Talking Smack

1 Kings 20:11  The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’ ” 

Here in 1 Kings 20, we’ve got some smack talking of Biblical proportions.  Imagine these two kings on the basketball court.  King Ben-Hadad tells Ahab that he is going down; he doesn’t stand a chance.  Have you ever had someone smack talk you like that?  They try to get into your head and convince you of your failure before the game even begins.  In our scripture today, there was more at stake than a basketball game; this was all out war.

King Ahab’s response to Ben-Hadad was brilliant.  He said, “one who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.”  Essentially meaning, don’t talk like you’ve won the battle while you are still getting ready for it.  I guess he could have said, “don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” but that would have been far less manly.  The point is, Ahab didn’t put up with this kind of smack talking from his enemy and neither should we.

Satan is a smack talker, too.  He tries to to get into your head and convince you of your failure before the battle even begins.  And we listen to him.  We give up on the dreams that God has put in our hearts because we are convinced we can’t do it.  We give into temptation because we believe we aren’t strong enough.  It’s time for God’s people to stop listening to the lies, engage in battle, and win.  Jesus has guaranteed our victory, so let’s not believe anything less than that!

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