MARCH 9 – In The Name of The Lord
1Sa 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
There are several things that very important about this encounter. Here is David, a young man that is displaying maturity and faith.
It is common for enemies to say things to each other about what they will do to their opponent. Goliath said he would give David’s flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the world. This same braggadocio takes place today between heads of countries. It is a form of intimidation. It is meant to cast fear into the heart of the opponent.
Too often we try to win the lost and dying world through worldly means and activity. Others try to win the lost with human wisdom and logic. Years and years ago when I pastored in Arkansas, I went to a church that celebrated a pastor being the ministry for 50 years. I listened to all the accolades and then one man went to the podium and related a story about this pastor. This man came to the pastor and asked him to go right now to one of his relatives and get him saved. The pastor willingly went and entered the house and after greetings and purpose were exchanged, He read to the man all the scriptures on salvation. After the man simply nodded to the scriptures, the preacher got up and told his church member it was time to go. They got in the truck and started home and the church member exclaimed, he didn’t get saved. The preacher replied, I did my part, I gave him the plan of salvation, now it is up to the Holy Spirit.
What are you using to reach a rebellious and sinful world for Christ? Years and years ago, a mission organized into a church and was meeting in an old store building downtown. One evening church had dismissed and the members were standing on the sidewalk visiting. A drunk walking through the people noticed the pastor. He stopped and look closely at the pastor’s face and exclaimed, “I-I-I know you, you are the one that saved me.” The pastor’s reply, “yes and you act like someone I saved.” Let us not be saving people but give them the gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.
I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.