Perception Of Preparation, Part 3of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

1Samuel 17:45 – 46, “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

Have you ever looked back at your life and saw that God’s divine handprint was upon the battles that you faced? As we mature in the Lord we begin to discover that God is truly the One that is winning and bringing the victory. Even though you look back and see victory in your life, did you see victory when you were in the midst of battle? I’ve heard it said that hindsight is 20/20, meaning that we seem to see so clearly when looking back but not as clearly when we are going through something, because we are in the midst of a situation. Are you able to use the situations that God has brought you through as a springboard to propel you on to future victories?

David remembered that the Lord God had delivered him from the lion and the bear when he battled with them for the sake of his sheep. Now David is using his perception of preparation to give him courage to not just talk about facing Goliath, but actually engaging him in battle. The weapons of Goliath were sword, spear, and javelin. Goliath didn’t even hold his shield in hand because his armor bearer was holding it for him. Perhaps Goliath felt that he had no need to hold a shield for protection. David proclaimed that although Goliath came to him with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin, David was coming to Goliath in the name of the Lord of hosts. David didn’t even mention his weapons: his staff, his sling and the rocks. Deuteronomy 33:29 states, “The LORD is your saving shield, and his sword is your glory. Your enemies fawn upon you, as you stride upon their heights.” Does this not describe the faceoff between David and Goliath? The enemy mocked him, mocked his weapons, but Goliath couldn’t see that David had a sword and shield in the Lord. David’s offense and defense was the Lord Himself.

David not only killed Goliath but cut off Goliaths head with Goliath’s own sword. By challenging God’s people Israel, the Philistines were in effect challenging the Lord Himself, and the Lord would have the victory enveloping the natural (sling and sword) in the supernatural. “Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle”, Psalm 24:8. David’s perception of preparation wrought him the victory by the Hand of the Lord. Paul wrote, “4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled”, 2Corinthians 10:4-6.

When you are in battle, trust in the Lord who has a track record of victory every time He engages in battle. You may be fighting in the natural, but the Lord is your glorious sword and shield in the supernatural. Be encouraged today that you are on the Lord’s side and keep your perception of preparation focused on the Lord of Hosts.

Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><

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