USEFUL ARMOR, part 10
As the last newsletter to address Useful Armor, we focus on David’s complete victory over Goliath. Scripture records, “So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled” (1 Sam. 17:50-51).
The final hour had come; everything stayed the same until it changed. Goliath entered the valley with full confidence. There was no reason from his perspective that would indicate any other scenario than personal victory and glory. The Philistines boasted and blasphemed as many do today, thinking that they would surely best God and His people; but at the right time the Lord met their challenge. Man’s heart is always set to do evil, thinking the Lord suspended any judgment, but the Lord’s righteous ways are always made known when He brings judgment. As Solomon revealed, “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore, the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Eccl. 8:11).
The Philistines hid behind Goliath and gained confidence by his size, abilities and frequent victories. Then Goliath fell and their fears were realized; their weakness was exposed. David would one day write, “Put them in fear O Lord that the nations would know themselves to be but men” (Psalm 9:20). The natural man is quite audacious in many ways in this current age; their insecurities remain hidden and the heart of inferiority can be veiled with pride, but the Lord eventually makes it all known; then what will man do? The boasts of natural man in this world are epitomized by Goliath. He boasted and blasphemed in all his accomplishments and achievements until the day he met the man that God raised up to meet the challenge. This day always comes, and there is a final day that will dawn and meet every challenge, thus revealing the Lord’s answer to all evil. Goliath could boast without fear because he never faced the Lord God who puts us in our fears, revealing that we are just men. The Philistines gained courage from Goliath's presence, but the Lord revealed His own strength both in heaven and on earth.
Man’s self-confidence is useless courage; it has presence until it is bested, then its true nature surfaces. Every person is full of fear, and every believer must fear God alone. Analyze your own life and answer these questions, “What do you hide behind?” and “Where do you go to gain courage?” Be sure your trust is fully in the Lord.
David struck the giant warrior using a sling and a stone, but his task was not yet completed. Earlier, David told Goliath that he would kill him and take his head and give his carcass to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field (1 Sam. 17:46). David would be true to his word, just as the Lord is true. David now stood above the one who once towered over all other men. Goliath would never rise again. David then used Goliath’s own sword and decapitated him. The very tongue that blasphemed the Lord, mocked His presence and people, defied His purpose, and ignored the Lord’s warning, was cut off from his body. The devils were also cut-off from the one who served them. David had Goliath’s head in his hand; in other words, victory was in his hand; be sure to listen to Dr. Cote’s message “Victory In Hand.”
Everyone enjoys victory. People do not plan or pray for failure; we are success and victory orientated. Our various sports teams display our desire to win. But there is no win, no victory, and no success without the Lord God. Every victory outside of Christ is a delusion of success and a short-lived achievement. He is your life and your victory. Never consider God as your credit card, your checkbook, your cash account, your asset column, your vending machine or parking meter, your psychiatrist or your pill to cope with life. Natural man wants to use God and call upon Him when they need help, but every believer must oppose, withstand and even strikeout against unbelief and carnality, and that battle always begins by gaining the victory over our own heart. Do not let any unbelief steal away your victorious future. Unbelief allows you to stay as you are and not change. Unbelief upholds our fears and allows you to stay safe in your comfort zone. Enter the Lord’s comfort zone of faith and put your trust in Him.
IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? There surely is a cause!
Several have written to me regarding this series and I thank you. Though this is the last newsletter on this topic, I am going to continue to expand the content and then publish it as a book in the months to come. I will let you know when it is ready.
Blessings to you!
Your Friend in Christ,
Dr. Gary H. Cote