“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head.”” (1 Samuel 17:45-46, ESV)
I have to repeat this from my Sunday’s message: “I am who I am because of the giants and battlefields that I have faced.”
Sitting on sofas and relaxing in our favorite coffee shops do not bring transformation. Although rest is necessary and an essential joy, they do not define who we are. We become what our trials and enemies attempt to silence.
It may not be what we look forward to, but the Lord will regularly bring you to battlefields that launch us into the next phase of living. These confrontations always mark seasonal shifts. Without them, you cannot go to any new level or see any expansion of God’s miraculous influence.
So, on this day, encourage yourself! Come to your fight “in the name of the Lord of hosts” – by the One who reigns over your life. And let every enemy know that they have defied the armies of the living God. Stand your ground. Wield the weapon God has provided. And let your victory redefine you.