Blessed day everyone! We are on the second blog session for ARISE! To those who were not able to read our first blog entitled The Days of David: Invitation to Greatness, it was very refreshing to begin with. You can visit it through this link: https://firebrandgenhour.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/the-days-of-david-invitation-to-greatness/ .
Let us start now with the second blog session.
This topic is actually a prophetic insight on the David’s of our time and the battles they are facing. This is a reinforcement and a continuation of the message on the previous Blog Session, Into The New Season from Shift Series. I really suggest we have to read it and get the whole view of the season we have in the spirit realm.
David is a remarkable king of Israel in its history. He fought and won battles for the Lord. He restored the system of leadership and worship in the nation. He was God’s anointed worshipper and leader.
There are two distinctive names where which you will remember David. One is Goliath and the other one is Bathsheba.
Goliath speaks about the biggest achievement of David while Bathsheba as his biggest failure.
This failure caused him a lot. He was on the spotlight of his lifetime. As we say, we cannot be on the spotlight without feeling the heat of it. He definitely had his fair share of the heat. And it caused a scandal within the palace’s domain.
So when God is about to turn the spotlight unto our direction, know therefore that heat is coming. It is like a bitter-sweet kind of platform.
This scandal was put into movies after movies giving several labels to David as a murderer, traitor, someone who is bordering into perversion. But let us not forget how God calls him.
David is a man after God’s own heart.
Now, we will put this scandal into a right perspective and learn from what has happened. You can read the biblical reference on 2 Samuel 10 – 12.
The David’s today need to learn one important thing from these scandalous events.
One thing you can really see as you read the story is David was out of his focus. He was definitely out of his normal, regular mind as a man after God’s own heart. He was not at that moment focusing on God’s heart but on his own heart.
Focus is very important for the David’s being called, anointed and recognized today.
Focus is defined by Google as having the center of interest or activity. It is the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.
Merriam Webster defines focus as a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding. Coinciding, it is a center of activity, attraction, or attention or a point of concentration. It is a directed attention.
Our focus today is bombarded by so many distractions. We are too busy to see things clearly. We became time-driven more than purpose-driven.
God is bringing us back to the right focus.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
The enemy will try to distract us from our focus. And there are three areas he will try hell harder to move us away from. Learn from the distractions David had that we may guard ourselves from the tactics of these evil days.
1) Distracted from our Purpose
2 Samuel 11:1
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
Along the battle going on, David at one point tarried a Jerusalem. Tarry means to stay, to remain or to linger at a certain place. Basically, David stayed at home, as we say, while he sent Joab and the servants he had to win a battle while he kept himself within the palace.
David was the king. And instead of overseeing the battle set out against him and the kingdom, he was in his comfort. He was empty and void at the very moment. He lost his purpose of winning the battle outside.
Losing the view on the battle outside created a battle on the inside. And the scandal began to unravel itself all over.
We have to know our purpose as ordained by God Himself and live by it. We cannot scatter all around like a lost sheep. We have to follow His voice. As we follow Him as Hosea said, we begin to know Him more.
2) Distracted from our Position
2 Samuel 11:2
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
In the midnight hour, David was moved by his own self to a different position; from a faithful and God-driven king to a lustful and self-driven one.
Now we all know what happened next. He used his authority and position in the palace to control and manipulate people. He had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba. And it resulted to an unwanted child which in just months later will be very visible to the naked eyes of his own people.
So David had to put up a drama and make it look like Uriah is the father of the child in Bathsheba’s womb. But the drama did not work and so he again set out to immediately get Uriah killed over the battle. He sent a letter to Joab sent by the hand of Uriah.
In the letter, he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting and draw back from him that he may be struck down and die.” And so it happened at last. Uriah died. David was totally out of his position as a God-driven leader.
We have a position. Our position is in the right hand of our Father seated in Christ Jesus. We perceive things and situations the way God perceived them. We do not go on our own way. When God places us into a position of influence, we are accountable to Him on the handling of that position. We will talk about the accountability on a separate blog this month.
3) Distracted from our Personhood
With the death of Uriah, David was gone out of his way. He lost his very personhood as declared by God. He was supposed to be the man after God’s own heart. His personality and character would have been a reflection of God. But at that moment of distraction, he reflected his fleshly nature.
We are not defined by the temptation. We are not defined by our failures. We are not defined by our victories. We are not defined by our history. Rather…
We are defined by destiny. We are defined by how God sees us. And we live by it. Otherwise, we forfeit the very purpose and produce of the finished work of Jesus at the cross of Calvary.
Let us fix our eyes on God. Let us keep our focus on Him as we know and live out our purpose, position and personhood as ordained by God Himself.
Thank you for joining us in the second blog session for ARISE! I pray we all had a God encounter as we focus ourselves to Him. Join us again next week’s blog session!