Prophetic Insight: The Giant and the General at Your Destiny’s Doorway

Today, I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting a truth from Scripture that is a key to releasing many of you in your prophetic calling.

The Biblical pattern is this: at the doorway to your destiny, there will be a giant to defeat, and there will also be a general to honor.

Neither of these are easy! Both test our submission to God.

The giant tests our courage—but honor tests our character.

Caleb Honors Joshua, Before He Takes Hebron

When it comes time for Caleb to receive his inheritance in Canaan, he approaches Joshua and asks:
“Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day… the Lord helping me, I will drive them [the Anakites] out just as he said.” (Joshua 14:12, NIV)

Caleb knows his inheritance is this hill country occupied with Anakites. It doesn’t matter to him that these people are descended from giants and that years back, other leaders in Israel said, ‘we are like grasshoppers in their sight’ (Numbers 13:33).

He has an unswerving belief in his God-given capacity to take the land.

Caleb loves God, he has the prophetic promise and he’s unquestionably in his time of Divine appointment. He is a great leader in his own right. And yet, he pauses.

Caleb takes time to address Joshua, the man of God appointed as leader of Israel, and ask him for his God-given inheritance.

Before he overcomes the giants, Caleb honors the general. He obtains Joshua’s blessing.

‘Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.’ (Josh 14:13, NIV)

David Receives King Saul’s Blessing, Before He Overcomes Goliath

When David visits his brothers on the front lines of battle and sees Goliath, he is filled with faith. He knows, without a shadow of a doubt, that giant is no match for the anointing of God on his life (1 Sam 17).

But he doesn’t stride out onto that battlefield and take that giant down, without doing something of great significance first.

David is brought before King Saul and he says, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” (1 Sam 17:32)

Offering his service to King Saul is possibly one of David’s greatest acts of faith.

He does not look like a warrior. He has neither age nor battle experience, nor armour. What David does have is faith, a calling and an anointing.

At this moment, David expresses honor towards God’s appointed leadership, even though Saul arguably does not deserve such honor—he has long ago lost the Holy Spirit’s anointing on his life and is now shaking in his boots with fear, as is every other soldier on the sidelines.

Honor is a powerful expression of faith—and in this moment of destiny, King Saul says to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you.’ (1 Sam 17:37b)

And so it is, that a shepherd boy takes down a giant.

Esther’s Example

We also see this powerful principle at work in the story of Esther. Before she can expose and defeat the enemy of the Jews, she has to honor the king; a leader who isn’t Jewish, and who doesn’t believe in God. He extends his favor towards her.

  • No leader is beyond reach of the Holy Spirit’s influence.

The New Testament Principle of Commissioning

As we move into the New Testament, we see many who have a prophetic calling, who are chosen by God and anointed. There is something else they have in common; they wait for their commissioning.

Like Timothy, Stephen, Philip and others, our greatest act of faith may be waiting for God’s time of promotion and choosing the way of honor.

One of my favourite examples is that of the Apostle Paul.

He has a powerful encounter with Jesus, a prophecy that he will go before kings, an apostolic calling to reach nations with the Gospel (Acts 9). And yet, years later, Paul (formerly Saul) is still serving as a teacher and prophet in the church in Antioch, waiting for the timing of God.

It is not until the church leaders hear from God and commission Paul, that he moves into the fullness of his calling (Acts 13).

It Takes Faith to Wait

Let’s be honest.

Many times, it takes more faith to wait and to honour God’s appointed generals in our lives, than it does to go out against the giants.

This is something my husband and I have learned—it’s something I’ve discovered the hard way—through failure and repentance. But it’s the best lesson of my life.

And I know there’s many of you who may be saying, ‘this is an area I struggle with’. Perhaps you don’t currently have a leader you can relate to—or one you respect—or you have leadership who do not see the call of God on your life, the way you do.

I pray for you today that you will be inspired by God’s Word and the example of those heroes of the faith that have gone before. The God who has opened the hearts and minds of kings and revealed His plans to leaders is the God of your calling.

No gatekeeper, no general is beyond God’s influence. No giant is too strong for you to defeat in the power of His Spirit.

And no gate is too heavy for Him to open.

10th Anniversary: Prophetic People in a Changing Church

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3 Ways to Unlock Your Heavenly Breakthrough

Are you in need of a breakthrough in your life, family or ministry right now? I believe the following 3 points are not only timeless Biblical principles, they are also a powerful prophetic insight that will help you position for the breakthrough that you have been waiting and praying for.

1. Understand that Breakthrough is a ‘Reaction’.

Prepare for BreakthroughIn 2 Samuel 5, we read that when David was crowned King of Israel, the Philistine army came out against him. David won the battle after God spoke to him saying, ‘Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.’ (2 Sam 5:19)

He named that place ‘Baal Perazim’, meaning ‘Lord of the Breakthrough’. [1]

The key to David’s breakthrough was listening to God, and responding obediently to Him.

In spite of this powerful victory, David did not take it for granted that God would move the same way when the enemy army came against him for a second time. God’s instructions to him were entirely different (2 Sam 5:23-24).

This is an important principle, and one we see again and again in Scripture:

Breakthrough is a REACTION to an ACTION you take, that is one of obedience to God.

When you know that breakthrough is a reaction, you can seek and be open to what God is saying to you. You are sensitive and responsive to the Holy Spirit.

Step forward in the time of extremity

Sometimes God may allow an extremity—a position of great need—in your life, because He is positioning you for breakthrough.

When Moses stood with Israel between the armies of Egypt and the Red Sea (Exodus 14) they were in dire need of a miracle. God spoke to Moses, saying ‘Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground’ (Ex 14:16)

That act of obedience caused a reaction. Breakthrough! The waters parted and Israel journeyed safely through.

Standing in faith—let alone stepping forward in faith—can be very difficult when you are in the crisis. But when that step is one of obedience to God, breakthrough is the result.

2. Take the Journey of Transformation

There are times we desire a breakthrough, but God wants to take us on a journey of transformation.

We want the ‘quick fix.’ But His higher purpose for us is that we become like Jesus. He is working on our character.

‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:18)

A good question to ask is, ‘Father, is right now a season for breakthrough, or for transformation?’

Here is the main difference between transformation and breakthrough:

Transformation is gradual, but breakthrough is sudden.

Transformation takes place over a period of time, during which you are cooperating with God.

Transformation is not only about God’s work in you. Whilst waiting, you can be used of God to transform the environment around you.

When Joseph was in the darkest place, in prison, he did not wait passively for his breakthrough. He brought transformation, order and leadership to the prison environment. In that dark place, his spirit, gifts and skills shone.

3. Prepare Your Mindset for Breakthrough

There are times when we want God to act quickly, and we wonder why He isn’t.

Sometimes, our Father knows that if He brought the breakthrough suddenly, we would not be able to contain it.

He wants to pour out the abundance, but the ‘container’ of our mindset is too narrow—and the harvest our Father wants to give us would be wasted.

In order for our thinking to be enlarged, we need to take time to be saturated in God’s Word.

A change of mindset means that your thinking comes into alignment with what the Bible says. When you think according to God’s Word, you speak and act rightly.

  • Perhaps you are looking for a financial breakthrough, but God wants to first take you on a journey of renewing your mindset concerning finances.
  • You may know that there is a big ministry call upon your life—and you have been waiting for the door to open that will launch you into that ministry. But is it possible that leading up to that time, your Heavenly Father wants to upgrade your thinking, your attitude, experience, knowledge or vision?
  • Perhaps you are seeking a breakthrough in the area of healing, but God wants to take you on the journey to a healthy lifestyle—where you are taking care of the body He has given to you.

Being on the journey of transformation does not mean that the breakthrough will never take place.  It means that you are positioning for the breakthrough.

When you are aware that you are in a season of transformation, you can cooperate with what God is doing. By the time the breakthrough comes, you have a proven track record. You have participated in transformation. And you will be a good steward of what God is giving to you.


[1] Strongs ref H1167 and H6556. ‘Lord of the breaks; possessor of breaches’.

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