The biggest giant we face in our lives are the flesh giants. When we give into our flesh we are giving into sin. These giants of our flesh came at the fall of man, Adam and Eve. God is against sin and so he is against our flesh. Eating from the tree of good and evil introduced us to these giants we now face together. Even before the great flood the people had allowed these giants to reach their all time high and their sin became so evil God destroyed them only leaving Noah, his family and the animals. The word of God says the people became so evil that the women had sex with men of God “angels”. The word of God says the evil of their flesh gave birth to giants. (Giant flesh!!!) The evil was so great all it did was grow!!!! The evil seed from the flesh produced giants!
The Human Race Grows More Evil
6 The number of people on earth began to ·grow [multiply], and daughters were born to them. 2 When the ·sons of God [C may refer to godly men among Seth’s descendants (ch. 5), or noble men, or angels] saw that ·these girls [L the daughters of men/human beings; C either evil women among Cain’s descendants (4:17–24), poor women, or simply mortal women] were beautiful, they married any of them they chose [C though their identity is unclear, their marriage clearly violated a boundary]. 3 The Lord said, “My Spirit will not ·remain in [or contend with] human beings forever, because they are ·flesh [mortal]. ·They will live [L Their days will be] only 120 years.”
Gods word says he will not contend with them forever, because they are flesh. Before the fall there was only Gods presence in the garden which is spirit. The only thing that can overcome the giants of our flesh is the spirit of God through repentance. Noah showed this kind of walk with God. He walked by truth and truth is spirit. So walking by the spirit he overcame the flesh and was saved! Not only was he saved but his descendants.
Expanded Bible (EXB)
The Spies Explore Canaan
30 Then Caleb told the people near Moses to be quiet, and he said, “We should certainly go up and take the land for ourselves. We can certainly do it.”
31 But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And those men gave the ·Israelites [L sons/T children of Israel] a bad report about the land they ·explored [spied on], saying, “The land that we ·explored [spied on] ·is too large to conquer [L devours its inhabitants]. All the people we saw are very tall. 33 We saw the Nephilim people there [C perhaps named for the pre-flood people mentioned in Gen. 6:4]. (The Anakites come from the Nephilim people.) We felt like grasshoppers, and we looked like grasshoppers to them.”
As the people of God went to explore the land God sent them to posses, they saw that there were giants. The giants of their flesh welled up within them in fear and they gave a bad report. The flesh will cause you to fear and sin before God. It will cause your flesh and sin to grow into giants. Fear and lack of faith will grow as sin and flesh grows. God sent the people by word through Moses to the wilderness to die because of their disobedience.
The Lord Punishes the People
26 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 27 “How long will these evil ·people [community; congregation; assembly] ·complain [grumble] about me? I have heard the ·complaining [grumbling] of these ·Israelites [L sons/T children of Israel]. 28 So tell them, ‘This is ·what the Lord says [L the utterance/decree of the Lord]. I heard what you said, and as surely as I live, I will do those very things to you: 29 ·You will die [L Your dead bodies will fall] in this ·desert [wilderness]. Every one of you who is twenty years old or older [C of military age] and who was counted with the people [1:1–54]—all of you who ·complained [grumbled] against me—will die. 30 Not one of you will enter the land where I ·promised [L lifted my hand; C as when swearing an oath] you would live; only Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun will go in. 31 You said that your children would be ·taken away [war plunder], but I will bring them into the land to enjoy what you refused. 32 As for you, ·you will die [L your bodies will fall] in this ·desert [wilderness]. 33 Your children will be shepherds here for forty years. Because you were ·not loyal [unfaithful; C the term suggests sexual unfaithfulness as a metaphor of spiritual unfaithfulness], they will suffer until ·you lie dead [the last of your bodies lie] in the ·desert [wilderness]. 34 For forty years you will suffer for your sins—a year for each of the forty days you ·explored [spied on] the land. You will know me as your enemy.’ 35 I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will certainly do these things to all ·these evil people [this evil community/congregation/assembly] who have come together against me. So they will all die here in this ·desert [wilderness].”
As like Noah, Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nunwere were the only ones to go and posses the land along with their descendants. The word of God says they had a different spirit. The spirit is the key to overcome the flesh giants in our lives. The scripture goes on to say some of the people said God will forgive us and will be with us let us go and possess the land after God had sent them to the wilderness. So they went without Gods presence, without the ark of the covenant and the word of God says the Giants took them by sword.
The War Within Us
14 [L For] We know that the law is spiritual, but I am ·not spiritual [fleshly; carnal] ·since sin rules me as if I were its slave [L sold to sin; C as a slave]. 15 [L For] I do not understand the things I do. [L For] I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things I hate. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, that means I agree that the law is good [C Paul’s acknowledgement that his behavior is wrong confirms the law’s righteous standards]. 17 But [L now] I am not really the one who is doing these hated things; it is sin living in me that does them. 18 ·Yes [L For…], I know that nothing good lives in me—I mean nothing good lives in ·the part of me that is earthly and sinful [my sinful self; my sinful nature; T my flesh]. [L For] I want to do the things that are good, but I ·do not [or cannot] do them. 19 [L For] I do not do the good things I want to do, but I do the ·bad [evil] things I do not want to do. 20 So if I do things I do not want to do, then I am not the one doing them. It is sin living in me that does those things.
21 So I ·have learned this rule [or find this principle/law at work]: When I want to do good, evil is ·there with me [present within me; close at hand]. 22 [L For] In ·my mind [my inmost self; L the person within], I ·am happy with [delight in] God’s law. 23 But I see ·another law [a different standard; or another power] working in my ·body [or outward actions; L members; parts], which makes war against the ·law [standards] that my mind accepts. That other ·law [standard; or power] working in my ·body [or outward actions; L members; parts] is the law of sin, and it makes me its prisoner. 24 What a ·miserable [wretched] man I am! Who will ·save [free; rescue; deliver] me from this ·body that brings me death [body doomed to die; or burden of death]? 25 ·I thank God for saving me [L Thanks be to God!] through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So [L then] in my mind I am a slave to God’s law, but in my ·sinful self [sinful nature; T flesh] I am a slave to the ·law [principle; or power] of sin.
Paul says it all about the war we have with the flesh giant (The sin that lives within us) He says the law is spiritual meaning truth by God. The law is Gods spirit and that is why it is spiritual. If we are not living in the spirit we cannot overcome the flesh.
Romans 2 (Expanded Bible)
29 A person is a Jew only if he is a Jew ·inside [inwardly]; true circumcision is done in the heart by the Spirit, not by the written law. Such a person gets praise from God rather than from people.
True circumcision is done in the heart by the spirit. If we are seeking Gods spirit through His word, through worship, true circumcision will come not by the written law but by Gods spirit through the heart. You cannot take on giants especially the flesh giant without Gods spirit. It begins from your heart. Open your heart to God and His word, meditate on His word, breathe in His spirit and truth and have victory over the biggest giant which is the flesh. By His grace we are saved!!!!!
May your day be filled with His grace and strength to hold onto faith overcoming the flesh and being filled with His spirit God bless you!!!
Great post some people are unaware of the Great Powers of Destruction God can create and although God has promised that he would never flood the earth as he had before, there is other forms of destruction that can destroy the earth and all that live among it. It is up to us to let them know the past few weeks have shown just a little of Gods’ destructive powers with the massive Tornados that have struck various parts of the south, those yet to come, the hurricanes yet to come and many other catastrophic events that he has total control of.
Amen & Amen!