September 3, 2018

1 Samuel 27:1 (NLT) — 1 But David kept thinking to himself, “Someday Saul is going to get me. The best thing I can do is escape to the Philistines. Then Saul will stop hunting for me in Israelite territory, and I will finally be safe.”

This verse reminds me of the little guy who had a bat and ball in his hand. He said, “I am the world’s greatest hitter.” And he threw the ball up in the air and swung the bat and missed. Again he said, “I am the world’s greatest hitter.” An again he threw the ball in the air and swung his bat and missed. One more he said, “I am the world’s greatest hitter.” He threw the ball in the air and again swung and missed. To which he replied, “I am the world’s greatest pitcher!”

Of course none of what he said was true and none of what David said in this verse was true. David should have been talking to God and not himself. Self always thinks of self and acts selfishly and foolishly. Talk to God and get his take on things. Read his word get it in your heart and speak those words rather than your own words.

God had already anointed David as king. So he would be king and Saul would not kill him. He should have been repeating these words > “I am anointed. God has destined the throne for me. Yes I need to be careful but I certainly do not need to go to enemy territory.”

It was unbelief that led David to go to the enemies camp. He had laid aside his shield of faith. To keep out of the enemy’s camp, the camp of darkness, we need to speak the light of God’s word and believe it. Find out what God says about you and then repeat those words to yourself. No matter what you are feeling or what you are going through God’s word will keep you from slipping into the darkness of unbelief, despair, discouragement and deception. While living in the enemies camp David succumbed to living a life of deception (vs:10). He was no longer wearing the belt of truth or the breast plate of righteousness. In fact he wasn’t dressed at all in the armor of God.

Joshua 1:8 > Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Matthew 5:13–14I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

John 1:12 > I am a child of God.

John 15:15 > I am a friend of Jesus

Romans 6:18 > I am a slave of righteousness

1 Corinthians 3:16 > I am a temple of God

Ephesians 2:10 > I am a masterpiece

Ephesians 4:24 > I am righteous and holy.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 > I am a child of light not darkness

I Corinthians 15:10 > I am what I am because of the grace of God

Romans 8:38 > nothing can separate me from God’s love.

Philippians 4:19 > God will supply all my needs.

David succumbed to unbelief and deception because he didn’t speak God’s word to himself. I am sure that he was tired and getting depressed from living in the wilderness and always being on the run from Saul. But that is even more reason to speak God’s word. Unbelief is a tool that the enemy uses to defeat us. Unbelief can lead to deception(vs:10) as we try to act like nothing is wrong in front of others. Talk to yourself using God’s word and His word will keep you from unbelief and deception and out of the camp of darkness. Remember that it is faith and endurance that secures for us the promises of God. At this time in his life David was about three years away from being king.

Hebrews 6:11–12 (NLT) — 11 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. 12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. My “God talk” today for faith and endurance is this…I am born of Him and the evil one cannot touch me! 1John 5:18