10. July 2017 · Comments Off on IGNORE THE PEOPLE THAT TRY TO BELITTLE YOU · Categories: Choices, Comparism, Contentment, Rejection, Relationship, Spiritual Growth, Trusting God

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard what he said to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down here? With whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption (overconfidence) and the evil of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle (1 Samuel 17:28 AMP).

Beloved, David was a man that faced so much discouragement and intimidation. He even faced it from his own brother. As he enquired about the fight with Goliath, we are told in our feature text that his very own brother tried to belittle him.

WITH WHOM DID YOU LEAVE THOSE FEW SHEEP IN THE WILDERNESS?

Beloved, do you know anyone who does their best to put you down at any opportunity they get? Why did Eliab have to use the word ‘FEW SHEEP’? Well, let’s remember Eliab was there when David was anointed king. He was there when Samuel bypassed all the brothers and waited for their dad to go and call David from attending to the said ‘FEW’ sheep he was looking after in the fields (1 Samuel 16:10-12). Eliab was rejected by God so I bet out of jealousy, he wanted to make David feel like he didn’t have what it takes but how did David respond? …. But David said, “What have I done now? Was it not just a [harmless] question?” Then David turned away from Eliab to someone else and asked the same question; and the people gave him the same answer as the first time (1 Samuel 17:29-30 AMP)

David basically ignored him but many of us would either get discouraged or try to go over our credentials to prove ourselves but all that’s just a distraction.

And then there was Saul… “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “DON’T BE RIDICULOUS!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:32-33 NLT)

I like how the not so popular Voice translation put it. Saul said… Don’t be ridiculous—you can’t fight the Philistine. You’re only a youth, and he has been a warrior since his childhood. YOU LACK AGE AND EXPERIENCE.

Beloved, David faced discouragement on all levels. The people that were supposed to be closed to him tried to belittle him but his ability to ignore them all got him to his destination. Please know that the enemy is always going to use this to try to discourage you but it’s just so he can hinder you but like David, you must ignore and keep moving forward. Remember, God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… (Zechariah 4:10 NLT)

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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23. May 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T FALL FOR THE COMPARISM TRAP ‏ · Categories: Comparism, Contentment, Identity, Jesus Christ, Relationship

When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David (1 Samuel 18:6-9 NLT).

Beloved, I remember listening to someone say that the reason David got into so much trouble with King Saul was because of people and not anything that David personally did. David was very faithful to Saul. He went wherever Saul sent him. Saul was very pleased with him and so made him a commander over the men of war. However, we see from our feature text that people started comparing both of them and as a result, Saul became Jealous and from then on had only one thing on his mind which was to get rid of David. As a result, he began to watch his every move. He followed him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc wanting to know what he was up to and where he would be so that he could track him down. Poor David who displayed no element of pride was now constantly on the run.

Beloved, how does this apply to us? Well, we do this every day without realising it. We compare our children to other people’s children and even to one another. We say can’t you see what your sister did yesterday. We compare our spouses to somebody else’s forgetting that the grass always seems greener from the other side. We compare our friends, our staff and other work colleagues to one another and before you know it unhealthy competition starts to lead to something else.

So, what could the women have done? I’m not saying they should deny the fact that David was successful but they could have replaced “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands” with “David has killed ten thousands”. There was no need for the comparism.

Beloved, we need to allow people to be the best at their level. Train your child to be the best at who they are. Set them up to run their own race. As for you, first of all, don’t let people compare you to others. Don’t allow them put you on a pedestal too high for you. They may just be setting you up for a fall. Secondly, don’t spend the rest of your life trying to be who God hasn’t called you to be. Be the best you that you can be. Be happy and content at your level because… [it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain (1 Timothy 6:6 AMP).

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