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Heavenly Armor

“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.”

– 1 Samuel 17:41,42

There’s usually something about villains that compels them to behave badly. Whether it’s bitterness, hurt, or even physical pain, most people who choose a life of violence, crime, or deception have traveled a rough road. Surprisingly, this may have been the case for Goliath. Historians believe that the fabled “bad guy” was afflicted by a condition called acromegaly, which is the result of a tumor on the pituitary gland that causes the body to release too much human growth hormone. As a result, though he was huge in size, his health was actually frail and brittle. In fact, it’s likely that he suffered from chronic pain and may have dealt with poor eyesight. Perhaps this is why the Bible says that he kept coming closer to David in order to get a good look at him. To give a modern example, Goliath reminds me of a 20th century fighter named Andre the Giant. Though not as huge as his Biblical predecessor, he stood at over seven feet, and he also dealt with acromegaly. In spite of the fact that he was an accomplished athlete and actor, he lived in constant pain, and his condition ultimately led him to alcoholism and an untimely death. To draw a parallel, while I’m not minimizing the physical affliction of these men, spiritually speaking, it’s important to remember that every giant has a weakness

My friend, though it’s never pleasant to deal with intimidating “giants” in your life, they are more fragile than you realize. While they often build themselves up by tearing you down, their words can do nothing to stop the indestructible power of the Holy Spirit as it works within you. When you arm yourself with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the Gospel of peace, the sword of the Spirit, and the shield of faith, you can take on any force of opposition that comes your way, no matter how cunning or scary it appears. As a child of the conquering King, you carry the Name of Jesus, and you are marked by His presence in every action and interaction. Pray for His wisdom, rely on His strength, and He will fight all your battles and bring you to victory!

Prayer


Jesus, teach me to yield to your strength and allow you to fight my battles.

Reflection


How has wearing your Heavenly armor given you victory over the giants in your life?

 

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2 thoughts on “Heavenly Armor

  1. Donna Malchrist says:

    It has fortified and strengthened me to overcome those two adversaries in my life.
    Being bullied and than having two different cancers ovarian and endometrial.By defeating those bad enemies.I have emerged stronger and more resilient.I am hoping that the two vaccines are proven safe and effective to finally defeat this monster SARS/Covid-19! Virus.It scares me to no end. When I see our President Donald Trump just standing there and doing nothing. I hope that Joe Biden will sit down with the members of both Houses of Representatives and set our Nation back on the right path toward healing and unity once again.I hope and pray that the Hour
    of Power will continue its mission of spreading the good news of healing hope and the love of God to all the lost and hurting people around the world.To Pastor Bobby
    Schuller and his beautiful family much love wishes blessings and good health and a
    Happy Thanksgiving.To the Hour of Power choir and Orchestra and their two conductors Drs Irene Messalores and Mark Riley.That God will protect and bless them and their gifts of music and singing.To Sarah Grandpre and The Voices of Hope Childreen’s Choir.That they also stay safe and healthy.And to the worshiping community of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Chuch much love and warm wishes for the rest of this year and all of 2021. As always I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.May God bless all and the entire
    United States of America.PS I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

  2. A.G Bowling says:

    With the love of my Heavenly Father, I can survive in these trying times. As the only caregiver for my husband who has Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia, I am able to keep him at home and safe. Without my faith, I wouldn’t have the strength or will to do this. The way I get through each day is to start it and end it with Jesus holding my hand. I can accomplish what I have to do with His help. Praise the Lord. I know he has a plan for each and everyone…He is the only way.

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