Water Boy or Warrior? Which Are You?

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. As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” (1 Samuel 17:47-49) One of my favorite stories in the Bible is “David and Goliath.” Not because of David’s name (which I like a lot), but because of his godly confidence in standing up to a towering giant (Goliath) when no one else would. Here’s a young boy with a slingshot and five smooth stones (v.40) going into battle when the army of Israel stood frozen in fear (v.11). What motivated this lad to engage in a battle that no other soldier would? He was offended that Goliath had insulted God and the armies of the living God (v. 26)! Listen to the powerful confidence declared from David’s heart as he faced this giant, “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. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today...the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” (vv. 45-46) Wow—what a testimony before a watching army! That same type of confidence is so desperately needed in God’s church today. We are seemingly surrounded by many “giants” which demand defeat! Yet much of the God’s Church in America seems like the army of Israel–frozen in fear and apathy/complacency. One key to David’s confidence/bravery is that he remembered God’s faithfulness in the past-”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.” (v.37) God’s people need to remember His faithfulness as David did. The enemies of God today are—like the Philistines— mocking God and His people. Who will be a “David” today and engage the many “Goliaths” before us in today’s culture? Today’s Church doesn’t need any more “water boys” - we need “warriors” who will spiritually fight for the heart and hope of our families and our land! Always remember, “the Lord God fights for YOU!” (Joshua 23:10) …Selah!
Today's CCM video can be viewed upon clicking the title of the song, "Always Enough" by Casting Crowns

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