WHICH VOICE DO YOU LISTEN TO? (A Study of David and Goliath) Part I

DAVID AND GOLIATH

I want to do a series on “Which voice do you listen to?   As I was studying this passage of scripture, God gave me revelation into what was going on behind this passage spiritually.  What I am trying to say is that in our lives we have voices and messages bombarding us on a regular basis, we then have to choose our responses and reactions to these voices.

Which voice do you listen to?

1 Samuel 17 1-50 New Living Translation (NLT)

17 The Philistines now mustered their army for battle and camped between Socoh in Judah and Azekah at Ephes-dammim. Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah. So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them.

Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet[a] tall! He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds.[b] He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds.[c] His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.

Background

A little background into our beginning passage.  The date of this passage is around 1023-1018 BC.   My point is, if you are not to familiar with the Old Testament part of the Bible, do not worry, nothing has changed.  If you are familiar with Middle East and current events, Isreal is still fighting with it neighbors.  Philistines are not modern-day Palestinians, but the conflict is still basically the same.  These groups have been fighting since Isaac and Ishmael (Geneses 21).  During this time, the Philistines had several giants, one was named Goliath and he had some bothers too.

Israel had it’s first king, his name was Saul and these two forces met for battle in the valley of Elah.  So in this battle, there came a challenge from Goliath.  Instead of everyone coming out and fighting and  everyone getting killed, let’s do a one on one and the winner takes all battle.  For a proud Goliath, this seemed to be a sure win for him.  As you just read about his size and stature, no one in the natural could beat this hardened warrior one on one.

Voice Number One; Goliath/Satan

Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! 10 I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” 11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

Goliath in this passage represents Satan; the devil, accuser of the brethren.  The bible has given us insight into this enemy of God and man.  Satan was originally an arch angel in heaven in charge of worship.  He was the most beautiful angel ever created.  He served God with his worship but one day he rebelled.

 Taking a look at three verses
 1)  This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. Revelation 12:9
If you do a serious study of Adam and Eve in the garden along with the  story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, and then meditate on it, you might come up with these questions.  Did Satan ever threaten either Eve or Jesus?  Did he grab Adam by the throat with all his angelic power and threaten Eve with “If you do not eat this fruit I will kill your husband?”  With all his angelic power, you do not see any of that.  He simply talked and began deceiving Eve.  There are no threats, no intimidation is ever mentioned!  There is a reason, and why am I pointing this out?  It is because this is all the power he has or is limited to by God.
If you are a Born-Again Christian, saved by the blood of Jesus, he can only tempt you!  He can only deceive you into sinning thus getting you to destroy yourself.  All he did was use his voice to tempt Eve and the rest was up to Eve.  Eve gave in and brought sin on herself.
On the other hand, he attempted the same thing on Jesus and Jesus did not fall for it.  Jesus just responded with the scriptures and destroyed the attacks of Satan.  If we can only learn this truth about defeating Satan.  This is all Satan does,  he offers you something and then tempts you with it.  The rest of the story is up to you.  Do you listen to what God says or do you fall for the lies Satan offers.  If you have the Spirit of God in you, Satan is limited to all he can do.  Only the world gives him this underserving reputation.  Yes, he was a powerful angel but in Colossians it states:
Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Like I said, the only one who has the real power to destroy your life is you!  You have to buy into the lie and the temptation and then you have to act on it.  I know this is not popular to a victim minded society but it is the truth.
  2)  Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
 
Satan is “like a roaring lion,” in another words, he is a “big mouth.”  If you study male lions, the most feared weapon is their roar!  When a male lion roars it is simply to send his victims into a panic. He is not charging or attacking.  He is just using his voice, just like Goliath did against the armies of Israel.  He never mutilated anyone or did anything to cause panic among King Saul’s men except roar, which leads us to our next point.
Another attack of Satan and also a favorite of his, is the scare tactic: Fear.  Satan love to use his voice to instill fear.  The acronym for F.E.A.R. is False Evidences Appearing Real.  In reality faith is hearing the Word of God and believing it and fear is hearing the word of Satan and believing it.  Too many people are in the latter.  They believe everything Satan and his demons whisper to them.
  • His Jezebel voice loves to whisper that lump you feel is cancer.  Your whole family died of cancer and you will too.
  • You know you are going to lose your job.  You know you are not that talented!  You are going to lose everything!
  • You know your husband/wife is having an affair, he/she does not love you any more.
  • You know you are a failure, you are not smart enough nor talented enough and you know you never get the breaks in life.
  • Do you know that God is disappointed in you and does not love you anymore.  He stopped hearing your prayers long ago.

These are the voices and the lies of the deceiver – Satan.  Goliath is just like Satan.  Goliath appeared to Israel, as a giant with lots of weapons.  In 1 Sam. 17:16, the Bible states that for 40 days Goliath screamed and taunted the army of Israel into a paralyzing fear.  He just came out day and night taunting and scaring everyone into submission without a fight!  Everyone from King Saul to the lowest ranking soldier shook in their boots at the appearance and voice of Goliath.  He did not kill anyone.  He was just barking out threats with his voice.  This was his real weapon and he was able to keep an entire army in fear and at bay for 40 days and nights.

So many today are living in the same paralyzing fear!  Satan has you frozen in your life over some word or words he whispered in your ears.  I know I struggle with it too.  I am currently trying to write a book and Satan always comes and tells me “you are no Max Lucado or some other great Christian writer”.  He loves to whisper to me, “Do you believe anyone really wants to read your work.”  I know as I wrote this article he whispering to me these very words.

Satan is the deceiver.  He tells you that he has a better way than God.  He tells us that God is holding out on us.  Satan is the master of lies.  Satan is the accuser.  He loves to get us to condemn ourselves.  Once again, he gets us to condemn ourselves.  He does this by accusing us first, then we accept his word over Gods word and then finally we take it in our heart and believe it.

3)  2 Corinthians 11:14:  But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Satan loves to disguises himself not only as light but anything that is to his advantage.  As light he loves to make us feel we are doing the right things.  How many people go to church, live religious lives, follow various religions and then still find they ended up in hell?  They think they are following the right way.

However, Jesus is the only way.  He is the only one who came from above and paid for all our sins.  Religion says “you have to do it and do it right in order for God to love you and accept you.”  This is not true.  Jesus made it clear that no man can enter into heaven on his own power, it is only God who saves.

Matthew 19:25-26: When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”   But Jesus looked at them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Satan loves to convince the world that he is the alternative to God, God’s equal enemy force,  that he possess as much power as God.  We watch this in movies and television shows.  Satan is nothing more than a created being!  A created being, created by God  who used his freewill to condemn himself.  Not only did he condemn himself but also 1/3  of other angels and billions of humans, who continually buy his lies and fall into the pit of hell.  The only upper hand I ever seen that Satan has, is that God is limited to his Word and He sticks to it. (Not saying this from a perspective of weakness).

As I mentioned earlier,  Satan can and does offer man everything under the sun.  From religion, to money, power, sex.  There is nothing he is not offering through his lies.  He is the ultimate salesman.  He will tell you anything and offer anything to get you to quit following God and rather follow him into the pit of hell.  Remember Satan is not the “King of Hell”, or “Ruler of the dark realm.”   Rather he is a condemned fallen angel who is awaiting his time to be sent to that prison named “Hell.”  Simply put in he is out on parole and awaiting his incarnation date.

Satan is not God’s equal in anyway or any form.   He is a fallen, created angel, who’s only function (in my opinion) is to offer man a false way.   He is the tempter and deceiver of man.  He hates man because (in my opinion) God gave man (Adam and Eve) a kingdom.  In Lucifer’s pride, beauty and splendor, he could not stand to see God pour out His Love on  another created being and give them power and authority.

But remember, all voices (those other than the Word of God) are influenced by Satan!

 

 

 

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