"And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine." 1 Samuel 17:40
The Bible calls those who are followers of Christ soldiers. That's because we are always engaged in warfare- spiritual warfare. We have an enemy that is bent on our destruction and he doesn't give up. We also have our own flesh that we have to battle with on a daily basis to keep it crucified. Because we are in a warfare the Lord has provided us with all the weapons that we need to do battle. Not only do we have powerful weapons at our disposal but we have already been promised victory. So why aren't we victorious?
Perhaps it's because of what you do when you face the enemy. As soldiers there are only two positions for us to hold. We either "run to" the enemy, or we take our stand and face him, but we never run away from him.
David ran (drew near) to the giant. He didn't run away from Goliath, and neither did he wait for Goliath to come to him. He made the first move toward the enemy. Stop running from your battles. Stop waiting for them to come to you. Run out there and meet them. Run out there un-intimidated knowing that the Lord is with you, that He is on your side and that greater is He that is in you, knowing that you have been promised victory because the Lord is with you fighting the battle.
In the Book of Ephesians we are told what our armor is. After we were told that we have an enemy that we have to battle, we were told why we needed to be equipped- so we can "stand". That word stand means to dig your heels in, don't move, don't back up, stand your ground, get yourself a good footing and don't leave that position.
Have you been running from your enemy? Have you been turning your back on him? Have you been waiting for him to come to you? From now on you need to change your position in battle. Don't wait for him to come to you, run out there and slay him. Don't turn and run from him, take a stand and face him.
Have a great day. Victory has been given to you, but you will never experience it if you are running in retreat.
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