OF THE SOUL 2/16/07
God is dealing with heart issues in ALL of our lives,
things that will take us through spiritual circumcisions
in our souls, in order to prepare us to move into our
Each person has their own
giants they deal with. God brings everything into our
lives for a purpose, to draw those things that are in
our souls that do not become His image, and then He
stirs them until they become pimples, and then He pops
them. The pus that pours out of our hearts, mouths and
thoughts are exactly what He has been trying to draw
out. He doesnít want to reward us for those things, He
wants to perform surgery until they are gone. He is not
going to reward us for arguing and striving with Him
about what we are not getting from Him, He is going to
reward us for our deep repentance, brokenness and
humility as we bow low before Him and finally SEE what
He has been trying to do.
When you read that list of soul giants that He is
drawing out of you, you can read the scriptures and the
"promises" that happen when those giants are nurtured...
and it goes back to reaping what you sow.
Just after writing the above,
I opened an email response to this Word to Ponder
about lancing a wound and extracting the poison.
SHAME IS HOLDING PETER AT
There are some of My children
who are easily dismayed and have chosen to stay in the
outskirts of My love, because of suffering deep shame.
They are willing to hear Me through hand-me-down
connections because the intimacy of My Presence brings
their buried pain to the surface. To face it all is too
hot, they would rather stay numb and in a cold place,
away from My direct touch.
They believe their failures
are too great to deserve such an intimate place in My
Presence. They do not know the sweetness of having a
wound lanced with My personal Word, the poison
extracted, and then delivered in one impacting moment.
They donít know the relief of such a time before My
face. What took years to embitter can be extracted in
one powerful exchange of My loving embrace. Come,
Peter, I know you love Me. Do not hold back. Swim
speedily to your loving Surgeon and I shall extract your
deep sufferings of shame and bring your calling to life
Deut 5:23-27 NKJV
"So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of
the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire,
that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes
and your elders. And you said: 'Surely the LORD our God
has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have
heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen
this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives.
Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire
will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our
God anymore, then we shall die. For who is there of all
flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking
from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? You
go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and
tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we
will hear and do it.'
John 21:7 NKJV
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter,
"It is the Lord !" Now when Simon Peter heard that it
was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had
removed it), and plunged into the sea.
Taken from the book,
"101+ Ways God Speaks (And How to Hear Him)
by Sandy Warner
Giants are a term I use symbolically. It is derived from
the giants in Joshuaís promised land. The people were
warned about allowing the foreigners and giants to stay
in the land. When they entered into a forbidden marriage
with them, they joined cultures, ideas, perspectives and
beliefs. Union with them caused mutations, polluted
worship and practices, and the corruption of Godís
separated and chosen people. Thus, I am using the term
giants as a symbol of a forbidden intermarriage with the
mixture of our flesh and the impurity of sin.
When one intermarries with a giant, its fruit causes a
mutated life pattern. These unions with sin, impure
actions, thoughts, beliefs, motives or old wounds, are
patterns or ruts of the personality that no matter how
hard one tries, they just donít measure up to Jesusí
image. They are continually repeated and acted out
through the body, soul and spirit in spite of much
effort to change. They are thorns and pricks left in the
Christianís life and torment his freedom.
ďAnd as for you, you shall make no covenant with the
inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their
altars. But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you
have done? Therefore I also said, ĎI will not drive them
out before you; but they shall become as thorns in your
sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.í And it
came about when the angel of the LORD spoke these words
to all the sons of Israel, that the people lifted up
their voices and wept.Ē (Judges 2:2-4 NASB) This speaks
of Christians feeling remorse about their existence yet
they have not been able to overcome.
Not everyone has the same giant patterns. Each person
has his or her own unique personality and one personís
hang-up may be anotherís strongest place of overcoming.
Some of these giant ďhang-upsĒ that do not glorify Jesus
are listed below. As you read them, you may find
weaknesses that fit yourself and others. If you have a
weakness in one of these areas, it does not mean you
have intermarried with a giant, but the weakness shows a
vulnerability. When one actually intermarries with
something on the following list, he or she becomes
snared by it, and it becomes a part of the personís
makeup - namely personality, decision making processes,
actions, reactions and the overall life pattern of how
that person lives life. It is the pattern of repeated
weaknesses that expose an intermarriage with a giant.
This list not only contains giants but is also a list of
the fruit of the flesh. The degree the flesh is nurtured
in these areas determines whether one intermarries with
such and thus causes a giant pattern and eventually a
cankered wound. The choice of most words comes from King
James. Scriptures are included as references to the
general concept. Synonyms are listed to help identify
GIANT AND FLESH LIST
Abuse Misuse, mistreat, maltreat. (2 Corinthians 11:25)
Accuse Charge, blame, incriminate. (Luke 23:10)
Adultery Infidelity, fornication. (Matt 15:19)
Ambition Overly enterprising, stepping on others,
determined, goal oriented. (Acts 8:19)
Angry Violent passion, indignant, exasperated.
Anxious Exaggerated and distracted concern,
apprehensive, uneasy, worried, dread and fear.
Apathetic Indifferent, dull of feeling, passive.
Argumentative Disputing, contending, hair splitting. (2
Betrayer Double cross, trick. (Matthew 26:25)
Bitter Resentful. (Acts 8:23)
Blasphemer Irreverent, reviling. (Matthew 15:19)
Boast Brag, proud, arrogant. (2 Timothy 3:2)
Co-dependent .Leaning on someone other than God.
Compete Ambitious, aggressive, contest, oppose. (Mark
Complain Grumble. (Jude 16)
Compromise Bargain with evil. (Genesis 19:8)
Compulsive Obsessive, driving passion. (Matthew 12:45)
Condemnation ..False guilt. (Romans 8:1)
Control Dominate, push, restrain. (Acts 21:12)
Covet Desiring something that belongs to someone else,
envy. (Exodus 20:17)
Coward Fearful, lacking courage. (Revelation 21:8)
Critical Disapprove, faultfinding. (Galatians 5:15)
Curse To curse, doom, condemn evil upon. (Matthew 26:74)
Cursing Swearing, profanity, filthy communication.
Deceive Defraud, delude, dupe, mislead. (Mark 7:22)
Defensive Justifying, guarding, shielding. (Isaiah 45:9)
Depressed Despondent, downhearted, downcast, desolate.
Desiring praise ..Desiring esteem, admiration. (John
Despise Little regard for others, low opinion of,
arrogant. (2 Timothy 3:3)
Discontent Disgruntled, unsatisfied. (Philippians 4:11)
Disobedient No submission or conformity. (2 Timothy 3:2)
Divination Witchcraft. (Leviticus 20:27)
Double minded ..Vacillate between two opinions. (James
Double minded ..Vacillate between two opinions. (James
Double tongued ..Two stories. Saying a thing with the
intent to deceive. (1 Timothy 3:8)
Doubter Skeptic, unbeliever, mistrust, suspicion.
Downcast Low in spirit, depressed, joy withered away.
Drunkard Intoxication, insobriety. (Luke 21:34)
Emulation Envious and contentious rivalry, competition,
challenge. Galatians 5:20)
Envy Jealousy, rivalry, competition. (Galatians 5:21)
Extortion Acquire deceitfully, defraud, blackmail.
Evil thoughts Unkind, tear down the person. (2
False witness False, deceitful testimony. (Matthew
Fearful Timid, scared, lose courage. (Revelation 21:8)
Fierce Brutal, rough, savage, violent, wild. (2 Timothy
Filthy speech Foul speaking, low and obscene speech,
vulgar language. (Colossians 3:8)
Filthy Defiling, dishonorable, dirty, wicked, vile,
pornography, smut. (James 1:21)
Foolish Senseless, folly, reckless. (Mark 7:22)
Fornication Sexual immorality. (Colossians 3:5)
Gossip Spreading rumor, scuttlebutt, hearsay. (1 Timothy
Greed Covet, hoard, grasp, possessive. (Acts 5:2)
Grievous Weighty, load, burdensome. (1 John 5:3)
Guilt Blame, fault, error, shame. (1 John 2:1)
Hatred Strife, detest, abhor, loathe. (Proverbs 10:12)
Heresy Disunion, dissension. (Galatians 5:20)
High-minded Conceited, inflated. (2 Timothy 3:4)
Hopeless Despair, past hope. (John 11:32)
Homosexuality ..Vile affections against nature. (Romans
Hypocrite Masquerades, faker. (Matthew 23:15)
Idolatry Infatuation, inordinately fond of. (1
Impatient Restless, intolerant, resistant towards long
suffering. (Numbers 20:10 - 11)
Impulsiveness No self control, unpremeditated, rash,
impetuous, spontaneous. (Proverbs 29:20)
Inconsistent Erratic, discrepancy. (James 1:6)
Indifferent Unresponsive, detached, apathy, unconcern.
Jest Banter, wit, joke. (Ephesians 5:4)
Jealous Possessive, monopolize, envious. (Proverbs 6:34)
Knowledge lust.. Passion for knowledge for wrong motive.
(2 Timothy 4:3)
Lazy Idle, slothful, indolent. (Matthew 25:24-27)
Liar Telling falsehoods, untruth. (Revelation 21:8)
Lewd Unbridled lust, shameless, indecent, sensual.
Love of pleasure ..Preferring pleasure to the things of
God. (2 Timothy 3:4)
Lust Craving, an absorbing longing for, hunger, desire.
(1 John 2:16)
Malice Desire to injure, animosity, spite. (Colossians
Mock Scoff, ridicule, deride. (Jude 18)
Murder Kill with ones words as well as literally kill.
Murmuring One who discontentedly complains against God,
grumble, mutter. (Jude 16)
Perverse Without natural affection. (Romans 1:24)
Phobias Irrational fear, avoidance, aversion. (2 Timothy
Poverty Unproductive, insufficiency, shortage. (Proverbs
15:19) (Romans 12:11)
Possessive Controlling, grasping, selfish, cling. (2
Samuel Chapter 11)
Proud Arrogant, vain, self love. (Proverbs 16:18)
Procrastinate Delay needlessly, put off. (Proverbs
Presumptuous Boldly arrogant, offensive, foolhardy.
Quarrelsome Contentious, ignites strife. (Galatians
Regret Looking to past life or sins, not accepting the
Lordís plan and His forgiveness. (Luke 9:62)
Reckless Heady, heedless, careless, rash. (2 Timothy
Rejection Feeling discarded. (Genesis 29:30-32)
Resentment Offense, umbrage, embittered, hostile.
Reveling Drunken carousing, rioting. (Galatians 5:21)
Revenge Taking things into onesí own hands instead of
waiting for God, retaliate. (Romans 12:19)
Revile Slander, rail. (1 Corinthians 5:11)
Sanctimonious..Hypocritically devout. (Matthew 23:14)
Seduce Entice, decoy, lure. (1 Timothy 4:1)
Sedition Dissension, divisions, sects. (Galatians 5:20)
Self willed Arrogant, stubborn. (2 Peter 2:10)
Sensuality Sensory pleasures. (Jude 18)
Self pity Self sympathy. (Jonah 4:8)
Skeptic Doubter, unbeliever, cynic. (John 20:25)
Slander Defame, dishonor. (Proverbs 10:18)
Sodomy Sexual perversion. (Genesis 19:4-5)
Strife Bitter conflict, selfish or self promoting which
causes quarrels, division and dissension. (Galatians
Striving Disputing, contending, arguing. (Romans 9:20)
Talebearer Telling secrets, spreading gossip or rumor.
(Proverbs 11:13 )
Theft Steal, rob. (Matthew 15:19)
Traitor A betrayer, treacherous. (2 Timothy 3:4)
Truce breaker Irreconcilable, impossible to appease. (2
Unbelief No faith. (Matthew 17:17)
Uncleanness Impurity of thought, motive or deed.
Unforgiveness ..Refusing to pardon. (Matthew 6:14)
Unholy Sacrilegious, blasphemous, irreverent, ungodly,
profane. (Leviticus 10:10)
Unjust Wrongful, dishonest, unfair. (Proverbs 22:16)
Unmerciful Without leniency, unsparing. (Matthew 18:33)
Unstable Unbalanced, uncertain, fluctuating, fickle,
changeable. (Ephesians 4:14)
Unthankful Without gratefulness. (2 Timothy 3:2)
Violent Cruel, fierce, vehement. (Psalm 7:16)
Wavering Vacillating, doubting, hesitating, fluctuating,
instability. (James 1:6)
Wickedness Depravity, malice, iniquity. (Mark 7:22)
Witchcraft The use of drugs - see Strongís #5331,
medications, magic, sorcery, witchcraft. (Galatians
Wantonness Self indulgence, self gratification. (James
Wrath Fury. (Colossians 3:8)
Giants influence how we hear the Lord. Their influence
is like a wound in a tree. The rings of the tree become
warped and twisted as it wraps around the wounded area.
In time, the circled areas may eventually even out, but
when in close proximity to that wound, the rings are
twisted, warped, perverted and bent out of shape. This
analogy is the same with people who have giant wounds.
When Godís Word comes close to their wound, there is a
crooked emotional reaction that is blown out of
proportion. What is heard, is twisted, misunderstood,
taken out of context, or interpreted completely
Learning to identify giants is helpful in the
discernment process. Sometimes one will struggle with a
rhema ďWord or messageĒ and be unable to discern whether
it is from the Lord, because of his own giants. What may
be happening is the message is from Him, but the
receiverís inner self wrestles because he is
intermarried with a giant pattern and is not free of its
warped perspective. For instance, if one is suffering
under a giant of condemnation, it is very difficult to
receive Godís praise for a job well done. If the giant
is rejection the person finds it very difficult to
receive Godís love. If one was wounded by abuse in the
past he may perceive the Lord as an angry God.
It is also possible to hear a message given through
another who has a giant and thus you will doubt and
stagger over what is shared. If you become aware of the
potential for giants and understand them, you will
quickly be able to recognize the impurity of messages
and motives spoken through another. I heard a preacher
who was a dynamic speaker. He exalted Jesus Christ with
the Holy Spirit evident in his meeting. Yet he had a
mutated giant of control from a wound in his past, and
the Holy Spirit within me became deeply grieved at
something he said, as well as the attitude behind it. I
struggled with it and took it to the Lord. Without my
asking, three people came to me, mentioning how this man
ďranĒ his church. It became very obvious he was bound by
the giant of control and this did not glorify Jesusí
image. I was then able to separate Godís pure message
from the controlling statement. As a result, the manís
ministry, his giftedness and his impurities no longer
were a stumbling block to me. I was able to hear the
Lord through him in spite of his wounded flesh.
Giants and their wounds disfigure the purity of God and
canker perspectives. They will always distort the
character of God. Giants affect our thought life, our
understanding of Godís message, and our ability to
receive His Words in that area.