Summary: If you don’t run, the enemy will be scared that you will fight back and he will run away.
I would like you to read this message with rapt attention and with full concentration. God has a purpose for making this bulletin come your way. No one goes to the market without having a specific thing in mind to buy or to sell. Allow the purpose for which God has made you see this message, be fulfilled in your life.
The Bible says; “Right from the time of John the Baptist, the kingdom of God has been suffering violence and the violent take it by force.”
Let it be known unto you that by the time you would have finished reading this message and praying the prayers, something concrete would have happened. Something must bend, bow, or die by the time you would have violently prayed the prayers I am going to suggest to you.
1 Samuel 11:1-11: Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabesh-Gilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee”. 2And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, “On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel”. 3And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, “Give us seven days’ respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel; and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee. 4Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept. 5And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, “What aileth the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh. 6And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly. 7And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, “Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen”. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent. 8And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand. 9And they said unto the messengers that came, “Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-Gilead, Tomorrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help”. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. 10Therefore the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you”. 11And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together.
Nahash wanted to turn the whole nation into a one-eyed people. It is a terrible thing to have an enemy that you know you cannot fight.
I say unto you this day beloved, that in the midst of the fire of the enemy, you shall have help, in the name of Jesus.
Nahash the Ammonite had power; he knew that the people of Jabesh-Gilead were no match to him. The people of Jabesh-gilead also knew that Nahash had power and that they were no match to him. He did not just sit at home, neither did he set a trap to catch them; he encamped against them. The people of Jabesh-Gilead did not have power. So, they took precaution. They decided to make peace with the enemy, by making a covenant with him.
This is the mistake of many people today; they bow to pressures from friends and relatives; they go into the camp of the enemy to seek solution to the problems that the enemy had caused; they seek solution from the enemy against the enemy, not knowing that it is the camp of the enemy.
There was a man who had a 5-year old boy who remained a baby. He did not grow the size of a 9-month-old baby; he had the teeth of a 5-year-old but could not walk nor sit . The man cried and prayed and it seemed as if there was no solution to the predicament.
One day, a friend took him to a diviner, who told him that his mother-in-law was responsible for it and that he should go to the village and beg her to release the child.