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The Battle Is The Lord's

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Introduction

Greetings...
One of the most amazing accounts in the Bible is the battle between David and Goliath.
The challenge made by the enemies of God’s people.
The case to defend the truth made by a child.
The champion crowned.
This account was intended to do more than just thrill and awe us it was meant to be a lesson for eternity.

The Challenge Made

God’s people will always have enemies challenging them

Goliath challenged God’s people and terrified them

1 Samuel 17:1
1 Samuel 17:10–11 ESV
10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

God’s people will always have enemies challenging them

We will be challenged by the devil.
1 Peter 3:8 ESV
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
We will be challenged by the world.
John 15:18–20 ESV
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

Summery

It’s not about whether or not we will have enemies or whether or not they will challenge our righteousness, it’s about how we hold up to those challenges.
Do we crumble or do we “rise up?”

The Case To Defend

The

David heard the challenge which gave him a case to defend God

1 Samuel 17:36–37 ESV
Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
1 Samuel 17:
1 Samuel 17:45–47 ESV
45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and 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 down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds 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 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 hand.”

God’s people must always defend the truth

Because there will always be enemies of righteousness () we must always be ready to defend the truth of God’s Word and God’s people.
1 Peter 3:15 ESV
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Jude 3 ESV
3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Summery

Defending God’s Word and His people against the enemies of God should be, not only a priority but an honor.

A Champion Crowned

David slew Goliath and was crowned victorious

1 Samuel 17:
1 Samuel 17:49–50 ESV
49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.

God’s righteous people will receive a champions crown

The righteous run the race to finish first not second.
1 Cor
1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
The righteous who finish the race will receive the crown of victory.
2 Tim
2 Timothy 4:8 ESV
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Summery

Tiger Woods once said, “Second place is just the first looser.”
The battle we are in has no “consolation prize,” we are either crowned champion or looser.

Conclusion

There is a war being waged for our soul right now, and whether we realize it or not we have taken sides.
My hope is that we all join forces with the Lord and fight the “good fight of faith” (2 Timothy 6:12) and receive the waiting eternal reward ().
Invitation
Isaiah 59:1–2 ESV
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Philippians 2:6–7 ESV
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
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