by Steve Wagers

Things You Cannot Take to War!
Steve Wagers
1 Samuel 17
May 6. 2007

1. The Rival of Resentment!
a) The Bitterness Directed at David
1) His Insignificance
2) His Integrity
b) The Boldness Displayed by David
2. The Devil of Discouragement!
a) His Fight for God
b) His Faith in God
c) His Future with God
3. The Evil of Entanglement!
a) The Burden of Untested Force
b) The Blessing of Unmatched Favor

In his book, "The Study of War," professor Quincy Thomas examines a period of time from 1481 to 1981, and documented that during this time, nations were engaged in the following number of wars.

Great Britain: 78
France: 71
Spain: 64
Russia: 61
Austria: 52
Germany: 23
United States: 13
China: 11
Japan: 9

He also showed that in a total of 3530 years of recorded civilization, only 286 years have been spent without war somewhere on the globe. Yet, during that same period of time, 8000 peace treaties have been signed. He refers to peace-time as "the brief, glorious moment, in history, when everybody stands around reloading."

I think of a newly married bride who, three weeks after her wedding, called her minister. "Reverend," she wailed, "John and I had a DREADFUL fight!"

"Calm down, my child," said the minister, "it's not half as bad as you think it is. Every marriage has to have its first fight!" "I know, I know!" said Joanna, "but what am I going to do with the BODY?"

Spiritually speaking, if you are a Christian, you are in a war! You might say, "Wait a second, preacher, when I gave my heart to Jesus I expected a life of peace." Well, friend, while you now belong to the Prince of Peace, you are still in the fight of your life. You are in a war against the world, the flesh and the devil.

Billy Graham tells a story of a boxer who was engaged in a boxing match and was being badly beaten. Battered and bruised, he leaned over the ropes and said to his trainer, "Please throw in the towel! This guy is killing me!"


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