1Samuel 17:1, 8-11 NKJV Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and were gathered at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah; they encamped between Sochoh and Azekah, in Ephes Dammim. (8) Then he (Goliath) stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. (9) If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” (10) And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” (11) When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
This week let’s take a look at the enemy’s strategy to see if we can learn some things about minimizing fear in our lives.
The Philistines had gathered their army together and taken up a stance to wage war on Israel. But instead of sounding their trumpets and ordering a charge of the Philistine army against Israel, verse 8 tells us that Goliath, the Philistine’s champion and most fiercest warrior, called out to the Israelites to send him just one warrior. He said, “Why have you come out to line up for battle?… Choose a mon for yourselves, and let him come down to me.” Goliath didn’t want the Israelites to fight together as a team. He wanted to separate them and fight only one man and they were greatly afraid.
You may think, “Yes, but that is actually a rational thing to do. Then there will be less overall casualties.” That is exactly what the enemy wants you to think. The enemy seeks to divide and conquer. 1 Peter 5:8 says our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Just like a lion in the natural looks for the oldest and weakest wildebeest or the young zebra that wandered away from its herd, the enemy is looking to separate you from your network of friend and family within the Body of Christ. Don’t fall into the trap.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 tells us that one might be overpowered by another, but two can stand against him. There is power in numbers. The Scripture goes on to tell us in Leviticus 26:8 that five will chase a hundred, and a hundred will put ten thousand to flight. And Deuteronomy 32:30 says that even two can put ten thousand to flight. Yet when the bad report comes, the enemy attacks, fear comes, so many withdraw and isolate themselves. Some are too embarrassed to let others know their circumstance. Well, that’s pride dear friends. Others just don’t know the strength they have and the power in agreeing in prayer with others. Matthew 18:19 and 1 John 5:14 tells us that the prayer of two or more done in agreement and according to His will, the Word of God and His promises are his will, then we have what we ask. GLORY!!! If the enemy can isolate us he might be able to overpower or deceive us, but if we stand together then no enemy and no circumstance can defeat us.
Don’t fall into the trap. Don’t allow the enemy or circumstance to isolate you from your support network. When fear comes, there are people who are ready and willing to stand with you. Together you will FEAR NOT!
Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, (25) not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.