By Kwaku Peprah Adjei
Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality
Text: 1 Samuel 17
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (V 38-40)
It’s so easy to walk in the shoes of other people. It is just like making a meal with a recipe book. All you need to do is to follow the instructions. It does not matter if you have ever cooked before; just read and obey the instructions.
To be a conqueror, you cannot just walk in the shadows of others. David was not used to Saul’s armour. He tried walking with it, but he could not. He was an armour bearer, but he could not use the armour (V38). He was used to his sling and stone. The fact that you have been following a leader does not mean you can do exactly what they are doing. The most difficult task is to be something you are not.
Beloved, be yourself. Identify what makes you unique and capitalise on that. Yes, you have tried walking in your predecessor’s armour, but you just can’t walk in it. The key to conquering is to know yourself; know what works best for you. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. It’s time to put off Saul’s armour and use your Shepherd’s sling.
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