DAILY REFLECTION: IT’S NOT YOUR BATTLE – THURSDAY 24th JAN, 2019

THURSDAY 24th JAN, 2019

THEME: IT’S NOT YOUR BATTLE

PASSAGE: 1 SAMUEL 17:32-47
32. And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 33. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35. And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. 38. And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 39. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 40. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. 41. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 42. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 43. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. 45. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.

MESSAGE
Some Christians are often tempted to think that they can fight their battles on their own. Hence they often rely heavily on their so-called spiritual weapons like prayers, fasting, Spiritual gifts like prophesy and past experience. Though these are good, relying on Spiritual gifts without relying on the Giver amounts to fighting a battle for God with the principle of Satan.

We must learn a lot from David, a man of God’s heart, humble and full of faith. Eliab his elder brother misjudged his motives and accused him of pride. David was humble in dealing with this battle. He was bold enough in his faith to confront the arrogant Goliath who wholly depended on his stature and armour. David demonstrated leadership as he declared words of courage and faith to Saul (17:32).

The secret of victory in every Spiritual battle is recognising that it is the Lord who will fight and conquer the enemy. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

David’s sling and stones were no longer ordinary weapons in fighting the proud Goliath who taunted the name and army of God. Like David, we must go to “battle” in the name of God to win the battle. Nothing can be done successfully without God who says “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5b).

HYMN: RMHB 822
1: ONWARD, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle
See His banners go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.

2: At the sign of triumph
Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver
At the shout of praise
Brothers lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise.

3: Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod.
We are not divided,
All one body we,
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4: Crowns and thrones may perish,
Kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus
Constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never
‘Gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise,
And that cannot fail.

5: Onward then, ye people!
Join our happy throng;
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song.
Glory, laud and honor
Unto Christ the King!
This through countless ages
Men and angels sing.

MEMORY VERSE:
1 Sam. 17:47 “And that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hands.”

PRAYER: O God, our Lord of hosts, help us to rest on You for all our battles of life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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