A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DAVID (6)

 

 

ONE SLING, ONE STONE, NO ARMOR, NO SWORD

“So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him” (1Sam 17:50)

 

Tonight, the devil was disgraced. He tried to deceive us to grieve the Holy Spirit but he completely failed. Where the Spirit is there is liberty. This liberty is so sweet, impossible to describe in words. Sometimes people are tired. But tonight, the service started with strong prayers. Then the praise went up like fire. We sensed that the Holy Spirit wanted us to pray for fire, purifying fire, power fire! We continued to pray for fire! About an hour later the fire of the Holy Ghost came down on us all! There was a strong ‘deliverance’ anointing. I cannot describe in words…We got drunk in the Spirit and danced with the Lord. The whole congregation was touched and became free. Sickness ran away. Discouragement disappeared. The hope of glory became real. People believed. ‘JESUSSSSSSS….’ Faith in the power of the name of Jesus is all that we needed. Truth is simple when truth is believed! You learn more in a minute under the anointing of the Holy Spirit than in one year in a Bible school where there is no anointing. ‘More, Lord, more….’

 

Then the Word came: How did David killed Goliath? What are the means God wants us to use for victory?

Goliath ‘despised’ David. The word means to look down with contempt at somebody who is weak, small, worthless, and insignificant. A proud person looks down on others as wasting his time, unworthy of notice.

Then Goliath made the mistake ‘to curse David by his gods…’ Dagon was the main god of the Philistines. With this provocation, the battle has now shifted from the Valley of Elah to the heavenly realm. Jehovah is on David’s side. Dagon is on Goliath side. The foolish giant saw only a boy. If he could have seen who was ‘backing the kid’ he could have dropped his sword and ran away to save his life. His pride and blindness killed him even before the stone touched his forehead. For no one can curse a child of God and live!

 

Dagon was the principal deity of the Philistines, who was ‘imported’ from Assyria and Babylon. Its symbol was a seed or a fish. That means multiplication. He was the god of fertility, harvest and war. The Philistines depended on Dagon for success in battle and they offered various sacrifices for his favor.

Goliath cursed David by the power of Dagon…That is suicide! Without armor, without sword, with just a sling and a stone, David killed the mighty Goliath.

Who is the giant that persecutes you?  What is the hindrance that blocks your way?

Learn from David…do not be deceived: the danger of evil attack is real, but you cannot use the armor of Saul…worldly strategy will fail in spiritual warfare!

What is your sword? You cannot use human resources to promote the interest of the Kingdom of God!

If you want a testimony for the world to know your God, if you want to be more than a champion, then as a believer, you cannot use ‘capital’ to start a business, build a house or buy a car! You cannot use beauty of charm to marry! You cannot depend only on doctors for healing! All these are the swords of men used by unbelievers. These will fail you in spiritual warfare! You need a testimony that will give all the glory to God! You need a breakthrough that will encourage the weak and the needy! Like David, use the sling that you are familiar with! Let your faith increase! Pray that ‘little old prayer’ and the heavens will open! Sing that ‘old chorus’ that you know so well until God comes down! Seek until you find! There is hope for you…

David was a true champion. Sorry, David was more than a champion. Let David be your brother! Let David be your twin brother! Be inspired today to stand for Jesus! Welcome to the family of God!

 

In Christ I declare:

‘In all these things we are more than conquerors thru Him who loved us!’ (Rom 8:37)

In Jesus name

Amen!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DAVID (5)

 

 

OVERCOMING DOUBTS

“Don’t worry about a thing,” David told him. “I’ll take care of this Philistine!”

 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “How can a kid like you fight with a man like him? You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!” (1Sam 17:32, 33, LB)

 

Rejected by his jealous older brother, David is summoned by no other man than Saul. Like the rest of his army, the king was also terrified. He was probably searching for any ray of hope in an impossible situation. Hearing that there was a man around who was not afraid to confront the giant, he sent for David to come. But seeing the young shepherd, his first reaction was disappointment, quickly followed by doubt. Just like Goliath later, he calls David ‘a kid, a boy’. Both by size and by age, David was not a match for the giant.

Obviously, Saul is not a man of faith. He is blind to the presence of God in David’s life. He is a man of the flesh, full of fear, doubt and inferiority complex. To him, David looks too young and too small for such a confrontation. He interviews David about his past experience as a soldier. Confronted with royal doubts, ‘the kid’ overcomes them with a great confession of faith. This is the moment when David’s hidden testimony as a friend of God shines in all its glory. The young man who wrote ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…” calmly stands before King Saul. The true royal heavenly anointing glitters on the head of David…Without fear for his life or desire for any reward, he speaks (I paraphrase):

 

‘It is true your majesty, that I do not have any experience as a regular soldier. I did not kill any man. But I am not a novice in the battle field. God is my witness! I am a shepherd and I love my sheep. I know each one of them by name. I am ready to lay down my life for my sheep. I had to fight in the wilderness with wild animals who wanted to kill my flock. God is always by my side and each time He gave me the victory. I have killed lions and bears, wild beasts that are stronger than men. This pagan giant insults the name of my God, and threatens to kill God’s flock. For that reason alone, He has to die. The same God, who delivered me then, shall deliver me now. I am sure! Don’t worry your majesty, I will kill him!”

 

Half convinced, and in the absence of any other contender for the position of a national hero, Saul agrees to give David a chance. The last thing he does before the battle, he offers his armor to David. It is possible that Saul’s trust was in his armor. But the king was a head taller than all the men in Israel, so his armor was surely too big for David. Possibly, he wanted to look like a loving protecting father. If David by any chance defeats the giant, he will later patronize him. As a father and a son, or as the mentor relates to his student, Saul wanted to take some glory, in case of an unexpected victory against the giant. Not long after this day, Saul proves to be a wicked, jealous, petty and foolish man. Not only Goliath, but later, even Saul will lose his head and his crown to this ‘kid’.

 

Dear friend, may you be encouraged today to stand for God, to be jealous for His Name, to redeem all opportunities to glorify Him forever! If God is on your side, as he was with David, no giant will be too big for you! Sickness and oppression have to bow at the name of Jesus! Why are you satisfied with just surviving? Why do you doubt and ‘play safe’? Only faith in God is safe! Be a hero! Be a champion for Christ! Be an inspiration to other young people! Answer God’s call! Come out from your comfort zone! Try something new! Fulfill your destiny!

 

In Christ I declare:

I reject all doubts!

I trust in God and in His Word!

I shall not look at the size of any ‘giant’ but I shall look unto Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of my faith!

I shall defeat all opposition in my path to glorify God!

My testimony of healing and deliverance shall inspire many!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

THE KISS OF DEATH

 

 

 

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…”

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses” (1Pet 5:8, 9; PV 27:6)

We are warned to be alert spiritually. We are to be care-free from anxiety but not care- less, lazy or forgetful spiritually! The devil is your enemy! Never forget that! You can never settle with the devil! An enemy is one who opposes your progress in life, who actively seeks to injure, overthrow, confuse or kill you.

The devil is like a hungry lion. The ‘fragrance of Christ’ in the mature believers excites him like mad and increases his appetite. He aim is ‘to devour’ the victim. The word means to swallow alive. If you are careless spiritually, the devil is able to attack and in one second you shall be ‘gone’ from the face of the earth. ‘Watch and pray’ –commands our Lord! Your very life depends on your diligent prayer!

 

One of the most common strategies of the devil is confusion of mind. Under his evil attack you may not be able to differentiate between a friend and an enemy. A true friend may wound you with ‘harsh’ words, give you pain with ‘tough love’. His purpose is to wake you up to the reality of danger. That is a blessing! But an enemy comes with sweet poetic romantic words of flattery. His show of love is excessive, intoxicating your emotions with a magical luxury and an abundance of gifts. This is the prologue of the sad story of Samson and Delilah, a dangerous snare, a burden of false love, oppression too much to bear. The ‘multiplied kisses’ of the enemy are a poison designed to deceive the victim into becoming a foolish loser at last.

 

The devil has different strategies when attacking the young believers and the mature spiritual man. The lion in the wild can teach us some lessons.

Do you know how a lion kills his victim? If it is a small animal, the lion jumps and kills it instantly with his heavy paw. But if the animal is big, he changes his strategy. The lion attacks and jumps to the face of the animal. With his big open mouth he closes the nose and the mouth of the victim so that he suffocates. Unable to breathe, the animal falls down. Then the lion bites its neck and kills it. The scientists call this method to kill ‘the kiss of death’. This is a great lesson from nature. The devil attacks the mature believer by trying to quench the Holy Spirit in him. He will not be able to breathe spiritually, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to pray, to sing or to shout the name of Jesus. This attack is described as a feeling of drowning, oppression or a sudden heavy load of anxiety pouncing on you. Resist and reject the devil- lion! Do not be intimidated by his roar!  Fight for your soul! Fight for your testimony! Fight for your health! The greater Lion of Judah, the Lion of Praise is by your side!

Help!!!!!!!! JESUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

 

In Christ I declare:

I resist the devil, he shall flee from me!

I hate all lies, flattery and the deception of the devil!

I stand firm in the faith!

I reject all fears and occult intimidation!

I am free! I am healed! I am delivered!

I am grateful for my faithful wounding friends who saved my life!

My mouth is open to shout the name of Jesus and to give Him praise forever!

In Jesus name

Amen!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DAVID (4)

 

 

OVERCOMING JEALOUSY

“When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter…” (1Sam 17:28-30)

 

David’s three older brothers were soldiers in Saul’s army. Eliab was the oldest. When he saw David talking with other soldiers in the camp, he became very angry. He then insulted David, blaming him unfairly to be irresponsible, proud and wicked. He said that David was looking for entertainment coming to ‘watch the battle’. ‘What battle’- you may ask? For forty days Goliath was bullying all of them and they trembled like leaves in the wind.

Just few days earlier God rejected Elaib as the possible king of Israel. He looked good but his heart was bad. His rejection was confirmed when in the presence of father Jesses and all his other sons, David, the youngest, was anointed as the new king of Israel. It is possible that from that moment he became jealous and bitter against David. Face to face with unjust accusation and jealousy, David did the right thing: He did not waste time quarreling with Eliab. He ‘turned away…’ and continued to do the right thing. Eventually, King Saul heard about him and called him to his tent. What his brother rejected, the king accepted. There is no better rebuke to jealousy than that.

 

Jealousy can kill. Jealousy was the reason why the religious leaders plotted against Jesus to kill Him. Reject this evil spirit from your heart! If God blessed and promotes you, the spirit of jealousy shall manifest in people close to you. It is very painful when men who are supposed to help and encourage you, persecute you for your faith. You have to detect this evil spirit of jealousy in others. You have to die to it and move on with your life. Men’s opinions are nothing compared with the truth, which is God’s opinion. That should be your desire, to please God and to fulfill your destiny. The following are some clear signs that others are jealous on you:

*A jealous man will warn, rebuke or insult you in public. By bringing you down he feels better. The truth is that we all need to be rebuked sometimes. But a true friend speaks the truth in love and rebukes you in private.

*A jealous man will gossip against you. Gossip is a classical sign of jealousy.

*A jealous man is oversensitive, easily angry and generally moody.

*A jealous man finds it hard to congratulate you.

May God help you to pass the test of overcoming jealousy!

 

In Christ I declare:

I refuse to be intimidated by jealous and bitter words!

I refuse to be jealous on any other person!

I am satisfied with God’s portion for my life!

I am happy when others are successful in ministry, giving all the glory to God!

If the devil likes it or not, I move on with my life!

God is on my side!

In Jesus name

Amen!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DAVID (3)

 

 

FACING THE COWARDS

“On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified” (1Sam:11; NIV)

 

David arrived at the battle ground with home supplies of ‘bread and cheese’ for his brothers. Before he could confront Goliath, he had to pass three spiritual tests. David had to successfully stand for God in the midst of three different levels of temptations: the crowd of cowards, the jealous brothers and the foolish king. We too can learn great wisdom from him for these lessons are eternal spiritual principles.

 

The crowd was ‘dismayed and terrified’. The word ‘dismayed’ means to lose courage, focus and resolution because of fear. All the people were discouraged, confused, depressed and weak. From King Saul down to the least soldier, no one could even imagine that he can stand up and fight Goliath. The evil spirit of fear in the giant has bullied them all into spiritual passivity. Each man was compelled into forced submission. This is how an inferiority complex develops affecting a man’s behavior for the rest of his life.  A coward is forced to bow down thru insults, arrogant speech or aggressive behavior. The evil spirits speak with pride and attack to cause deep damage to the victim, especially his will.

It has been proven that a true champion is one who is prepared spiritually and mentally prepared to stand and fight when necessary. It is not just the strength of the body. The mental preparation to believe that you can win the battle is more important than the readiness of body. The evil spirits attack the soul which is defined as the totality of the mind, emotions and will. Under constant intimidation from demons, the mind gets confused, the emotions go erratic and the will is paralyzed. Spiritual passivity is always the effect of occult attacks and a failure to win against them.

 

Under the bullying of Goliath, the whole army became paralyzed with fear. Please take note: the king’s promises of material wealth to the winner could not overcome the fear.  Money, royal marriage and social status, all these earthly rewards, could not change a sinner into a saint. Money can pay for a hireling, but it can never change a coward into a champion. Only the Holy Spirit can make a man of God! David’s main reason for fighting Goliath was to give glory to God. His second reason was that by his example, God’s people should be encouraged. These are the true motives for successful ministry! Selah!

 

In Christ I declare:

I reject the evil spirit of fear!

I shall fear no man and no circumstances, because I fear God!

My life and ministry shall give glory to God!

My life and ministry shall encourage the people!

I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me!

Holy Spirit, please fill me…

In Jesus name

Amen!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DAVID (2)

 

 

MY SUBJECTS

“Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us” (1Sam 17:8, 9; NIV)

What Goliath proposed to God’s people is fair enough. He was confident that he will win. He wanted a public display of victory that will go into the history of his nation. The trouble was that not even one soldier from Israel was bold enough to accept the proposal. From King Saul, to the field commanders and to the rest of the soldiers, they were all ‘dismayed and terrified’. That was the scene that young David met when he came with the bread and cheese to feed his older brothers. What all people saw and heard were the terrifying words of a killer giant. But what David heard was the voice of God who said to him: ‘You can kill him. I am at your side!”

Goliath died long ago, but his spirit leaves on. There are many spiritual ‘giants’ who intimidate God’s people, even today. What is the giant that terrifies you? Is it the evil spirit of fear? Or lust? Or is it Mammon?

This is a spiritual principle: you either kill the giant or he will take you prisoner! For example: you do not attack a witch, using the power of flesh because you shall lose the battle! That particular failure shall affect your family and children! Who knows what your parents have done in the past…if they have foolishly confronted evil people…and lost the battle… They may never tell you the truth about their spiritual failures, but you can sense that all is not well with their children. Some families are known for being in trouble often, for being losers always. This may have a spiritual root, a covenant done with evil spirits that is still active. You need to pray and identify the source of failure. Ask yourself…Why, with all the efforts over the years, you are still poor? Why, with all the doctors treating you and the provision of a health insurance, you are still sick? Why do all your relationships end in failure or divorce?  Why do you have this tendency to be depressed? From where do panic attacks come to you? These are questions you should pray about for they may reveal the need to expose evil covenants done in the past.

David confronted Goliath, not for fun or fame, but for the glory of God! He killed him! According to the proposal, all the Philistines became the prisoners of war to God’s people. Spiritually speaking, if the Holy Spirit leads you to confront a stronghold of evil spirits, you shall surely win against them. The human agents of these demons shall become your converts, your ‘subjects’. God shall give them to you as a trophy and reward for successful warfare. This is ‘the organic’ growth of ministry that gives glory to God. If God is on your side you shall do great exploits and many prisoners shall be set free. With each victory against evil strongholds, ‘my subjects’ are increasing…O, what a wonderful way to fill a church! All glory to God!

In Christ I declare:

I destroy all evil agreements done by my parents, knowingly or un-knowingly!

I declare freedom to the spiritual captives in my family!

I plead the Blood of Jesus over my life, my marriage and children!

We are free indeed, to serve and worship the Living God!

I shall preach the Gospel of Christ Crucified to my last breath!

Many shall hear, shall believe, shall be set free and shall rejoice!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DAVID (1)

 

 

 

BREAD AND CHEESE

“One day Jesse said to David: “Take a half-bushel of this roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and hurry with them to your brothers in the camp. And take these ten cheeses to the commanding officer” (1Sam 17, 18; GNB)

 

David and Goliath…all children love this story. But can we the adults learn anything new? That shall be our challenge tonight. ‘Holy Spirit, come…”

David was about seventeen years old. He was the youngest son in the family of Jesse. He is a shepherd working for his dad. His life could have been a boring routine, except that ‘God is on his side’ (Ps 124). He just got anointed by Prophet Samuel as the new King of Israel. But after that wonderful day, things went back to normal…back to taking care of the sheep…except that now, the Spirit of God is upon David and nothing shall be the same again.

This day seem to be like every other day. Father Jesse sends him to his brothers with bread and cheese. Before sun set, he will be the new champion of Israel.

 

Lesson for us: Be content to do ‘ordinary’ ministry! Do not hurry to be famous! Never fear humility! Learn the power of preparation in the secret place! Submit to your leaders! Be satisfied to work for your ‘father in Christ’ or your pastor! Be faithful in little things! God knows and God sees! This is the preparation of God’s hero! There shall be a moment when you shall stand and fight in public! God is and shall be on your side! Your humility and faithfulness in the secret place shall be rewarded with faith to move mountains and strength to kill all giants!

 

In Christ I declare:

I submit to God and to the authority God has placed upon me!

God is on my side!

I can never lose!

I am faithful in little things!

I shall be promoted!

I prepare for greater victories ahead!

In Jesus name

Amen!