WE ARE THE DAVIDS AND SAMSONS OF OUR TIME
(This is a revision of an article I did on Super Bowl Sunday.)
The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “We are ambassadors who represent Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20). Because we have Christ in us, we all have the opportunity to be ambassadors for Him in our fields of influence: in our work, our family, our school, our neighborhoods and all the places close to us. But the Lord also needs people who will accept positions bigger than their perceived ability.
The other morning the Lord gave Jane and me a new spiritual realm of influence. He inspired us to pray for the shaking up of the judges in the United States. It’s the judges who interpret the laws. They are supposed to interpret the laws according to the intent of the Constitution, which is based on the Bible. But many have strayed, and instead, they make up their own interpretations biased by peer pressure and personal agenda.
Jesus said this about the interpreters of the law in His day: “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things” (Matt. 12: 34).
So the Lord gave us some things to pray concerning judges. We are to pray that the evil ones either get turned back around to good, or if they refuse, that their mouths are stopped, their mental capacity scrambled and their influence blocked.
Though I know very little about judges, I do know something about prayer and I do know something about taking down devil spirit influence. And I do know that the Lord never gives us anything He won’t show us how to do and how to do well. We may think we are mere shepherds, but we all have a warrior on the inside!
The shepherd boy David’s only job was to take care of his flock of sheep. In his small realm of influence, he had to fight off a bear and a lion who came after his sheep, and he did it. This small boy was called by God later, to defeat the giant Goliath, who threatened Israel’s whole existence, and he did it. (See 1 Sam. 17).
Samson was just a regular guy. Before the incident with Delilah, he had married a Philistine woman. One day he went off and the wife’s father thought he abandoned her. The Philistine father kidnapped her and gave her to another guy to marry. Samson went after her and burned up fields of corn and vineyards as a retribution for the evil they had done. They came after him, arrested him, bound him up and then God worked in this regular guy to do something amazing.
“And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax [linen] that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.
“And Samson said, ‘With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men’” (Judges 15:14-16).
One person who believed in our God wiped out a thousand men with only the jawbone of a donkey. That’s miraculous, but no more miraculous than what our Lord is asking us to do in these times.
You and I are the Davids and the Samsons of our day. We may think we only have influence over a few, and those few are highly important to God, but He may be asking us to step it up a notch. By revelation, He may ask us to go into some very new areas of life, even physically. But whether or not our jobs are to fight physically, we can never forget that our ultimate battle is always spiritual and the spiritual is what affects the physical results the Lord wants.
Second Corinthians 10:4 tells us: “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12).
Believing and acting from a spiritual point of view will always manifest in a material way. Let’s expect the Lord to expand our spiritual realms of influence and be ready to say yes to whatever He asks. It might be a little scary, but more than that, it’s exciting, wonderful and such an awesome privilege! The Lord is thrilled to have us; He loves us and He never gives us something He won’t show us how to accomplish.
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