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“And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.” 1 Samuel 17:38-39
I see people repeat the same mistake, that of arming others with their own armour, but know today that it doesn’t work. The reason is simple, the believers have not had the chance to try that armour for themselves. To get what it feels like David took a step or two with Saul’s armour but realised he just could not move, for he had not proved it.
I know believers who never turn to the word of God for themselves except to hear sermons. Good as it is but anyone doing that will never get far. But you and I need to turn to the word of God for the sake of our spiritual welfare and not only relay on sermons or prophetic declarations. We ought to know for ourselves the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and read it over and over again until it becomes part of you. Paul says to Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:15-16
What increases more to ungodliness?
Arming others with what’s supposed to be your amour! It’s a fine sword yes but it’s not yours but Saul’s – it’s not doing you any good, take it off!
If you’re not familiar with the weapon you’re going to use, you find yourself at a disadvantage when you attempt to use it against your enemy, especially when that enemy is Goliath. Please note, apart from the fact that Goliath was a giant, he also was well equipped, even to his teeth. “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.” (1 Samuel 17:24). Same with the devil, he knows whether your weapon was borrowed or not.
Our weapon is the word of God, unless we are familiar with it, unless we know how to use it, we are not going to get far. 1 Peter 2:2-3 says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” Just make a little run to the brook and get it. God’s word must be both in our mouth and our hearts, not only in that of another, be it pastor, apostle or prophet. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20). Meditate on it yourself until it becomes part of you. It is not our word but is God’s – what we say accomplish little but what god say endures forever.