What Not To Wear

What not to wear

I Samuel 17:38-39 (NKJV) So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.

On any given Sunday morning, one of our girls will ask my opinion of her clothing selection or what shoes would look best. Once I oblige, she inevitably will turn and ask her sister for their advice. Having three girls, I am not offended because it is subject to their nature. People spend a great deal of time on appearance. It is just who we are. It really doesn’t matter what “look” someone is after – few do it to please ourselves but to fit the culture of our choice. Seasons in nature drive our selection process just as much as seasons of life. There are certain options no longer suitable for me over 50 with children and grandchildren. I prefer modest clothing that is not too revealing because I am a Child of the King and submissive wife to my husband. It is important to evaluate what the apparel of our heart as much as what we cover our physical self with.

David had declared defeat of the giant. Saul decided to let him try. Ridiculous to think a mere youth who spent all his time in the fields tending sheep could overcome the massive Philistine threat, but the king decided to let the boy try. What possessed Saul to let David go out to face the giant? Perhaps, he was at a loss of options. The same threat uttered daily with no response. The reward of marrying one of his daughters unanswered. Or maybe Saul had nothing to lose. David wasn’t a soldier, but a shepherd. If he died on the field it did not take from his troops. Whatever the case, Saul wasn’t going to send the boy out unshielded.

And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. What is your covering today? Not the apparel you have on, but the covering on your heart? David was clothed in confidence. It is apparent from the start that he knew the giant would die. He didn’t know how. But he knew that God was about to take out Israel’s adversary. Confidence is the very thing that shields our heart and mind from the threats hurled at us by the enemy each day. The lies meant to entangle us. The accusations meant to bind us. The half-truths calling for compromise and settlements contrary to the Promise of God for us. David responds to Saul, “I cannot walk with these for I have not tested them.” Such a powerful statement for the believer today. We cannot walk in righteousness or the armor of God unless we test it. So that when a giant arises or trial comes it is the confidence of heart no matter how great the adversary or opposition.

Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God;
for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

In order to don the armor of God, the believer must first experience intimacy with God. To rejoice in the Lord and have a joyful soul is in the full revelation of God’s Amazing Love and Overwhelming Affection for us. It is not a near-miss, get-out-of-jail mentality. God is not our advocate but the Lover of our soul on the most intimate level. He created us. He desires us. He treasures us. Confidence in the Love of God is the broken, breeding ground of faith. If you have no confidence in His Love, you will never accept all that comes with it. It starts with a relationship. The relationship forms a covenant bond. Nothing that comes against our relationship with God will prevail – not because we are capable of complete faithfulness – but because the Lord is absolutely faithful to His Beloved.

Ephesians 6:10-13 (NKJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might… as if to further confirm the necessity of intimacy with the Lord our strength is found “in the Lord and in the power of His Might.” You have to live in it for it to be comfortable on you. To live externally by faith is to live in eternal confidence. Righteousness is not achieved by mankind but fully accepted and adopted in Christ alone. Have you measured your faith lately? Are you clothed in confidence? When the time comes to face the giant, one must act fully in obedience to achieve victory to remain “strong in the Lord and in the power of His Might.” David knew that he physically could not beat the giant but had complete confidence that God could and would. Faith must give way to confidence to be effective in our life. The enemy cannot defeat the Christ in you. But it is up to you and I to remain IN Christ to be victorious.

Ephesians 6:14-18 (NKJV)  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

In life there are many roles and responsibilities – each one with its own uniform of sorts based on the position. For example, some will wear a uniform to work today that is not a true representation of the position they will one day hold. David defeated Goliath in a shepherd’s clothing not fully aware he would be dressed as a king. I wear many hats – I am daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, employee, church member, ministry leader, writer and more. The most important head gear I wear is the helmet of salvation that reminds me not to get caught up in all the other roles of my life and have confidence that I am a Child of God. The weapon that I yield is that of the Spirit not my own hands. It is sharpened and honed by the Word of God made wisdom by doing what it says. Our life in agreement with Christ in us gives us complete confidence in every situation. We are not called to be fighters but believers. Confident that the Christ in us is always victorious. I leave you with this today Child of the Living God – Paul wrote this passage as “an ambassador in chains.” (Ephesians 6:20) You, my friend, are full of great things and can life in full expectation not because you look like it but because Jesus lives in you! I wonder what would happen if our days were filled with donning our spiritual apparel rather than worrying about our personal appearance. I believe every impossible would become possible. Miracles would happen. Mountains would move. Giants would fall. Revival would come!

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