Summary: The Jebusites were an Old Testament enemy of Israel and represent the spirit of discouragement
Seven Nations Greater Than You (Part 7)
Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Destiny
The Jebusites - The Spirit of Discouragement
Josh. 3:10; I Sam. 30:1-8
Jebusite - Heb. - “Trodden down.” They represent the spirit of
Over 17 million people are clinically depressed and it costs America over
$40 billion annually (due to treatment and lack of production in the work
force, not to mention earnings losses from depression induced suicides).
Many of God’s children are either already in, or trying to go into, hibernation
in the den of discouragement. They are licking their wounds of
disappointment, disillusionment, and despair in the silence of withdrawal.
Heartbreak has resulted in a massive leak of one of life’s key ingredients –
encouragement. They feel like David who cried, “Look to my right hand and
see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; now one cares for my
To be discouraged means to lose heart, to lose courage, to lose strength.
All of us periodically experience the dark night of the soul. And
unfortunately for the flesh, the more anointing you walk in, the more
opportunity for potential discouragement you will have.
Paul said, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man
is perishing our inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).
The phrase “lose heart” means to ‘unstring a bow for lack of seeing game.’
Many times on the path of life we get discouraged and lose heart because
we aren’t seeing any fruit. But the test of God is simple: Will you remain
faithful to him even when he seems unfaithful to you?
***Joseph received a vision from God that one day he would rule. But he
was thrown in a pit, and from there became a slave in the house of Potiphar,
and then was placed in prison. Did he become discouraged? He could
have...and justified it easily. But he stayed faithful to God even when God
didn’t seem faithful to him. And in due time, because he didn’t lose heart,
God took him from the prison to the palace where he ruled and reigned and
fulfilled God’s promises.
Paul said, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for
us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Many Christians are like the blind man in Mark 8. When Jesus touched him
and asked if he could see the man said he saw men as trees walking. Was
he now blind or could he see? Neither/both. He had received a touch from
the Lord, but there was no edge to his vision. There was no focus. He was
a seeing blind man...a contradiction in terms. Many of us are joyless
Christians...a contradiction in terms.
We aren’t living up to our name. *** There was a sign that hung on the door
to the store which read, “Danger, Beware of Dog.” A man came in and
noticed a harmless, half-dead, old hound dog asleep on the floor by the
cash register. He asked the store manager, “Is that the dog folks are
supposed to beware of?” The manager said, “Yep, that’s him.” The man
said, “That certainly doesn’t look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the
world would you post that sign?” “Because the owner replied, “before I
posted the sign, people kept tripping and falling over him.” He didn’t quite
live up to his name.
Do we have any idea who we are? Christians - the name means anointed
ones; empowered ones. Our lives are the signs we hang out...do the signs
match the names. We put signs in front of our churches but can we truly
deliver the goods. We cannot afford to walk around in a constant state of
discouragement and depression.
David had been in stress and distress for many years because of the
anointing that was upon his life. Many times his life had been in imminent
danger, but he always had friends who were willing to walk and war beside
him. But this time everyone turned against him so that he stood alone.
The Amalekites had attacked Ziklag and carried away captives which
included the wives and concubines of David and his men. This precipitated
a general discontent so that even David’s closest friends spoke of stoning
The enemy had taken their wives and their children. These represent their
comfort, stability, and future. We get discouraged when something messes
up our place of comfort and threatens the stability of our future.
Specifically David lost Ahinoam and Abigail:
- Ahinoam means agreeable, favorable. She represents the favor of God.
- Abigail means source of joy. She represents the joy of the Lord.
David’s favor was stolen, and with it was his source of joy. This led to