The Battle Is the Lord’sFebruary 19, 2016
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands . . . that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. When King Saul and his army got preoccupied and burdened by the oppression of Goliath, David arrived with a different perspective, fresh from his time with God while tending the sheep. These Bible verses show us that life is not a flowery bed of ease—there are definite challenges. But we can face off with our giants in the name of Jesus and win the battle.
THE FIGHT OF FAITH. The times when you face off with Goliath must always be founded on times of being still before God, of waiting in His presence and receiving His strength and power. Invest in a good Bible. Get a good app and read and listen to the Word. Find verses in the Word that speak to your challenge, write these truths down, underline and highlight them. Let God’s promises become like well-worn and familiar stones in the arsenal of your life.
For a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9
STAY SHARP. God has called us to take a stand on the battle lines – not numbed by the constant attacks but empowered to prevail. Winning the battle isn’t just about self-actualization and personal benefit. God has designed you to be a carrier of His presence, to be an ambassador for Him in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are giants looming before you and there are people who need you to stand up with a heart full of faith and declare that the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you the victory.
I don’t war according to the flesh, because my weapons are not of the flesh but are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses—of every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God—and I am taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
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