Welcome to another Mountain of God’s Fullness by His grace, you shall be blessed in full. Last week we started looking at how to Refresh ourselves as we aim to build anything good. This resulted in the process called The Path of Escape. We have been looking at the story of David, Saul and Goliath.
“And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”
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; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” (1 Samuel 17:33-36, NKJV)
Life almost always asks us two questions based on our perceived inability—can you take and can you give. Saul even with his little knowledge about David suddenly said, he is not able.
He totally forgot that when he Saul was going mad, it was David that rescued him just by playing the harp.
Look at the resume of David that was presented to Saul by his own men, (1 Samuel 16:18
In life you will have to always re-present yourself. Represent: When you refresh, you re-present. Two words make up represent and they are re and present. You re-present what God has said to make sure that you have not missed anything. The next thing that happens is that you turn yourself to a representative of the Almighty God on earth.
You must always refresh your mind with what he has said or shown. “I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” (Psalm 16:8, NKJV)
Do not allow what people say to you to silence you. People have a way of judging you by what they perceive you to be. Many look at the colour of the book not the content of the book. Your response to what people say about you will either authenticate their stance or nullify it.
David did not complain about being called a youth. Do not focus on perceived handicap. Respond with what you have done despite the situation. David had been suffering put downs all his life but he did not allow this to cause depression or inferiority complex
“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!” (1 Samuel 17:37, NKJV)
David said moreover—The word moreover would mean that in addition to this but above and beyond this it also implies no matter what is going on.
The impact of the word moreover is that David meant even if I have not killed a lion or bear before…
Though what you have done before is important in life but God is a pathfinder and way maker. There is always a first time. You might not have done what you are planning to do before but note that God is constant and faithful. He is the ever present help.
You could be a new entrant into the job market…you may not have the required experience….just know that there is always a first time.
What you say in the midst of challenges not only to the situation but also to yourself is very important. David said, what are you saying?
No matter how big the problem is know that your God is bigger. Realize who has done it for you in time past, who is doing it for you now and who will do it in the future
No matter how cloudy the situation is, see God lifted high. When you elevate, edify God. As you elevate God, your spirit man will also be elevated. There will be a quickening.
As you elevate God, let your Trust be Concrete, Testimonies be Constant and Triumph be Certain.
“So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.” (1 Samuel 17:38-39, NKJV)
Do not wear another man’s armour. Make sure you have tested what you will go to battle with. The level of battle you face is an indication of the level of blessing that you possess.
Saul gave David his armour—Men would like to give you ideas that looks good, theories that are not practical, ways that leads to destruction, quick fixes that are never lasting that will also contradict the word of God. You are not expected to put on another man’s armour but God’s.
Ephesians 6:13 -17 describes this, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Look at the armour of God:
Truth on your waist—The facts may say that Goliath is a giant and a warrior from his youth but it does not change the fact that greater is he that is in me…christ in me is the hope of glory…I am more than a conqueror…though the enemy comes against me like a flood….
Righteousness as your breastplate—God is not a man that he should lie…I will not die but live…No matter what the situation looks like, I will not cut corners. I will shun every unfruitful work of darkness. I will make sure that I flee every appearance of evil
Gospel of peace on your feet—In this year I am claiming territories and walking upon my high places. I will go to where I have never been before
Faith as a shield—“ For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
To crown it all, Saul put a bronze helmet on his head, what is on your head?
Look at what is supposed to be on your head, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” (Ephesians 6:17, NKJV)
Compare this to what Saul gave him—helmet of brass. Brass in itself is a heavy metal and God has taken away the spirit of heaviness from you why do you want to put it on. The head is extremely important therefore be mindful of what is in your head.
There is always a fight going on in our lives, this is why the bible says, fight the good fight of faith. This good fight is mostly fought in our head. This is where satan and all his emissaries want to have dominion. If you lose your head, you lose your honour.
Be ready to discard what is not working