‘Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. ‘
Main Point: Know where you stand with God and you’ll see how to stand firm in God’s armor.
Wanted to keep those “armor of God” verses up for ya so as we go through these lessons you can see where we’re pointing to. Just a short recap, we’ve been working towards answering the question; “what does putting on the armor of God look like in our lives?”
After digging through that question, I’ve learned that putting my trust in any armor besides God will never get the job done, I’ll fall to the enemies schemes every single time because I don’t have what it takes. The good thing is God gives us Himself, His strength and His armor to stand firm in against all attacks. And learning yesterday that the armor of God isn’t the physical armor that we think of when we hear “armor.” God is talking about something much different here. The armor of God is simply the character of God, it’s who God is!!! So as we learn more of God and our identity in Him as a child of God, we can stand firm in who He is, in our identity in Him.
I was trying to find an illustration to teach this message to a youth group this past week and as I was searching, this story from the Old Testament stuck out as the perfect visual for us to see what putting on the armor of God looks like in our lives. You’ve probably heard this story before, “David vs. Goliath!!!” It’s by far one of my favorite pieces of scripture, I don’t know if that’s because I’m a guy and I love those battle scene type stories, hearing of the underdog taking out the Giant, it just gets me fired up!!!
We are in a similar battle, facing an enemy that mocks us and is constantly trying to attack us. The question is, will we continue to take the hits and get knocked down or will we dig in here, plant our feet firm in who God is and step onto the battlefield to fight???
Just to give you some context here just in case you haven’t heard this story, the Israelite army is facing off against the Philistines. Both armies are looking across the battlefield at one another and out steps Goliath, this massive sized man who is known as the BIGGEST and baddest warriors around. Goliath starts to call out the Israelites, challenging them to send out one man to fight him and the winner wins the battle. Goliath is like 10 feet tall, covered in huge pieces of armor and looks terrifying. He is out there mocking the Israelite army, mocking God and no Israelite soldier has the courage to step up. They are shaking in their armor.
Then on the scene comes David. A little shepherd boy who is a teenager at the time. His father has sent him to take bread and cheese to his brothers who are apart of the Israelite army. Basically, he’s taking them pizza, so he’s taking up the duties as a pizza delivery boy. David shows up and hears Goliath taunting his people. David starts asking around to find out what is going on and as he hears the answers, sees the Israelite soldiers too scared to move, and the mocking of his God by big ole Goliath. David doesn’t like it. David has only been on the army camp for a short time and he has the unreal confidence come out as he claims that he will fight this massive Goliath.
We’ll pick up the story here in 1 Samuel 17:32, and as we take apart this story piece by piece, pay close attention to the awesome illustration and truth this is for us.
‘And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” – 1 Samuel 17:32
David has been asking around trying to find out what’s going on and why nobody is stepping up to fight this giant warrior? in verse 32, we see David’s confidence start to shine through as he goes to king Saul and says, don’t let any of our soldiers go into this battle and get hurt by this enemy, I’ll fight him myself. What an awesome example that is for us to see that we may be facing enemies in our lives but God doesn’t want us to shy away and run away scared. With our identity in who God is, in God’s strength, God calls us to step up to fight, to face the enemy head on. What magnifies this even more is David’s concern for others here, showing us that it’s not just yourself you’re fighting for, when you decide to step up to the battlefield and fight, you’re fighting for your brothers and sisters around you as well. It’s bigger than you.
Where is David’s confidence coming from? At least the Israelite soldiers are wearing all this armor looking the part of a possible answer to fight this Goliath, David doesn’t have any kind of armor on. The difference we see here between David and these soldiers, is that these soldiers has on all this physical armor but there they stand, terrified, crippled to move in this fight. David has no physical armor on but is confident that he will go and beat this giant. WHAT?? That doesn’t even make sense right? That’s where we see David showing such a great example of being armored by the armor of God. His confidence and strength doesn’t come from what he has or any physical things he has. I mean looking at it David has every reason to be even more terrified of Goliath than the soldiers, he’s small, weak, a young kid, no war experience and the list goes on. David doesn’t have what it takes but His strength is found in God, with His identity in God, in who God is and armored by how He stand with God. The difference in David and the soldiers is that David doesn’t trust in self or in physical armor of this world, he trusts in God, in who God is. The soldiers are looking the part but when we trust in anything besides our identity in God, we end up just like them, scared, fearful, filled with doubt, worry and insecurity.
So we see to start off these lessons from David’s example that when we trust in what we got, we spend our lives standing there in fear too scared to ever move forward in this fight against the enemy. But when we stand with our identity firmly planted in God, in who God is and being strong “in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10),” everything changes. We can stand knowing that God calls us free, forgiven, accepted and worthy. All of our protection and strength comes from God in this fight against the evil one. That’s the basis of our relationship with Him, it’s all Him and none of us. But He’s more than enough!!!! Pumped to keep digging into this story with y’all and learn more of how to stand firm in God’s armor!!!