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Proven Weapon? Open Heavens Devotional for 14th October 2016

Welcome to Open Heavens Devotional written by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Today Friday 14, October 2016

TOPIC: Proven Weapon? 

Memorise: The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. – Proverbs 18:10

Read: 1 Samuel 17:38-47 (KJV)

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.

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.

41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.

42
And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him:
for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

43
And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me
with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

44
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh
unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

45
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and
with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the
LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

46
This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite
thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the
host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the
wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a
God in Israel.

47 And all this assembly shall know that
the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S,
and he will give you into our hands.

Bible in One Year: Daniel 7-8, Psalms 78:40-55

MESSAGE:
One
unfortunate thing about the spiritual warfare of this end-time is that
many warriors of the Cross use weapons that have not been proven. As a
result, they either die on the battlefield or become prisoners of
spiritual wars.

Many of us are familiar with the story
of David and Goliath, but it is possible that we missed one or two
lessons in the story. As we continue to read and mediate on this popular
story, we can gain insights into more reasons why the story was
recorded for us to learn from. The first lesson we can learn is the fact
that king Saul, as bad as his state of spirituality might have been as
at that time was very concerned about the safety of the young man who
was proving to be a “dare devil”. He put on David the weapons of his own
defence. The question is; if this armour could help, how come the
original owner did not use it to free his nation from the threat of the
giant? We can quickly learn that it is a curse to be under a weak or
discouraged leader. What saved the day was that David realised that the
battle was not just a physical battle. So, he quickly turned spiritual
in his approach to the battle with, (humanly speaking) the most
ridiculous weapon of war.  In fact, Goliath himself felt that the battle
had turned to a comic drama. 1 Samuel 17:42-43:

“42
And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him:
for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 43 And the
Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with
staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.”

Another
lesson, particularly from the above scripture is that in spite of the
disdainful weapon that David was carrying, Goliath still employed his
spiritual allies; he cursed David by his gods. How I wish that all
children of God will realise that it is not the grammar of the language
they use that will do the work of conversion; it is by the Spirit of our
God. Human methods have never worked in the history of the Church, men
and women of God who succeeded in the ministry were those who allowed
the Spirit rather than self might, power or administrative acumen to
lead in their ministries. David was a better match for this warrior who
was fighting through the spirit of divination and sorcery. He said:
“…Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield:
but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the
armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” The end of the story was
victory for Israel and great defeat for the Philistines. David used the
weapon he had proven and found to be true; the name of the Lord.

Action Point: Use
the Name of the Lord to confront the battles you are facing today and
you will see them crumble before you. The Name is lethal. (Meaning of
Lethal: Able to cause or causing death; extremely dangerous)


Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

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