Apr 08, 2018 | Lee Becknell
What is happening when your World falls apart?
* For the next four weeks, I will be sharing with you a series on the spiritual battles that are going on behind the scenes right here in our world. Right here in Washington DC.
* But more importantly, I want to focus on the daily battles that we are experiencing in our lives this morning.
* The Bible tells us that there is a war going on to this day that it was started by Satan.
Ephesians 2:1-2, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”
Isaiah 14:12-17, “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. 14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. 16Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: “Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, 17 the man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?”
* Satan hates you and all of mankind, especially those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. Why? Because he views us as his replacement. He can’t stand seeing the image of God in our lives.
* He hates Israel and especially the house of David. If he could kill David, he could stop the linage of the Messiah.
* This morning, I want to share with you the following lessons we can learn from David when he was at one of the lowest points in his life.
- Give your Crisis to God.
1 Samuel 30:3-6, “When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”
* When he comes home, he finds his home burned to the ground and all their wives and families are gone. All the chickens, cats and dogs. Enough to make a grown man cry.
* Who said warriors can’t weep?
* David was at his wit’s end. The English word Wits is translated from the Hebrew word meaning all wisdom is swallowed up. It implies that a person tries to use wisdom in their decision, and still trouble comes and it looks like there is no escape.
* Long time since he was anointed to be king. 1 Samuel 16:12b-13, “Then the Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; he is the one’. 13So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers…”
* David had nowhere else to turn so he turned to the Lord. At times, we might think we are waiting on God, but in reality God is waiting on us!
1 Samuel 30:7-8, “Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, 8 and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
- Remember God is not finished with you yet.
1 Samuel 30:8, “and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
* By consulting God, David knew that God was not finished with him. You must believe that god has a plan and is not finished with you.
Ephesian 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
- Encourage yourself in the Lord your God.
1 Samuel 30:11-19,”They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat—12part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights. 13David asked him, “Who do you belong to? Where do you come from?” He said, “I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago. 14 We raided the Negev of the Kerethites, some territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb. And we burned Ziklag.” 15David asked him, “Can you lead me down to this raiding party?” He answered, “Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to them.” 16He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah. 17David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled. 18David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. 19Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back.”
* Just when he thought he was at his wits end God was doing great things in his behalf.
* The Lord allowed on Egyptian servant owned by the invaders to get sick. This young man is thrown out in a field to die because of his lack of worth or the fear of disease. God was setting David up for a great victory.
* At times, you may believe you are at wits’ end and think God is so far away. He is not surprised at our trouble or our reactions to it. He can and is planning a way of escape before you even get into crisis.
1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.“
* Beloved, I love how this chapter ends. We find David encouraging others by sending them some of the plunder he received from the hand of God.
1 Samuel 30:26, “When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, “Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.”
* We serve a mighty God.
Once upon a time, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.
He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes, he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”
“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied. “Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she asked. He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.
However, each one reacted differently.
The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.
The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
“Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.
* Remember, God has plans for each one of us.
“Usually coming to your wit’s end is the results of multiple attacks or combined circumstances striking simultaneously. We begin to lose confidence in the promises of God. The loss of one’s faith is a serious spiritual issue and Satan loves it when we begin to doubt God’s goodness."