April 15, 2019: SOAP #3420:   1Samuel 17; Psalm 9; Matthew 2 Scripture:  1Samuel (NIV) 17:37 [David speaking to King Saul before fighting Goliath] The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and […]

April 15, 2019: SOAP #3420:   1Samuel 17; Psalm 9; Matthew 2

Scripture:  1Samuel (NIV) 17:37 [David speaking to KingSaul before fighting Goliath] The LORD who delivered me from the paw of thelion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of thisPhilistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him anda bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic andtried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go inthese,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So, hetook them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stonesfrom the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with hissling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

Observation:  King Saul obviously saw the differencebetween the giant and this young shepherd boy. He wanted David to have all the opportunity possible, so he dressed Davidin his own armor.  It was the only thingKing Saul could do.  David tried a fewmoves in King Saul's tent, but quickly realized that the king's tunic, armor,helmet, and sword were not going to help him. He would use what he was comfortable with, what he had used in the past,what he knew.  AND his faith was in theLord! 

Application:  When we face spiritual battles today, theworld has many things to give us for the battle.  There are doctors and counselors, drugs andtherapies, group meetings, thought processes, exercises, etc.  Like Saul's weapons, they may be useful in Saul'strained and skilled hands, but we, like David, are only able to use what weknow.  Spiritual weapons include prayer,the Word, faith, worship, obedience, speaking with authority, the gifts of theHoly Spirit, etc.  I need to use theseweapons in the little battles to prepare me to fight the giants. 

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, you have weaponized me forvictory!  Help me use the spiritualweapons you have given me to fight the everyday battles that come my way.  Then, when I face the giant, I will not find myselflacking the weapons with which to fight. Amen

Pastor Leon
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