Summary: Sometimes our lives seem hopeless but God is working for us

Things Are Not as They Appear

1Sa 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

I came to tell somebody that everything is not as it appears.

I came to tell somebody who has been overwhelmed by their circumstances {there is more to this than meets the eye}

I want somebody to shift out of the natural into thesupernatural. Out of the visible into the invisible,

Out of the realm of the senses into the realm of faith.

You see by faith the elders obtained a good report {Joshua and Calebs report was a good report because it was a faith report}

The other 10 spies brought back what the Bible calls an evil report.

Why was it an evil report? Because it disagree with the Word of God.

IF you’ve been listening to an evil report,

You’ve been listening to what your circumstances are saying, You’ve been listening to what your feelings are saying and what your enemies are saying, and what your friends are saying. Open Your ears to what the Spirit says.

Isaiah asked the question (Whose report will you believe?)

David was tending his fathers flock one day and a lion, suddenly appeared and stole a lamb from the fold.

The Lion is representing the Devil

Most people would have said: “I’ll never see that lamb again” most people would have just written it off as one of life’s casualties and said the devil got that one.

Most people would have said: I better just stay here and protect what I got left.

And that is what the devil was counting on}

The devil never counted on someone like David}

David wasn’t like most people,

He took it personal

He took it hard,

It angered him that a lion would break into his fold, and invade the safety of his fold and steal from him.

No doubt this devil had invaded many flocks and

tore up marriages, and

killed dreams, and

stole hope and joy and

peace from many homes.

This devil had carried sons and daughters off into drug addiction, homosexuality, perversion.

This was not the first flock, he had invaded, It was not the first lamb he had stolen.

And time after time he left behind him a broken man broken women, broken homes, broken children.

And from all natural appearances this devil had succeeded again.

But David sitting down and crying, and saying why me? Why’d this have to happen to me?

David refused just to write off his losses and settle for leftovers.

Some of you are settling for leftovers

Just happy to have something left over,

Just thankful that the devil didn’t take it all.

Just satisfied to have enough money to make ends meet.

I’m talking to somebody that is sick and tired of Leftovers.

Somebody here wants some of that milk and honey.

Somebody here believes that God wants you blessed.

David had that Shepherds Anointing.

The kind that the Great Shepherd has.( He left the ninety and nine and went out searching until he found the one lost sheep).

David went out after that lion and hunted him down.

And when he found him, the lamb was still in his mouth (ALIVE) he smote him and took the lamb out of his mouth.

(You’re not going to smite the devil without a response)

The lion rose up against him, and David caught him by the beard and killed him.

Everything in the natural would have told David: write off that lamb. It’s history.

His imagination probably was showing him a horrific death of this little lamb.

But that lamb had not been torn to shreds by this lions paws, and teeth, (this lamb was alive and well).

I was reminded of Jacob and how his sons had brought Josephs coat to him, dipped in blood and asked him who coat it was.

Jacob saw the coat and he saw the blood and his mind went crazy, his imagination went wild.

Ge 37:33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

For 15 years Jacob saw Joseph’s horrible death in his imagination.

But, He was wrong, Joseph was not dead, Joseph was alive.

Jacob looked at the stuff in front of him, and based on that, he wrote the rest of the story.

You can’t judge a book by one chapter.

You can’t see where I am now and write my story.

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Tiree Mangang

commented on Jul 6, 2014

good sermon

Charles Cockroft

commented on Jul 6, 2014

Thank you so much.

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