You cannot win your battle in someone else’s armor.
Have you heard the story of David and Goliath? David is a scrawny teenager who decides to slay a giant in a war he wasn’t old enough to fight in. The King at the time, Saul, tries to protect David by at least giving him some armor to wear.
I imagine he straps on all that heavy gear and it weighs his awkward teenage body down. The metal clangs around, his feet shuffle under the weight, and he can’t quite see out of the helmet on his head. So what does he do? He takes it off.
We have so much to learn from this moment! How often do we put on other people’s armor and pray it does the trick for us? We ride the coattails of someone else’s faith instead of developing our own relationship with Jesus. We crumble under the weight of heavy labels society has placed upon our shoulders instead of living out the truth of who God says we are. We hope what our pastor says is enough to get us through instead of developing any Bible study tools of our own.
Just like David, we’re walking into the battlefields of our lives weighted down by what doesn’t actually work for us. So, what should we do? Take it off! Any kind of protection from evil that may come your way is great. However, it may not all work for you and you have to get involved enough in your fight to find out,
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Does Bible study better for you in the morning, at night, or during your class break? When you’ve faced hardship before in your past, what tools did God give you to overcome and how can you use those today? What unnecessary weight of performance are you putting on yourself that you need to let go of?
David defeated Goliath with just a slingshot and some stones. What about you, Warrior? What has God placed in your hand?
Journal or Doodle:
Take a moment to sift through the questions above. Answer all that seems to apply to you. Doodle a picture of what your God-given armor looks like.
Kaley Rivera Thompson is an author, copywriter, Bible teacher, speaker, and worship leader. When she's not championing other women, cheering on the rising generation, writing or playing her guitar, Kaley loves to sip strong coffee, go on hikes, or take a day trip to the mountains with her family. She takes the most pride in being a mom to three little girls, Lina, Lili and Ceci. You can follow her on instagram at @kriverathompson or find out more on her website at kriverathompson.com.