ENEMIES FROM THE PAST-1
1Samuel 17:4 “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.”
The Lord gave the Israelites instructions to destroy their enemies completely. The main reason is that, God want them to settle at “present” what could become a challenge in the future.
Joshua and the children of Israel heard God, carried out the instructions but partially. They seems to have their own ideas. They destroyed some of those demonic structures but left some. Hear this:
Joshua 11:21 “And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities.”
Joshua 11:22 “There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained”
Joshua destroyed many of those installations but left very few seemingly weak ones, and notable among them was a “village” called “Gath”. The day Joshua spared Gath, the devil deployed resources there and started grooming the next generation of giants and enemies of Israel.
It took generations later, before Goliath was fully ready to come out to deal with Israel. In our focal scripture it was very clear that Goliath came from Gath. It took a long time coming but Goliath eventually grew and came out to make war against Israel.
Friend, there are things you must deal with in your life today so that you can have rest in the future. There is a Gath to destroy today so that Goliath will not prosper and flourish.
It will interest you to know that the word Gath simply means “a wine press”. A wine press is a place where grapes are processed into wine. In order words Gath is a place of grooming and processing. It is a place where enemies are groomed, processed and prepared for attacks against believers.
Beloved, look inwards, there are things you must “destroy” today so that Goliath will not show up tomorrow.
To be continued…
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