The Way to Win: On the side of God

1 Samuel 17:36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

There was something very special about David. He was so invested on the side of God that he saw the attack against himself, his life and his destiny and God’s people as an act of defiance against God. David said Goliath was going to be just like the bear and lion he had killed since he was in defiance of God. David sourced his victory from being fully on God’s side. Since he knew that Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts was always a winner, he knew that God would deliver him from the enemy in the fight. As a believer, ask yourself how much you are invested in Christ. Does His will count? Does His Kingdom count? What about His precepts, people, church and disciplines? What counts most with you?

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Making Your Victories Count

1 Samuel 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear;

Everyday of the walk by faith counts. Every battle counts. Most of the time we wish everything was smooth-sailing. Sometimes people envy those whose lives appear to have no hassles, whereas they see themselves caught in one storm after another. But our battles count, and every victory counts toward the unique destiny moments and challenges that lead to breakthrough, increase, and promotion. David had faithfully and courageously engaged with the huge challenges of both the lion and the bear. This stood him in courageous stead against Goliath when all others were shaking with fear. On the other hand, Prophet Elijah–although he had battled and won against Ahab, Jezebel and their false prophets, was weary. It is human to get weary after huge battles even when we have won in Christ. The Bible says, “Do not be weary of well-doing.” Let us not allow the battle to weary us, but instead glory in Christ our victory while we ask for and maintain the attitude of the spiritual warrior and conqueror in Christ. For this reason, we need the prayers and encouragement of others so that we may stand, and withstand, and having done all, stand. After every challenge is won, we may have our rest in God and be renewed in heart for future endeavors. Like Moses, may we have people hold our hands up in prayer during the battle. I pray that we may be strong and courageous as we daily read God’s word, meditate on it, and carefully do its instructions. I pray that He may infuse us and saturate us with his Spirit of counsel and might as we wait on Him. It is written that those who wait on the Lord RENEW their strength. God has promised to strengthen, help and uphold us. Today, I pray strength and courage for you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Is there not a Cause?

1 Samuel 17:28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” 29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.

What happens when a quarrel is stirred just because one wants to run their own race, embark on their own dream and embrace their God-given destiny? The first question is an investigation into one’s actions. “What have I done now?” And a clear look at one’s actions should reveal if one has acted wrongly or not– hurt anyone or not– disobeyed God or not. Once one finds he or she is in the clear the second question is: Is there not a cause? With that question one investigates the problem. Is there a problem that needs a solution, and is one the solution or the solution finder?
So long as there is a cause one must not be dissuaded in seeking a solution. Thus David ignored his brother, side stepped his quarrel and kept his focus on the cause. Keeping focus means one is thinking and planning and talking about the cause. One is associating with others in the quest for a solution. It is so important to identify the cause and know its worth.

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The anger of the competition

1 Samuel 17:28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” 29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.

Destiny tracks are designed by God and therefore there is no competition with others. To each, their choice to walk the narrow path of obedience to God and faith in Christ. One only really competes against themselves. Nobody wanted to face the giant, yet David’s initial inquiries were severely attacked by big brother and Saul-soldier, Eliab. The Bible says his anger was aroused against David just because David was asking questions that showed his interest. Anger always has a target. Frustration with one’s shortcomings will often turn outwardly against someone who is doing their best to move in the direction of their destiny. The anger of the enemy will often lash out when one begins to excel at their gifts, or promote a vision or purpose with passion. The enemy will show his opposition through petulant, envious, competitive, subversive and oppressive people who look about them instead of their own course. A believer should resist being used in this manner by the enemy. Eliab had outward regal looks but his heart was envious and competitive. Eliab questioned David’s motives. He tried to belittle him, reduce him in his own eyes. He accused him of pride and insolence. David might have given up right there if  he did not know who he was, what his motives were, His divine purpose and covenant and his God. Whether we attain to destiny or not depends on this kind of knowledge. Families are good for the soul. But for anyone to attain to their destiny, they have to learn how to stand apart and with God only. The Bible says David turned from Eliab toward another and continued to say the same thing. Child of God, maintain your destiny track by holding fast to your confession.

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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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