Pick a fight (3)
Strong Conference – 2017 – Sometimes you need to PICK a FIGHT!
Welcome – Prepare for the Right of Passage tomorrow – this will be something special – After the 5pm service –
Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up.
Moody Middle School – Bussed in kids from the projects - Brian the Bully – 6’4” like 240 – I was 6 foot 135lbs – Picked on my everyday – push me around – mock me – Finally I got sick of it – on the bus Ramp – decided I was done – Picked a FIGHT with BRIAN –
What has been BULLYING your around?
What in your LIFE can you decide this weekend you will DEFEAT..IN JESUS NAME!
NAME your BULLY! And PICK a FIGHT this weekend!
David Picks a FIGHT!
And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, “You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,” thinking, “David cannot come in here.” Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). Now David said on that day, “Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul), he shall be chief and captain.” Therefore they say, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” Then David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of David. And David built all around from the Millo and inward. So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.
- This is modern day Jerusalem - David wanted a central located place to build his home and the Home of GOD -
- small city guarded by 3 valleys and protected by a wall - so it was said to be a strategic nightmare - because it involved attacking UP - taking higher ground -
- phrase repeated over and over - “blind and the lame ward you off”
David could have easily just Settled for Hebron - He could have just settled in as King - became the most powerful nation - but there was a conquest he wanted - there was HILL he wanted to fight for - there was more - He wanted what Israel had feared for so long
David knew the JERUSALEM was GOD’s country!
David Knew His destiny was JERUSALEM –
- There were stories of the Jebusites - how fierce they were - how diabolical they were - They use Psychological warfare on the Israelites
BLIND and LAMB is mentioned 3 times in just 5 verses - WHY?
- Rabbis taught that the JEBUSITES would TAUNT Israelites
- Hang Dummies on their Walls – One that Was BLIND Mocking one of the heros of the Faith ISAAC –
BLIND ISAAC – Can’t see – No Vision
LAME Jacob – walks with a LIMP – Hip out of Joint –
Exactly what the DEVIL Does he uses PSYCHOLOGICAL warfare to TAUNT US
You have not VISION –
· You can’t see past your PAST –
· You can see past your ADDICTION –
· You can’t see past your SIN –
· You can’t see past your HURT
· You can’t see past your PROBLEM
You are LAME
· You are Flawed because of your FAILURE
· You’re divorced what makes you think that God will still use you!
· You Insecurities will always cripple you!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
(NKJV) — 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
- A LIONS Roar is meant to SHOW Dominance – Lions typically Roar just before Dark to remind every other LION this is their TERRITORY – the only thing that will SILENCE a LIONS Roar is the ROAR of a more POWERFUL LION!
David DIDN’T listen or LOOK at any of this –
He knew this was his VICTORY –
#Goliaths Head () David put Goliath’s Head at the WALL of Jerusalem –
David Was PICKING a fight with the JEBUSITES – I’m coming for you!
2 Things I want you to THINK ABOUT THIS WEEKEND
Favor Attracts a FIGHT!
- You’re a TARGET – theres a bulls eye on you –
- The devil wants to drain you with unnecessary SQUABBLES
The reason you are even in this FIGHT is because of the CALL of God on your LIFE!
The reason you have been fighting up to this POINT for everything is because you are FAVORED!
You’re NOT alone!
You can’t LOSE!
(NKJV) — 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
7 Different TIMES – the LORD says he will fight for you!
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.