Summary: To serve the Lord appropriately we need to be courageous and brave.
If you remember, last week I ended the service reminding everyone of who we were. As we saw in the scriptures that we “are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,” being all of these things is a great privilege, but there is something else that we are. As the chosen people of God here on earth, we are not only His representatives, we are also His army. We have been chosen to defend and expand God’s kingdom here on earth. But in order to do this there is a certain quality that we must possess. To serve the Lord appropriately we need to be courageous and brave. One of the biggest truths about the Christian walk is that it is not for the fainthearted, or the weak; the Christian walk is not for the cowards. To be a genuine Christian you have to be brave.
I say that we have to be brave because as we all know, the more faithful we are to God, and the more we attempt to lead a holy life, the more we will be attacked by the powers of darkness. Powers that only seek to separate us from the path that God has chosen for us. The problem is that if we are not brave, if we lack the courage to persevere, then when the battles present themselves we will more than likely retreat from the battle field and will cede territory to the enemy. This is why today I want us to examine this part of our Christian life that is so important. Today I want us to examine our courage. We need to do this because it is quite easy to say that we are brave or courageous, it is easy to brag about how strong we are, but when the battles present themselves, do we stand and fight? Let’s now turn to the scriptures that we will be using today.
1 Chronicles 11:12-14 - After him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men. 13He was with David at Pasdammim. Now there the Philistines were gathered for battle, and there was a piece of ground full of barley. So the people fled from the Philistines. 14But they stationed themselves in the middle of that field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.
As I always say, to get a better understanding of the message that God has for us today, it will be necessary to conduct a brief history review. At his moment in time the people of Israel had suffered a severe defeat at the hands of he philistines; their king and his heirs had been killed, and their cities were now occupied by the invading force. This is something that is very well reflected in 1 Chronicles 10:6-7 when we read “So Saul and his three sons died, and all his house died together. 7And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that they had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; then the Philistines came and dwelt in them.” Because Saul had not remained faithful to the Lord in all things, his kingdom was defeated and the kingdom was turned over to David. With this event occurring, David was now the ruler over all of Israel. This is something clearly stated in 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 when we read “So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. 14But he did not inquire of the LORD; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.” Tell the person next to you, unfaithfulness will bring defeat. This more or less brings us to this point in history.