1 Samuel 17:
8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.This is how some see what is happening. The threat of militant Islam. The threat of a government gone awry. Economic threats. Threats of takeover of the Internet by evil causes. Threats of the elimination of the First Amendment in radio broadcasting by devious means. The threat of a creeping homosexual agenda upending traditional family structure. The threats of wars.
It's everywhere. We have a choice. The evil one uses his minions to despise you. The evil all around tries to dismiss a stand for righteousness as narrow minded, prejudiced, radical, meaningless. Today's Goliath still has nothing new to say:
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
The world system, evil all around us sees us as impotent and puny. Religion and Politics will try to arm us but it doesn't fit THIS fight.
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.We are not able to fight in these days with weapons of the past. This will take a new stance. We must RUN to the battle.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
45 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. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 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.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.
This is that time. Wherever the warfare is the greatest is the place of your call to do battle. To hide behind temple walls from the evil forces is not the call on the Davids of this generation.
Nothing less than the world we were handed by our grandfathers is at stake. Our heritage is about to be stolen from us by evil all around.
God is saying, "RUN to the battle. Fight. Use the smooth small stones I provide. The weapons of THIS warfare are those you know how to use well. The old ways will not work in this fight. You must stand and declare the victory of YOUR GOD. Be prepared to be ridiculed. To be disdained by an older brother group who wishes you would go home."
28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
"Your greatest opposition will come from those who claim to know ME. They will be left behind in this warfare. They have already lost as they have drawn back in defeat so many times before."
Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. 24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.
"Fear Not. Run to the battle. I will go before you. The victory will be yours if you do not shrink back. This will not be a battle won by Power or Might. This will be a battle for the Spirit that will reign in the days to come. An evil spirit is trying to take it's place. It must be thrown down. I placed you here in this time and this hour for exactly this battle. You are the standard I am raising up. Have I not shown Myself mighty in your midst till now? Have you not killed lions and bears in my name?"
David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Go and remove the head of he who defies the Living God.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
As the battle is won many will come to plunder the camp of the enemy. It is ever thus. But the enemies camp MUST be plundered. Take no prisoners. It is time for war.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. 53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.
The reign of righteousness is in your hands. Pick up your smooth stones and RUN to the battle!!