In the life of David, he had enemies all round about him. However, they were no match to the living God, whom he trusted in. Because he put His trust in the Lord, God’s hand was in all his battles and he came out victorious each time. So the Philistines, the Moabites, and anyone else that came against Israel, God’s arm was stretched forth to protect His people. It was said that at this time that the people of different towns and cities also became David’s servants. In one such occasion, 1“David put garrisons in Syriadamascus; and the Syrians became David’s servants, and brought gifts. Thus the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.” (1 Chronicles 18:6) It was also said that after David smote 1“the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah” (1 Chronicles 18:9), that 2“king David dedicated unto the Lord, with the silver and the gold that he brought from all these nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.” (1 Chronicles 18:11) As you can see, it was the people of God that one won the wars. They also obtained the riches from these cities also. However, they didn’t forget God, but dedicated what they received to the Lord. It was His blessings, that allowed them to have the things they needed from these towns and cities. This can also be said for us. When we go forth and fight the battles against the enemy and end up winning, there are blessings to receive. We may not receive earthly treasures like David and His people did, but the spiritual blessings from God will surely be poured out upon us. Please know that the enemy doesn’t want us to be in line with God, so draw near unto the Lord daily, that you may find victory from the enemies.
If we were to live our lives on our own, we would be sitting ducks to the devil and his fiery darts would take us down each time. We would become willful sinners, while not being able to get of our lustful thoughts, our addictions, and bad habits. We would be separated from God and not have a way to get out of the mess we are in. Thankfully, Jesus came and defeated the enemy on the cross. Now, everyone that believes in and follows Him has His strength in their lives. As believers in Christ we have the armor of God in us. We are also instructed to 2“put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18) It was because God’s armor was upon David, that 1“the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.” (1 Chronicles 18:13) Your faith in God will lead you on the path of righteousness, that you may not fall.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will start to call upon Your Name. May they realize that You are there for us in the good times and bad. Therefore, when we feel like things are going well, this is when we need You, Lord, to make us stronger. Then, our lives are opened up to You fully, while allowing You to shine down Your light upon us. We can walk in Your light if we just let You in. I know that I am weak if I continue to do my own things, instead of seeking Your hand in my decisions. Therefore, I need Your guidance even when it appears that I have a handle on life. Really my own thoughts can deceive me into doing things I will then regret in the future. So, God, it is my prayer that You will build me up and lead me on the path of righteousness. I may not know what path to follow on my own strength, but am able to see clearly when You are leading me. So come and make Your place in my soul, that I will be ready to fight the enemy when he strikes. I may not have a way to escape His temptations on my own, but can easily fight and win the battle if You are with me. Surely, Satan has something coming, if He thinks that I am open to do anything he asks of me any longer. I have tried what he was wanted for me and all it did was lead to have more shame and guilt in the end. I was never fully happy and always needed more of the drug I was addicted to. Thank You, God, for rescuing me from a life of sin. You have cleansed me of all my sins through the blood that was shed on the cross. You found compassion for my soul. Surely, Your mercy endures forever. It is my prayer that You will build me up in Your strength and armor for the rest of my days. Preserve my life, that I may no longer fall by the hand of the enemy. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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