Let’s read: I Samuel 17:40, 45-51 declares,
“40 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.
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.”
Spiritual battles can only be won by the help of God!
When the root of an issue is revealed to you of the Lord and the specific weapons are delivered into your hands: you receive the emblem of the authority of the LORD!
As seen in the biblical passage above, specifically verse 40, David chose five smooth stones by the brook, which bore the saving strength of the LORD, that killed Goliath! That’s the secret of victory: the spiritual significance of the word “chose” means, specific…definite…and accurate weapons of warfare were taken to confront Goliath!
Secondly, we need to develop a living relationship with God(that is, hearing ears and an obedient & ready heart). When we get to a junction in life, it’s pertinent to seek the root of every setback! Lo, God isn’t a free ‘take-away’ centre: wherein we come to grab what we want and snap away – in the place of prayer! Some answers to prayers are steps that need divine instruction unto us to handle: for example, Joshua’s defeat at Aia due to Achan’s sinful act, and the three-year doom of Israel during David’s reign as a result of his predecessor’s breach of covenant with the Jebusites.
God, other times, directs us with divine weapons that target and defeat that particular obstacle! How important it is to know God truely…those vague prayers would come to an halt! Knowing God directs our feet upon the right path to take. Ignorance of God sets our lives on the course to the pit(also due,atimes, to sinful habits in our lives)and God remains silent: meaning God can’t truly intervene… He can’t exercise the word of His power in that situation troubling you. Thus, ask Him for mercy, that He may wash and sanctify you wholly to Himself; then, ask Him to reveal the root of the particular problem confronting you. Surely, He will reveal such to you and instruct you upon the path of divine victory: David declared ,”For by Thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall[…]He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms”(Psalm 18:29,34). That is the saving strength of God to those that fear Him!
- Father, have mercy on me: wash me in the blood of the Lamb and sanctify me wholly to You.
Father, cleanse me from all form and nature of unrighteousness by the precious blood of Jesus.
LORD God, reveal unto me the root of every mountain challenging me in the name of Jesus. LORD God, reveal unto me the weapons of warfare that You have in store to defeat this particular mountain in my life( name it – as revealed unto you by the LORD) in the name of Jesus.
LORD God, teach my hands to war; set my feet upon the path of victory over every battle of life in the name of Jesus.
LORD God, thank You for hearkening unto the voice of my supplications this day in the name of Jesus.
[Pray upon these lines till God reveals and directs you]
Amen, amen and amen! Keep seeking the face of God and He shall be surely be found of you in His tender mercies.
I pray for you this day: may the LORD hear you from Zion, may His face shine upon you in the name of Jesus, amen! Alleluia!
~ Finally, meditate upon Psalm 18.
To be continued…
God bless you; shalom!