What Do You Know?: Standing Firm in the Battle

What Do You Know?: Standing Firm in the BattleWhat do you know? I mean, what do you know down in your heart of hearts? What are you sure of beyond all doubts? Because what you know determines how you will stand when a spiritual battle comes. Take a look at David.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD”s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”(1 Samuel 17: 45-47 NIV)

David stepped forward knowing three things.

  • God had called him.
  • God had prepared him.
  • God would empower him.

The Calling

Because God had called him, David knew to step up. He saw the arrogance of an idolator spitting in the face of his God. Goliath wanted a one-on-one? Perfect, because David carried God with him. And Goliath presented no problem for God.

The Prep

David and God had a track record which David relates to Saul:

“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear;” (1 Samuel 17: 34-36 NIV)

David was no stranger to danger. God had delivered him before and David counted on it now. Goliath would fall, not because David was a mighty warrior, but because Goliath had defied God’s army and God would deal with him.

The Power

David made a choice to be true to himself and trust God for the victory.

And who was he?

A shepherd boy. Young. Inexperienced with swords and armor, but anointed with the Holy Spirit with a heart like his Heavenly Father’s. He chose five smooth stones. He needed only one. A day would come when David would feel at ease covered in armor with a sword in his hand, but today he put them aside.

And as David stepped out in obedience, God killed a giant with a rock and David’s life changed forever. He entered a new season of life and ministry.

What do you know? What spiritual battle are you facing? And what is waiting for you on the other side?

Questions:

How has/is God preparing you?

Can you identify steps of preparation?

Did you experience times of empowerment in your prep?

What is your next step?

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