It shouldn’t startle us that the war in the last days will be a face-off between gods. Already there are little “gods” roaming this world and they will take every opportunity to deceive people to deny the true God of heaven and Jesus His Son. We are actually already in that face-off every day, right now. (See II Corinthians 4:4, 5). What is the bottom line question that separates the saints from the sinners? The winners from the losers? FAITH. BELIEF. And there are two main sides on this battle field:
1. The Spirit of this World, this Age
2.The Spirit of God
The Apostle John gave us a great teaching on how to tell the difference between the two:
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them (I John 4).
The unbelieving speak the same language among themselves. Oftentimes you will hear this language come off in a curse of one kind or another. When you hear this curse, identify it as coming from our enemy, satan, the god of this world. STAND UP and DO NOT LET THIS ENEMY INTIMIDATE YOU!
Let’s look at one of my favorite stories in scripture, David and Goliath. I want you to notice
the way that Goliath cursed God’s people.
Then notice how David responded.
40 Then he (David) took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He (Goliath) looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but
I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel,whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.”
I want you to know that our HERO is Jesus! Our GOD is Jesus!! And all it takes is ONE CHRISTIAN man or woman filled with faith in OUR HERO to strike down the god of this world and send his enemies running.
I Samuel 17:43–Goliath “cursed David by his gods.”
David replied, “I’m not coming to you in my own name, but in the name of the Lord God of Israel.”
It was a fight between gods.
And it’s still a fight between gods. David saw that he had a giant God
inside of him, a GIANT GOD who had helped him defeat a lion and a bear. David won those battles with only God and the sheep watching what was going on. David’s father and brother didn’t regard him as a great warrior. He wasn’t even regarded as important enough to meet Samuel when David came to Jesse’s house and asked Jesse if he could meet his sons. In the end, this isolation was good for David. In the end, David didn’t look for approval from his parents and siblings, he was satisfied as long as God was watching him and as long as God was pleased.
Some of you ARE standing up in a battle right now. You’ve had a lion, bear, or panther attack your “flock” and stood up against it and won in the name of the Lord God of Israel. He needs warriors who will recognize that the battle is between:
1. The Spirit of this World, this Age
2. The Spirit of God
You think nobody is watching you, but GOD SEES. God is looking for people he can depend on in the last days. God is looking for YOU.