IN LIKE AN UNDERDOG, OUT AS THE BIG DOG                                                                       Andy Hollifield 2-13-19

2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. (KJV)

I saw a one liner that really touched me. It said, “Walk in like Goliath, fight like David.” I hadn’t heard that before so I googled it and there is actually a Jewish website by that name. I’m not wanting to talk about the website although it is interesting, dealing a lot with the Israeli Military. I begin to look for verses along the line of “How are you walking out?” It is important how you walk into battle but the most important thing is how you come out of it. When David faced Goliath, he walked in as the underdog but walked out as the big dog. Let that sink in for a minute.

There is a personal message direct from the throne, in Deuteronomy 23:14 for you that are facing a battle. As well as the scripture I started with, Deuteronomy 23:14 says in part, “For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee;…” Did you catch that? “Thy camp” not “the camp.” It’s yours. It is the battle that he has chosen to have you to fight to accomplish his purpose in your life. It makes it a little bit bigger deal when God makes it personal doesn’t it. Out of everyone he could have chosen to go through a certain trial or battle to bring glory to him, he chose you. I can say that real easy right now but it is a lot harder to swallow when troubles and trials come knocking on my door. You may be thinking, “That was written for the Jews” and you would be right. But the fact is that when the veil of the temple rent in twain, all men had to come to God the same way. We got grafted in because Jesus’ own people rejected him.

Getting back to David and the example he lived for us to follow. David didn’t fight Goliath for the rewards. He fought him because he had defied the living God. David wasn’t willing to sit back and let him talk evil about his Lord and his people. It would give us courage if we would just concentrate on why we’re fighting and not so much who the enemy is. In 2 Chronicles 32:7 the bible says, “Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:” Hezekiah went on to say in verse 8, “With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles…” Our enemy may seem to outnumber us and be a lot stronger, but we still have the ultimate weapon; Jesus. He whipped the devil when he was born of a virgin, and after fasting. He whipped him again when he died, and again when he arose. He will be whipped again when the Jesus comes to take his bride home. There is another interesting fact that just came to mind; “How many times do you see the devil defeating Jesus during the Lord’s ministry on earth?” Jesus was always casting out devils but they never did cast him out anywhere.

We do have heaven’s hosts surrounding us when we go through trials. Just like in 2 Kings 6, until prayer is made to the Lord, we may be blind to what he has for us. But when we pray, God will give courage and allow us to see what help we have in him. God don’t just send one or two of heaven’s hosts to take care of his children. I like what the scripture says in verse 17. It says, “The mountain was FULL of horses and chariots of fire.”  Not just a few but full.

We have that same God and that same protection. When we go through trials and storms, it is because “This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” “His purpose” and not our own. He will fight our battles but we still have to show up. The Lord said in Jeremiah 1:8 “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.” Sometimes, the enemy is bigger, stronger, louder, and more in number than we are. We may walk in to the battle in the midst of ridicule and mockery and we may be the underdog, but if we keep our trust in him and be obedient, he will let us walk out victorious as the big dog. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!


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