May 10, 2022

No Enemy Will Rise Up Against You. - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of 1 Samuel 26:24, “And Indeed as your life was valued much this day in my eyes, so let my life be valued much in the eyes of the Lord. And let him deliver me out of all tribulation.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, from the above context we learn that, the good spirit of the Lord had departed from King Saul and an evil spirit from God troubled him. Saul and his army were waiting for Samuel to arrive in order to offer sacrifice before going to war, but Samuel had not arrived. So Saul himself boldly offered sacrifice. This provoked God. In the meantime Samuel died. God refused to talk to Saul anymore, as he offered the sacrifices himself just before Prophet Samuel arrived. Not only did he disobey but also sought the help of a Medium at Endor. King Saul disguised himself and approached the medium and asked her to bring back the spirit of Prophet Samuel. And when she did according to his request the Spirit of Samuel came up and said to King Saul “The Lord has left you and has become your enemy. God has torn your kingdom, from you and has given it to your rival David. The Lord will deliver the army of Israel, into the hands of the Philistines.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters from then on King Saul began to attack David. Firstly he appointed David to play the harp to soothe the king. This was Saul’s plan to harm David. Whenever the tormenting spirit, from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better and the tormenting spirit would go away. At times Saul threw the spear at David, but David dodged and got away both times. The Lord had anointed David, and gave him the responsibility of kingship. But Saul withheld that position from David, and plotted to kill him. So David fled from the presence of Saul and hid himself on the hills of Hakilah. Saul went up to the hill of Hakilah with 3000 chosen men of Israel to search for David.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, They surrounded on all corners to attack David while he hid himself along with his body guard Abishai. The Bible says, God had sent a deep sleep over the 3000 men and Saul and even his bodyguard Abner. While they were asleep David and Abishai stealthily went up to King Saul and took his spear and cut a piece of cloth from his shawl, and the jug of water, that was placed by his head side. And escaped to the other side of the hill at a distance and called out to King Saul and his body guard Abner. And asked him “Why does my Lord thus pursue his servant? For what have I done or what evil is in my hand? For the king of Israel has come out to seek a flea, as one hunt a partridge in the mountains?”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, God had protected David, from King Saul and his men by giving them deep sleep. They slept in such a way, that they failed to know how David came up to them and stole the king’s spear and jar of water. In the same way the Lord will protect you from the hands of your enemies. Have you been targeted by someone. God says, from this day forth no one will target you. All their efforts to harm you will be nullified in the name of Jesus, for God says, “No man shall stand before you all the days of your life.”Jehovah will cause your enemies that rise up against you to be smitten just before your eyes. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven directions. God also says that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. God values your life and will therefore preserve you from all danger and harm and deliver you from the hands of your foes. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank you Father, for your goodness and your mercy. Thank you for protecting us from the hands of our enemies. Help us to approach you in times of crisis. Just as you anointed David, please anoint us with oil of gladness. Teach us to respect those anointed by God.
In Jesus name we pray.

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