked by a large demon-possessed beast named Goliath. King Saul had the responsibility and the positional authority to deal with this problem, but he lacked confidence because the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him! Saul was powerless to solve the problem – and he knew it. David had the anointing to deal with the situation, but what he did not have was a position with authorisation to apply it. It is important to realise that David didn’t take out Goliath as a shepherd boy – he did it as a soldier- inducted five minutes earlier. He was authorised by Saul to enter the sphere of Government service – the government mountain. Goliath was a military embarrassment and hence, a political problem. David had earlier penetrated the sphere of government as a music therapist. This is why he had access to the king with his proposal.
Proximity is power because the power to access can become the power to influence
The moment David was invited to put on Saul’s armour, he was no longer an outsider commenting on the situation; he was an insider, a government employee if you will, hired to solve it. You’re anointed; get appointed Something shifted in Israel when Saul received David and authorised David to represent him in battle. Goliath was about to meet God in a David suit. By serving Saul in government, David solved a national problem. Don’t be an enemy to those in authority. Get into their sphere and help them solve problems. When we really believe what Jesus said: “he who receives you, receives me,” we will begin to see amazing things start to happen through us. When they invite you into their sphere, Jesus (the supernatural) comes aboard their ship!
We simply MUST rethink how the Kingdom of God advances and how heaven triumphs over evil in our day. We must stop thinking that God only shows up in revivals or intense worship gatherings. David knew God’s presence from his solitary worship on a hillside, but he also knew how to combine that spirituality with a slingshot and sword and take territory. We must be like David and merge our spiritual intimacy and passion for God’s presence with a warrior’s disposition and advance against Hells heights. Put the supernatural to work. Daily make it your confession that “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me and I am anointed to fix this situation!” You heal the sick systems and cast out devils from corrupt corridors of influence. You cleanse leprous minds and hearts and raise the dead institutions to life again as God intended. You are a revival unleashed in the world of the mundane. You shift the atmosphere by patiently praying and claiming “every place the sole of your foot treads upon.”
Unauthorised, unyielding squatters
It’s time we had a serious talk about this. You cannot bind the strong man from around the corner – you have to go into the strongman’s house to plunder his goods and divide his armour. BE A CHURCHILL! BE A WILBERFORCE! – GO IN! It is a spiritual law that lesser authority must yield to greater authority. However, until the greater authority shows up and presses the issue, the lesser authority will dominate. Hell will not yield, and our nations will not be saved because of our prayers alone. The strong man will only budge when one mightier than him comes upon him – in his house. Jesus is the mightier one and He wants to clothe Himself with YOU, the body of Christ. THEN those prayers for England, stored up in the heavens like latent nuclear power, will be unleashed.
His Kingdom comes where your job is done
You are the front lines of the advancing Kingdom! You are the anointed deliverer, the David in your assigned sphere. In fact, if you don’t go, the Kingdom will not come! The church is not the Kingdom; the church is given the keys of the Kingdom. The Kingdom is simply God’s way of doing things. The church is the authorised dealer of heaven unlocking God’s way of doing things on earth! Until you go the Kingdom will not come. God’s way is God’s wisdom. God has wisdom for every sphere of life and a solution to every problem of man. Wait upon Him and He will reveal His “wisdom” through you in your specific assignment. In the end, “we teach nations His ways.” Read Isaiah 2.
King of the Hill
Jesus envisions a church in close proximity to the gates of hell. He said, “I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against you.” Where are those gates located? They are not hard to find. Wherever a powerful, destructive or lawless thought has a “strong hold” on the minds of people, a “stronghold” is empowering it. Put every perversion and dangerous religion into this category. Powerful, disembodied spirits who rule the darkness of this world are working to advance their malicious work through remnants of gatekeepers in a handful of spheres of influence in each city and nation. Through these gates, dark powers shape and make disciples of nations. The only ones truly able to resist are those who are full of the Spirit of God. That which you bow your knee to on the way up the mountain will control you at the top. Those who confront Baal are those who never bowed the knee.
A call to arms
What especially provokes the emerging army of “Davids” is that these forces are squatting on the heights of the inheritance that belongs to Jesus. These Philistine strongholds are not located in hell; they are located on the Hill of God! “After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is.” 1 Samuel 10:5 Up David! Draw near and listen! There is the sound of a strutting giant mocking the armies of the living God. Does this not provoke you? Your hours of prayer on your hillside among a few sheep soaking in God’s presence and singing were for this moment. You’ve dealt with “Goliath was about to meet God in a David suit” your lion and your bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be just like them. It is time to reach for your slingshot.