“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…”
In the midst of your battle seek God’s Word. Purpose yourself to get into it, to sit down, to take time and be filled.
Battles aren’t the time to deny the fellowship of the Lord instead they are a time in which we should seek His face.
He has wisdom for you, ready and waiting to be served.
Elisha warned the King of Israel to not cross by a certain way. He knew the enemies camp was set up, ready to war against them.
The King took Elisha’s advice and steered clear of the area. Because of this Israel was saved the hardship of fighting a battle.
Most times we praise The Lord for leading us to “green pastures”. But don’t neglect to praise Him for leading you away from “the shadow of death”.
II Kings 6:8-9
How much easier is it to be in a battle when you know what you’re up against?
David named Goliath’s weapons. He said “thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear”.
But even more important than knowing what you’re up against is knowing who is on your side.
David’s next statement: “but I come to thee in the name of The Lord.”
Yes, it benefits Christ’s followers to be able to recognize the schemes of the devil. To see temptation for what it is. But even more beneficial is to realize that we don’t have to fear the enemy’s attacks because we have the Eternal Champion, Jesus Christ, on our side.
So be aware of what is going on around you but also be confident that you don’t need to fall prey to it.
The kid, David, stood dressed in the king’s armor. He had been dressed to fight the Philistine giant, Goliath.
Then David remembered what he had spoken only moments before. He had been telling King Saul and the other men how he had been delivered out of the paws of a lion and the paws of a bear. He had eluded to the fact that he hadn’t been wrapped in brass armor and that he hadn’t carried a sword at the time. He told them that The Lord was the one who had delivered him.
In that moment of reflection David realized that the only way he was going to be able to defeat the enemy was to go as God had already proved himself. David decided that he wasn’t going to wear the armor. He was going as he had fought the lion and the bear. He was going to fight the giant wrapped only in God’s protection.
David’s decision proved God to be faithful again.
David had used the circumstances of his life as encouragement to himself and the Israelite men. His testimony of what The Lord had done for him prompted him to stand up to the wickedness waiting to destroy him.
If you’re a child of Jesus then you can relate to David. You’ve faced battles with the wickedness of this world. And because you’re saved it is clear that Christ has already proved himself to be true to you. You’ve already won the biggest battle you’ll face. Draw strength from the fact that Jesus was there for you when you stepped out on faith to believe on Him. Spiritual warfare had been all around. But with Jesus you prevailed.
Boldly stand before the wickedness of the world because Christ has never failed you before and He won’t start now.
I Peter 2:23
He had John the Baptist beheaded. He killed James with the sword. He had every intention of putting Peter to death. King Herod was doing everything in his power to destroy the church.
Worms ate up King Herod and then he was struck dead.
The church flourished. The word of God grew and multiplied.
God is always in control.
He always has the last word.
Concern yourself with proclaiming the gospel and living it out. Jesus will take care of the rest.