1 Samuel 17:47 Whose Battle Is It?

Soldier in forest

“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.” 1 Samuel 17:47

All over the world there are different types of battles occurring. Soldiers are in physical battles against some enemy, risking their lives. The soldier is not the one who chose to go to battle, but some higher authority in their government, he is just following orders. The battle is not his, but his government’s.

Individual people are battling many types of sickness and poverty, yet most did not choose that path or have a cause in it. Others are battling people who are treating them badly. It is not their choice, but it is still a battle.

As David brought food to his brothers, he came up to a battle that was occurring. He did not start the battle or even choose for the battle to happen, yet, he became a part of it. David went up against Goliath,  because He knew whose battle it really was. Goliath was not fighting people, but God. It was God’s battle and God would have to win it.

Every believer is in a battle for their own soul and for the souls of other people around the world. This battle is greater than any individual, any church, or any group of believers, it is a battle that had begun in heaven with Satan against God. It is a battle against sin.

No one is able to win this battle against sin on their own. This is a battle that belongs to God. God had won that battle when Jesus died and the cross and rose from the dead. He conquered sin and death for all eternity, for anyone who accepts it.

Just as David realized the battle was not his to win, you must also realize that the battles you are facing in your life are not yours to win, but God’s.

Allow God to guide your weapons against sin to overcome the sin in your life and around you. Allow God to break down the enemy’s strongholds in your life and in the lives of those around you.

God will use you to win the battle, but it is by His power, His strength, His wisdom and His ability, not yours. Go forward bravely into battle knowing God will win the battle for you. It is His battle.

I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s heart; that you will know God will fight the battle for your soul; and that God will help you win every battle in your life. 

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