Summary: Standing your ground spiritually
Have you felt like you have resisted the devil so long you don’t know if you can resist anymore? That having done all to stand, you have stood, but don’t think you can stand much more?
Have you started praying, God, I don’t care if I overcome, just let me survive?
I think most of us have reached that place at one time or another. Sort of a midnight hour, so to speak. And it’s important what we do at midnight.
If you haven’t faced that hour in your Christian life, and Jesus doesn’t return today, there is a good possibility you will.
I just want to look at something today that will encourage us in that time of battle. In that time we are called to be a good soldier, and a good soldier doesn’t point the weapons at headquarters.
It is always a mistake to start saying, Oh, God, why did you do this to me? Oh, God, why did you wreck my car and plug up the washing machine? Why did you make me sick?
When the shield is heavy and your having trouble keeping the belt of truth on is no time to attack your commander and chief. God is not the problem. He is the answer.
It is time to get a firm grip on the sword, tighten up the belt of truth, and to begin to speak the truth.
You don’t have to panic and you don’t have to fall.
Let’s turn in our Bibles to II Samuel chapter 23.
I want to talk about three of David’s mighty men.
I think we can find encouragement in these scriptures.
Have you ever felt out numbered? Look at verses 8,9, & 11.
Verse 8 says Adino stood against 800 with only his spear.
Verse 9 says Eleazar whose hand became weary in battle, but his hand clave to the sword, and the Lord gave a great victory.
Verse 11 says Shammah stood in the midst of a piece of ground full of lentils and defended it. Everyone else ran away. Everyone else fled from the Philistines, but Shammah was not affected by what everyone else did.
It’s important that we don’t let what everyone else does affect what we do.
Shammah’s attitude was; This is my pea patch. It may not be much in anyone else’s eyes, but it is mine. I won’t surrender it to the enemy.
He was determined.
How determined are you today to hold on to what God has given, and to claim the blessings that are rightfully ours through the shed blood of Jesus?
Maybe Satan is trying to overrun your pea patch where health is concerned.
Take the sword to him. Let your hand or heart cleave to the Word of the Lord.
Maybe he’s trying to overrun your pea patch where finances are concerned. Satan is a thief. We must be determined to defend our heritage of faith.
If we don’t defend our blessing, the thief will come to steal.
What did these 3 men have in common?
They didn’t throw down their weapons in the day of battle.
Psalms 78:9 tells of the children of Ephraim how they turned back in the day of battle. It says, Being armed and carrying bows they turned back in the day of battle.
Many times in our Christian lives I believe most of us could look back and see a time when being armed with the Sword of the Spirit and clothed in the armour of the Lord, we let Satan cause us to panic and turn back before victory came.