MORNING DEW: 07-11-2018
TOPIC: DAVID, THE MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 17:1-11
- The Philistines assembled their army for battle. They were assembled at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and they camped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.
- Saul and the Israelis assembled and camped in the valley of Elah, where they set up their forces to meet the Philistines.
- The Philistines were standing on the hill on one side while the Israelis were standing on the hill on the other side, with the valley between them.
- A champion named Goliath from Gath came out from the Philistine camp. He was four cubits and a span tall,
- wore a bronze helmet on his head, and wore bronze scale armor that weighed about 5,000 shekels.
- He had bronze armor on his legs and carried a bronze javelin slung between his shoulders.
- The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam and the iron point of his spear weighed 600 shekels. A man carrying his shield walked in front of him.
- He stood still and called out to the ranks of Israel, “Why should you move into position for battle? Am I not a Philistine and you Saul’s servants? Choose a man for yourselves to come down against me.
- If he’s able to fight me and strike me down, then we will become your servants; but if I prevail against him and strike him down, then you will become our servants and serve us.”
- The Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel today. Send me one man and let’s fight together.”
- When Saul and all the Israelis heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and very frightened.
A BATTLE WAS FIXED
The Philistines came forth to fight the people of Israel. They were ready to fight the Israelites. The Israelites were also prepared and camped in the valley of Elah. They were ready for the war, to face their enemies, but God was absent.
GOD WAS NOT INVITED
God was not invited to lead the battle. King Saul was sure of his army. He thought they could win the battle without God.
That is the greatest mistake that some Christians do, they think they can do certain things without God’s involvement. Without God, beloved, you cannot do anything.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor uselessly. Unless the LORD guards the city, its security forces keep watch uselessly.” (Psalm 127:1).
You can go out without God, but you will return being defeated. As a believer whatever you want to do, God should be the central point, the first to contact.
You can’t make it without God, He makes rich and adds no sorrows. Is it your education, marriage, business, etc., involve God.
GOLIATH SCARED THE ARMY OF ISRAEL
The giant Goliath came forth with scary structure. “Send me one man,” was his words. He was an extra ordinary man, with an extra ordinary structure and weapon.
When the Israelites saw him and heard what he said, they were afraid.
Have you forgotten this popular scripture?
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
That was exactly what Goliath did, roaring like a lion, even though not one. The enemy will always roar, because you can’t stop him from roaring but you can silence him. King Saul and his army didn’t know how to silence the enemy.
Beloved, don’t allow the enemy to sit on your joy, your peace, finances, etc. Use the Power that is above all powers to silence him. The name JESUS is the power, when you mention that name, demons, including Satan tremble with fear.
Mention it now!
KING SAUL AND HIS PEOPLE WERE FRIGHTENED
When Goliath shouted, “give me one man!” king Saul and his people were hiding because they were afraid to face him. They were afraid because the leader lost contact of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit does not give the spirit of fear, never. When you therefore loose contact of Him, that is where fear steps in, because fear is the enemy’s potent force.
When the enemy wants to fight you, fear is his first weapon he uses. He knows when he strike you with fear he will win the battle. The moment you proclaim, “so I’m going to die of this sickness!” then that ends it.
The Israelites hid themselves because of fear. King Saul was their leader and since he lost contact with the Holy Spirit, there was nothing they could do.
Beloved, is the Holy Spirit still operates in and outside you? Do you still feel His presence? Do you still hear His promptings?
Don’t ever have a cut with the Holy Spirit. He is our everything.
…to be continued…
Prayer: Dear Holy Spirit, do not leave me and expose me to the enemy, in Jesus’ Name!
Rev. John Wundengba