MONDAY 31 October, 2016
Stand Your Ground!
And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lordbrought about a great victory. - 2 Samuel 23:11-12
Remember who killed Saul and his son Jonathan? The Philistines, they were always a real problem to Israel. Once again the people of Israel fled, but one mighty man among them, Shammah, stationed himself in the middle of the field and stood his ground. He fought to defend the territory and killed the Philistines, he gained yet another victory. The battle was God’s triumph; He used Shammah to bring about the Philistine’s defeat.
The Lord will use a godly man who is willing and available to Him to bring about a victory. Gideon was an unexpected choice for the Lord to use in battle against the Midianites––as one man (Judges 6:11-16). Israel, at this time, hid in caves but with only three hundred men, Gideon subdued the Midianites and God received all the glory for the victory (Judges 7).
God uses Christians who are available to do His labor. When the enemy opposes that work, we should stand our ground! Why? The Bible tells us: No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn… (Isaiah 54:17).
Remember, Jesus won the victory over our enemy Satan on the cross, we fight from victory. The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15:58 encouraged Christians in their service to God: Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
… take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
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