“ So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” (1 Samuel 17:41-44, NKJV)
When you thrive, you flourish or blossom. This is when the goodness and excellence in you begin to manifest. I pray that every good thing in you that has been dormant before now we become dominant in this season in the mighty name of Jesus.
Anyone that thrives does so because of what is called patterns. It is important that you check your patterns—what you do, how you do, where you do and where you do.
Today we shall try to conclude on our series—Pathway of Escape. We have looked at Elevate, Evaluate, Elevate, Eliminate, Embrace, Today we shall continue by looking at Endure.
Insults are things that most times you cannot do anything about. Though you may not be able to do anything about what people say but you can do something about your response
Matthew 5: 11“Not only that–count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. 12You can be glad when that happens–give a cheer, even!-for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. MSG
You discover that lots of people seek ‘pacifiers” to combat the effect of insult or mood swings. Some go on a shopping binge, eating frenzy or allow themselves to be used or misused by others. Never empower another man or anything for that matter to be the source of your joy. It is important to realize that while a fertilizer and catalytic agents have their place but botanically, you cannot really force a seed to grow faster than nature intended it. The external application of fertilizer cannot change the internal genetic constitution. Fertilizer application cannot make a bad seed produce good fruit. You need to first make the tree good then it will produce good fruit.
“May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality],” (Ephesians 3:16, TAB)
There are several things that you need to face in life and you can only deal with them through strength in the inner man. You need to continually grow internally.
Though plants grow everyday, it does not show everyday. It takes a lot of growing to do a little showing.” John Maxwell
Our human subconscious wants to defend or say something back when insult is thrown our way. In some other cases we want to really prove that the other person or party does not know anything. We display a knee jerk reaction or come shooting from the hips with guns blazing, firing from all cylinders. Instead of a reflex reaction we need to reflect. Jesus Christ taught on persecution and when he was ridiculed he practiced what he preached.
Phillip one of the disciples of Jesus found a man called Nathanael and told him about Jesus. The response of Nathanael was an insult to the origin of Jesus. “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth. Jesus heard this and he did not feel “dissed”, instead he complimented Nathanael.
John 1: 46And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
Phillips response must also be noted. He simply said come and see. The taste of the pudding is in the eating. Insult will try to shift your focus but you must not give in. Envy is the tribute that mediocrity pays to excellence.
The writer or coiner of words did not make a mistake with a word called backbite. There is nothing like front bite in the English grammar. Those that back bite will always be at the back.
If people try to put you down, use it as a springboard towards your objective in life. If you catch hell do not hold it, if you going through hell do not stop, simply go ahead (Ron Kenoly).
If you talk like them, you will fall like them. Goliath used his mouth to declare his end…am I a dog?
Make sure that God is with you when you go into a battle
Many battles we fight in this world are spiritual
Know that you are blessed beyond a curse
The purpose of insult is to entangle you
You endure so that you are not entangled