1 Samuel 17:41-44  Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

A boogie man is a story we may have heard as kids. It was an imaginary monster that a child would say was scaring them. Other kids would say the boogie man is going to get you. Many children…like me…thought they were hiding under the bed or in their room. There was no actual description of the boogie man until 1934. Our first look at the scary creature was in the Old movie from 1934 Babes in Toyland… also known as… March of the Wooden Soldiers with Laurel & Hardy. That movie scared me until adulthood LOL.

Is there something in your life that is scaring you like the boogie man? Maybe a problem you’ve been dealing with, an illness, your boss, a troubled marriage, losing your house, a mean teacher in school, whatever it is that is your boogie man.

In the scripture above the boogie man of that day was a Philistine named Goliath who was a giant. Goliath was real, very scary and He terrorized the whole community. (1Sam 17:24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.) If the bible says great fear it means they were scared out of their minds. Is there a situation that is terrorizing you today? Let’s do something about that right now….don’t go another minute with this terror. You are going to kick your boogie man to the curb! As a matter of fact David ran right up to Goliath (vs.48 …As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.) You know you really have to be with the Lord to do something like that LOL.

1 Samuel 17:45-47 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

All this protection and help can be yours if…. the Lord is with you…if you are not with the Lord….the boogie man can get ya’! Hey I’m just being honest and truthful with you here. In order for the Lord to fight your battles you must first have a relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

There are great advantages to belonging to the family of God like when you are facing giants (aka boogie men) the Lord will fight your battle and you will get victory over the enemy. You don’t have to be afraid anymore. All you have to do is 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: John 16:33I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

These are antiboogie man scriptures meaning: give all your troubles to the Lord because He is your keeper. Be committed to Him and trust what He can do for you because Jesus has conquered this world …….so be encouraged!!

Message for today: You don’t have to scared of the boogie man when you know The Man….named JESUS!! What about Jesus? (wink..previous blog) It’s good to know Him…it’s good to know the Lord!