REWARD: So Shall It Be Done for…

1 Samuel 17:26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27 And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”

Something shall be done for the one who takes away the reproach from the city, the community, the church. Something shall be done for the one who will trust God and withstand the enemy. Something shall be done for the one who obeys God in Christ. Something shall be done for the intercessor, the initiator, burden-lifter, deed doer, mission takers. Something shall be done for the one who stands to defy the defiant for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. Faith always attracts a reward, if not here, then in the hereafter. For He IS and He REWARDS! That is who He is: A REWARDER! Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

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Opportunity Unmasked

1 Samuel 17:24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid. 25 So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.”

Opportunity arises in the place where others feel threatened, are afraid, or in the process of fleeing an event.
Opportunity arises when people are talking about a problem but are doing nothing to solve it.
Opportunity arises when a reward is advertised for a positive accomplishment.
A divine opportunity has arisen if the need, when acted upon and accomplished leads to the blessing of many.
An opportunity has arisen when the reward, as advertised, can spill over beyond self toward the future or to the blessing of family and dear ones.

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A Wave of Momentum

1Samuel 17:20 So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle. 21 For Israel and the Philistines had drawn up in battle array, army against army. 22 And David left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper, ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. 23 Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them.

The joy of momentum– when one thing follows another and another without lengthy wait periods in between– that is what it means to be in process or to be accelerating toward a goal. This is very powerful. No wonder the enemy would send obstacles to break up the flow, the rhythm and the process. No wonder the enemy would send distractions, diversions and deviations to cause neglect of vision, abort purpose and make redundant.  .  Momentum has direction. It has speed. These two make it a force to accomplish something. Be aware of what God would accomplish through you. As much as depends on you don’t let the enemy steal your momentum by dissipating it on worthless outputs. Even if you can’t achieve something tangible, make sure you achieve or accomplish an intangible. In David’s case He heard the Philistine’s words. He HEARD, and that was how he grasped the opportunity of a lifetime.

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SENT And Suddenly

1 Samuel 17:17 Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. 18 And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.” 19 Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

Suddenly you are sent. And instead of being contained somewhere, you are given momentum to go on a journey to a short and simple destination. There seems to be nothing much to it, but you are going where the action is and there is a plan to intersect destiny just by your showing up at the place of momentum. But you don’t know that yet. All you know is the passion you have carried in your heart for ages during a season of containment– what some may call redundancy. You are just a servant boy or girl, but you serve the King of kings. God is about to envelope you with the anointing that your call demands. This anointing cannot be held up or held back by any known or unknown obstacles. The anointing will wait upon your Yea and Amen to connect with destiny, to breakthrough, overcome and establish what was just a vague distant vision. But for now, all that matters is that you are SENT. You are sent by the very one who called you, yet contained you that you might first be true to only Him. You are sent, and you respond with your passion to carry items, and go on a journey to bring back news. It will always be about being SENT and the momentum of the call to breakthrough containment, connect with the active, and deliver you in that place of destiny with the outcomes of God’s desire.

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people…

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Stand, withstand and having done all, STAND!

1 Samuel 17:10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

Enemy Speak: I defy the armies. The stance of the enemy is defiance. Yes, he hears your declarations and your commands but he will stand up with defiance. How long will he defy? He has a set time that you don’t know. Even he doesn’t know. He’s struts his stuff, intimidating with threats, just hoping you cave in. In Israel’s case Goliath defied Israel with shouts and taunts for 40 days. It was important for Israel to stand until that 40th day ended and God’s deliverance was revealed in the form of David. Don’t be surprised at the enemy’s defiance. Hold your ground. Show up for the battle with your prayers and declarations until victorious deliverance is yours in Christ. Also, pray for all believers and the five fold ministry because deliverance may be issued through these.

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Last man standing: The Faith of the Individual

1 Samuel 17:10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

Israel did well to mass up as an army to face the Philistines, but it’s soldiers had not built up their personal intimate faith as individual believers, individual worshipers, and individual warriors. David was different. Rejected by his family, living isolated with the flocks he had developed a deep personal relationship with the Lord and a strong individual faith. It is definitely very important that we maintain a strong relationship with the church– the body of Christ without sacrificing the individual’s day to day walk of faith, building relationship, strengthening disciplines that the Lord has called important in our faith life. One day you may have to face a defiant foe and it will take the strength of your relationship with the Lord and your faith walk to deliver that ability to stand, withstand and win the victory.

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Unmasking the Fighters

1 Samuel 17: 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

The Israelites were taking consolation in the numbers. Numbers can mask the war and the outcome of a war. But God wants us to see the warfare clearly– to understand what lies at the root– who is manipulating events– who has courage and who is mingling in the march. Thus Goliath reduced the warfare to a man on each side: good versus evil in its simplest form. This is very much like the ministry of Christ, the action is Christ against the devil: God speaks to the serpent at the fall: Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” This is furthermore expressed in the New Testament: 1 Corinthians 15:21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. Romans 5:12 “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” A win for Goliath would have meant death to the Israelites- subjugation, and oppression. The Israelites foresaw it and no wonder they were very afraid. For only the appointed, approved and anointed could face up to such a fearsome foe. It is interesting that a shepherd from Judah, who was previously and secretly anointed King would win this contest (of deliverance) before he would later take his crown, just like Jesus… Colossians 2:14 having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! 15 And having disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
And thus it was only when David killed Goliath that the Israelites became an army and charged to defeat the enemy, taking the spoils of war. Thus when we come to the warfare we must remember Christ already took out Goliath as we thunder after the enemy.

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