The Greatest Biblical Warrior
The story about David and his battle with Goliath is one of the greatest stories ever told. David is one of the greatest Biblical warriors of all times. He exemplifies the character of a spiritual warrior for the kingdom of God. David at the time was a young shepherd boy, full of faith in God. He saw that the nation of Israel was in a crisis and in desperate need for someone to intercede on their behalf. King Saul and the army of Israel was terrified in fear of fighting the Philistines and their great champion Goliath. “And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had a helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.” (1 Samuel 17:4-7)
The Bible says that King Saul and the Israelite army was terrified and tormented everyday by Goliath and the Philistine army for 40-days. King Saul and the Israel army’s fear was a demonstration of lack of faith in God’s ability to defeat their enemy, and His covenant with them as His chosen people. King Saul and the Israelite army based their security in a human device—not in the power of God. Their act of fear brought disgrace upon the nation of Israel and their lack of faith was sinful against God. People of God are never to put their trust in humans, but all trust must be in God.
Rules of Engagement
It took a young boy full of faith in the power of God to take a position against the Philistine army’s great warrior. You see in order to when a war, you must be in right position with God to win the war. If you are an intercessor, you can’t win the war in your flesh. The war must be won in the spirit. Intercession involves spiritual warfare. “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:13) Warfare may be over souls and territories (I.e., men, women, children, cities, states, and nations).
You must have faith in God like David and trust in His mighty power. Once you are positioned in the Lord, you will be equipped strategically to line up your enemy to defeat him in the spiritual battle. The Bible says, “David asked, who is this uncircumcised (unclean spirit) Philistine that he should defy the living armies of the living God?” In order to size up the enemy, you must be seated with the Lord in the heavenly place. Then your eyes will be opened to see clearly the demonic force and its activity to destroy it. Remember, our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual powers of darkness.
Intercessors must be prepared for the battle. Like David you will need:
- Vision – See it as God sees it. Need wisdom and revelation to know God and His perfect will for mankind. Your heart must be open to see spiritually. (Ephesians 2:6)
- Position – You are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1). Take a kingdom position like David and ask, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26)
- Heart of Mercy – Be merciful to those who doubt. (Jude 23)
- Must have a single heart for God – not a double heart nor double minded and unstable heart. (James 1:2-8)
- Filled with the spiritual power of the Holy Spirit. His Spirit is at work in us. (Ephesians 3:30).
- Confidence in the power of the Lord. (Hebrew 11:1) Cannot operate in fear. You must trust in the Lord. (Isaiah 35:4)
- Strength rests in reliance on the Lord. God told Joshua be strong and courageous. (Joshua 1:6) Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10)
- Must wear right battle gear: (1) Cannot be heavily weighted down with sin and guilt; (2) Must obtain deliverance (1 Samuel 17:33-37); (3) Must demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23); and (4) the Armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17)
- Spiritual Prayers – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
- Prophecy – Make declarations – speak the Word of God to the enemy. (1 Samuel 17:45-46) First plan of engagement is to strip the enemies power source from the heavenlies. Strip them of all power, rank, and authority. Finally, destroy the enemy. (1 Samuel 17:45-49)
Reliance in the Power of God
David full of confidence in the Lord said to Saul, “…Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” David as a young boy never trained in Saul’s army. But he was full of faith and confidence in the Lord that his God would be with him in the mighty battle. David made a conscience decision to go into the battlefield to fight the giant. David’s faith resulted from God’s saving grace earlier in his life when he killed both a lion and a bear while protecting his father’s sheep. He knew that God would protect him in the battle against the Philistine great warrior Goliath. David’s faith was based upon his belief that the battle is the Lord’s not his, and that his God would be with him. David relied on God’s power, not his own.
King Saul and his army had no faith in God. He did not rely on God’s power to defeat the enemy. He relied on the power of men. Therefore, when David choose to fight the enemy, King Saul depended on David to defeat the enemy. King Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” King Saul dressed David in his coat of armor and put a bronze helmet on his head to prepare him for battle. David tried walking in Saul’s armor but was uncomfortable wearing it, because Saul’s armor was heavily weighted him down. You see Saul’s garments were heavily weighted down in sin. You cannot go into a spiritual or natural battle weighted down in sin. Sin in your heart causes you to have a lack of confidence. You lack confidence that God is with you in the battle and you lose confidence in your own skills and abilities. David had to remove Saul’s weighted down garments to win the battle. He took with him five stones (God’s Word) and a sling (God’s power). In order to defeat the enemy, you must have a pure heart.
To be an overcomer in this war, you must ensure that your undergarments are clean. You must repent and do away with the acts of the flesh. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, reveilings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)
Now that your undergarments have been washed with the Blood of Jesus Christ, you must display the Fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Now you have prepared yourself for war, but you must be equipped for the battle, and must put on your Spiritual Weapons of War. “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.” (Galatians 6:13-17)
Weapons of War
- Belt of Truth (Isaiah 11:5)
- Breastplate of Righeteousness (Isaiah 59:17)
- Feet fitted in the Gospel of Peace (Isaiah 52:7)
- Shield of Faith (Psals 35:2; Isaiah 21:5)
- Helmet of Salvation (Isaiah 59:17)
- Sword of the Spirit, Word of God, and Prayer (Isaiah 49:2)
Victory in the Battle
The Word of God says Goliath looked David over and saw that he was only a boy. He asked David, “Who am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks? Goliath cursed David by his gods and threatened to give his flesh to the birds and the wild animals, hoping to bring about fear. David did not back down. David was fearless. He approached the Philistine and declared, “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’ll give your carcasses of the Philistine army to the to the birds of the air and the wild animals, and the whole world would know that there is a God in Israel.” (1 Samuel 17:45-46)
David went to the battle line to approach the Philistine army and Goliath. He took the stones out of the sling, put it in the sling and struck Goliath on the forehead. The stone sunk into the forehead and Goliath fell face down on the ground and died. After David killed him with the sling, he stood over him and cut off his head. Judgement was set against the Philistine’s gods on this day of defeat. The Philistine army lost all power, rank and authority. God’s glory was restored through David’s defeat. God’s mighty power was displayed so that the whole world would know that it is God that saves. “For the battle is the Lords.” (1 Samuel 17:47)
Thank You God for Your saving grace!
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Apostle Rosalind Epps, Immanuel International Assembly