WHO’S ON THE LORD’S SIDE (Pt. 2)

“As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it….David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”   (1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭23, 26‬ NIV).

PERILOUS TIMES

We are in times like the time of David. The battle lines have been drawn and there is no place to turn and hide. Our world has chosen to oppose God’s laws and ignore His moral codes of conduct. Like the giant Goliath of the Philistines they have said, mockingly, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man that we might fight together”(See 1 Samuel 17:10). “Winner takes all!” was the terms of the battle.

The question comes from King Saul, “Who will fight this man?” In essence, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”

GOLIATH OF GATH

Goliath was indeed a menacing foe. There is a mystery hidden in his description. He is named “Goliath of Gath”…”a champion”. He’s six cubit in height, clothed in brass armor, welding an iron spear weighing 600 shekels (See 1 Samuel 17:4-7). His height and weight seem to hint prophetically at Mr.”666″ in John’s Revelation; one who is “seemingly” invincible(See Rev.13).

Goliath is from “Gath” which in the original means “wine press”. He is the embodiment of all that is Anti-God/Anti-Christ; all that is destined to be judged, “tread upon in the wine press of the wrath of God”(Revelation 19:15).   Many will compromise with the Anti-Christ figure, jeopardizing their own soul’s eternal destiny. “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name”(‭Revelation‬ ‭14‬:‭9-11‬ NIV).

NO COMPROMISE

David did not consider the size or reputation of Goliath. Nor did he go to meet his foe in his own armor or strength. He went in the armor of the LORD. “David said to the Philistine, “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”(1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭45‬ NIV).

David sized up his opponent and realized that as big as Goliath was…And although armed only with his sling shot…”I can’t miss!” Someone said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. But the size of the fight in the dog!”

DESTINED TO REIGN

David was very courageous. He did not considering his odds in the fight. Rather he considered the size of his God in the fight. By faith, he knew he was born for battle! He was not called merely to conquer. He was “more than a conqueror through Him who loved him” (Romans 8:37). His destiny was to reign over ALL God’s enemies.

We too are destined to reign through Jesus our Messiah. “Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years”(‭Revelation‬ ‭20‬:‭6‬ NIV).

It’s time to choose sides and decide what armor you will choose for the battle. Paul exhorts us, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”(‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭10-11‬ NIV).

David’s example of faith and courage can help us decide, “Whose on the Lord’s side?”

 

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