Today we continue to delightfully delve into 1 Samuel 17. As you recall, this is the story of David and Goliath. In these posts, we are referring to this generations Goliath commonly known as pornography and David being those of us who are willing to battle against it.
The second truth learned from one boy, one stone and God is this:
Someone else’s armor may not be the weapon we need to win our battle.
1 Samuel 17: 38-40 is the bases for this truth. Going back to the text, it reads “Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge. David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off. Then David took his shepherd’s staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath.” (The Message)
Can’t you picture David stumbling around in Saul’s armor? This brings to mind how my girls would try to walk in my high heels while playing dress up or when my boys were toddlers and became top heavy when wearing a high school football helmet. While it was cute to see the children in these huge sizes, it was unnatural for them. Like David they could hardly move.
In fighting our Goliath, this is too important of a truth to miss. If we attempt to go into battle with some one else’s armor or even weapons of our own accord, most likely it will end with a futile attempt at winning the war. It might even end with us shuttering and running in the wrong direction.
The personal struggle I had in my home for years against this giant, is an example of many futile attempts. First I didn’t always remember what I was truly wrestling against. It wasn’t my husband I was fighting; it was the strangulation hold of this addiction. II Corinthians 10:4 states, “For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds. (Amplified Bible) When one doesn’t understand who the enemy really is more times than not, you go into battle with the wrong armor. Such was the case in my fight. I used the weapons I thought were right at the time; manipulation, control, anger, guilt, shame and threats. Using that type of ammunition only intensified the battle which finally became totally out of control. At that point, I realized winning the war would only happen if I truly was wearing the armor and using weapons God had planned for me to use.
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:11– 18. NIV)
The strongest ammunition in my arsenal is prayer. God gave me a prayer language and on many occasions the Holy Spirit interceded on behalf of my husband, our marriage and family. One of my smooth stones was and continues to be the power received by taking prayers and requests to our Abba Father.
When God delivered my husband from the strangulation hold this giant had on him, He gave him the armor needed to continue the battle. My husband’s smooth stones are different then mine because we fight this battle from different fronts. So, I can’t wear his armor and he can’t wear mine. However, the one armament we know to be key in winning this war is “standing firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.”
When the word of God is spoken, those things in the dark eventually come to light. This generations Goliath (pornography) not only thrives, but grows out of control when we do not bring this “ugly darkness” out into light and expose it for what it truly is. What is it? Pornography is a tool of Satan’s. He is using it to destroy men, women, teens, preteens, marriages and churches. It crosses all racial, denominational and economic barriers. No one is immuned to this monster.
In order for our generation to prevail and deliver the head of this giant to our Savior, we need to go into battle with the armor God has planned for each one of us individually. Like David, we must put down the armor and weapons that are unnatural and make it hard for us to move. Instead, we grasp hold of the arsenal of weapons our Father has prepared for us. We need to take our Shepard’s staff ( for me that is prayer), pick up our five smooth stones (my Bible), and with our sling shot in hand (truth) we approach this Goliath!
What weapons has God prepared for you in your own personal battles? Are you using armament that is unnatural and makes it hard for you to move? Like David, put down those weapons and pick up the stones God has laid out for you!