Summary: David faced some tough challenges, but through it all he learned how to get victory in every situation.
Title: How To Behave In A Cave – 2
“David’s Cave – Five Keys to Victory – 1”
Text: I Samuel 22:1
Last week I started a very powerful series on “How to Behave in a Cave.” I know that many people were touched by the power of the Holy Ghost through the Word of God and in the after service. I believe that we have started our journey of coming out of the cave.
A cave is a natural underground void large enough for a human to enter. Some people suggest that the term cave should only apply to cavities that have some part that does not receive daylight.
There were several men in the Bible that dwelled in caves for a season of their life. A cave is a type of a dark hour, a struggle, a trial in your life that you face. It seems to be void of light. We all go through them. There are several people in this congregation that are in a spiritual cave as we speak, but after last week we were and still are encouraged that we are coming out of that cave. We determined last week that we don’t care how long it takes or what it takes, we are coming out of that old cave.
Jesus said in John 16:33; “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
We Pastors like to focus on the wonderful God that we serve and I still will through this message, but sometimes we have a tendency of misintrepreting the Pastor and we think that he is saying that your life is full of roses when really your life is full of the thorns that hold the roses up.
Last week we just began by telling people the things that we need to remember when we face the caves of life. When we are in the midst of the caves of life, we must remember that this cave did not come to stay, it came to pass away. Every trial, struggle, dark hour that you face in life never comes to stay, it always comes to pass.
The second thing we must remember when in the cave of life is who God is. We learned from several Scriptures last week that says He is:
1. Your shield
2. Your exceeding great reward
3. Your Almighty God
4. Your healer
5. Your Saviour
6. He is the first and the last and everything in between
7. He is the Comforter
8. He is full of mercy or merciful
9. He exercises lovingkindness
10. He is the Bread of Life
11. He is the Door
12. He is the Light of the world
13. He came that we might have life and life more abundantly
14. He is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for the sheep
15. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life
16. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end
We could go on for a lot longer if we had the time to tell you who God is. We summed up everything with just four words. Does anyone remember those four words: GOD – GOOD; DEVIL – BAD
We know that the character of God is good. Once we understand whom God really is then we understand that He wants us coming out of that cave. He does not want you to dwell in caves or dark hours all your life. That is not His plan for you.
More than a 130 years ago this country faced what people would historically call the Panic of 1873. The banking industry failed, markets crashed, and ripples washed through the entire world’s economic system. Does any of this sound familiar? Kind of like the day we are living in. This was a dark time.
The events of that year kicked off many years of Depression, but during that same time a focused inventor and businessman decided to open a laboratory and begin work on perfecting a way to distribute power and light. The inventor was Thomas Edison, and his invention is the common light bulb.
While everyone else was pulling back, Edison pressed forward. In the years that followed, he founded a company to bring “light” to the masses. That company, General Electric, is now one of the largest companies in the world. Founded during a world-wide depression, it has weathered through the harshest of economic storms, including the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
This was a very dark hour in the history of the United States, but even in the midst of the dark hour there was a man that was not willing to let his surrounding determine his outcome. I tell you this story this morning to encourage you that even though you may be facing a cave this morning, do not let it determine your final destination. Determine inside your head that you are refusing to stay there.