In 1 Samuel 17:38-40, there are observations we need to make that have direct application to our times. In submitting to the authority in Saul as king, David puts on the armor that Saul gave him. Since it was the first time David had worn such an outfit, his mind was in a testing mode. Even though the armor came from his superior, he is not assuming it is the right thing for this battle. David is wise in saying, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them” (17:39). This is a very important principle. Any man of God who is walking in intimacy with the Lord in the power of the Spirit knows that we first prove the armor of truth in ourselves in the presence of God, as David did, not in public display.
There has been a push in the last sixty years to introduce new methods into the church to do the work of God and, for the most part, they have only produced weak, man-made results. God is looking for persons to abide by the proven Word of God to accomplish God’s work.
The very first battle Paul faced in the church was those who introduced a “different gospel…not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:6-7, also Acts 15:1-35). As David stood by the armor and skills God gave him with a sling and stone, so Paul stood by the gospel he had always preached from the day of his conversion. It was the pure gospel because it came to Paul “through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:12). It did not come from man, i.e., prominent leaders, his education or organizations.
Success and victory in our personal lives and ministry is not dependent on the latest trend or program, but on a deep, personal walk with the Lord. David and Paul thrived on their relationship with the Lord and the armor He provided (Ephesians 6:10-20). So can we!
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