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1 Samuel 30:1–6 (NKJV)
Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, 2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.
3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.
4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.
6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters.
But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
If you will assess the past year, 2022...
Feeling defeated?
Feeling alone?
The world has turned against you?
Even those closest to you?
People depended on you and you feel that you have failed them.
Blaming yourself.
Some of you may be in the darkest moments of your life.
Seems that you are running out of options.
“Caught between a rock and a hard place?”
Spiritual application to the story.
A lot of times adverse circumstances are the results or consequences of our poor choices.
David running away from Saul
David joining forces with the Philistines
What was he thinking?
His own people turned against him.. blame, betrayal
While there are issues with ourselves and other people, be aware of our real enemy.
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
While David was busy with these other things, a perpetual enemy of Israel lurked and attacked.
The Amalekites - background
The Amalekites are a type of Satanic forces
treacherous (attacks when you’re least ready, studies you attacks you at your weakest point)
attacks the weakest - the women and children
Divides and conquers (turns God’s people against each other)
Steals and kills without mercy (Jewish holocaust)
Takes spoils of their victory (qualify what this victory is)
In your greatest trial, strengthen yourself in the Lord!
1 Samuel 30:6 (NKJV)
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters.
But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
How did David strengthen himself in the Lord?
By prayer
He asked for God’s leading - consulted the Lord
1 Samuel 30:8 (NKJV)
So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop?
Shall I overtake them?
He trusted in the Lord
By worship
In times of trouble, David composed songs to the Lord:
Psalm 59 - When King Saul pursued him to kill him
Psalm 63 - When he was hiding in the wilderness
Psalm 34 - when he was at his lowest, when he pretended madness before a pagan king to spare his life
Do not underestimate the victory that we can have in the Lord!
Don’t underestimate the enemy, but never underestimate God’s victory.
And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all (1 Samuel 30:8b)
When God spoke to David - “You shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” - The battle is over!
1 Samuel 30:16–20 (NKJV)
And when he had brought him down, there they were, spread out over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.
17 Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day.
Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled.
18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives.
19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.
20 Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock, and said, “This is David’s spoil.”
In 2023, do not only take confidence in what God can do, do not only expect what God will do, Claim what God has already done!
The finished work of Christ
The war is over!
Colossians 2:14–15 (NKJV)
having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.
And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle•• of them, triumphing over them in it.
He does not only salvage our situation, he can recover what the enemy has taken away (examples: Missed opportunity, the heart of a loved one)
“David recovered all!”
Principle of the warfare - wipe out the vestiges of Satan, do not give the enemy a footfold
Holy vindication comes to those who walk blamelessly in the Lord
God will make things brand new.
Take authority over the power of the enemy..
We do not even need to win the victory because Jesus had won it!
We just need to claim the victory!
Take authority, reclaim what the enemy has been stealing.
Enjoy the spoils of the warfare.
In verse 26, David shared the spoil of victory to the peoplr
people’s lives transformed
fruits of righteousness to the glory of God
All things made new
In Christ I have victory in 2023!
Declaration to the Lord in 2023:
My Father in Heaven
I offer the year 2023 to you
I lay hold of the victory I have in Christ, through His finished work on the cross!
In His Name, I reclaim my authority, that the Lord Jesus has given me.
I march forward under the banner of Christ.
I put on the armor of the warfare.
Prepare me for the battles ahead.
I strengthen myself in You.
I claim my victory over the enemy, over the world and over sin.
And take home the spoils, the fruits of life I live in Christ.
In Jesus, Name, amen!
Pronouncement of the blessing (Numbers 6:24)
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