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Whose Armor bearer Are You?
Nathanael Flock
July 1st, 2009

Throughout the Bible and history, the armor-bearer was an important part of the army.  In this day and age we may not appreciate the calling because we have no relevant comparison.  Today, "kings" of nations do not often go out to war with a sword girded on their thigh - they speak to cameras, dine with leaders, and strive for diplomacy.

In days of old, the human leaders of nations would be a part of the army as much as the infantry or cavalry.  We see this countless times in the Bible, perfectly summarized in 2 Samuel 11:1: "In the spring when kings march out to war..."

Naturally, each warrior in an army was willing to lay their lives down for their country.  An armor-bearer, however, was someone hand-picked by the king or leader of a nation according to loyalty, skill in war, and steadfastness in the midst of battle.  The armor-bearer of a leader was someone whom they could clearly trust to be their defense and offense in the heat of battle.

We see a picturesque armor-bearer in the story of Jonathan's victory over the Philistines (1 Samuel 14). While Saul and the army rested on the outskirts of Gibeah, Jonathan and "the attendant who carried his weapons" (the armor-bearer) secretly moved toward the Philistine garrison who had taken control of a pass nearby.  Jonathan told his armor-bearer, "Come, let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will help us. Nothing can keep the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few." (v7)  The armor-bearer responded, "Do what is in your heart. You choose. I'm right here with you whatever you decide."

When Jonathan attacks, he tells his armor-bearer "Follow me." The Word then says "Jonathan went up using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer behind him. Jonathan cut [the Philistines] down, and his armor-bearer followed and finished them off" (v.13).

We see the importance of this example when it is juxtaposed with Goliath and his armor-bearer.  In 1 Samuel 17, it takes 4 thorough verses to descibe how intimidating the mighty warrior Goliath was, and then ends with "In addition, a shield-bearer was walking in front of him (v.7)".  Then, when David finally faces Goliath, it says again "The Philistine came closer and closer to David, with the shield-bearer in front of him" (v.41).  Even with his tank-like armor and array of weapons, Goliath still sent his armor-bearer in front of him.  He was going to make his armor-bearer die first.

This is the cowardice of the principalities we fight.  They will put men and women in front of them to fight and die for their causes, heaping up martyrs for themselves.  Countless men and women are playing armor-bearer for enemies they cannot see, unaware that the cause they fight for wants to destroy them.

Notice how David does not even acknowledge the armor-bearer of Goliath. He goes straight for the giant.

No doubt this shepherd boy knew he was God's chosen armor-bearer in that moment.  I believe he was meditating on Deuteronomy 9:1-3 before this battle: "Hear O Israel: you are to cross over the Jordan today, to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves, cities great and fortified up to heaven, a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you are heard it said, 'Who can stand before the sons of Anak?' Know therefore today that He who goes over before you as a consuming fire is the LORD your God. He will destroy them and subdue them before you. So you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as the LORD has promised you."

We have a King who has gone before us, One who has already died, already risen, and has cut down the enemy before we arrive. Micah 2:13 should be our battle cry: "One who breaks open the way will advance before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and leave by it. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord as their leader."We are not fighting alongside an indifferent, selfish dictator!  We are following the King of kings and Lord of lords, the consuming fire that goes before us in righteousness and justice!  David took the promise of the Lord in Deuteronomy 9 and ran with a courageous, free heart into battle.  Let us look in the Word and in our journals for the promises He has spoken to us.  Let us now be found by the King as loyal, trustworthy, and steadfast warriors in this hour, that we might follow Him in battle as His armor-bearers!

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At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

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If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

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8/10/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

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