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God Gold of the Day

“38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”

1 Samuel 17:38-40

Wanted to take some time and finish off the “Armored” lessons with you today! Couldn’t leave out this last message giving you a visual of what it looks like to “put on the armor of God.” My mind was BLOWN when I came across this example and I pray your mind will be on another planet too after seeing this truth. It’s so awesome how a story from the Old Testament gives us this visual example of something written years later. God’s Word is filled with so much GOLD!!!! OMG!!!

Alright, so we’ve been talking about the armor of God and using the story of David and Goliath as a visual example to see what putting the armor of God on looks like for us in our daily lives. After David talks King Saul into letting go fight this ginormous warrior in Goliath, Saul’s first reaction is to give David his own battle armor so he can look like a real soldier and be protected.

The cool thing to notice here is how Saul’s armor doesn’t fit David, it’s uncomfortable to him and doesn’t feel right. It’s easy to hear, “put on the armor of God,” and think of just this, putting on physical armor right?? Well, when mentioned in Ephesians 6, God had a little different meaning than what we first think of when we hear “armor.” The armor of God isn’t physical armor at all, it’s how we stand in God’s presence, knowing who God is and our identity in Him. In God’s presence, standing under who He is, we have more protection than we could ever need.

Just like the Israelite soldiers had on all this physical armor and Saul trying to give David his armor, the truth was, David didn’t need all this man-made stuff that made everybody else feel good, comfortable and what they trusted in. We are faced everyday with the temptation to put on different types of armor that’s not the armor we need. We can try to put on our own armor, trusting in our own skills and abilities to do the job. Or we can try someone else’s armor on, trying to be like another in any way we can and trust in trying to look the part such as the soldiers David was surrounded by. Or we put our trust in the armor of this world, what we have or own, anything around us that is man-made that makes us feel like with that one thing, we’ll be secure and protected. We try so hard everyday to put on these different armors but at the end of the day, none of it does us any good. If anything it covers us like a mask so the world around us thinks we’ve got it all together when the truth is any armor of this world, it won’t fit and it definitely won’t work!!!!

We look at Saul’s reaction giving David his armor to put on and we see all of these Israelite soldiers in armor looking the part and it makes sense logically. Yeah, of course David would need this armor, duh!?!! That’s what stinks because we put our hope and trust in things of this world to be our armor because we are constantly consumed with all the lies and influence that it’s the right, logical thing to do but IT’S NOT!!!! We need nothing besides the armor of God, our only chance of protection and confidence in this battle against the evil one.

Gosh!!!! It’s so cool in verse 40 how David says, ““I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.” 

That’s where we see what putting on the armor of God looks like for us, taking of all the worldly physical armor we are used to using and that the world tells us is right, the armor that we try to make fit but it doesn’t. Like it says, David “took them off.” Then trusting in God’s armor, God’s strength and who God is. David walking out onto the battlefield with no physical armor but in the armor of God, walking confidently into battle because God, the always faithful, breakthrough bringing, the almighty undefeated Champion of all. His armor changes everything.

What’s cool to see too is how David walks onto the battlefield with his own stuff, a sling, some rocks, and a staff. David gives us an example here that in God’s armor, we can walk onto the battlefield with our identity in God, with our own stuff, as God has created us specifically and perfectly, we can walk with God in who He made us to be. Do you see the FREEDOM in that???? It doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have, what the enemy throws at you, the times you’ve fallen in the past, or what the world says about you.

ALL THAT MATTERS; is that God’s armor fits on you right where you are, exactly how God made you. His armor is custom fit for you and me. You can walk on the battlefield of life to face the enemy in no physical armor but standing strong in the armor of who God is and your identity in Him! David had plenty of things that made Him seem like he wasn’t enough, you may have some things that make you feel like you’re not enough, and I DEFINITELY have some things that make me feel like I’m not enough. ALL THAT MATTERS when you step onto the battlefield of life is how you stand with God. That’s it. It’s all about God and not you. That is it.

I’ll leave you with this; look at how David steps onto the battlefield, after being taunted once again by the enemy, Goliath, look at how David responds. And reminder here, when you take that step of faith out onto the battlefield in God’s armor, the enemy always send opposition trying to tell you how you’re not enough. Like David mentions here, it’s not about Him, he comes in the name of God, with His identity in God and God is more than enough.

” ‘Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord ’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” ‘

1 Samuel 17:41-47 

 

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God Gold of the Day

***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.’
-Ephesians 6:11-13
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.

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God Gold of the Day

“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.’
-Ephesians 6:11-13
MAIN POINT: Know where you stand with God and you’ll see how to stand firm in God’s armor. 
I don’t know about y’all but this has been a blast digging through the armor of God in these past few Golds. 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.
“32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
-1 Samuel 17:32-33
We talked about verse 32 last Gold so today we are going to continue in this conversation between David and Saul, digging in to see the truth of how it relates to the “Armor of God.”
All these Israelite soldiers are standing there in physical armor, shaking and crippled in fear to go and face this giant, named Goliath, who is mocking them and the God they serve. David is the only one in the whole camp who is willing and ready to step onto the battlefield against this giant. David??? This little, young shepherd boy, with no war experience and no logical reason that he could ever come close to defeating this giant. But, David’s confidence and willingness to fight isn’t because of all the physical attributes and things he doesn’t have, it’s only because of the fact that he is standing in who God is, His identity rests in the same God who delivered Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land in the first place. With David’s identity in God, not in what he has or the physical armor that he doesn’t have, that’s where David’s confidence comes from, that’s where his strength is, how he is armored up and protected, in God!!!
David goes to King Saul and says, “hey, don’t let anybody go out there and get hurt against this giant, I’ll go fight him myself.”
Saul takes one look at David, in all the “lack” and all the odds stacked against David and immediately tells David he’s crazy. We see here that Saul doubts David and tells him why he can’t go out to fight Goliath, much less beat him.
Everyday in our lives we face similar doubts and discouraging words from the people and world around us. The moment we are going to step out on faith, standing confidently in who God is, we face opposition. Like it says in verse 11, the reason we need to put on the full armor of God in the first place is; “so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” 
I don’t know what your experiences are but if you are a follower of Christ, then there is a target on your back and that target is from the devil. The devil is completely against God so any move you make for God, that target gets bigger and bigger. The devil is constant in his attacks and always scheming up new ways to come after you, to stop you from walking in the fullness of life God has given you and the mission God has called you to. One thing about the devil though and the way he attacks is how crafty he is. We see in verse 12 Paul mentions;
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.”
We don’t fight against flesh and blood, we don’t fight against people. Although at times we are hurt, discouraged or attacked by people, from a lesson my youth pastor taught on verse 12, “People are not your enemy!” Even though at times it may really seem that way, it goes deeper than just people, our fight and the attacks we face is deeper than what we see on the surface. The devil wants nothing more than for us to only see things on surface level because then, we try to fight against people when it’s not even them causing the attacks or being the reason behind it all. It’s in the spiritual, the unseen, from the evil forces of the devil at work.
People are not the enemy but the devil works through this world and people in many different ways to scheme against you and move you from what God has called you to do. Like we see from Saul’s doubt here, the devil works through others and the world to tell you the lies about who you are. He will do literally ANYTHING to plant lies in your head such as; ” you can’t fight Goliath, you’re too small, you’ll never win.” The mind can become the devil’s playground in you fall to his lies that he delivers through people and the many influences of this world around us. These lies can cripple you in fear and hurt you, as you stand stuck in your fears and the worlds doubt like the Israelite soldiers, instead when you stand in the truth of who you are to God, in His power, strength and armor, you are equipped by who God is to move past the lies and into the amazing God has called you to. Don’t focus on or believe the lies of the world telling you why you can’t, focus on and believe the truth of God who gives you more than enough reasons why you can!!!!
No matter what the world says, no matter what lies the devil tries to plant in your head, if you believe the lies of “I can’t do this or that.” Then you can’t. BUT if you believe the TRUTH of your identity in God, that you don’t have what it takes but as a child of God, where you are one with God, where He has called you FREE, VICTORIOUS, FORGIVEN, ACCEPTED, and WORTHY!!!! If you believe the TRUTH of WHO GOD IS, always faithful, constantly loving, always present, ridiculously powerful that He created this whole earth we see around us, and the fact that He is the UNDEFEATED CHAMPION OF ALL!!!! When the devil reminds you of all the times you’ve failed and fallen short, surrounds you with doubts and lies saying all the reasons you can’t, causing all that fear, doubt, and worry, NONE OF THAT MATTERS!!!!! As you stand in the TRUTH of your identity in God and who God is, and the fact that you don’t have to go into battle alone or just with what you have but with a God who has gone before you and is always with you to fight for you!!!!
Don’t listen to the doubt and fall into the schemes and lies of the evil one, there’s a truth about a God who is greater than anything he could ever be. Stand in that truth and don’t let the words of someone else change your focus from the only place that matters and that’s how you stand with God. It’s there you’ll see how to stand firm in His armor!!!

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God Gold of the Day

‘Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-13

Main Point: Know where you stand with God and you’ll see how to stand firm in God’s armor. 

Wanted to keep those “armor of God” verses up for ya so as we go through these lessons you can see where we’re pointing to. Just a short recap, we’ve been working towards answering the question; “what does putting on the armor of God look like in our lives?” 

After digging through that question, I’ve learned that putting my trust in any armor besides God will never get the job done, I’ll fall to the enemies schemes every single time because I don’t have what it takes. The good thing is God gives us Himself, His strength and His armor to stand firm in against all attacks. And learning yesterday that the armor of God isn’t the physical armor that we think of when we hear “armor.” God is talking about something much different here. The armor of God is simply the character of God, it’s who God is!!! So as we learn more of God and our identity in Him as a child of God, we can stand firm in who He is, in our identity in Him.

I was trying to find an illustration to teach this message to a youth group this past week and as I was searching, this story from the Old Testament stuck out as the perfect visual for us to see what putting on the armor of God looks like in our lives. You’ve probably heard this story before, “David vs. Goliath!!!” It’s by far one of my favorite pieces of scripture, I don’t know if that’s because I’m a guy and I love those battle scene type stories, hearing of the underdog taking out the Giant, it just gets me fired up!!!

We are in a similar battle, facing an enemy that mocks us and is constantly trying to attack us. The question is, will we continue to take the hits and get knocked down or will we dig in here, plant our feet firm in who God is and step onto the battlefield to fight???

Just to give you some context here just in case you haven’t heard this story, the Israelite army is facing off against the Philistines. Both armies are looking across the battlefield at one another and out steps Goliath, this massive sized man who is known as the BIGGEST and baddest warriors around. Goliath starts to call out the Israelites, challenging them to send out one man to fight him and the winner wins the battle. Goliath is like 10 feet tall, covered in huge pieces of armor and looks terrifying. He is out there mocking the Israelite army, mocking God and no Israelite soldier has the courage to step up. They are shaking in their armor.

Then on the scene comes David. A little shepherd boy who is a teenager at the time. His father has sent him to take bread and cheese to his brothers who are apart of the Israelite army. Basically, he’s taking them pizza, so he’s taking up the duties as a pizza delivery boy. David shows up and hears Goliath taunting his people. David starts asking around to find out what is going on and as he hears the answers, sees the Israelite soldiers too scared to move, and the mocking of his God by big ole Goliath. David doesn’t like it. David has only been on the army camp for a short time and he has the unreal confidence come out as he claims that he will fight this massive Goliath.

We’ll pick up the story here in 1 Samuel 17:32, and as we take apart this story piece by piece, pay close attention to the awesome illustration and truth this is for us.

And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”  – 1 Samuel 17:32

David has been asking around trying to find out what’s going on and why nobody is stepping up to fight this giant warrior? in verse 32, we see David’s confidence start to shine through as he goes to king Saul and says, don’t let any of our soldiers go into this battle and get hurt by this enemy, I’ll fight him myself. What an awesome example that is for us to see that we may be facing enemies in our lives but God doesn’t want us to shy away and run away scared. With our identity in who God is, in God’s strength, God calls us to step up to fight, to face the enemy head on. What magnifies this even more is David’s concern for others here, showing us that it’s not just yourself you’re fighting for, when you decide to step up to the battlefield and fight, you’re fighting for your brothers and sisters around you as well. It’s bigger than you.

Where is David’s confidence coming from? At least the Israelite soldiers are wearing all this armor looking the part of a possible answer to fight this Goliath, David doesn’t have any kind of armor on. The difference we see here between David and these soldiers, is that these soldiers has on all this physical armor but there they stand, terrified, crippled to move in this fight. David has no physical armor on but is confident that he will go and beat this giant. WHAT?? That doesn’t even make sense right? That’s where we see David showing such a great example of being armored by the armor of God. His confidence and strength doesn’t come from what he has or any physical things he has. I mean looking at it David has every reason to be even more terrified of Goliath than the soldiers, he’s small, weak, a young kid, no war experience and the list goes on. David doesn’t have what it takes but His strength is found in God, with His identity in God, in who God is and armored by how He stand with God. The difference in David and the soldiers is that David doesn’t trust in self or in physical armor of this world, he trusts in God, in who God is. The soldiers are looking the part but when we trust in anything besides our identity in God, we end up just like them, scared, fearful, filled with doubt, worry and insecurity.

So we see to start off these lessons from David’s example that when we trust in what we got, we spend our lives standing there in fear too scared to ever move forward in this fight against the enemy. But when we stand with our identity firmly planted in God, in who God is and being strong “in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10),” everything changes. We can stand knowing that God calls us free, forgiven, accepted and worthy. All of our protection and strength comes from God in this fight against the evil one. That’s the basis of our relationship with Him, it’s all Him and none of us. But He’s more than enough!!!! Pumped to keep digging into this story with y’all and learn more of how to stand firm in God’s armor!!!