One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in 2 Samuel 23: 9-10. I have preached a couple of sermons on this scripture, but I woke up praying for a specific person this morning and this was the scripture that kept running through my head so I thought I would share! It says:
9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
Eleazar was one of David’s top 3 mighty men. The Philistines had invaded but when his own army ran, Eleazar stood and defended what was rightfully his. He fought until he was tired and then he fought some more. He fought until his hand clave unto his sword. That’s an old word that means that his hand was joined together with his sword. He was a warrior. He was familiar and accurate with his weapon. It was not some foreign object that he was slinging around. It was HIS sword. It was part of him and when he needed it most it became and extension of who he was. That is pretty awesome! But there is more to the story that I want you to see.
First, he was under attack. As we move forward for God we are going to come under attack. It is going to come in the form of the expected - people who are against the move and body of Christ, and the unexpected. In Eleazar’s case, he was abandoned by those who swore to fight by his side! You will notice in life that you are never betrayed by your enemies. Only those closest to you have the opportunity to betray you. Israel was under attack and they were gaining ground, but even in the face of the attack of the enemy, Eleazar would not give up.
Second, he was determined not to give up what was rightfully his. I don’t know what is going on in your life today, but don’t budge! What God has given you is yours and you need to plant your feet, square your shoulders, give a war cry and raise your sword for battle! There will be a battle for your mind, your emotions, your will, your family, your church, your country, and maybe even for your life. Mark my words - the battle WILL come! How determined are you to stand and say to your enemy “THIS LIFE OF MINE MAY NOT LOOK LIKE MUCH TO YOU BUT IT IS NOT FOR SALE AND I WILL NOT LET YOU TAKE IT!!!” ?
Third, he fought more than one Philistine. Often times the enemy of our soul will come at us with more than one thing at a time. We have to learn to take dominion over the enemy and kill the Philistines in our lives. There are the Philistines of anger, fear, unforgiveness, rage, greed, bitterness, pain, betrayal, deceit and manipulation just to name a few. These are ugly creatures and in my mental picture they are very similar to the Orcs in the movie “Lord of the Rings”. Can you picture it? Eleazar was in a battle not just for the land but for his life. He had been left alone by his army and was facing a literal battle for his life! The Philistines were not going to just taunt him to death. They were not going to tease him until he ran away. They were going to physically kill him and take what was his. All of the Philistines we face have the opportunity to do the same thing to us - UNLESS we take dominion over them!
Fourth, he fought until they were all dead and God gave him a decisive victory that day. We cannot give up! You will get weary. Weary is a fancy word for tired. Eleazar did not stop until all the Philistines that came against him were dead. Don’t give up until you have defeated your enemy! You can’t leave a single one of them alive! Chances are that once you show your strength that some of them will run. But the odds are just as good that they wont let up until they have stabbed you in the heart, maimed your calling, injured your emotions, and left you as a corpse on the battlefield. The enemy doesn’t play fair and he is not a graceful loser.
Oh daughters (and sons) of the Most High God! It is time that we Esther up! We are to hold our heads up high, square our shoulders, adjust our crown and declare THIS IS MY LIFE AND IT IS NOT FOR SALE! Clean your property and don’t leave it littered with the enemy’s trash. The enemy is treading on holy ground! Swing God’s promises like a sword to defeat your Philistines! Then walk in the freedom that follows, and rest in the peace that the good fight brings!
With all my heart I love you