2Samuel 23:12 “But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.”
The last thing Shammah did as part of his strategy to conquer was to attack. Our focal scripture says he “…slew the Philistines”.
In the game of football, no matter how well you defend, you cannot win until you go on the offensive and score against the opposing team. It is the same in warfare.
Going on the offensive means attacking the enemy. Shammah couldn’t successfully defend his “piece of ground full of lentiles” until he went on the offensive. It is popularly said that, “The best form of defense is attack”.
As a believer, you must develop the will to fight. Hear this:
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
In Ephesians 6, we saw the vivid description of a Christian warrior and how he should defend himself but it didn’t stop there; we were told that after we might have defended every part of our body, we pick up the last weapon which is the main offensive weapon in the setup. It is called the “sword of the Spirit” and it is the word of God.
Many people kept on receiving blows from the enemy without throwing their own punches. Can you imagine Jesus keeping quiet in the book of Matthew 4:1-11, when the devil came to tempt him? That encounter would have been a disaster for Jesus if he didn’t go on the offensive but here was how it ended:
Matthew 4:11 “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
The devil knows how to run away from a man that knows how to dole out deadly blows from the depth of revelation loaded on his inside.
Reading, studying and meditating on the word of God can be likened to building your defensive mechanism but releasing it out of your mouth makes it potent and offensive.
Speaking the word is wielding and releasing swords offensively. Don’t keep quiet in the face of opposition!
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