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Put on the Full Armor of God – Facing Your Goliath in Someone Else’s Armor

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We all have our Goliaths, our own giants to face in life. We all have spiritual battles to fight with a very real enemy who wants nothing more than our utter defeat. The Bible tells us to put on the full armor of God but do you often find yourself facing your Goliath in someone else’s armor?

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Put on the Armor of God – A Shepherd Boy

David was a young shepherd boy, the son of Jesse. He had three brothers who had gone to war alongside King Saul against the Philistines. Goliath was their champion. He was a giant who would come out each day and taunt the Israelites. He would challenge them to send someone to fight him. But not only would no one step up to battle this giant, they fled.

Jesse asked David to bring some food to his brothers on the front lines. So David left his sheep in Bethlehem in the care of a shepherd and took off to the Valley of Elah to bring the grain and bread to his brothers.



David Meets Goliath

David arrives and he hears Goliath taunting the Israelites. He asks what will be done for the man who can defeat Goliath. He is told the King will give him great wealth, his daughter in marriage and his family will be tax exempt.

So David tells Saul that he will fight this giant. Saul basically laughs him off because he is just a child. But David essentially gives Saul his resume and tells him of the time he killed a lion and a bear to protect the sheep. He says this “uncircumcised Philistine” is just like a wild animal and that the same God who helped him defeat the lion and bear will allow him to defeat Goliath.

So Saul agrees and dresses David in his armor.

Saul’s Armor

Now King Saul was a very tall man so his armor was not ideal for David.  1 Samuel 17:39 says:

“…and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.” ESV

Saul’s armor would not work for David because it was too big. It was not meant for David, it was meant for Saul. David tried to make it work but you cannot force someone else’s solution to fit your problem!

All David wanted or needed was the 5 smooth stones he picked up off the ground, his slingshot, and the God of Israel.

David took out Goliath with one shot and cut off his head with his own sword.

David didn’t need Saul’s armor. He only needed to put on the full armor of God, the Holy One of Israel.

Put on the Full Armor of God Instead of Facing Your Goliath in Someone Else’s Armor

Are you coming up against your giants in someone else’s armor?

Are you trying to solve life’s problems and battling the enemy the way someone else advises or the way someone else handled a similar issue, or are you going to God and putting on the only armor you need; the full armor of God.

The Whole Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10-18:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” ESV

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Test Everything

God doesn’t want us doing things the way other people have. Sure, we should seek godly counsel but at the end of the day, we have to be sure it is what God wants for us. We need to seek Him in His Word and in prayer. Everything must be measured up against the Word of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:21:

“…but test everything; hold fast what is good.” NIV

Facing your Goliath means that, like David, you have to give the battle to the Lord. Let the Lord go before you into battle!

David did not want to wear Saul’s armor, not only because it was too large, but because it was untested for him. Put on the full armor of God, not the armor of man!

Test everything! Don’t assume because something works for someone else that it will work for you!

Don’t try facing your Goliath in someone else’s armor! Let the Lord lead you!

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  1. What a great application for this well known story! I can’t imagine trying to clunk my way to safety (never mind victory! in ill-fitting armor, particularly if I wasn’t used to wearing it. This is such a practical thought for all the times we are tempted to “advise” people on solutions to their problems based on our own individual experience. There’s all kinds of room for God to work in different ways, and we need to respect that.

  2. I always love your posts! You made me consider the story of David and Goliath (and Saul) in a different way. I think this is common but problems are not one size fits all. Thank you for this reminder, my friend!

  3. One of my favorite stories of the Bible from since I was a young girl. There are so many truths in this one story!! Great reminders here for me today!!

  4. I love this whole concept. I have never thought of it before! Great post and something I will think of often, I’m sure.

  5. H Diane, the more I have studied armor, I am convinced the armor of God is in a sense, the Holy Spirit, and when things are too big for us He steps in. And while even God’s armor may be too big for us, at times,it is a perfect fit to get us to power, love and a sound mind.

  6. Ooh! Ouch! I have to say, you did it again. Especially as a mother this really resonates with me. Facing my giants, and teaching my boys to face theirs, requires the armor of God, fitted for me in my struggles!

  7. Yes! Love the application of this lesson. This is a huge thrust of what we try to do in our ministry – to help people find God’s solution for their problems and fight equipped in His armor for them! We’re so prone to seek out formulas for our problems, but God has made us each unique, and He has given us His living and active Word to show us the way! Thanks Diane!

  8. This is very good, Diane. Too often we try to fight our unique battles with someone else’s armor meant for THEIR battles. God designed our armor specifically for us, knowing what we would need. Thanks for this beautiful reminder to stay in our lane.

  9. I loved this post and the title was fabulous. You have given me lots of food for thought. Sometimes I do face my giants in someone else’s armor and it doesn’t work out to well. I have shared and tweeted. I hope you share this on Friday with Grace & Truth. Thank you!

      1. I have chosen this post to feature this week on Grace & Truth Link-Up. I have pondered all week this post. I realize I am so guilty of trying to get others to wear my armor when they fight their battles. Of course it doesn’t fit them.

        1. Thank you so much Maree!! I’m so glad the post resonated with you! You have blessed me so much!!

  10. This is such an important message! For much of my life, I looked to others to show me how to act and respond to various situations rather than looking to God. It took a crisis of faith for me to recognize who Christ is for ME, and that He is the only One I should look to. Thank you for this post!

  11. What a great insight into this passage, Diana! I’ve often thought about David not needing Saul’s armor but fully trusting in God’s protection, but never really took it to the level of applying this to me or others. It’s so true that we can feel like we need to use someone else’s strategy (armor) to get something done, when God wants us to fully rely on Him. Thanks for this! Pinned and tweeted!

  12. What an interesting perspective on David and Goliath. So often the focus is in David and Goliath, but a lot can be learned from the interaction between Saul and David. Love the wisdom here.

  13. Wow, I’ve honestly never thought of the story of David and Goliath in this way. Thank you for the reminder that I need to fight with the armor God has designed for me instead of trying to fit into someone else’s!

  14. Really love this! I read it this morning but did not get the chance to comment. God has given us a specific set of skills, insight, and experiences that He needs us to use to fight our individual battles for His glory.

  15. This was a GREAT read! The title swallowed me in like a tornado. I hope to read much more like this. Was one of the best put together pieces I’ve read.

  16. Love this advice. “Are you trying to solve life’s problems and battling the enemy the way someone else advises or the way someone else handled a similar issue, or are you going to God and putting on the only armor you need; the whole armor of God.” Something I tend to forget. The other thing I do is sometimes I try to keep solving the problem in the same way I have done in the past. Yes, the way that didn’t work.

  17. I have never thought about it like this. WOW! What an easy trap to fall into.
    Thank you for this insight. I will be sharing this one!