April 15, 2017: SOAP #2690: 1Samuel 17; Psalm 9; Matthew 2 Scripture: 1Samuel (NIV) 17:45 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. 46 This [...]

April 15, 2017: SOAP #2690: 1Samuel 17; Psalm 9; Matthew 2

Scripture: 1Samuel (NIV) 17:45 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.
46 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.
47 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.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet him.

Observation: David vs. Goliath is the common way people think of this story. But in David's mind, it was different. It was Goliath vs. God! And David knew who was going to win that battle! David did not make this the LORD's battle, Goliath did. Goliath was the one who defied/taunted God. If it had been David's battle, without a doubt, Goliath would have won. But it was not David's battle. It was not even Israel's battle. It was the LORD's battle. Goliath did not have a chance to win. David was not using God to win a battle for Israel; God was using David to win a battle for His honor.

Application: The enemy wants me to see the battle as mine and to think that I am responsible for the outcome. God wants me to see the battle as His and let Him be responsible for the outcome! I am not using God to win my battle; God is using me to win His battle!

Prayer: Holy Spirit, help understand the principles for which I am fighting! Use me to bring glory to the name of Jesus! Amen

Pastor Leon
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