David Slings the Stone James Tissot c 1900Sometimes it seems the enemy satan’s attack against us is relentless.  His job is to steal, kill, and destroy, and he is concentrating on the destruction of God’s people. His aim in his attacks is to get our focus off the Lord Jesus, to steal our peace and joy and to render us ineffective for the kingdom of God. 

But when the enemy comes in like a flood against us, we need to raise up a banner of God’s word against him.  These words from 1 Samuel 17 encouraged me this morning. When satan begins to attack us heavily, we need to press into God even harder and cut off the enemy’s head with the word of God.  God has called his men, women and children to be fierce warriors for the Kingdom of God.  We need to let the devil know the battle belongs to the Lord. 

We walk in God’s power, authority, and anointing, and we are not afraid. We will not be distracted by the enemy’s evil strategies. We will set our faces like flint like Jesus did toward Jerusalem. We will stay broken and humble before God, staying at the foot of the cross, dependent upon God’s agape love, mercy and forgiveness to preserve us.  We know our power comes from the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.

“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 there 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.” So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. Thefore David ran over and stood over the Philistine; took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron.  Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents.  And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in the tent.”  1 Samuel 17:44-50

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