Summary: This sermon deals with our need for the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Let The Wind Blow
13And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. Also more sons and daughters were born to David. 14Now these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,
16Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
17Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold.
18The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim.
19So David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?" And the LORD said to David, "Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand." 20So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, "The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water." Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
21And they left their images there, and David and his men carried them away.
22Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim.
23Therefore David inquired of the LORD, and He said, "You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.
24And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines."
25And David did so, as the LORD commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.
We resume our examination of the life of David.
David has been anointed King over all of Israel!
At that moment, David seemed to have everything going for him.
He was in his fortress at Jerusalem.
He had defeated his enemies.
He has taken more wives and concubines.
More sons and daughters have been born to him.
All seems well for King David.
Point #1. The Good Times Don't Last Forever.
It's wonderful to see someone become a new Christian.
That person suddenly becomes a new creation of God.
God washes away his sin and gives him a new life in Christ.
It would be wonderful if the rest of our lives
could be lived in that wonderful moment
when we first accept Jesus as our Savior.
However, that moment doesn't last long.
It doesn't take long
until Satan's battle forces come against you.
The devil doesn't give up easily.
It doesn't matter how long you have been saved
or how spiritual you are,
you are still vulnerable to the attacks of the devil!
The Good Times for David didn't last very long.
The Philistines didn't like the idea of David being king
so they decided to do something about it.
Look at verse 17.
Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold.
David is hiding in the stronghold of his palace from the enemy.
The Philistines came with an overwhelming army.
18 The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim.
Now David is afraid.
This was his first real test of his ability as King of Israel.
This was no time to hide from his enemy.
Well, our enemy is the devil.
Sometime he spreads his demonic forces out against us.
Everything seems to be just fine.
Suddenly you are blind sided by an attack of the devil
and it seems so strong that you can't overcome it.
Satan never fights fair!
He always waits for the favorable time to strike.
He attacks when you are down physically or emotionally.
He comes at you when you are least expecting him.
He attacks when you get too overly confident
that he can't touch you anymore.
I've seen Christians who think that they are spiritually strong.
They are fully convinced that the devil is no threat to them.
They are so filled with the pride,
that they are willing to look the devil in the eye and say,
"you can't touch me".
That's when the devil reaches out and grabs your life
and shakes the very core of your faith in God.
Satan has his forces spread before each of us in battle array.
He means to destroy us once and for all.
Thank God that Jesus is greater that all our enemies.
If we would learn to do what David did
at this moment of his greatest worry and fear;
I believe we could see a lot more victory in our lives.