Summary: A cave signifies a dark place. Some of us face those dark times of life and it is vitally important to know how to behave while going through the trials of life.
Title: How To Behave In A Cave
“Things to Remember When in the Cave”
Text: I Samuel 22:1
For the next few weeks I want to talk about caves. More specifically I want to talk about how we are to behave when in the caves of life. We must clear something up about caves before we begin this series. What is a cave?
A cave is a natural underground void large enough for a human to enter. Some people suggest that the term cave should only apply to cavities that have some part that does not receive daylight.
Some of you may be thinking why in the world is my Pastor going to preach on caves. That doesn’t make to much sense. There were several men in the Bible that dwelled in caves for a season of their life. There are several people in this congregation that are in a spiritual cave as we speak. A cave is a type of a dark hour, a struggle, a trial in your life that you face. It seems to be void of light. We all go through them. We Pastors like to focus on the wonderful God that we serve and I still will through this message, but sometimes we have a tendency of misintrepreting the Pastor and we think that he is saying that your life is full of roses when really your life is full of the thorns that hold the roses up.
Jesus said in John 16:33; “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:” We look at that one Scripture and we think, man even Jesus said that we were going to be full of trials and tribulations. But we fail to read on into what Jesus is really saying in this Scripture. Don’t stop there: “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Sometimes bad things happen in life and we just want to retreat, we want to back up. Have you ever been there before? You just don’t understand what is taking place in your life. I have been! In this life the devil sends all kinds of tribulations your way to try to make you run and hide in a cave where no one can find you. Maybe there are some of you here this morning that fear, discouragement, failures or disappointments are driving you in a cave. Or maybe battle fatigue is making you faint along the way because you are so weary in well doing. Jesus knows how dangerous it is to get weary in well doing.
II Thessalonians 3:13; “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”
Galatians 6:9; “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
The Bible is full of reasons for good cheer. Jesus says, “I know that in the world you are going to have tribulations.” What does that tell us about where tribulations and trials come from? From the devil! But Jesus goes on to say, “Be of good cheer, be happy, be joyful, start rejoicing because I have overcome the world already.” You don’t have to stay in the cave. You can come out once and for all, and be victorious in every cave experience of your life. God does not want you to stay down in the cave, He wants you to get up, stand on your feet and go forward with Him.
There are some things that we must always remember when in the cave:
I. IT CAME TO PASS
When in your cave, always remember, it didn’t come to stay, it came to pass.
When your back is up against the wall, you don’t have to give up; you don’t have to get discouraged. No matter what it is that has come against you, it didn’t come to stay. It came to pass away. Sickness didn’t come to stay in your life. It came to pass away, in the Name of Jesus. Failure didn’t come to stay. It came to pass in the Name of Jesus. Financial famine didn’t come to stay in your life. It came to pass in the Name of Jesus. Any problem you can think of didn’t come to stay. It came to pass because Jesus declared in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” So whatever it is that comes against you, you can say, “That thing is in the earth, and it is going to pass away. I will have victory over it, because the Word of God is going to dominate this area of my life. And His Word will never pass away.
Caves are not always bad for us. We read of the men in the Bible that had cave experiences and everyone of them, because of how they behaved in the cave, came out victorious. Everyone of these men knew that they were coming out of the cave because they knew their God. They knew the character of their God.