Monday, July 01, 2013
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/1/2013
2 Samuel 23:11-12
STAYING IN THE PEA PATCH, Lesson 17c
V. 12b IT WAS A TIME OF GREAT CONQUEST
The Lord Defeated The Enemy - This last part of verse 12 tells us that the One who really won the victory was God! He gave Shammah the ability to stand. He gave Shammah the power to fight. He gave Shammah the skill to win. He gave Shammah the victory over his enemies. Shammah may have held the sword, but it was God Who fought the battle!
It was the same when David walked into the valley against Goliath, or when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood their ground, or when Daniel continued to pray in spite of what the kind commanded. Men take their stand because they are empowered by God! He gives the victory!
When we face the spiritual battles of life, we need to remember that those battles are the Lord's, (2 Chron. 20:15; Psa. 35:1; 1 Sam. 17:47). Therefore, when you fight the battles, whether you win or lose, you have done what the Lord requires, you have been faithful! That is what he demands!
The Lord Defended The Ground - Because God had one man who was willing to stand, the fields were protected and the people were saved from starvation and from slavery!
Think about this with me for a moment. If we do not stand, Satan will certainly take everything from the church he can get his hands on. If he takes away the Bible, what will the following generations eat? If he takes away our desire to witness, who will tell the Good News? If he takes away our will to pray, who will call on the Father and stand in the gap for this world. If we do not fight, then we will certainly lose those things that give us power and make us great for the glory of God. If we do not fight today, then people starve tomorrow. If the field is not protected now, those who follow will have no harvest to enjoy.
Conc: The enemy is still attacking the people of God just as he did through the Philistines. And just like it was then, so people are still fleeing from the scene of the battle. People are abandoning the harvest and are choosing to flee rather than fight. Where do stand today? Are you willing to stand idly by while the enemy ransacks the church? Or, like Shammah, are you willing to take your stand for God, regardless of the consequences and fight until the victory is won. Will you stay in the pea patch while other are running away? Why not come before the Lord today and tell Him that you know some things are worth dying for. Tell Him that you will take your stand for Him and that you will be found in the battle, regardless of what others do. Will you stay in the pea patch today?
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
“Faith Is The Victory” By: John H. Yates (1891)
Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.
His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind's breath,
Swept on o'er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.
On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array.
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation's helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble 'neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.
To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv'n.
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in Heav'n.
Then onward from the hill of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We'll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus' conqu'ring Name.
Father of Heaven and Earth, God of Creation and Salvation!
Help us to see Your purpose and reason for walking and living in Christ Jesus each and every day. Fill us with a sense of Your Love , Power and Victory as we face each day. Enable us to know with all certainty that You are with us and we are never alone, no matter what we face each day. Strengthen our faith to understand that You and The Holy Spirit are there to guide us and to direct our path. Help us to stay focused on doing that which is right according to scripture, and to stand with and for Jesus against all wickedness and evil. Thank You for Your perfect will for us. These things we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!
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