If the devil is going create a chaos in our marriage, in the life of children, in your life….are you going to fight? Every single battle that we are fighting belongs to Jesus. Sometimes when we are fighting the battles in our life, we sometimes ask “Where is Jesus?” Lets zoom into the life of David to learn how to fight with these battles:
The principle of all battles is not to be neutral. As a Christian, we cannot be neutral or compromise. It is either for God or for the evil one. Which side do you belong to?
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
- STANDING IN UNITY
There is power and anointing in unity. Every member of the church will be anointed (even children) in unity. Why Aaron? Because he is priest. You and I = royal priesthood.
“I, therefore, the prisoner [a]of the Lord, [b]beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling” – Ephesians 4:1-4
- One of the steps to walk in unity is to “Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” to walk according to God’s ways. Not to compromise with the world standards.
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [e]edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.- Ephesians 4:11-16
- Unity: it is not about you. It is about God and the edification and growth of the body. We are all together in the battle. Every part must do its share. “ Joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth or the body edifying of itself in love..”
Come before the Lord and kneel before Him
Fight’s God battle
How do we keep up this fight?
How do we fight the giants? Keep fighting and the glory will come. (1 Samuel 17) Some of us fighting the giants in our life.
In 1 Samuel, there were fearful when Goliath challenged Israelites. They looked at the giants in their life. Lets look at the verse below:
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.- 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
If we chose to look at God, when we chose to be filled and walked in Holy Spirit, we can fight our battles in the Name of Jesus! David came in the name of the Lord of hosts. Not by might, not by power, by the Spirit of God.
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.- 1 Samuel 17:45
Lets align ourselves with God and fix our eyes on God, to fight God’s battles in the Name of God. Indeed, God’s name will be glorified.
And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.- 1 Samuel 17:54
Why would David walk 45km to Jerusalem with a big bloody head? Because of the Jebusites! He wanted to show the Jebusites had been putting them down and David’s fighting spirit is stirred. Israelites fought with the Jebusites 22years later. Look at the giants in your life! Do not give up and keep fighting until we see the glory come.
What are the giants in our lives? Lets not be preoccupied with the giants but focus on God. When we spend time in God’s presence, our giants become smaller and smaller.
Now David said on that day, “Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul), he shall be chief and captain.” Therefore they say, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.”- 2 Samuel 5:8
Gutter cleaning is a dirty and stinky. Imagine crawling through the gutter/water shaft. According to 2 Samuel, the soldiers have to climb all the way through the gutter to enter the Jebusite’s high place. Young people, we always pray that you will encounter God in times of difficulties. To clean up your gutters and God will come true for you.
Now David said, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites first shall be [a]chief and captain.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and became chief.- 1 Chronicles 11:6
Joab is not a young guy but an old person. I am talking to the seniors in church. Don’t say retired as retirements means to re-charge for the kingdom of God again. Isn’t it amazing to have the young and the old serve together in ministry? Lets us all step up and not step down. Glory will come.
5 Samuel 5:7
Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.
Question: Why would David bring the head of Goliath and left it outside the walls of the Jebusites?
Because glory is not fulfilled yet. He knew that Israel would fight against the Jebusites and knows that Israel will win against the Jebusites.
The final glory is when Jesus died on the cross for us at “The place of the Skull” and the battle finally won! Now we will continue to glorify God by sharing His Word to others who do not know Him.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.- Romans 8:28-30
Keep fighting and the glory will come.
Application: Read Ephesians 4 and re-establish your prayer altar