Devotional 4/21

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. 1 Samuel 17:38-39

Do it how God taught you.

When we’re at peace with ourselves, we acknowledge our capabilities and qualities. It is healthy, to acknowledge our gifts, talents and qualities. And it beneficial to acknowledge how God operates through us.

Saul was king of Israel, and he was also managing the Israeli army. There was a giant named Goliath mocking the people of God, and this got under David’s skin. He wanted to silence the giants voice and threat. So, king Saul told David to put on his armor and then go against Goliath. Saul wanted David to look like a warrior, but God’s ways confound the wise. Saul wanted to help David, but David’s help came from the Lord. God had prepared David in his previous position as a Shepherd boy. David was authentic, he did not look to please Saul neither did he doubt his own capability and training.  

Authenticity:

  • not false or copied; genuine; real:
  • having an origin supported by unquestionable evidence; 
  • verified: reliable; trustworthy:
  • representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself;
  • entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience;

David resisted fighting in the armor of another man. David was anointed to be king, while being a SHepherd boy. He learned while on the job, that God helped him fight off lions and bears when protecting his sheep. David had learned that the Lord was his deliverer and protection, and to rely on another person or thing, would be vain. Saul’s armor was a good offer, it seemed right but David took it of it and went against the giant in the way God had taught him. The scripture says that David had not tested this armor so he took it off.

Has God taught you to defeat giants through spoken word? Then speak your victory: prophecy, declare, proclaim! Has God taught you to worship and praise? Then sing, dance, paint, make a video exalting God! Do you usually write and analyze your way to victory? Then by all means do what God has taught you to do! Has God delivered you through laughter? Then become a comedian every morning, watch funny sitcoms and movies! Do you beat devils out of your life by teaching and edifying others? Then look for people to mentor, to instruct and to guide! Or are you the type that prays and meditates? Then set aside time and a place to be with the Lord! Remember if David had defeated Goliath with Saul’s armor- then the glory would go to Saul and not to Jehovah. But David defeated Goliath the way God had taught him!

David’s victory was really God’s victory: Your victory is God’s victory! 

Let’s pray:

Father God, Most High and Wonderful Counselor. We give you glory and praise. You know all things. I ask you to reveal what you have already taught them, so that they can defeat giants in their own authentic way. I pray you helps those who compare themselves with others and show them, what you have placed inside of them. Thank you for the victory Lord God. In the name of Jesus, it is so. Amen.  

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