***The foundation behind the “Armored” series, the main points, scripture and what we’ve talked about so far is at bottom of page.
‘But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” ‘
-1 Samuel 17:34-37
Digging back into this visual example of what it looks like to “put on the armor of God” from the story of David and Goliath. We saw in verse 32 how David steps up to the plate confidently to take on the task of fighting the giant, Goliath. Like I’ve mentioned before, David’s confidence wasn’t from what he had or didn’t have, or any of his own strength, David’s confidence sprang from how he stands in the Lord, in who God is and his identity in God. After telling Saul that he will fight Goliath, Saul throws doubt and started naming off reasons why David shouldn’t and can’t do this. This is a perfect example of how the devil is crafty in his schemes against us, how he sometimes uses people and the world to plant lies in our heads of fear, doubt and insecurities. David could have easily fell right into the lie of why he couldn’t do this, and taken the example of all of the armored up Israelite soldiers standing there crippled in fear, too scared to move at all against the giant in front of them. But despite the physical odds, with David standing in the truth of who God is, with his strength and identity firmly planted in the Lord, he responds to the lies, with these verses.
David reminds Saul of all the victories the Lord has won in his life and what God has done against the lion and the bear. What an example that is for us on how to respond to the devil’s lies with the truth of how we’ve experienced the goodness and deliverance of God in our lives. When the devil comes with his lies with the intention of crippling you in fear and doubt, respond with the truth of who God is and what God has done in your life. Remember all the moments God has delivered you, all the moments God has brought you out of a situation that looked impossible and that you even thought was impossible until God stepped in with His powerful, almighty presence! Those moments where you experienced the realness of WHO GOD IS and stood there in awe at what He can do. Those moments are crucial to never forget, because when you are faced with new giants, more attacks from the enemy, in a situation that is way out of your depth, those moments of God delivering you before will give you confidence in this new moment. Confidence in the fact that this same, never-changing, awesome God, can and will deliver you again and give you all you need to stand firm.
What’s cool to look at too is the fact that when we hear, “put on the armor of God”, it seems like it’d be a all at once type thing. That the armor of God goes on you and you’re good to go the rest of your life but that’s simply not true. When you become a Christian you don’t just receive a package in the mail from God that has your new set of His armor to put on. That would be really cool but it doesn’t work that way. The armor of God and standing in this type of confidence David is displaying here doesn’t just happen overnight. You could easily read these Scriptures and leave with the “I need to be more like David” mindset. That you need to put on God’s armor, be confident and expect to never fall to the enemy again and be able to just end any Goliath you face instantly. As we see from what David is saying, it took David going through a lot of battles, falling, being challenged to face new and bigger enemies. David wasn’t just armored up and confident overnight, it took him TIME!!! To get to this level of confidence and armor with God, it doesn’t happen all at once but it’s a PROCESS of learning more and more about God and your identity in God. We have to be patient in this process of armoring up in God.
The truth is, there will be times you fall, there will be times you fall to the enemies schemes and attacks, God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. Putting on, wearing and standing in the armor of God takes time. It’s like riding a bike, when you’re first learning how to do it you fall a lot. Just like when you begin your relationship with the Lord, you fall A LOT, it’s hard, because you’re on God’s team the target on your back from the devil gets bigger and bigger. You will fall but having the resource of God’s armor at hand 24/7 and God being the graceful, forgiving God He is, His armor doesn’t just protect you from the attack but it helps you stand back up, to get on that bike again and keep riding. After you start getting good at riding your bike, the less you fall. It’s the same with God’s armor, the more you learn about who God is and your identity in God, the more armored up you become and the less you fall to the enemies attacks. Even when you are standing firm in God’s armor and more confident in how you stand with God, there will still be times you fall.
It’s a process of going through battles and learning more and more about who God is. As you learn and grow in your relationship with the Lord, the more armored up and battle ready you will be to face the enemies attacks. To grow in this process of armoring up, to get to a level of confidence that David had in God, it just takes riding close with God. Experiencing Him through His Word and in your daily life. The armor doesn’t just show up at your doorstep or come on you all at once, you will take hits and you will fall, but keep chasing God and learn more about who He is. When you start seeing how you stand as a child of the undefeated Champion, the Lord almighty, the more you will see how to stand firm in His armor!!! Trust the process and dig in!!!!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.’
MAIN POINT: Know where you stand with God and you’ll see how to stand firm in God’s armor.
After setting up the foundation, we saw in verse 10 of Ephesians 6, that Paul gives us this first truth before we even come close to talking about armor. We don’t have what it takes, BUT we are told to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” We see here that we don’t have what it takes but with God, in His strength, in His armor, we have more than enough and can stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
This all started by asking the main question; to put on the armor of God, what does that look like in our lives???
That’s the question we are seeking answers to in these “Armored” God Golds. Learning that the armor of God is basically God’s character, we see that we are armored and protected by how we stand in God, in who God is, in our identity in Him as a child of His. It’s all WHO HE IS!!!!
Wanted to give you that recap as we continue digging into this question and looking at the story of “David vs. Goliath” as a visual example for us to learn from. If you have missed the other “Armored” God Golds, I recommend going to check them out for the context on this Gold and the Gold to come just so you can better apply these lessons to your lives and stand armored up in the daily battles you face.