I Come To You In The Name Of The Lord

18th May

.. “You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the Name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies – The God of the armies of Israel, who you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you….”

1 Samuel 17:45-46a

David knew that God was bigger than Goliath. He knew that Goliath was defeatable. He did not fear his enemy because he had full hope and trust in the victory of his God. Yet knowing and taking action are two completely different things. Although both take an incredible amount of faith, actions put faith to work. David could have easily just said, I know God will defeat you, so he will strike you down will a lightning bolt. But instead, David worked in partnership with God, using the strength and wisdom that had been given to Him by God to defeat Goliath with a sling and a stone. David’s victory came not because of his military know-how but because of his trust in God Almighty. He didn’t fight in his own strength but in the power of the Name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

We like David, have full access to the power of God’s greatness, maybe even more so than David because we live in Jesus’ resurrection power; the power that defeated sin and death. We no longer have to fight our ‘Goliaths’ with weapons fashioned by man, but call on the power of the Lord to slay anything that causes us to stumble or gets in the way of our intimacy with Jesus. However, just like David, we too can practically equip ourselves with the gifts and tools God has given us to stand against the enemies schemes. Whether that is memorising scripture, soaking in God’s presence, creating accountability groups, or practically safeguarding our intimacy with Christ. Things done in our own power and ability, outside of God’s leading and empowering will end in defeat for us, but when we are equipped with the power of the Lord God Almighty and the armies of Heaven, we can have victory. No ‘Goliath’ is too big for the Lord to defeat. He has already won the victory!