The Enemy Camp
David and Goliath have always been a cute little story in Sunday school. But as I grow older it becomes so much more……
Goliath was a bully and David did not cower to him.
Goliath intimated people and even the Israelites fell captive.
Goliath was mouthy, belligerent, cruel and defiant.
In the story, battle lines were drawn as the Philistines stood on the hill from one side of the valley, while the Israelites stood on the other side. They stood facing each other.
Goliath was the center of attention as he shouted out taunting and divisive insults against God’s people night and day. They believed him and cowered! Goliath was mocking the very God that had loved them, guided them, and led them right out of bondage.
For not taking a stand against him, they were agreeing with him……
Luke 11:23 states, “He who is not with Me [siding and believing with Me] is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me [engage in My interest], scatters.
Sadly, we can position ourselves to support and elevate the enemy. When we give ourselves over to sin, we place ourselves on the other side of the valley right behind a Goliath.
The enemy stands lifted up as we promote him. By letting sin run rampant in our lives, we endorse his words. We move over to his camp and encourage others to go with us. While his numbers climb, he becomes more confident yet more aggressive.
Because this battle truly is all a game to him.
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
· His strategy is to steal everything from you. Steal your purpose, dreams, integrity and happiness.
· He is out to kill you. Kill anything that lives in you. If he can take you out, you are one less game piece he has to deal with.
· He is out to destroy you. Destroy means to reduce you to useless fragments; annihilate, demolish, blot out, to spoil. Make your witness so damaging that other’s turn from knowing God.
God has come that we may have life. He gives LIFE to our dreams, our happiness, contentment, satisfaction and wholeness. And He wants us to have it in abundance.
Because of sin in our lives, we have moved over to the enemy camp and consequently are promoting his agenda…… how devastating is that?
As Joshua 24:15 says, “If you think it is wrong to serve the Lord, choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods your fathers worshiped on the other side of the river, or choose the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living…..
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”