Sunday 11/24/13 Pastor Michael sermon Overcoming Discouragement=You Got to Do Something!!I Samuel 30:1-8, 17-19
You got to do something! You got to make it happen. Discouragement is universal and it is contagious too. Watch out for people who try to pull you down. Discouragement is temporary and it will pass. Most of us will face events that we have to decide whether to be discouraged or move beyond it. Let it not take a hold of you.
In the text, David is away fighting in battle. This is the one battle he didnít seek Godís directions for. This is the one time that the evil one sneaked into Ziglag, where David and his men lived, to attack the city while they were gone. Everything David owned and his wives are captured. His 400 soldiers had their wives, families and belongings taken too. They all cried for a long time and then they got mad. They got mad at David and blamed him. They forgot how before they met David, they had nothing, no wives and no money. They were planning a mutiny against David and were going to stone him. This was a discouragement for David and he decided to do something.
1) David Encouraged Himself in the Lord:
He focused on God instead of his problem. How do you encourage yourself? Make a decision to lift up the Lord and not what we are going thru. David said he could magnify the Lord instead of magnifying his problem. Once you get in Godís presence, you will remember or He will remind you of all the other times God had given you power to overcome. David decided to bless the Lord instead of having a pity party! Bump your neighbor and tell them you go to do something! Lift up your voice and praise the Lord! Focus on God who has the solution to the problem! Magnify the Lord and donít magnify the problem! We have to praise the Lord.
When Popeye wanted to defend his girlfriend Olive Oil from the big Brutus guy, Popeye ate his spinach. Once he ate his spinach, he got muscles and grew strong. Our spinach is to praise the Lord. Once we praise the Lord, eat our spinach, we will get power from on high and have the victory! When Praises go up the Blessings come down!
2) Remember How the Lord Has Been Good to Us in the Past:
God has delivered us from, drugs, bad families, unemployment and sickness. God has fed us, healed us and taken care of us before. So we should remember this and encourage ourselves, knowing that God did it before and He will do it again. Have your own party for celebrating where God is taking you. Celebrate God and you! Think about the goodness of Jesus and all that He has done for us! We cry Hallelujah!
3) David Enquired of the Lord What Specific Things He Should Do:
Tell God specific things, requests and prayers. We may have bills due on a certain day and we need God to do specifics by certain due dates. When in trouble we need to pray specific. Specificity is important to God. Donít pray general prayers, be specific. This is how we know our prayers were answered when the specifics things we asked God happen. When you pray, believe! Pray down to every detail. Be detailed!
David asked God should he pursue the enemy or not. God said to pursue and that David would recover all his stuff. God said you thought you lost it all but all God did was put it in a layaway plan. He put it aside for David because God was testing him. A few days after this, David was crowned King. If David had been discouraged and got all down, he would not have passed the test and been made King of Israel! David recovered all their things and got all the stuff of their enemies too. In the Old Testament times, when people stole from you, they had to pay back to you seven times what they stole. So whatever the devil has stolen from you, he has to pay you back seven times what he stole! We get back 7 times what was taken! Thank you Jesus! Hallelujah! Thank you Lord God Almighty!!