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The American Spirit, Issue #001 -- teaser here
April 27, 2015

Facing Our Giant In Spite of Our Fears

Have you ever had to deal with a bully that you felt you couldn't overcome? Unfortunately life is full of them and sooner or later we run into one or more of them.

We are currently dealing with a bully of sorts in the form our current government under the leadership of President Barack Obama. During this current and final term we are seeing more defiance to our constitution and to our values from this man than ever before. There seems to be a boldness that wasn't there during his first term.

With every attempt by Congress to corral his actions as part of the checks and balances designed by the framers of our government He bullies past them with his Executive Orders. As if to say, "is there no one in all the land who can stand up to me?"

I couldn't help but think of the scene I read recently from the Old Testament regarding a battle between a young man and a bully that would end up impacting an entire nation.

1 Samuel 17: 10-11

Take a minute if you will and read these verses as I attempt to give you my outline and analysis of what we can learn from this incident.

I can tell you that even when we have taken our stance for battle (spiritual warfare) the enemy will not necessarily refrain from strutting around in our presence and shouting words of a threatening nature. All this is part of his psychological warfare. If we hear it often enough we will begin to believe it. At least that's what he's hoping for.

I noticed that this is a perfect display of what the Apostle Paul wrote when he says "that the Devil roams about like a lion seeking whom he may devour". The roaring, or the loud and arrogant talk is intended to strike fear in the hearts of men and women. To give up hope and paralyze us. King Saul and all the warriors of Israel were "dismayed and afraid" at this roaring from Goliath the seemingly insurmountable giant.

1 Samuel 17:16

The American people have been taunted by the radical left and it's liberal mindset and values with full force ever since Obama stepped into the Oval Office. It has gone on for over 6 years now.

The taunting of Israel went on for 40 days. Because there was no push back from the Israeli camp Goliath became more emboldened day by day. Day after day he taunted the nation of Israel and its armies.

Even today the enemy of this nation is using the same tactic and we need to learn from this story what can be done about it. Look around you and determine what area of your life is this enemy taunting. Has it brought about paralysis through hopelessness and fear? Remember, where there is fear, there is no faith. And faith without works is dead.

1 Samuel 17:20-24

Quite regularly I turn on my radio or television and look to get updated on what is going on around the nation, especially with this administration running roughshod every chance it gets. And each time I hear some pundit holler and rant about what should be done, this, that or the other. All to no avail in my opinion.

Everyday, the Israeli army stood in battle array, just like our conservative pundits, and shouted their battle cry. The cry was their attempt to muster courage among the troops so they wouldn't run off from the battle field.

We too can rise each day and sound the battle cry. But to no avail. Why is that? Listen to what you're shouting. Is it simply anger, frustration, threats? If so, you won't get much done. Our words have very little power to change things if we don't know how to use them properly.

In order to change the circumstances or condition of our lives we must learn to sound off the word of God. His anointed word should be our battle cry each time the enemy seeks to make an advance. We need to learn that our words do indeed have power, for good, or for evil. We must watch what we say because it will have no impact on our lives if we constantly let loose with negative words or words filled with fear, doubt and unbelief.

When we face our giant we must train ourselves to speak the word of God which is sharper than any two-edged sword. It is God's offensive weapon given to us to fight back against the forces of darkness (Ephesians 6). No matter how much you may despise the man in the White House you must realize that the problem this nation faces is bigger then him or the liberals in this country; "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms".

When the Israelites saw Goliath they fled from him because they were greatly afraid in spite of having spent all that time engaging in their battle cries. Are we going to flee when our giant comes into our presence to face off with us. Will you cower when the chance comes to possibly impeach this man and finally render him powerless. Or are you going to run from the fight that will be necessary to get this done?

1 Samuel 17:25-27

All it takes is for one man or woman with just a little bit of faith to bring down the giant. However, we first need to get a little bit agitated with ourselves and our situation as a result of the presence of this giant in our lives.

We must be ticked off by the fact that he would even dare to take a stand against our way of life and publicly defy us. We need to know who we are. Without a true revelation of our identity we are indeed powerless. Has he not said "you didn't build that"? Will he not continue to defy everything we hold near and dear? Pretty soon he'll start to tell you that your bank account is not your own. Not only are you an American but you are also a child of the most high God with rights that God has given you which can not be taken away by this man and his minions.

There is great reward in being bold for God and in God. His spirit lives within his children and enables us to perform great feats that are intended to bring glory to His name and manifest his presence to the rest of the world.

When we take a stand and question the status quo there will be others who will be agitated by us and even become down right angry. Why? Because our boldness will be in direct contrast to their apathy. Our boldness will point out how little faith they have and how little they have accomplished in resistance to the giant.

We must persist in the face of criticism and even hardship. Some of that may even come from within our own camp. I encourage you today to look to God in faith-filled prayer. We are still loved by God and He still desires to move in the hearts of American men and women. Don't give up and lose hope by hiding behind your closed doors.

Step up as David did to face his Giant. My next newsletter will review the battle between David and Goliath and how we can stand in the face of a bigger foe and come out on top.

"Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world"

Luis Castillo

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