Are you using your stones to kill your giants?
Early in 2012 I had got to stage in my life where I did not know what else to do in order to get the breakthrough in the business He had called me to.
I knew Father had promised and He is faithful, but still no breakthrough was evident. I was doing everything I knew I should do.
I asked Him, “what else must I do?”
The Lord showed me that I needed to read the prophetic words and visions that He had given us over the business three years prior. As I read these words He drew my attention to a specific vision that Mirjam my wife had for the Kingdom Business.
I now read this word three years later and only now did the full understanding hit me like a flash from heaven.
This is edited version of the prophetic word,
The testimony of your past victory is the stone, and is what is going to take down the wall.
With that one shot everything shakes, that is why the enemy is so upset, when we thank the Lord for what He has done, and He CAN do it again and He WILL do it again, and everything shakes.
The enemy will try and make us to be quiet and unthankful through the circumstances that test us, but as we instead thank the Lord, the wall comes down. One shot is enough.
“Thank Me that I have done it before, now is the time for the new things, but how can I give you a second chance for that which you have not thanked me in the first place?”
I saw you at a T- junction with no road ahead and He said, “you have to go ahead”
I saw the stones of thanksgiving, some are as precious stones, I saw with thanksgiving these stones go in the path before you, and create a way where there seems to be no way –
Thanksgiving allows God to make a way where there seems to be no way – but without the thanksgiving, the stones to build the road with are not released and the road will be much more difficult. I saw that would be like off-roading with no road.
It is the ability to trust in Him, as He has done it before, thanking Him for that, that is going to create a way in the middle of nowhere.
I also saw this road at times is not complete the moment you walk on it, but it completes itself as you walk on it in faith and thanksgiving.
Father’s Heart of Restoration through Thanksgiving
With the above prophetic word, I was now armed with more keys for the breakthrough that Father wanted to give to me. This was not only for me but for all those called into their breakthrough at this time.
The first key was thanksgiving for the past victories on a consistent basis. This released the smooth path for the future. I realised that the key to my future was in thanking Him and giving glory for what He has done in the past.
He later showed me it was not just thanking Him for my past, but thanking Him for all our spiritual fathers and mothers in history.
The reason I couldn’t consistently thank Him for some of the past victories is because of the pain that was there. The enemy had managed to steel key victories from things from me over the last decade in my life, one of these losses, was a very valuable business.
This was my inheritance.
God had given us the wonderful business that was at stage turning over one hundred million per year with a profit of one million per month. Much of this profit was channelled to spread the gospel and establish His Kingdom. The enemy wanted to stop and had a plan to do that.
I used much of these finances from this business to build a 24/7 prayer and worship centre in the township of Orange Farm in South Africa.
The loss of this business had caused such deep pain and grief , although I thought I was healed from this loss, I was not.
The enemy had stolen my inheritance and now God wanted to restore what was stolen from me. At this stage I preferred just forget what I had lost and put it out of my mind.
Now, Father wanted me to remember details of this business and thank Him for each area of the business that He had given us.
The moment I started to thank Him for each detail of what He had done in the past business, I felt His presence and felt His healing power in my heart.
There were warm tears flowing now from my heart, not of sadness, but of healing as Father was restoring my heart in His presence.
He healed my disappointments, discouragement and all the pain in my heart. He filled my heart with joy and faith. I began to believe that what He had done for me before, that He was able and now willing do it again – all because He loves me.
Thanksgiving releases Gods manifest presence into our hearts as we open the gates of thanksgiving, it also releases healing when we thank Him for things we have lost.
Father desires to see all His sons receiving their full inheritance on earth and in heaven. Father loves to restore us, as this is His heart.
Father has been working on my faith for years giving me more and more revelation and teaching on this important truth. Yet He still had more for me.
Sometimes when I looked at how much I had lost and how much there was to recover, this mountain just seemed too big. I was often overcome by a sense of deep sadness and loss when I thought about what was stolen from me.
I needed something to shift in my heart. I needed more faith and I needed healing. This healing came through thanking Him for the past breakthroughs, no matter how painful it was. Obedient thanksgiving will restore your faith in the very area where satan wounded you.
I found that nothing strengthens my faith like thanking Him for and giving testimony to what He has already done for me. This solidified the foundation of faith in my heart – giving me hope, faith, courage and light to tackle the giants the ahead of me.
We can never thank Him too much.
When we thank Him we realise how much He cares for us and loves for us, after all, He is heavenly Dad.
God then gave me more revelation and spoke to about David and how David used his stones to kill the giants in his life.
David’s memorial stones
David knew the power of his testimony and gave God the thanks and glory for these. Before David could confront Goliath directly, David first had to conquer the giants of fear operating over Saul.
When David was sent to deliver Israel from Goliath and the philistines, he first shares two of his most powerful memorial stones with Saul, as Saul was not convinced that David was Israel’s champion.
We need to consider the great risk in this decision; if David lost the fight then the whole nation of Israel would have gone into slavery to the philistines.
Up until that time all of Israel’s warriors were paralysed with fear as they knew that this giant was much stronger than any of them and would kill them in hand to hand combat. This is why Goliath took challenged them the way he did.
The enemy always tries to get us to look our our own strength in comparisons to our giants and mountains. When we do this we are deceived into unbelief.
Israel made the mistake and looked at the giant and heard his words daily, comparing themselves and their own strength to the giants power, their hearts failed them for fear as they knew they could beat him.
David never compared the giant to himself, but compared the giant to the God of Israel who had done so many things for him. The main difference between David and the rest Israel, was that David knew God intimately and had stones ( these stones were his personal testimony of God delivering him) the rest only knew him through what others had said.
David knew Gods hand of deliverance personally. David knew that it was not in own power that he was delivered from the lion and the bear. He knew God as He was a worshipper who loved God in the secret place.
David wasn’t looking to his own personal strength but to Gods strength He knew through His continual lifestyle of thanksgiving, that if God had done it before, He will do it again.
Armed with his faith, David overcomes doubt and fear and unbelief in Saul by sharing his testimony. With enthusiasm David told Saul how God had delivered the lion and the bear into his hands. Saul was delivered from fear through these stones of David and handed the whole Israel into David’s hands.
Here Davids heart;
Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:36-37
Thanksgiving releases a death blow to our giant
When David finally chose the five smooth stones – each of these stones represented Gods victory and testimony in his life just as the twelve memorial stones spoke of Gods deliverance from the wilderness over the flooded Jordan into the promised land (Joshua 4:1-7).
The Lord showed me that we release our memorial stones into the giants head, when we use the sling of thanksgiving and testify to others of Gods victory in our lives.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4
Walking with thanksgiving within our hearts sets us free from blindness that comes from focusing on our problems.
Thanking God turns our giants into bread and our problems into stepping stones. Click to Tweet
Father has brought us to place of impossibility so that He can show Himself strong on our behalf.
The moment we thank Him in faith we step into His realm of, “nothing is impossible to Him who believes”.
Thanking Him for the past victories and suffering makes way for the future. Thanking Him for what is yet to come releases the future into the present realm on earth.
Thanking Him for the past releases the foundation for the building.
Thanking Him for the future releases the building.
The word thanksgiving in Psalm 100:4 is the Hebrew word – “towdah” which means confession, praise, thanksgiving or to give praise to God or thanksgiving in songs of liturgical worship, hymn of praise or a thanksgiving choir or procession or line or company.
I believe as we worship God in line and as a “company of worshippers like David did we will see the birthing of His promises.
Corporately Gathering our memorial stones
What He showed us is that we need to keep gathering together to worship Him. The more pressure there is the more we should gather. As the word says,
“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” Hebrews 10:25
We are in the end of the end times, we should be gathering more and more to seek Him and worship Him as they did in the book of acts.
Part of these gatherings need to include a time corporate repentance, corporate sharing of our testimonies – stones and then break out into TPW (Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship)
The only way through this horde of hell is together. So we have opened our home for those who want to gather and worship Him and bring their stones to share.
We encourage each one of you to do the same where you are based. Open up your home or business offices for corporate times of worship and glorifying God. You don’t need many just two or three and He is in your midst.
These stones include what God has done for you over your whole life.
We need to learn from the pattern God gave to Joshua. They had to corporately gather stones one for each tribe in Israel as a memorial.
In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:6-7
These stones are the weapons we use to overcome the giants just as David used a stone to overcome Goliath.
Let us gather our stones and share our praise reports and walk together.
Over to you
Have you a stone to share? How has thanksgiving helped strengthen your faith?
Please leave your comments below to encourage others.