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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 15 No. 08  The Battle Belongs To God???

 

The battle really does belong to the Lord—but we often try to get in the way and think we can run things our own way!  Remember when Saul offered David his own armor to face Goliath.  I love David’s response!  He knew he had to rely upon the One who had been with him in his previous battles!

And David said unto Saul,

Thy servant kept his father’s sheep,

and there came a lion,

and a bear,

and took a lamb out of the flock:

35 And I went out after him,

and smote him,

and delivered it out of his mouth:

and when he arose against me,

I caught him by his beard,

and smote him,

and slew him.

36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear:

and this uncircumcised Philistine

shall be as one of them,

seeing he hath defied

the armies of the living God.

37 David said moreover,

The LORD that delivered me

out of the paw of the lion,

and out of the paw of the bear,

he will deliver me

out of the hand of this Philistine.

And Saul said unto David,

Go,

and the LORD be with thee.”  1 Samuel 17:34-37

Saul didn’t really understand, and like many of us, came up with a solution of his own– in the flesh.

And Saul armed David with his armour,

and he put an helmet of brass upon his head;

also he armed him with a coat of mail.

39 And David girded his sword upon his armour,

and he assayed to go;

for he had not proved it.

And David said unto Saul,

I cannot go with these;

for I have not proved them.

And David put them off him.”  1 Samuel 17:38-39

My question for us today is, “What have you proved?”  Have you proved God’s faithfulness in your life by walking with HIM?  Or have you been running things your own way, and when others offer solutions in the flesh we decide to try the flesh rather than relying on God.  We choose to approach things in the flesh rather than remembering what David knew—

And all this assembly shall know

that the LORD saveth

not with sword

and spear:

for the battle is the LORD’S,

and he will give you into our hands.”  1 Samuel 17:47

So, my encouragement for us today is right from God’s Word, and I invite you to rehearse and ponder on this Psalm with me this week, and may you find courage, comfort and rest in The Lord God Almighty as you do!

God is our refuge

and strength,

a very present help

in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear,

though the earth

be removed,

and though the mountains

be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof

roar and be troubled,

though the mountains

shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river,

the streams whereof

shall make glad the city of God,

the holy place of the tabernacles

of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her;

she shall not be moved:

God shall help her,

and that right early.

6 The heathen raged,

the kingdoms were moved:

he uttered his voice,

the earth melted.

7 The LORD of hosts

is with us;

the God of Jacob

is our refuge. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,

what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease

unto the end of the earth;

he breaketh

the bow,

and cutteth

the spear in sunder;

he burneth the chariot

in the fire.

10 Be still,

and know

that I am God:

I will be exalted

among the heathen,

I will be exalted

in the earth.

11 The LORD of hosts

is with us;

the God of Jacob

is our refuge. Selah.”   Psalm 46:1-11

No matter the trial, difficulty, confusion or stress that surrounds you, remember that God hasn’t been caught by surprise—and you can have victory through Jesus—if you just keep your eyes on HIM.  Look up, walk right before God and press on dear ones!  We win.

But thanks be to God,

which giveth us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,

be ye stedfast,

unmoveable,

always abounding

in the work of the Lord,

forasmuch as ye know

that your labour

is not in vain

in the Lord.”   1 Corinthians 15:57-58

May God’s Spirit draw near to you as you draw near and depend on HIM!

Draw nigh to God,

and he will draw nigh to you.”   James 4:8a

Amen and Amen.