1 Chronicles 14:8 “When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; and David heard of it and went out against them.”


I ministered over 30 years in the Child Welfare field serving in various children’s homes around the Southeast United States.  One thing was common in every situation.  When a new houseparent was hired to live and work with the children, they would test them severely.  It was almost like throwing fresh meat to hungry wolves.  They pounced on that new staff person to test their mettle.

The Philistines thought now that Saul was dead that they would have easy pickings with David.  Sure, they had heard stories and experienced David’s triumphs in the past, but perhaps right now while he was just establishing his reign he was vulnerable.  They invaded Israel, much to their regret later.


 It seems the enemy strikes us more often when things are good than when they are bad. Your children need to be taught to be ever mindful of the enemy’s schemes.  When they get comfortable, watch out.  The Word says that the devil is always prowling around looking whom he may devour. He knows we can get complacent when everything seems to be going our way.  Remind your children of that.

Also, like the Philistines were with David, the enemy cannot stand to see us successful.  The enemy wants to tear down your children, especially in their young walk with the Lord. If the devil can put doubts in their minds now, they may just remain for a lifetime.  Don’t let that happen.  Prepare them to stay vigilant and alert to the enemy.

Are you watchful?  Are you staying firmly rooted in His Word to ward off the schemes of the devil?  I don’t mean you have to see a demon behind every bush, but be prepared spiritually for the battle.  And when he does strike, and he will, call on Jesus.  He defeats him with one word.  Hallelujah!

Mighty God, I know I can depend on You to defend me in my weakest hour. Help me be prepared at all times and to always call on You first to defeat my enemies. 


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