Summary: This is the third in a series exploring keys to living a life of freedom and spiritual victory in 2007. This message explores a spirit of passivity that can keep us from the battle.
(Extensive inspiration and quotation for this sermon taken from "This Day We Fight" by Francis Frangipane.)
All right. . .here we go. We have been building block upon block over the past three weeks. Taking steps towards a declaration that this year we win!
Week #1 – We followed up Christmas by beginning to make the transition from Matthew chapter 1 to Revelation. From the infant, baby Christ child, to Jehovah-Sabbath. We began reconnecting with the pre-incarnation revelation of Jesus to Joshua as the mighty warrior, sword drawn, ready for battle. The Lord of Hosts. The God of Armies. The one who contends with those who contend with you.
Week #2 – With the Lord of Hosts ready to fight for him, with the prophet Elisha prepared to pour out a blessing upon him, we saw King Joash take on the role of the passivist. The wimp. The man that the history of kings say that he was. A man who lacked character. Who failed to live obedient to God. And who at his divine moment responded with three wimpy strikes of an arrow. The result? Three partial defeats of the Syrians, but never full victory.
We have seen a significantly different picture in Psalm 18. A picture of King David pursuing his enemies, and not just until he had them beat. Until he had consumed them. Struck them through. Destroyed them. Put them in his past with full, complete, decisive victory.
This is the kind of victory that I hope and pray each of us are striving for in those areas of our lives where Satan has nagged us, annoyed us, hounded us, even oppressed us. Those areas in our lives where it is time to turn, face our enemy, get angry with Satan, and in an unrelenting show of force with the Lord of Hosts as our strength – strike him through.
That’s the recap. If you missed any of it, go to stonewallwesleyan.com and download the message manuscripts. Or get a copy of the tapes, and listen to them on your way to work. Two critical messages towards making 2007 a year of victory in our lives.
However, you may remember that at the end of last week I indicated that there was another option. And this week, we are going to look at that option, and the potential results of choosing that option.
I think there is an old saying that goes something like, “the less said, the better.” Right? Ever heard that phrase or cliché used? “The less said, the better.” Well, never has that probably been truer than in one particular time of David’s life.
The less said, the better. I guarantee you that King David would agree with that saying in this case. As we have it in I Chronicles 20, it is time to go to war. So Joab leads out the armed forces while David remains in Jerusalem. When the victory is complete, David shows up on the scene, tries on the crown, likes the fit, gathers all the spoils of war, enslaves the enemies people, and marches back to his palace in Jerusalem.