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Bringing God’s Narrative into the Battle

Our country and the rest of the world are living in unprecedented times. From lockdowns, business closures, civil unrest, masks, and all...

Written by Greg Simas · 1 min read >

Our country and the rest of the world are living in unprecedented times. From lockdowns, business closures, civil unrest, masks, and all the rest.

Regarding the church, has there ever been a time in modern church history where virtually every church around the world has been ordered to close its building doors to their congregation and communities?

Despite all that is going on, God has chosen you and me to be alive “for such a time as this.” What a privilege and responsibility we have to reveal and demonstrate God’s heart and bring the Gospel to the world.

A Very Real Battle

This year we have witnessed much turmoil, confusion, contradiction, chaos, upheaval, hypocrisy, and political maneuverings. It’s enough just to try and keep up. We are indeed in a battle between light and darkness, principalities and powers, moral absolutes, absolute truth, the list goes on and on.

So many have jumped on the train, caving into media-driven narratives designed to rattle, divide and incense people against one another. It’s saddening.

I think what’s even worse is how we’ve allowed this, to some degree, into the body of Christ as we have taken media-driven narratives to establish divisive beachheads within our churches.

While I’m not opposed to discussing the issues, this should never become things that divide us.

David and God’s Narrative

In this season, it’s crucial that we bring God’s narrative into the battle.

In the story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17, we see Goliath, who day in and day out, taunts the armies of the living God – namely Israel. Israel buys into Goliaths godless narrative and is reduced to an army cowering to fear and intimidation rather than faith and trust in a miracle-working God.

While Israel is consumed with Goliath’s narrative, David is in the fields getting God’s. And when called upon, David brings God’s narrative onto the battlefield, and the rest is history.

We have a Choice

While we continue to be assaulted with media-narratives, we all need to make a choice. Are we going to stay quarantined into listening largely to a media-driven narrative that promotes fear and division, or will we choose to limit its noise and go to God in prayer to receive His?

We must never allow the signs of the times, and the narratives that come with it, to become Goliath and gain primary influence in our lives. This only leads to fear, doubt, and hopelessness.

Only God’s narrative active within us provides the faith, power, hope and trust to perseverance and overcome in this season.

What narrative has preeminence in your life – Goliaths or Gods? What seems bigger to you?

Be assured, God is in control. He longs to partner with you to see His plan fulfilled! His narrative grows in our hearts when we pray and gain access to the strategies of heaven. In doing so, Davids are born, and Goliaths are slain.

–Pastor Greg

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Written by Greg Simas
Greg is the Founder and Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer, Husband, Father, Pastor and Writer. He is married to his wife Wendi, and have three amazing children and four grandchildren. Greg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Profile

12 Replies to “Bringing God’s Narrative into the Battle”

  1. The question in my mind is this. Will believers stand up and face the Goliath in their immediate surroundings or merely hide behind the pretense that they are waiting to hear from God. Gaining access to the strategies of heaven is a wonderful thing. Being given access carries a responsibility to action, whether to encourage the downhearted and/or stand up for Righteousness. Thank you for the article. Blessings!

    1. Hi Rene. Love your comment! Strategies from heaven given, carry a responsibility to act. Many times fear masquerades as wisdom, or in this case, as a means of delayed obedience — which is disobedience IMHO. Many feel alone and/or powerless, so I encourage people to take small steps. And like Moses, use what’s in your hand, the gifts God has given to you. Thanks for the comment. Helpful!

  2. Agree! I took the step to listen and obey God early this morning to pray over my teammates at our staff meeting. First time ever as a group anyway. I emailed more detail to Wendi.

    1. Hi, Alma. Well done! So glad you stepped out, I’m sure your teammates were encouraged. Keep doing this! And I look forward to reading the email you sent to Wendi.  Blessings!

  3. Since we have the mind of Christ, bringing God’s narrative into our daily battles should be easier than in David’s day. Great post PG – bringing godless vs godly perspective!

    1. You’re right, Sam. We have the mind of Christ and the Holy Spirit. For David and Israel, it was all on the line, but David first defeated the bear and lion before Goliath. Small victories provide faith to conquer the bigger ones!  Great hearing from you.

  4. Good word!
    One of the biggest things that has helped me is going to the word and see what our examples are! I hear some many brothers and sisters demanding their rights. But Jesus said give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Jesus laid down his rights and lived Kingdom. He spoke and taught how to live. He spoke out of His identity. The laws didn’t sway his behavior. So for example when the Governor issued an order not to sing. I sing out of obedience to the word and out of my identity in Christ. I live for Christ and follow the word. I sing out of obedience not disobedience.

    1. Good point, Cindy. Our allegiance is first and foremost to Christ rather than civil authorities who dictate orders that are contrary to His Word. Living according to God’s Word pleases Him but it, at times, comes with consequences, especially in light of civil authorities. Daniel is thrown in the lion’s den, and the three Hebrew kids are thrown in the fire. Peter and John are whipped and Paul is thrown in prison. The greatest display of love and loyalty is when our obedience costs us something.

  5. What a lovely and spiritually uplifting way of looking at our current situation. What a goliath we’re confronted with, indeed, the virus and the rest of the relentless appendages that come along with it front and centre.
    Thank you pastor for reminding us, like David, to seek Gods narrative so that we be the beacon of light wherever we are in this shroud of darkness currently engulfing us.

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