Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Spiritual Armor

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with 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 defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
1 Samuel 17:45-47, NKJV

I can not think of a better place to begin a series of devotions on spiritual armor than the story of David and Goliath. Sometimes, because of its familiarity, we miss the truths God is trying to teach us. What armor did David use to defeat Goliath?

We immediately think of physical armor, but David did not wear any. He chose only his sling and five smooth stones. Yet, David was not unarmed! What did he say to Goliath? You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.

Did Goliath's armor save him? Defying the God of Israel, he trusted rather in his own spear, shield, armor, and physical stature. So, who won?

God used David to teach the army of Israel a very important lesson which they had forgotten, while they all stood quaking in their boots at the words of Goliath. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.

What impact does this have on our own spiritual life, especially if we are not a soldier out fighting for our country? We may not be fighting for our country, but if we are true believers we are most certainly engaged in a fierce battle to the death! The very fact that we do not think about that or understand it is a subtle victory for Satan. He understands the battle and is not called the great deceiver without a reason.

How many days do we as Christians go throughout our life under the strength of our own power? How many people will be struck down around us because we have not armed ourselves properly? How much do we selfishly plow forth each day with our own selfish interests paramount in our thoughts and actions?

You are in a battle, no matter which side you are on! Only, in this battle, the winner has already been announced. Satan knows that he is already defeated, but his goal is to bring as many people with him as he can, and he is very effective.

God does not save with spear and sword, but with the blood of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Each believer is armed with the almighty strength and power of God. Remember that this spiritual armor is all that is needed.

Study the Bible every day; pray that God will grow you in the understanding and knowledge of the Bible so that your life will become more and more like Christ.

David understood the battle! He already knew the outcome! Do you? Pray that God would make you a faithful soldier, girded with His spiritual armor.

That is the first priority for the Christian!

God Bless You,
Linda

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