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. 

1 Samuel 17:45 Fighting The Enemy

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

The Philistines had made an offer to the Israelites to have one man from each side fight together, whoever won the fight, that side would be the conquerors. Goliath was the chosen warrior for the Philistines. No one was willing to fight him, because he was a giant and a seasoned warrior.

David’s brothers were at the battle also. David was sent to bring them some food. When he saw the giant, he was willing to fight him. Goliath threatened him with many threats, but David just said he was coming against him in the name of God. With just a simple sling and one stone, David killed Goliath and the Israelites won the battle.

In today’s society most people do not have to physically go to war against another person. Only those who are in the military have to deal with that type of situation. However, there are many other battles against an enemy that every believing person must face on a daily basis.

You, along with every believer, have at least one enemy…the devil. He is seeking to get you to sin and fall away from God. He comes at you directly or through others, in your thoughts, and in your physical life. Temptations are thrown your way every day. It is a great battle to fight off these temptations of the enemy.

This battle is for your soul. It is up to you as to who will win the battle.

You must not try to fight the battle in your own strength using the weapons of this world. You must fight it in the power of God. It is God who the enemy is defying, not you. Allow God to win the battle in your life.

Do not give the enemy a chance at taking you down. Take the initiative and run forward first and take him out. Kill the temptations to sin and win the battle.

I pray today that God will give you courage to fight the enemy; that you will fight in God’s power and way; that you will allow God to destroy all temptation to sin; and that God will win the battle for your soul.