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Summary: When life seems unfair and hopeless, use the story of the donkey, shake it off and step up!

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SHAKE IT OFF

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed;

for the people spake of stoning him, because the

soul of all the people was grieved, every man

for his sons and for his daughters:

BUT DAVID ENECOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.

Study the Cave of Adullam.

1 Samuel 22:1-3

vs.3 And every one that was in distress,

and every one that was in debt,

and every one that was discontented,

gathered themselves unto David;

and he became captain over them,

and there were with him about 400 men.

I have been pondering again.

It is time to get up, shake it off, and go again.

Some times we try and things do not go as we

expected.

Sometimes it may be our fault,

other times the idea didn’t work.

We must divorce oneself from failure.

Quit beating your head against brick walls.

Just rethink, refocus, and try again.

If at first you don’t succeed, fry, fry a hen?

I mean, TRY -- TRY AGAIN!

Not only do I learn how to do things, I also learn some things not to do?

There are times we must quit crying and try again.

One sermon I would like to preach to leaders is the "INSANITY OF SAMENESS."

WE NEED A PARADIGM SHIFT.

The wife nags and nags, and wonders why don’t

that stupid man hear me?

Honey, change.

How can we expect to do things the same old same

old, and see a different results?

You can’t preach and beat it into peoples’ spirits.

For it is not by might, it is not by power, ...

it is BY HIS SPIRIT.

THE GREAT LESSON OF ZIGLAG?

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed;

for the people spake of stoning him, because the

soul of all the people was grieved, every man

for his sons and for his daughters:

BUT DAVID ENECOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.

David and his men had been in a heated battle.

God gave David a mighty victory.

But while David was tasting victory on the front,

the enemy silently stepped into David and his men’s

homes and captured the families.

David’s men reacted, while David acted in faith.

David never dwelled that his own men wanted to

destroy him, he understood that their attack was

not personal, their hope was gone.

David had learned that you can not depend on others

for your encouragement. David also knew that

leadership had a price.

Sometimes those with you are not with you at all.

But if God is with you, that will be OK.

Will you do as David?

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed;

for the people spake of stoning him, because the

soul of all the people was grieved, every man

for his sons and for his daughters:

BUT DAVID ENECOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.

1 Samuel 3:8 David enquired of the Lord...

David developed a plan and refused to sit still

and cry with the others.

I am telling YOU, quit crying, get up, press on,

over-ride the emotions, quit seeing this as a

personal attack, LET GOD BUILD A BETTER PPERSON!

SOMETIMES WE BURY SOME VERY GOOD THINGS, RATHER THAN INVEST LOVE AND TIME AND PATIENCE TO REVAMP A GOOD THING.

We throw out viable, good life

with the dirty bath water.

You don’t have to have perfect people to do the work of God. Study the Cave of Adullam.


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