1 Samuel 17:41-47 – “Then the Philistine came on and approached David, with the shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, ” Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and 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 taunted. 46 “This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.”  NASB

This has long been one of my favorite stories in the Bible because there are so many applicable spiritual truths in it that one could spend a year preaching and teaching from this story and still not exhaust it.  That being said, I won’t attempt to do that here or over the next year, but I do want to highlight one question that comes to mind when I read it: “What Is Your Weapon of Choice in Conflict?” 
This was a physical, natural battle but was also a spiritual one.  The spiritual ramifications are brilliantly obvious and powerful.  But let’s go back to the story and consider David’s preparation to lead the Nation.  This is just another part of his training and preparation.  God was testing his heart, commitment, confidence, and courage.  Did he truly believe that God would deliver the undefeatable enemy into his hands?  Did he truly believe that God would use the tools or weapons that he was familiar with to do the job?  Did he truly believe that God would honor His word to Israel and therefore the victory was won before he even fought the battle?  YES!  Yes, to each question.  Yes, David was developing his heart which God would later declare was one “after His own.”
Too many times we try to fight battles using weapons we do not know how to use or are not suited for the job.  David resisted that temptation and used what he was skilled with.  What weapons are we skilled at using?  Is it swords and spears or The Word of God?  Are we adept at using words of oratory or the power of prayer?  Are we skilled at trusting the arm of flesh or the power of God?  In which arena are we most comfortable the flesh or the Spirit?  All of those questions are vital in determining whether we are successful or not in our spiritual battle.
We have the many promises of the Lord regarding overcoming and the abundant life and yet too often we revert to relying on the flesh and the natural to accomplish the spiritual and supernatural.  That is like taking a trying to go to the moon with a cardboard box with wings propelled with rubber bands. IMPOSSIBLE!  But with God, All Things Are Possible!  Therefore, depending on Him is the only logical and sensible place to turn.  He can take His infinite power and wisdom and enable natural forces to produce supernatural results.  That’s why “knowing Him” and engaging in the Study of His Word and Prayer is so vital to our Spiritual Walk and Warfare.
So, as you go through this day and face the giants in your life my prayer is that you Go In The Name of the Lord!  May the blessings of God be upon you richly as you enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has made!

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