David brings down Goliath
There is an unseen battle going on in the Spirit world. The battle between the powers of darkness and the Angels of God who fight for us. The battle for the mind of man, the battle for souls. The devil walks around every true Christian seeking to devour him. But we have our victory in Christs blood shed on the cross. So we must be wary of the enemy and be able to discern clearly the works and schemes of the enemy who is constantly at war, but knowing well that the The battle belongs to the Lord.
David kills a lion with his bare hands
The challenge of Goliath
The story of David and Goliath is well know. Goliath the giant, challenged the Israeli army saying ‘I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together’. And this went on for forty days. When David heard this for the first time his response was ‘ Let no man’s heart fail because of him’. Through his past experiences of killing the lion and the bear David knew His God.
The Philistines stood on a valley on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley in between them…(1 Sam 17:3)
Does this not remind you of the evergreen Psalm 23:4, Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for YOU are with me……
And finally when they faced each other for the fight this is what happened……And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
David faces Goliath
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with 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 defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” (1 Sam 17:43-47)
David prophesied over the Philistine and God gave Israel the victory through the young shepherd boy, David….
David cuts off Goliath’s head
The challenge of the King of Assyria
The Assyrian king send word to be given to king Hezekiah “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” (Isaiah 37:10)
Then was narrated the list of victories of the Assyrian King. But Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying: “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
The Assyrian kings had a great record of victories and what ever they boasted were true. But God brought them to defeat As King Hezekiah prayed thus.
Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone.” The angel of the Lord went out and defeated the enemy for the battle belonged to the Lord.
The challenge of the Moabites and Ammonites
When the people told Jehoshaphat that a great multitude of the Moabites and Ammonites were coming against them the King proclaimed a fast and sought the Lord. And the king prayed as recorded in 2 Chron 20:12
O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” and God spoke to King Jehoshaphat through His prophet saying ” Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Thus God gave victory to King Jehoshaphat over the multitude of enemies. (Read 2 Chron 20 for the entire account)
Now hear the the ISIS challenge or the IS challenge..
As we see the above challenge of Goliath, the challenge of the Moabites and to all these there was an answer from God. So where will we be, or the Church be in this spiritual battle. This is a battle not in the flesh but in the spiritual realm. Who will stand in the gap to face the enemy as the heroes of old stood in faith, took responsibility and God fought on their behalf.
As written in Eph 6:13
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand. The evil day has come and is NOW. Let us put on the whole armour of God, and RISE IN THE SPIRIT to fight the known enemy. See the pattern of the victories above, whenever His people called or stood in faith, He gave them victory over the hordes of the enemy for THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD and He gives the Church/us the victory when we stand in His name.