Today’s post is a continuation of the last posts where we talked about David and his viewpoint. If you haven’t already seen that post, it might be a good idea to go back and read it here. Today we are going to continue on with the story of David and Goliath. We are still looking at 1 Samuel 17. This time we are going to look at the weapons of David’s warfare. What did David choose to fight with?
Saul’s Weapons on David
In verses 38-39 of 1 Samuel 17, we see Saul attempting to help David get ready for battle.
38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.1 Samuel 17:38-39 KJV
We will see in a minute that Saul is a type of the Christian or Pastor who is trying to help fight your battle. But for now let’s look at David. He tried to put on all of this fancy armour and things to protect / fight with, but they didn’t fight right. Why? Because, he hadn’t “proved them”. When you try to force something in the time of crisis, it won’t work because you haven’t proved it.
David’s Weapons on David
Now David realized this. David had to use what was in HIS hands to fight HIS battle. David had a sling and stones so that is what he used.
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.1 Samuel 17:40 KJV
David used what David had to fight his enemy. He didn’t try to fight the enemy in his life with the weapons of someone else.
Saul a Type of the Christian Brother
Now think about your life. Saul is a type of the christian brother who tries to help you fight your battle. We see this all the time. Someone is having a hard time overcoming ____ and so people will give them scriptures and tell them, “well I prayed and did x, y and z and then I got healed.” They try to take the revelation they have of the Word of God and give it to you.
It’s the revelation of the Word of God in our own recreated human spirits that changes things in our lives. Another way to say that is, “GOD’S Word must become A word before it can become THE word in your situation.” But when the enemy is knocking isn’t the time to start a crash course in healing.
Saul meant well, but the weapons that Saul used weren’t for David because David hadn’t “proved” them. They weren’t revelation to him; they were just head knowledge and a bunch of DOs and DON’Ts. When you do something because it’s the “thing to do”, you have to watch where the line between works and faith comes in. If you are just doing it with no faith simply because someone said to, that’s religion and not revelation. One will win your battles the other will put you in greater bondage.
Weapons a Type of Words
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Ephesians 6:12 KJV
Now let’s look at the war that we are really fighting. This David and Goliath battle that we have been talking about is all great, but there is a spiritual parallel to it. What am I saying? We aren’t physically getting out of our cars and running up to real giants every day. There isn’t a battle raging on the streets of your town (hopefully), but there is a battle of hearts and minds every day.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV
Our weapons of warfare are our words. When we speak, we can release faith from our mouth. When we speak, we can cast visions and build hope. We can dispel thoughts of darkness. We can plant seeds into hearts. And most importantly, we can reap a harvest of souls from the earth for Jesus Christ.
Choose Your Weapons Carefully
When the enemy comes against you, you have two options: you can lay down and give up or you can fight. I would suggest the latter option myself, but it really is up to you. Noone can do it for you. Choose your weapons carefully. I would highly encourage you not to just find 100 scriptures off of a Google search. Be specific.
If the enemy comes and attacks you in one area, find a scripture you are at least passively familiar with already about that topic. You want to use the weapons that you know to fight the enemy.
If you don’t know any verses, then locate one. Notice David used one of the smallest weapons around to fight the largest enemy around. Jesus put it this way in Matthew 17:20.
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”Matthew 17:20 NIV
It only takes the smallest verse or scripture, but if you have faith in your heart and have planted that verse deep. If you have revelation of the Words that you are speaking, then you can move mountains with that small mustard seed.