Tuesday, November 8, 2011

David vs. Goliath

I recently heard about a man who paid his son to memorize the speech that David gave to Goliath right before his gruesome battle. He knew that if he could instill into his son what it meant to have "the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel" on your side, how much different his life would be. Essential, we hear David saying, "my Dad can beat up your dad."

I don't know why as a child it seems so important for us to have a dad who can beat up everyone else's dad, but I know that on more than one occasion those words came out of my mouth. Maybe it has something to do with knowing and believing that we are secure in who our father is, or our identity, and the authority that comes with being in a family line that holds power and position. I'm not saying that power and position is something that you yourself need to provide for your children, but teaching them that this is already provided for them through their relationship with a heavenly Father. I'm also not saying that this should be a place for us or our children to use our relationship with God to become a bully or push people around with the Law, but to realize as David did, that he had the ability to protect the innocent and stand up for what was right because of his identity.

To often we try to protect others by denying them access to powerful tools because of our fear of their destructive capabilities rather than giving them appropriate instruction in how to properly use those powerful tools. Identity can be one of those powerful tools, check out 1 Samuel 17 and Ephesians 1 for a glimpse at who we are in Christ.

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