Some of you are so wrapped up in being who God has called you to be that you’re willing to do anything to serve the Lord. But it’s gotten you stuck in this trap of comparison or envy or self doubt. This trap that leads to so much hurt and struggle and frustration.
Some of you have dug so deep into this pit that you may not even see yourself anymore. Looking around wondering “how did I get here?”
Friends trust me you are not alone. Comparison and self doubt, are pretty easy to walk into and sit there for a while if you don’t understand who you are in God. But have HOPE for it is rather easy to get out of if you’re willing to put as much effort into it as you do your favorite TV show or book or your favorite activity, because all it takes is a little extra of your time and focus being shifted to God and his word. Knowing Gods word leads you knowing God. Knowing who your God really is leads to you knowing who you are, who you really are, and knowing who you are gives you freedom to do God’s work and prosper.
Let’s look at young David for a moment. It’s a popular scripture to use when you’re up against something that feels impossible. But I want to look at it a little differently today.
1 Samuel 17: 38-40
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
David explained to Saul that I can do this! I can defeat Goliath. God has been with me, and I’ve killed lions and bears oh my (last part paraphrased.)
Saul finally relents and says fine, may God be with with you. I get the feeling he felt like he’s just sending him out there to die but he thinks David’s got pizazz so he gives in, and says ok fine. Then he tries to put his personal armor on David. To give him protection and a sword to battle this hulking giant of a man that the other men are hiding from. Saul doesn’t want David to go in completely unprepared and unprotected so he gives him what he would use to go in there, if he were in fact going to go in there.
David tries it out, probably twists and bends and realizes that he can’t really move. It’s all heavy and adds a huge burden that he isn’t used to carrying. He can’t go into battle carrying what someone else has spent years getting used to wielding. Are you starting to catch what I’m putting out there?
Friends, we can’t go through our struggles and the battles we face wearing someone else’s armor or gifting. Saul probably spent years getting used to his armor. He had it custom made to twist and bend to his structure. It was made for him, so when David puts it on, it doesn’t fit right. Yeah it fits, because he was probably about the same size, but it’s not easy. He could have worn it and looked completely legit! No one would have been able to say anything about him not really being a soldier, if they didn’t already know who he was. But that did not change the fact that because it wasn’t meant for him, and his life was not that of a soldier, the armor was a HUGE burden.
David knew enough to take it off and say I can’t wear what’s not mine. He picked up a few stones, his sling shot in hand, and went off to battle the way he knew how. To everyone on that field he looked like a fool. Every person out there probably thought “oh crap, he’s about to die! This will not be pretty”
David was smart enough to know who he was. His life and circumstances created this person with certain gifts, he saw that and he walked in it, David knew that is where God was going to work.
Dear dear friends, God made you who you are. He knows what your gift is and he knows when you’re trying to be like someone else.
Crying out to God and asking why this is so hard is probably a sign that you’re wearing someone else’s armor! Get in your word, dig into your word. Watching Tv? Read your word instead! Reading a book about romance, history, or even Godly people? Read your word instead! Nothing will change until you change to make something happen. You cannot live wearing the armor someone else has custom fitted for them. You cannot thrive wearing my armor, or your pastors armor, or you parents/child’s armor. You have to get into your word and create your own, no matter what that looks like. So shed that armor and build your own. Diligently, one scripture at a time.
Then, David, armed with his own beliefs, his own gift, goes to face Goliath. Yeah! Que dramatic music as we picture David walking across the field with determination in his eyes.
1 Samuel 17: 41-51
Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran
When face to face with Goliath, David didn’t compare himself to Goliath. He compared Goliath to God! “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
What isn’t from the Lord, is beneath his feet! We can not compare ourselves to whatever we are up against, because it’s not our battle to fight!!
God has promised us victory friends. Believe that, get it in your brain, get it in your heart, and speak it out of your mouth on a daily basis. We will face trial but we will NOT be defeated. We will have Goliath’s in our lives but we will NOT be overcome. Stand firm, know your God and then put your trial up against the incredible greatness of Gods power!
Right now in this very moment open your bible to Ephesians 3:14 and pray that prayer over yourself. Start praying it over yourself on a daily basis. I stand on the promise that if you do this, you WILL see change.
Get to know your God a little better, in doing that you will find a lifestyle of victory in Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:11
11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
The power of Jesus is alive in our mortal bodies here on earth. Know that, live that, and have victory in that today friends!!