By Francis Frangipane
the scene: You are in a battle against sickness, oppression or some
similar struggle. You seek God, and in some way the grace of God touches
your life. Your victory may have come through a word or prayer or some
other encouragement, but you absolutely know the Lord has delivered you.
Using the five smooth stones of divine grace, you defeated your
But then, a few weeks or months or perhaps
years later, all the old symptoms suddenly return with a vengeance. If
you were struggling with an illness, it manifests worse than ever; if
your battle was regarding a relationship or a particular sin, it seems
as though all progress has been lost. You are back to square one.
you ever been there? These negative experiences can drain the faith
from your heart. You lose the anticipation and power of faith, and a
spiritual paralysis immobilizes your soul. You may still attend church,
but your faith is unresponsive. When others testify of deliverance, you
worry secretly that they, too, will "lose their healing."
many, the result is one of faith-shaking disillusionment. Scripture
says, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick" (Prov. 13:12). This
"heartsickness" is a spiritual disease that can cripple your walk with
God. Remember, faith is the substance of the things you hope for; if you
lose hope, your faith becomes hollow. How can you trust God when it
seems as though He let you down? You wonder: Did I lose my breakthrough, or was I only deceiving myself and never really had it?
one, it is very possible that what you are experiencing is not a loss
of God's blessing but an entirely new spiritual battle. This new war is a
very clever and effective deception that Satan uses to try and worm his
way back into the lives of those delivered by God.
I had been praying about this very thing, this recurring battle, when the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart: "Goliath had a brother".
I was immediately reminded of David's war against the Philistine giant.
We all know that David became a great hero by trusting God and
defeating Goliath. However, things changed as we see in 2 Samuel 21:
when the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David went down and
his servants with him; and as they fought against the Philistines,
David became weary. Then Ishbi-benob, who was among the descendants of
the giant . . . intended to kill David. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah
helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him" (2 Samuel
Years after David conquered Goliath as a
lad, after he became king he had to face other giants. In fact, 1
Chronicles 20:5 reveals that at least one of those warring against David
was "the brother of Goliath," and four were his children (2 Sam.
21:22). We can imagine that these giants, being Goliath's kin, looked
like Goliath, boasted like him, dressed like him and probably even
smelled like him. The Scripture says that while fighting one of the
descendants of Goliath, "David became weary" (2 Sam. 21:15). The Bible
is silent as to what might have been going through the king's mind as he
battled these giants. Perhaps he wondered, I thought I killed Goliath. What is he doing back? But Goliath had not come back; he was dead! David was actually fighting the giant's kin. It just looked like the same battle!
you also have had many successful victories. Just because the current
giant you are facing looks like one you defeated in the past, do not
accept the lie that you never really won the first battle! By the
strength of God's grace, you trusted the Almighty and conquered your
Goliath. The first giant is dead. Satan is masquerading as your former
enemy so he can slip past your shield of faith and thus regain entrance
into your life. Resist him. Do not accept the lie that you were never
delivered. Stand in faith. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world
(1 John 5:4).
The living God who helped you conquer Goliath will empower you to overcome his brother as well.
I come to You as Your servant. Like David, I have become weary with
fighting an enemy I thought I had defeated. By the power of Your Holy
Spirit, however, I expose the lie that this is the same foe I previously
conquered. In Jesus' name, I rebuke the enemy. I ask You, Lord, to send
angels to strengthen me supernaturally, just as angels often
strengthened Jesus. In the name of the Lord, Amen.
Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, Spiritual Discernment and the Mind of Christ available at www.arrowbookstore.com.