"THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S"

Rev. Lon Lorton

July 28, 2019

1 Kings 17

“But David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword and spear and 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 very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine army this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hand.’”  1 Samuel 17:45-47, NRSV

Know the cause you are fighting for.

The more we experience God's power, the more confidence we have in Him.  (2 Corinthians 1:10)

Oh, what I would do to have the strength it takes to stand before a giant with a sling and a stone, surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors shaking in their armor, wishing they’d have had the strength to stand.  But the giant’s calling out my name and he laughs at me, reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed.  The giant keeps on telling me time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win! You’ll never win!”  (“Voice of Truth,” Casting Crowns)

"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint on his knees."  (C.S. Lewis)

We can rest in the power of God.

The battle is the Lord's!