Thursday, August 28, 2008

Whose Armor Are You Wearing

When reading about David and Goliath in 1 Sam. 17, I was thinking about how Saul had tried to put his armor on David. Now it is said that Saul was a very tall man, 1 Sam 10 v 23, that he was a foot taller than any of the others. Now, he is trying to put his armor on a small boy. The armor, that he was too afraid to put on himself to go out and fight Goliath. It is really kind of funny when you read how David was trying to walk around in Saul's armor. He couldn't even walk. What good was that ill fitting armor going to do him, or advice from someone who wouldn't face the battle himself?

David replied, I have not proved these, to show that they work, so I will go in my way with God as my protector. Why, did he choose to go this way? Because he had already proved God to be true to his word, by putting his faith in Him. He knew God would protect him and give him the skills he needed to defeat Goliath. Notice I didn't say fight, because there was really no fight. God gave David the Victory with one sling of his sling shot. Can you see David, calmly loading a rock into his sling, taking his time to carefully aim and then release the stone just at the right time. How would you react in this situation or one similar to it, can you see yourself, fumbling and dropping the rocks, with Goliath running at you with his sword, and you are still trying to untangle your sling and get the rocks in it. Do you just throw the sling down and run the opposite direction? Remember you are about 5 ft, and he is about 9 ft, and he has a sword. Is your faith level in such a place that you would stand your ground, very calm, loading your sling, knowing and trusting your God to protect you?

It is the same with situations today. We need to ask ourselves, whose armor will we put on? The armor of God through His word, or the armor of man and his advice? Remembering that the very person giving the advice is the one who was too afraid to go himself. Even if he was the king and had the finest armor in town, if the shoe doesn't fit, don't put it on your foot, you will trip and fall.
Trust in the best fitting armor around, tailor made in every way to fit perfectly. Trust in the word of God. Put on the armor of God before you go into any battle. AMEN!

1 Sam. 17 v 38-39.....Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. "I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am not used to them." So he took them off.......... for further reading read 1 Sam. Chapter 17.......

Ephes. 6 v 13...Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.....for complete instructions read Ephe. 6 v 10-20.......

We need to prepare ourselves for battle everyday, by having the word of God fresh in our hearts and on our minds. If we stay in the word of God daily, then we will walk by faith into our battles and not with someone else's armor or advice. AMEN!

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