BuiltFor The Battle

FoundationScripture: 1 Samuel 17
TopicalScripture: 1 Samuel 17:31-36

31When the words which David spoke were heard, they toldthem to Saul, and he sent for him.  32David said toSaul, “(AI)Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; (AJ)your servantwill go and fight with this Philistine.”  33ThenSaul said to David, “(AK)You are not able to go against this Philistine tofight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from hisyouth.”  34But David said to Saul, “Yourservant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took alamb from the flock,  35I went out after him andattacked him, and (AL)rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up againstme, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him.  36“Yourservant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcisedPhilistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of theliving God.”  37And David said, “(AM)TheLORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, Hewill deliver me from the hand of this Philistine ” And Saul said to David,”(AN)Go, and may the LORD be with you.” (1 Samuel 17:31-36 NASB)

Thebattle will come; of this we can be certain. No amount of maneuvering willallow any of us to circumvent the realities of this life. We will each face ourshare of battles in this spiritual warfare. The question then becomes not if,but when; and if when, will we be ready when the battle comes? Throughelucidation, the question simply is: Are you built for the battle? When theenemy engages you on the battlefield of life, will you be prepared to stand?When you are faced with the harsh realities of the battle that lies ahead, willyou stand in unwavering confidence or will you crumble under the pressure? Weare not promised a euphoric life of ease; in fact, we are told on more than oneoccasion that the storm will come. We are told that there will be trials andtribulations. When it comes to the day of the battle will you be able to saywith a certain level of imperiousness, “I’m built for this!”

I prayfervently each day for each one of you; that at the day of battle, you will beable to stand up, square your shoulders, look the enemy in the eye and say,“I’m built for this.”

I’mbuilt for this; this is more than a simple of statement of confidence. It is astate of mind; a state of being; a place in life when the Christian gainsstability by recalling the doctrine resident in his soul conjoined with thememories of God’s divine intervention in times past. In this they find theyhave been prepared for this very thing they must now endure.

As weapproach our scriptural text, we find a man or should I say boy who wasdefinitely built for the battle. David was a man known for his valor, and itall began with him slaying Goliath, the giant that defied the army of theliving God. We all know the story of David and Goliath. We were told this storyas kids, but what about the story behind the glory?

By thetime David met Goliath he had already been anointed as Soul’s replacement asIsrael’s next king. For a detailed account you can read 1 Samuel Chapter 16.Being anointed is only a part of David’s preparation for the battle that layahead. Being anointed by Samuel with the anointing oil was actually semanticsymbolism of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to accomplish that which Davidhad been called [elected] by God to do. It is immensely important that when performingcertain rituals, we are aware of its symbolic inference. Here it is not theoil, but what the oil symbolizes. Sometime we become so engrossed in sacramentand ritual, that we lose sight of the truth that the ritual represents; Idigress. David has been anointed. Being anointed is the empowerment to fulfillyour designed destiny, but being anointed and being aware of that anointing aretwo different things.

Inorder to face any particular task, one must have confidence. Confidence is theknowledge or cognizance of one’s ability to accomplish a specific task.Confidence is an understanding of one’s capabilities in a given area.Confidence is the endogenous source that produces efficacious results.

Davidwas “built for the battle”, pervaded with confidence. As we move forward, wewill find the source of this confidence and with the help of the Holy Spirit,we will tap into the source as we ourselves, become “built for the battle”.
We willbegin this study with David having been sent out to the battlefield by hisfather to take food rations to his brothers and to bring a report of theircondition to their father. When David arrives, he hears Goliath, the Philistinewarrior, shouting insults at the army of Israel. I’m not sure what astoundedDavid more, the insults of Goliath or the fear of the Israelites. Let’s look atverse 26:

26Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him,saying, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takesaway the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, thathe should taunt the armies of the living God?” (NSAB)

Davidinquires into what will be done for whoever kills this Philistine and takesaway the reproach from Israel. He wants to know who this uncircumcisedPhilistine thinks he is, defying the armies of the Living God. It is importantto take notice that David indentifies with Israel, but more importantly, heidentifies with God. It is not that Goliath has disrespected the army of Israelin itself, but that the army of Israel belonged to the one true and living God!

It wasnever about David nor was it about Israel; it was always about God. This mustbe taken to mind as we move through this ethereal journey of Christianity.

28Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to themen; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have youcome down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? Iknow your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down inorder to see the battle.” (NASB)

Inverse 28, we see Eliab’s envy revealed. As the oldest of Jessie’s sons, he hadbeen passed over by God to be King. God had said, in essence, that though hisoutward appearance was stately and imposing, inwardly he was deficient in thequalities necessary to be king of Israel. In other words, he looked the part.He even fooled Samuel, but he was deficient where it mattered most. It isobvious by his reaction that he has not quite gotten over the disappointment.There are always going to be haters. Those who for whatever reason can’t standto see you succeed and prosper. We must never become engrossed or consumed withconcerned over those who wish for or seek our demise. They are placed there bythe enemy [Satan] as a distraction, but God will use them as an instrument ofpreparation and elevation. As we will soon see, the battle is the Lord’s.
Let usmove on to the meat of the message. We find in verse 31 that someone reportedDavid’s words back to Saul and Saul sent for David. It may be worth pointingout that Saul and David already have a brief history. Once the anointing leftSoul, he became restless and could not sleep, because he was troubled in hissleep. David was a good harpist and Saul brought him in to play for him so thathis soul could be soothed and he could rest. David did such a good job thatSaul made him his armor bearer.

Nowthis young boy tells his king basically, tell everyone not to worry, I’ve gotthis. Verse 33 reveals a great deal about why David would eventually replaceSaul as king. Saul had failed to view the situation though the lens of divineviewpoint. He was seeing the situation through a humanistic paradigm. Saultells David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him;for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth (NASB).”Yet, David’s response was inundated with doctrinal viewpoint. It is apropos inthis spiritual warfare that we avoid viewing our situations and circumstancesthrough secular paradigms. David did not see things as Saul saw them, he sawGod in the midst of the situation. David was built for the battle and he wasabout to reveal how.

“Yourservant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came andtook a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, anddelivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it aroseagainst me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killedit. 36 Your servant has killed both lion andbear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he hasdefied the armies of the living God.” (1 Sam. 17:34-36 NKJV)

In theoriginal Hebrew text, “keep his father’s sheep” carried the literal meaning of“kept on keeping” his father’s sheep. This illuminates that David was not apart time shepherd. He spent more time with the sheep than he did in the housewith his family. It becomes easy to see where David gets his endurance andperseverance. I’m sure there were many cold nights and many hot days. Yet,David kept on keeping his father’s sheep. How many of you are willing to keepon keeping?

Inverse 35 David explains to Saul that in defense of his father’s sheep he hadkilled both, lion and bear; and that this Philistine giant would be nodifferent. David, in essence, was saying, “I’m built for this.” We too, as weface the vicissitudes of life must stand with an unrelenting certainty and say,“I’m built for this.” The dark clouds of disappointment may be hovering over myhead, but “I’m built for this!” My so called friends have forsaken me, but “I’mbuilt for this.” Just as David, we too have been built for the battle. There isone very important point I must reveal here: David was not pervaded with asubjective arrogance or an inflated ego, but he was immersed in an implacableconfidence in God’s ability and willingness to guarantee victory.

Thiswas never about David it was always about God as I stated earlier. Both inverse26 and verse 36, David refers to Goliath as an uncircumcised Philistine.Where is the relevance in the fact that Goliath was uncircumcised? Circumcisionwas a mark of God’s chosen people. By stating that Goliath was not circumcised,David was illuminating the fact that a man, not of God, was defying God’schosen people. It was an abomination. David was not defending himself nor the Israelites,but the honor of God.
It ismy prayer that if you gain nothing else from this message, you acquire a keenawareness of the source of David’s Strength. For we all will have our giants wemust face. Some will face the Giant of addiction. Others will face the giant ofrelational atrophy and yet, still others will face the nightmares ofuncertainty. However, as Christians, we must face these difficulties with thecalm assurance that we are built for this. Lamentations 3:21 says:

     “But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: (AMP)

Werecall the power of God displayed in our lives in times past. We recall theBible doctrine we have stored in our soul. The old folks, in the midst ofdifficult moments would say, “He did not bring me this far to leave me.” Thiswas based both, on the Word in their heart and their experiential observation.

When Ilook back over my life, I realize that all the heartache, every disappointment,and every struggle was preparing me for this moment and this moment ispreparing me for the next. Psalm 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of therighteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all. There is no coincidencethat David wrote this psalm. When the burdens of life become unbearable, whenthe forces of evil are pressing me down, I recall the victories of my past, Itake a stand and declare “I’m built for this”.

Ididn’t come here to tell you there would be no storms, but I did come to tellyou that you can make it through the storm. God has not brought you this far toturn around and leave you. Stare the enemy square in the eyes and declare “I’mbuilt for this”.

Feelinglost and alone, I’m built for this.

Theenemy on every side, I’m built for this.

Myfriends have become my accusers, but I’m built for this.

I’mbuilt for the persecution. I’m built for the battle. I’m built for thepressure. Look the enemy in the eye and tell him, “No weapon formed against mewill prosper.”  Hatred won’t prosper. Sickness won’t prosper. Maritalstrife won’t prosper. Financial disarray will not prosper. Standing alone in mymoments of weakness will not prosper. For God has promised never to leave menor forsake. Give God the glory and praise. I declare and decree into your liveright now, that as you stand in faith you will emerge from this trial intriumph. You will walk out of this battle with your hands up! Your perseverancewill be rewarded with promotion.

It isrough for many of you right now as you face the toughest trial you have everfaced, but know that God is in the midst of the struggle and he is saying, “ Bestill and know that I am God.” He is saying, “There is power in the hands ofthose that trust me. You are now standing on threshold of your breakthrough.Praise your way though. I dare you! He awesome power of God is about to liftyou beyond the pain of the moment. Praise God!

May yoube richly blessed!

BishopRick Wallace                                               
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