God Gold of the Day
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 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.’
MAIN POINT: Know where you stand with God and you’ll see how to stand firm in God’s armor.
I don’t know about y’all but this has been a blast digging through the armor of God in these past few Golds. After setting up the foundation, we saw in verse 10 of Ephesians 6, that Paul gives us this first truth before we even come close to talking about armor. We don’t have what it takes, BUT we are told to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” We see here that we don’t have what it takes but with God, in His strength, in His armor, we have more than enough and can stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
This all started by asking the main question; to put on the armor of God, what does that look like in our lives???
That’s the question we are seeking answers to in these “Armored” God Golds. Learning that the armor of God is basically God’s character, we see that we are armored and protected by how we stand in God, in who God is, in our identity in Him as a child of His. It’s all WHO HE IS!!!!
Wanted to give you that recap as we continue digging into this question and looking at the story of “David vs. Goliath” as a visual example for us to learn from. If you have missed the other “Armored” God Golds, I recommend going to check them out for the context on this Gold and the Gold to come just so you can better apply these lessons to your lives and stand armored up in the daily battles you face.
“32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
-1 Samuel 17:32-33
We talked about verse 32 last Gold so today we are going to continue in this conversation between David and Saul, digging in to see the truth of how it relates to the “Armor of God.”
All these Israelite soldiers are standing there in physical armor, shaking and crippled in fear to go and face this giant, named Goliath, who is mocking them and the God they serve. David is the only one in the whole camp who is willing and ready to step onto the battlefield against this giant. David??? This little, young shepherd boy, with no war experience and no logical reason that he could ever come close to defeating this giant. But, David’s confidence and willingness to fight isn’t because of all the physical attributes and things he doesn’t have, it’s only because of the fact that he is standing in who God is, His identity rests in the same God who delivered Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land in the first place. With David’s identity in God, not in what he has or the physical armor that he doesn’t have, that’s where David’s confidence comes from, that’s where his strength is, how he is armored up and protected, in God!!!
David goes to King Saul and says, “hey, don’t let anybody go out there and get hurt against this giant, I’ll go fight him myself.”
Saul takes one look at David, in all the “lack” and all the odds stacked against David and immediately tells David he’s crazy. We see here that Saul doubts David and tells him why he can’t go out to fight Goliath, much less beat him.
Everyday in our lives we face similar doubts and discouraging words from the people and world around us. The moment we are going to step out on faith, standing confidently in who God is, we face opposition. Like it says in verse 11, the reason we need to put on the full armor of God in the first place is; “so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
I don’t know what your experiences are but if you are a follower of Christ, then there is a target on your back and that target is from the devil. The devil is completely against God so any move you make for God, that target gets bigger and bigger. The devil is constant in his attacks and always scheming up new ways to come after you, to stop you from walking in the fullness of life God has given you and the mission God has called you to. One thing about the devil though and the way he attacks is how crafty he is. We see in verse 12 Paul mentions;
“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.”
We don’t fight against flesh and blood, we don’t fight against people. Although at times we are hurt, discouraged or attacked by people, from a lesson my youth pastor taught on verse 12, “People are not your enemy!” Even though at times it may really seem that way, it goes deeper than just people, our fight and the attacks we face is deeper than what we see on the surface. The devil wants nothing more than for us to only see things on surface level because then, we try to fight against people when it’s not even them causing the attacks or being the reason behind it all. It’s in the spiritual, the unseen, from the evil forces of the devil at work.
People are not the enemy but the devil works through this world and people in many different ways to scheme against you and move you from what God has called you to do. Like we see from Saul’s doubt here, the devil works through others and the world to tell you the lies about who you are. He will do literally ANYTHING to plant lies in your head such as; ” you can’t fight Goliath, you’re too small, you’ll never win.” The mind can become the devil’s playground in you fall to his lies that he delivers through people and the many influences of this world around us. These lies can cripple you in fear and hurt you, as you stand stuck in your fears and the worlds doubt like the Israelite soldiers, instead when you stand in the truth of who you are to God, in His power, strength and armor, you are equipped by who God is to move past the lies and into the amazing God has called you to. Don’t focus on or believe the lies of the world telling you why you can’t, focus on and believe the truth of God who gives you more than enough reasons why you can!!!!
No matter what the world says, no matter what lies the devil tries to plant in your head, if you believe the lies of “I can’t do this or that.” Then you can’t. BUT if you believe the TRUTH of your identity in God, that you don’t have what it takes but as a child of God, where you are one with God, where He has called you FREE, VICTORIOUS, FORGIVEN, ACCEPTED, and WORTHY!!!! If you believe the TRUTH of WHO GOD IS, always faithful, constantly loving, always present, ridiculously powerful that He created this whole earth we see around us, and the fact that He is the UNDEFEATED CHAMPION OF ALL!!!! When the devil reminds you of all the times you’ve failed and fallen short, surrounds you with doubts and lies saying all the reasons you can’t, causing all that fear, doubt, and worry, NONE OF THAT MATTERS!!!!! As you stand in the TRUTH of your identity in God and who God is, and the fact that you don’t have to go into battle alone or just with what you have but with a God who has gone before you and is always with you to fight for you!!!!
Don’t listen to the doubt and fall into the schemes and lies of the evil one, there’s a truth about a God who is greater than anything he could ever be. Stand in that truth and don’t let the words of someone else change your focus from the only place that matters and that’s how you stand with God. It’s there you’ll see how to stand firm in His armor!!!