Day 126: Embracing your inner warrior (1 Chronicles 12-14)

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

Some Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the desert. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains. – 1 Chronicles 12:8

Let there be no misunderstandings about it – David meant business.

Reading through 1 Chronicles 12 tonight, the author speaks of David’s army as he assembled his forces to eventually assume the throne of Israel. And boy oh boy, were there some fearsome gentlemen on this list. “Armed” and “ready for battle,” “Brave warriors, famous in their own clans,” “experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon” – these guys were born for the battlefield. They took their mission seriously, fully believing David was appointed by God to be the next king.

It’s no secret that we today face a similar fight. We may not have legions of soldiers fighting along side of us, but we have the same God that was on David’s side as he fought for Him. We don’t fight an evil king on the battlefield, rather, our battle as Christians is a spiritual one, and the fight is one we should take seriously. The forces of evil are constantly pressing on our front lines, pushing us back, putting the pressure on, and trying their hardest, all the time, to defeat us in our walk with the LORD. That is why we need to constantly be sharpening our swords, staying close to God, being in His word, and learning the strategies we need to defeat the evil one.

God tells us that the meek will inherit the Kingdom, but when it comes to defending our purity, our spirits and our minds and hearts from the influences of the devil, I truly believe we are meant to embrace our inner warrior, taking the fight directly to sin, and eradicating it as much as we can from our lives. In the armor of God, the Bible is our sword, the weapon of choice against Satan and his demons! The book is not meant to just sit there on our end tables, collecting dust. We are supposed to use it! Crack it open, learn from it, apply it, live by it! This is the training we receive as a warrior of God! This is our defense against the attacks of evil.

David and his “Mighty Men” were a formidable force, but they would have been nothing without the support of the LORD. Today, we can be a “Mighty Man” of God, a conduit that God can use to display His power and His love in this world! So, pick up your sword and your shield, take heart in the LORD, embrace your inner warrior, and fight the good fight today.


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