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WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH & BLOOD 

 

 

Whenever Satan or devil spirits threaten a child of God, Jesus stands at the right hand of God ready to command messengers to intervene, that the child of God comes to no harm.  God protects His children, as long as His children walk according to His Word.

 

Consider a record in 1 Pet.:

 

1 Pet. 3:12 (LIT/UBS4) Because (hoti) [the] eyes (ophthalmoi) of [the] Lord (kuriou) [are] upon (epi) righteous ones (dikaious), and (kai) [the] ears (ōta) of him (autou) [are] into (eis) [a] prayer of need (deēsin) of them (autōn)

 

But (de) [the] face (prosōpon) of [the] Lord (kuriou) [is] upon (epi) ones doing (poiountas) malicious things (kaka).

 

Whenever a child of God deliberately chooses to walk in sin, to walk against what God says in His Word, then they choose by their own free will to walk outside of the boundaries of God's protection, outside of the sheepfold so to speak, and then they have no right to blame God for something they bring upon themselves!  Disobedience to God brings consequences, just as obedience to God brings rewards.

 

Back to 1 Sam. 17:49:

 

"that the stone sunk into his forehead" - If the "stone" in these passages is used by God as a type to the coming redeemer and his work, which I believe it is, then the fact that God mentions that "the stone sunk into his forehead" is a metaphor to a knock-out punch to Satan.  It corresponds to the impact of the redeemer's work in the world, of completely leading spiritual captivity captive (Eph. 4:8) by eliminating the penalty for sin which is death, and giving gifts unto men, especially the gifts of holy Spirit which is power to defeat the adversary, and to obtain eternal life.

 

1 Sam. 17:50  And David was stronger than the Philistine, with the sling and with the stone, and he struck the Philistine, and caused him to die, and [there was] no sword in the hand of David.

 

Okay, here's another test for your spiritual eyes; while reading down through this passage of scriptures did you "see" the spiritual truths portrayed by the physical elements as types?  Now in verse 50 it says, "And David was stronger than the Philistine, with the sling and with the stone," but yet understand that it was not the physical sling and stone which gave David the victory, but Yehovah.  David was a victor only because he was working together with God.

 

So, what did they as types represent, which caused David to prevail?  Who is typified by the stone or rock?  Not only is Jesus Christ referred to as a "rock", but as the the "Word" which became "flesh" (John 1:14).  God speaks here in a figure of speech again, as he has all down through this record, by referring to those things which are seen with our eyes, as types representing things which we can only see with ours "eyes of understanding" (Heb. 4:13).

 

Typically, without knowing what is the "stone" we can't know what is the "sling."  The "stone" is the coming redeemer Jesus Christ, or the Word of God.  Therefore, the "sling" is the delivery vehicle of that Word, the believer's mouth, speaking forth not mortal-made theological theories, BUT, the Word of God, as recorded by His holy prophets! 

 

If you're born from above with God's gift of His holy Spirit in you (1 Pet. 1:23-24), then Jesus has come to you, and his resurrection power is in you, "Christ in you" (Col. 1:27), "the hope of glory."  It's the hope of both God's and your glory.  Those who work together with God, are glorified together with God.  We should believe upon the "sling" and the "stone" for our daily victories.

 

"and [there was] no sword in the hand of David" - there was no physical sword in David's hand, but there was a spiritual knife in his mouth!  The "knife of the Spirit" is the Word of God in a believing heart and upon believing lips (Rom. 10:9-10, Eph. 6:17).  No matter what physical arms and weaponry are used, they are not more powerful than the knife of the Spirit, therefore they do not determine the course of the battle, nor who shall be the victor.

 

The words David spoke from his believing heart, and the actions he took based upon his belief in the love and faithfulness of the living God, set the battle in array spiritually, and that's how the Philistine was defeated spiritually, and so physically.  Satan was absolutely helpless in using the Philistine against the knife/sword of the Spirit, because "greater is he (Christ Jesus) that is in you than he that is in the cosmos (1 John 4:4)."

 

Consider a record in Matthew:

 

Jesus confronted the Sadducees for their error, which error is overwhelmingly common to all natural man;

 

Mat. 22:29 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) the (ho) Jesus (Iēsous) having been caused to make [a] decision (apokritheis), he enunciated (eipen) to them (autois), “You are caused to wander (planasthe);

 

you neither having seen (mē eidotes) the (tas) writings (gruphas), but (de) nor (mē) the (tēn) inherently powered work (dunamin) of the (tou) God (theou)!

 

The Word of God given to Apostle Paul by revelation of Jesus Christ, to the Corinthians, nicely sums up how David defeated the Philistine;

 

Consider a record in 2 Cor.:

 

2 Cor. 6:7 (LIT/UBS4) in (en) Word (logō) of Truth (alētheias);

 

in (en) inherent power (dunamei) of God (theou);

 

through (dia) the (tōn) armor (hoplōn) of the (tēs) righteousness (dikaiosunēs), of the (tōn) right (dexiōn) and (kai) [of the] left (aristerōn);

 

The Word of truth, power of God, and armor of righteousness work today for you and I, because God has not changed (Malachi 3:6).

 

1 Sam. 17:51  And David ran, and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out its sheath, and caused him to die, and cut off his head with it.  And the Philistines saw their mighty one was dead, and fled.

 

"And David ran," - David was ecstatic over God's deliverance!

 

"and stood over the Philistine" - this signifies the dominion of righteousness over unrighteousness, and that unrighteousness is always under subjection to righteousness.

 

Consider a record in 1 Cor.:

 

1 Cor. 15:22 (LIT/UBS4) Because (gar) as (hōsper) all (pantes) in (en) the (tō) Adam (adam) die away (apothnēskousin), thusly (houtōs) all (pantes) in (en) the (tō) Christ (Christō) also (kai) shall be made alive (zōopoiēthēsontai).

 

1 Cor. 15:23 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) each one (hekastos) in (en) the (tō) [standing up is stood up in] his own (idiō) rank (tagmati), [each one being] [a] beginning offering (aparchē) of Christ (Christos);

 

thereupon (epeita) the ones (hoi) of the (tou) Christ (Christou) in (en) the (tē) presence (parousia) of him (autou).

 

(For a beginning offering see Rom. 8:23, 11:16, 16:5; 1 Cor. 15:20-23, 16:15; James 1:18; Rev. 14:4)

 

1 Cor. 15:24 (LIT/UBS4) Thereafter (eita) [is] the (to) completion (telos), when perhaps (hotan) he may pass along (paradidō) the (tēn) Kingdom932 (basileian) to the (tō) God (theō) and (kai) Father (patri);

 

when perhaps (hotan) [the God and Father] may idle down2673 (katargēsē) every (pasan) chief one746 (archēn), and (kai) every (pasan) authority (exousian) and (kai) inherent power (dunamin).

 

1 Cor. 15:25 (LIT/UBS4) Because (gar) it is required (dei) of him (auton) to be king (basileuein) until (achri) of which (hou) [time] [the God and Father] may put (thē) all (pantas) the (tous) hated things (echthrous) under (hupo) the (tous) feet (podas) of him (autou).

 

1 Cor. 15:26 (LIT/UBS4) [The] last (eschatos) hated thing (echthros) idled down2673 (katargeitai) [is] the (to) death (thanatos).

 

1 Cor. 15:27 (LIT/UBS4) Because (gar) He put in submission5293 (hupetaxen) all things (panta) [to be] under (hupo) the (tous) feet (podas) of him (autou)

 

But (de) when perhaps (hotan) it may be enunciated (eipē) that (hoti) all things (panta) have been put in submission5293 (hupotetaktai) [under the feet of him, RE], [it, AE] [is] obvious (dēlon) that (hoti) [all the things are, RE] outside (ektos) of the one (tou) having put in submission5293 (hupotaxantos) to him (autō) all the things (ta panta).

 

1 Cor. 15:28 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) when perhaps (hotan) He may have put in submission5293 (hupotagē) to him (autō) all the things (ta panta), then (tote) the (ho) son (huios) himself (autos) also (kai) shall be put in submission5293 (hupotagēsetai) to the one (tō) having put in submission5293 (hupotaxanti) to him (autō) all the things (ta panta);

 

in order that2443 (hina) the (ho) God (theos) may be (ē) all the things (ta panta) in (en) all (pasin).

 

The greatness of this truth is that if you are born from above and thereby a part of the one body of Christ, then all things that the Father and Christ Jesus put under Christ's feet, are under your feet also, because you're a part of the one body of Christ (Eph. 1:19-23), a new creature, part of a new creation which has never existed upon earth before the day of pentecost (Acts 2)!

 

"in order that the God may be all the things (panta) in all (pasin)." - The all things (panta) that the Father wants to be in all (pasin), can be ascertained by rightly dividing the words pasan, pantas, panta, and pasin.  The Father wants to be all things to us to supply our every need.  All of the things which are defined by all of God's old covenant names, are ALL of the things he desires to be for us, in us!

 

Back to 1 Sam. 17:51...

 

"and took his sword" - God is telling us that just because David is now taking the Philistine's sword, doesn't mean that David stopped using his own sword, but arrests our attention to recall "What was David's sword?" Eph. 6:17 tells us:

 

Eph. 6:17 (LIT/UBS4) And (kai) cause yourselves to receive (dexasthe) the (tēn) helmet (perikephalaian) of the (tou) wholeness (sōtēriou);

 

and (kai) [cause yourselves to receive, RE] the (tēn) knife (machairan) of the (tou) Spirit (pneumatos), which (ho) is (estin) [a] statement (rhēma) of God (theou).

 

Physically speaking, David used a sling and a small smooth stone, but spiritual power energized David and his use of them because of the Word of God that David believed and spoke.  David wielded the Word of God, which is the knife/sword of the Spirit, which determined Israel's victory.  It's the spoken aloud Word of God on believing lips that brings deliverance to pass.  That's how a believer uses the knife of the Spirit!

 

"and drew it out of its sheath," - First of all, how are you and I ever going to defeat Satan if we don't carry the knife of the Spirit with us in our minds, which means carrying the mind of Christ, full of the accurate Word of God?  Secondly, how are we going to strike a defeating blow upon Satan and his little devil spirits if we don't speak the Word of God, if we don't draw it out of its sheath?  Yes, Christ Jesus has given us the victory through his death and resurrection, but we need to accept it, and use the enablements wherewith he gives us the victory.  Use the Word of God, it is the knife of the Spirit!  Draw it out of its sheath!

 

"and cut off his head with it." - Drawing the knife of the Spirit and striking Satan and/or his devils spirits, removes their heads so to speak.  We can't kill spirit beings yet, but with the Word of God we can remove their power in any situation.  Satan and all his little demon spirits will see, as soon as you draw the knife of the Spirit, that they have already lost the competition/skirmish/battle.

 

"And the Philistines saw their champion was dead, and fled." - At the beginning of this record, God told us in detail, all that the armies of Israel saw with their eyes when they looked at the Philistine, and how what they saw and heard filled them with fear.  Now God's telling us what the Philistines saw with their eyes!  The Philistines had heard about how Israel's God had helped them in the past.  Now that The Philistine was dispatched by a little shepherd boy with a stick and a sling, they concluded quickly (as did the rest of the earth when the news spread) that there was once again the God Yehovah in Israel.

 

Here is a spiritual key.  All the fear that was in the hearts of the armies of Israel, was suddenly gone, but transferred now into the hearts of the Philistines.  Perfect (i.e., the end of) love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).  Out of David's love for God, David spoke God's Word, and the result was that the fear in the hearts of the armies of Israel was thrown out, into them!  

 

We must to shut down Satan's power by letting the truth of God's Word ring out on our lips!  There's power in God's Word, it's the knife of the Spirit!  If you're a son or daughter of God, and because of your love for God you speak His Word in a situation, then God honors your belief and shall manifest himself in and through you; and Satan has to back down because greater is the Spirit of God in you than Satan and his little demon spirits who are in the world (1 John 4:4)!

 

1 Sam. 17:52  And the men of Israel rose up, and of Judah, and they shouted and pursued the Philistines until you enter the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. 

 

And the wounded of the Philistines fell in the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath, and to Ekron.

 

"And rose up" - if they "rose up" then they must have been sitting and/or lying about.  "Rise up" as used by Jesus Christ in the new covenant writings, means "get moving NOW, make haste!"  The fear shifted back onto the Philistines, and the armies of Israel and Judah sensed it, and closed upon their prey, immediately.

 

"the men of Israel and of Judah" - This is an interesting phrase, since at the time of these events, Saul is king, and Israel is supposedly not yet a divided kingdom, where "Israel" would have been under King Jeroboam I, and "Judah" under King Rehoboam.  This is evidence that the family of Judah already had issues with the ruling leadership, and that national division was already underway, but that they had temporarily put away their differences at this time to stand together as a matter of survival, against a greater threat, the Philistines.  The house of israel was as good as divided.  But it did not fall at this time because of the belief in God of one little shepherd boy, David.  And so, from the posterity of Judah the promised Christ child could still be born.

 

"and shouted" - In this shout is so much; it represents going from despair to joy; rising up from being a slave to being conqueror; passing from death unto life!  Spiritually, its a type of the shout that will be on our lips at the return of Christ Jesus.  From the moment we are born from above with the gift of holy Spirit, and realize the greatness of what God has done in us, until the time we put off the flesh or Christ returns, our life should be one long shout as we pursue after Satan and his demon spirits, because we have already been given the victory (Col. 2:8-15)!  This word for shout in the text is the same word used in the book of Joshua (Joshua 6:16,20), when the people heard the sound of the trumpets, then they shouted and the walls of Jericho fell down!

 

"And the wounded of the Philistines fell in the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath, and to Ekron." - A man can't run indefinitely.  Eventually he gets tired and slows down.  And eventually he has to stop completely from exhaustion, to catch his breath and regain his strength, while other more stronger men can run further.  A Philistine wearing a lot of heavy bronze/brass armor may not be able to run too far very fast, before more lightly armored Israelites finally catch up to him to inflict a deadly wound on him in his exhausted state.  So, as the Philistines ran I believe they shed their proud armor, to be able to keep on running; and the armies of Israel and Judah shed their armor in pursuit, with the exception of perhaps their swords and spears.  David showed them that their God was giving them the victory through the knife of the Spirit, not through their own physical armor!

 

 1 Sam. 17:53  And the children (sons) of Israel returned from hot pursuit (dalag) after the Philistines, and they spoiled (plundered) their tents.

 

What God referred to as divided in verse 52, as "the men of Israel" and "Judah,"  are now referred to as united, i.e. "the sons of Israel" in verse 53!  "Israel" means, "God prevails." 

 

I believe this can be taken as evidence that after Israel and Judah fought side by side to defeat the Philistines this time, that for a short time thereafter they remained together as one nation. They came back from chasing the Philistines as one unified armies, unified by belief, and experiencing the power of their God,  Yehovah, to deliver them.  This belief is what unifies believers today.  When believers share with one another how they have been delivered through their belief in God, it unites them as one body (James 5:16).  Back in verse 45 David referred to whom the Philistine had cursed, as the "armies" (plural) of Israel, which has now become an "army" (singular), the children of Israel, of God.

 

"hot pursuit (dalag)" - i.e. to burn, inflame, kindle.  At a point in the chase the Philistines could feel the heat!  After running for a short time, heat and exhaustion began to affect the fleeing Philistines who were running for their lives.  They began to slow down and tire as the pursuit became hot.  In verse 52 the Hebrew word for "pursued (radaph)", means simply to follow after.  But here in verse 53 dalag implies that the sons of Israel caught up to, and were overtaking the Philistine soldiers at the end of the pursuit, because the pursuit was hot.  This is the part of the pursuit that was hot. 

 

This change in word usage implies that during the chase, the Israel soldiers completely closed the distance between them and the fleeing Philistines.  Verse 52 tells us that Israel was hot after them "until you enter the valley, and to the gates of Ekron."  Ekron is about 25 miles due West of Jerusalem.  This is where the main body of the Philistine armies was overtaken and killed by the sons of Israel.  The children pursued them all the way back to the point of their origin, to kill them, to make sure it would be a long, long time before they could start a fight with them again. 

 

This is how we are to disable demon spirits so they can't come back upon us tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, etc., through commanding them to go to the deepest part of the oceans and commanding them to remain their until the appointed time for their judgments.

 

"and they spoiled (plundered) their tents" - When the pursuit began "the Philistines" had to get up immediately and run for their lives.  They had little time to go back to their tents to retrieve their valuables.  This is how Satan and his little devil spirits must flee when you resist (to put it mildly!) them.

 

1 Sam. 17:54  And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armor in his tent.

 

"The Philistine" Goliath, is named six times in scripture (6 is the number relative to mortals and to the anti-Christ).  He is named twice in this record, once at the beginning, and again when David comes on the scene.  Throughout this record God refers to Goliath as "the Philistine."  Goliath was a hero and celebrity among his own people.  He was famous throughout all of Israel for his size and bravado, and for his ego and boldness also.  David's possession of the head of "the Philistine" was a more intense display of superiority than the placing of the foot upon the neck, which was both physical and metaphorical custom.  Possessing the head symbolized the utter destruction and humiliation of the enemy.  Any fame that was attached to Goliath, now became attached to David, the possessor of Goliath's head.

 

"but he put his armor in his tent." - In David's own tent he put the armor of "the Philistine."  The armor would always be a reminder that any appearance of physical power and strength is only a mirage compared to spiritual power.

 

In the chronological order of events, verse 54 is out of place.  This apparent intentional insertion beside, between, or among other verses that flow with the timing of events, is a figure of speech called Parembole.  A figure of speech is used by God in His Word to single out and identify a point or points which are of paramount importance in guiding the reader into the intended understanding of the passage.  Figures of speech help to make the point or points of the whole narrative.  

 

The two major points that verse 54 make are:

 

1) What is the overwhelming power and authority of holy Spirit available to believers, to overrule circumstances in the physical realm,

 

2) and that believers should never forget God's ability and willingness to deliver the enemy and his spoils into the believer's hands, as typified by David putting in his tent the armor of "the Philistine."  See Eph. 1:19 - 2:1

 

Rom. 8:2-15 is a long Parembole that shows the relation between flesh and Spirit, i.e., the Old man and the New man, the Old nature and the New divine spiritual nature, about which new nature we have we are to renew our minds.

 

1 Sam. 17:55  And when Saul saw David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the armies, "The son of whom (is) this youth, Abner?" And Abner said, "(As) lives your soul, O king, I do not know."

 

Verses 55-56 are a Parembole also, focusing on DAVID'S IDENTITY; which draws our thoughts to JESUS CHRIST'S IDENTITY of which David here is a wonderful type; and then ultimately to draw our attention to OUR IDENTITY in Christ Jesus, as sons of God, and parts of the one body of Christ, of which David is a type to us also!  Do you have enough belief in your heart for that?

 

"(As) lives your soul, O king, I do not know." - Up until this time David had no popular fame or renown, even among his own people.  Barely anyone outside of his immediate family knew him, about his beliefs, his heart toward Yehovah, and his walk with Yehovah.  But, Yehovah knew him very well!

 

1 Sam. 17:56  And the king said, "Enquire you whose son (is) this hidden one (elem)."

 

"hidden one (elem)" - something kept out of sight.  From Heb. 'alam, to veil, conceal from sight.

 

If you renew your mind to the in-depth knowledge of the Father's Word, and build your believing in His power, then the Father could call you out at anytime to work with Him.  The father could call you out from being "hidden" so to speak, or, "off the bench" and into a situation in which he needs the ability of your particular part of the body.  David was called "off the bench", as being hidden from the adversary, from out in the sheep fields, right to the physical and spiritual front lines of the battle.  The Father David was ready for the spiritual battle.  Our heavenly Father will not call you into a situation if you are not ready.

 

One thing Satan can never forget is that Elohiym always has more power and authority in any situation, and is a lot smarter.  Satan gambles each and every time he attempts to steal, kill, or destroy people, not knowing if Elohiym will intervene on their behalf.  The knowledge and believing of people toward God and His son Jesus Christ, determine whether they are eligible to receive God's intervention.  What determines Satan's victory or defeat when he attacks believers, is the same criteria; it is how well the Father's believers are prepared in their minds with the knife of the Spirit, which is the the knowledge and understanding (Hosea 4:6) of Yehovah's Word, and belief (Heb. 11:1) in Him!  The difference between believers and unbelievers, in any attack, is that believers already have the in-born spiritual ability of Christ in them (Col. 1:27), the Father's spore (1 Pet. 1:23), the ability to defend themselves, and the authority to use it!  Unbelievers become devoured by the devil (1 Pet. 5:8).

 

Take heed.  God has already given believers all things which pertain unto life and Godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).  Life and Godliness comes through getting the knowledge of Him, of Yehovah, who called US unto knowledge and virtue. Let's answer Him. 

 

We must renew our minds (Rom. 12:2) with His knowledge.

 

We must put on the new man (Col. 3:10, Eph. 4:24).

 

We must choose to grow and walk spiritually by our own free will (Mat. 4:4;Luke 4:4; 2 Cor. 5:7). 

 

We must do our reciprocal part of his new covenant with us (Mal. 3:10). 

 

If we decide that it's more valuable to us to master our 8 to 5 jobs more than to master Yehovah's Word form cover to cover, that's our decision to not love the Father first among all other things in our lives; and our decision not to go after learning all of the things pertaining unto life and Godliness, which knowledge he has given to us.  When Jesus Christ called his disciples, some of them dropped their nets.

 

If not, then we have no right to blame God for our own decision to stay ignorant, and thereby stupid, so that when Satan attacks we don't see it coming, nor know what to do!

 

David came into this position "off the bench" to work with God to defeat "the Philistine" because David had previously set his heart's desire on Yehovah, to know His Word and thereby come to know and believe in him intimately and personally.  David had made this his number one desire in his life.  David valued the knowledge of Yehovah's Word above all else. And as Yehovah honored David's belief in him and his Word, because Yehovah gave David the desire (Psalm 10:17, 145:19; Prov. 10:24) of his heart; and this is what transformed David into having a powerful spiritual walk with Yehovah. 

 

The little shepherd boy David, a mortal person just like you and me, a flesh and blood mortal being, developed a spiritual walk powerful enough to defeat "the Philistine", which in this record is a type to the devil himself, Satan.  David took off his head.  To what level of spiritual power do you believe to rise up to on this earth before Christ's return, to defeat the devil and demon spirits coming to threaten you and your family, because you believe upon the name of Christ Jesus?

 

1 Sam. 17:57  And when David returned from striking the Philistine, then Abner took him and brought him before Saul, and the head of the Philistine (was) in his hand.

 

"striking the Philistine" - David "struck" the Philistine hard, taking his life.  This is how serious our heavenly Father is in protecting us, his children.  The God, our heavenly Father, plays hard ball, and so should we, without hesitating to speak God's Word, the knife of the Spirit (Isa. 29:5; 2 Tim. 4:2).  If we are not willing to "strike" Satan with God's Word,  then we are never going to defeat him in anything in this present life. 

 

First of all we need to have some Word of God in our heads (drop our nets from trying to catch worldly stuff) and go to God's Word and start gathering it into our heads.  Then we need to get past our spiritual constipation and speak it!  Then STRIKE!!!  Read the records in the Gospels about what Jesus Christ did when he was tempted by Satan.  In those records he "struck" Satan with his Father's Word, about which David was a type!

 

"the head of the Philistine (was) in his hand" - in the scriptures the "hand" is often used metaphorically to represent one's ability to do something. To this day we use this figure of speech Metonymy, exchange of noun.  For example: "it's out of our hands," or, "it's in God's hands now."  This phrase metaphorically represents the literal fact that the power and authority to defeat "the Philistine" which is a type to Satan, and an anti-Christ, was within David's power and authority, within his ability, and he exercised it.  This power and authority that was in David's "hand", in now in the "hands" of believers, because of the spiritual new birth from above, and the new covenant we live within with God. 

 

Saul saw the power and authority given to David by God, when David came before him, with "the Philistine's" head in his "hand."  God has put it in our "hands" to strike and defeat Satan in life's competitions because it's the resurrected "Christ in you (Col. 1:27)."  All of life's situations are now in our "hands", and "under our feet too (1 Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:22), because we are the body of Christ!"

 

1 Sam. 17:58  And Saul said to him, "Whose son (are) you, young man?" And David answered, "The son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite."

 

The question for believers is, whose son or daughter are you, spiritually speaking?  If you have been born above with God's spore (1 Pet. 1:23) in you, the resurrected Christ in you (Col. 1:27), the gift of holy Spirit in you, then whose son or daughter are you?  Jesus first words in the scriptures are in response to his earthly mother and father who were searching for him.

 

Luke 2:49 And (kai) he enunciated (eipen) to (pros) them (autous), “What (ti), that (hoti) you were searching (ezēteite) for me (me)!?

 

Had you absolutely not seen (ouk ēdeite) that (hoti) it is required (dei) for me (me) to be (einai) in (en) to the things (tois) of the (tou) Father (patros) of me (mou)!?”

 

This record in 1 Samuel has taught us about the mind of Jesus Christ which was in David, a man after God's own heart, which mind should be in us.  We should all be in one accord and in one mind with the mind of Christ (Php. 2:1-13).  

 

SUMMARY

 

We as believers must learn to walk by the Spirit of God in us, and not by what we see with our eyes, or hear with our ears.  But, what we see and hear with our physical senses must be filtered through the knowledge of God, our Father's, Word in our renewed mind.  God's knowledge and wisdom in us, of if we need a word of knowledge, and/or a word of wisdom, and/or discerning of spirits, we can ask, and our heavenly Father promises to reveal to us the truth that we need to be conquerors.  He shall teach us what is the identity and cause of what's behind what we see and hear, if it is devilish and/or demonic.  Then, our knee-jerk action should not be in response to what we physically see and hear, but to what our heavenly Father reveals to us. 

 

But the responsibility is upon us to first know the knowledge of God's written Word.  Why should God give us additional knowledge and wisdom if we're not willing to first know his written word?  Our heavenly Father is willing to hold our hand to some extent, but not to the exclusion of our loving God's Word first with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. 

 

Our actions should always be based upon what the Father's Word says for any given situation.  This is why studying Jesus actions in the gospel writings, as well as the actions of his types throughout God's Word, is so vitally important.  We are commanded to (2 Tim. 2:15); "study", which is in the imperative mood in the text.  To study is a command. We don't determine when we stop studying, God does.  You look up those specific verses.

 

Our spiritual walk should include constant prayer for the needs of those around us, and for our own needs.  The first important content of our prayer is to continually have praises and thanksgiving to the Father as the fruit of our lips (Heb. 13:15).  Praisings and thanksgivings are highly acceptable "sacrifices" to the Father, and keeps our bond with Him warm and close, and helps keep us pleasing in his sight. 

 

We should not hesitate to use the knife/sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17).  If we are ashamed to speak the things of God at our job, in public, around our family, etc., then Satan and his little demon spirits already know where they can attack us, where we won't speak out, confess with our mouth the specific God's Word necessary to defeat them.  

 

If there is any circumstance in which we are hesitant to speak God's Word, then in these circumstances the devil already has an advantage over us.  He needs to feel the knife of the Spirit, right away.  This is why the devil works through other mortals in the world to pressure believers not to speak God's Word.  If the things of God are not popular in the locations where we live and work, then we can see how the devil already has strong influence over those people and circumstances around us, over those who are ashamed of God and His Word, because they are not His children, and do not have God's Spirit in them. 

 

Those people do not respect the name of Jesus Christ, and they are ashamed of him who shed his blood for them; and Jesus Christ is an embarrassment to them.  You speaking God's Word causes them to feel shame and embarrassment on account of their own unbelief. And they will not like it.  This too is part of the spiritual battle.

 

Most of the time, social customs and cultural habits will act as hurdles against us who are acting upon the Father's Word.  We don't want to be offensive or harm anyone, but when it comes down to either hurting some one's sacred feelings, or getting the job done spiritually, we shall be defeated by not giving the Father's Word preeminence in our hearts and on our lips.  We must keep the commandments of Him and His son Jesus Christ, and man-made customs and culture must be temporarily set aside if necessary, to speak and carry out the Father's Word in our covenant responsibilities. 

 

When we're called "off the bench" by God our heavenly Father, and/or His son Jesus Christ, the first thing that those with unbelief shall hurl at us shall be belittling insults, virtually exactly like Goliath accosted the children of Israel and David.  This comes from unbelievers who have been taken by the adversary, who as a roaring lion goes about taking unbelievers at his will, not theirs.  They don't know they're being manipulated by demon spirits.  They literally are temporarily out of their minds.  They don't know they're being used.  They'll wake up and wonder what happened to them.  They are victims also.  They are victims of the devil trying to make us victims of the devil.  They need much prayer, as well as we do.

 

We must stay focused upon the Father's Word, and we must remember that we are not dealing with blood and flesh, but with the spiritual force or forces behind a calamity.  And we must deal with those opposing spiritual forces with appropriate spiritual force based upon the Father's Word.  We must know our armor, the detailed and specific knowledge of God's Word, and how to use it, speaking it on our lips, especially in prayer.  

 

In God's Word, Goliath is an exaggerated example of how people in the world accost us every day, with their confusion, and even sometimes with an evil intent from demonic possession.  We can learn to recognize opposition from the devil, the adversary, through our experience in spiritual battles.  When there's a spiritual battle thrust upon us from the devil, and then we pray and act according to God's Word, speaking with our mouth God's Word, then when it's defeated, bingo, then we know God has worked in and through us to defeat the enemy.  This is how we work together with our heavenly Father, the God

 

As we have received God's holy Spirit in us, the devil can place his spirit also in others at any time, in those who have not received God's gift of his holy Spirit. (1 Pet. 5:8; Mark 4:15; Luke 13:16; Luke 22:3; John 13:27; Acts 5:3; Acts 26:18.  Of demon spirit possession: Luke 4:33; Luke 9:39; Luke 13:11; Acts 16:16).  

 

Our level of knowledge of the Father's Word is directly proportional to our belief (Rom. 10:17), and spiritual agility.  Our belief and spiritual agility grow as our mind becomes renewed with the knowledge of God's Word.

 

We must learn about, and remember and respect our spiritual identity.  If we have received God's Spirit in us, then we are sons of God, with Christ in us (Col. 1:27), along with God's knowledge, wisdom, and power. 

 

Because of this we have been raised up already with Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:4; Rom. 8:11), because we have been given an earnest/down payment of God's Spirit now, now while we are yet still alive on this earth before Christ's return, and before our physical resurrection; which makes us now, even before our physical resurrection, a "new creation in him" (Col. 1:27).  We have our Father's spore in us, the Spirit nature of Yehovah Himself. 

 

We must learn to use it by giving less importance to walking by our five senses, and more importance to the spiritual ability in us, to walk by the Spirit of God in us, using our knowledge of the examples in God's Word which teach us how to walk Spiritually, as Jesus Christ did!

 

Eph. 6:10 (LIT/UBS4) Of the (tou) remainder (loipou) [of you], be inherently empowered (endunamousthe) in (en) [the] Lord (kuriō), and (kai) in (en) the (tō) power (kratei) of the (tēs) strength (ischuos) of Him (autou).

 

 

Brother Hal Dekker