War, Warfare, Spiritual Warfare. The thought of war especially when your opponent is a very great and a renown warrior can cause dismay and great fears (I sam 17:1-11)
Let us analyze the battle of Goliath and David together and compare this warfare with what we experience in our lives;
Goliath has so many years of experience as a warrior (I Sam 17:33) therefore he knows the tactics of war and what equipment (bronze helmet on his head, coat of mail, bronze armor on his legs, bronze javelin between his shoulders, a great spear and a sheild) he will need to win a battle conveniently.
David on the other hand is not a warrior he is a Shepard, he his not known by many in Israel. Just like Goliath the king made him wear Bronze helmet, coat of mail with a sword fastened to his armor but he cannot walk with it for they are too heavy on him so david took them off. Then he took his STAFF and he choose FIVE SMOOTH STONES from the brook, put them in his Shepard's bag. he had his SLING in his hand and he drew near the Philistine. The battle is set.
The Philistine was so shocked about who accepted his challenge to the army Isreal. A handsome youth not dressed like a warrior, only a Staff and probably the sling was visible to him for the stones were in the bag. HE FELT TREATED LIKE A DOG.
David on the other hand was not intimidated by Goliath height, armor or his years of experience as a warrior because his own weapon was the THE NAME OF THE LORD OF HOST (FIVE SMOOTH STONES = JESUS). This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, i will strike you and take your head from you, then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear for THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S and will give you into our hands. (I sam 17:45-47)
we all know the rest of the story. the questions now are; What are we passing through? What seems to intimidating to us? in what situation do we find ourselves and we feel like all hope is lost and there is no way out? who is the mighty one that has put us into spiritual captivity? what spiritual warfare are you preparing for?
Look deep into your situations and tell the giant now that "this battle is not mine, but of the LORD'S". Who is able to stand before the LORD OF HOST? at the name of JESUS every kneels must bow, even Goliath fell on his face (a sign that he bowed before THE LORD OF HOST before he died (I Sam17:49)
As you read this right now, call on the Name of JESUS (the name above every other names) and tell that Goliath in your life that "from today onward, i shall triumph over you in the mighty name of JESUS"
LESSONS FROM THIS STORY
1. we should all know the kind of God we serve, the God that is able to deliver us in times of trouble, only if we call upon him. Goliath had threatened the army of Israel for 40 days and 40 nights (I sam 17:16) before David's arrival............. not even Saul, the king knew God will win the battle for them without stress if they call upon Him
2. we should never be intimidated by what is before us
3. people will try to discourage you, his brother did in vs 28, the king did in vs 33 but he remained confident. Then david said to Saul, "let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."
4. people will suggest a way out to you. try this helmet, try this armor, try this shield, try this sword (I sam 17:38-40). always try to remind them of the battles which you have won in the past, how the lord saw you through it and tell them this particular situation will end like one of them (I sam 17:34-37)
5. you really need to know THE LORD OF HOST. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20 NKJV) He is always there, waiting for us to call upon Him.
GOD BLESS YOU AND HAVE A GREAT DAY.