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look with me in first Samuel chapter 30

for just a few moments this morning I do

believe that what I’m going to share is

for people under the sound of my voice

like never before

like never before God

I believe has a word for people today

first Samuel chapter 30 begins with now

it happened when David and his men came

to ziglag on the third day the

amalekites had invaded the South and

zigblagged and attacked ziglag and

burned it with fire they took captive

the women and those that were small and


and and I won’t take time to read it all

verse 4 says David and his people who

were with him lifted up their voice and

Wilt until they had no more power to


they were taken captive their families

their children verse six now great David

was greatly distressed for the people

spoke of stoning him because the soul of

the people was so grieved every man for

his sons and daughters but David

encouraged himself in the Lord his God

verse 8 so David inquired of the Lord

and said shall I pursue this truth shall

I overtake them and he answered the Lord

did pursue for you shall surely overtake

them and without fail recover

and just one more quick reference to

this amazing story

it says in verse 16.

and when they brought him down speaking

of David and he found what the people

who had done this horrible thing that

they had done

they were spread out over all the land

notice this eating drinking dancing

because of all the great spool which

they had taken from the land of the

Philistines and from the land of Judah

that’s David that’s his people

then David attacked them

everybody say attack

then David attacked them from Twilight

into evening the next day not a man of

them escaped except for 400 young men

who rode camels and fled Verse 18 so

David recovered all that the amalekites

had carried away and David rescued his

wives the next verse ends with David

recovered all he recovered all

I want to speak to you for a few moments

this morning about this story because

there’s some powerful steps to victory

that David took that everyone can take

on the most devastating broken day of

your life

how do you go on what do you do

when You Face a day like David had to

face and every one of you are going to

end up in ziglag at some point it’s the

worst day of your life and we can

pretend it’s not going to happen but you

will have a day where you will find

yourself standing in the ashes and the

smoke of something that just absolutely

devastated your life David could not

avoid ziglag you will visit it somewhere

between the prophecy and the destiny

John 10 10 said the thief comes to

everyone’s life to kill steal and

destroy but David took some steps to

victory some practical things that you

ought to do when you’re at the worst

place in your life and the first thing

that David did was number one he will

he well he’s I think it’s so significant

that he stood in the midst of the

smoldering ashes of everything that he

had lost and he began to weep he went

for his City he went for his home he

wept for his children and his family and

his wife he began to weep and not only

did David wait but this is so amazing to

me those Mighty Men those powerful we

would we would call them Navy Seals and

then some because these men if you read

the book of Samuel were warriors on

another level hand-to-hand combat in

other words they had faced death many

times they had become used to Bloodshed

they had faced tragedy so many times but

on this day grown massive strong

powerful men well your Bible said until

they could not weep anymore

they will

that’s what you do on the worst day of

your life there was no more strength to

weep a lot of people think that if you

have faith that somehow if you live by

faith you’ll be immune to your feelings

that somehow you you shouldn’t let

anything affect you that any sign of

tears and sorrow and grief and pain and

Devastation is somehow a failure of

Faith but the Bible doesn’t teach that

many of the greatest people in the Bible

Well Abraham wept when he stood at the

tomb of Sarah his wife

we know that Joseph went when he was

reunited with his brothers after the

family had been so divided and he had

been estranged from them for years and

years and years and when he finally

revealed himself they all joined each

other and and grabbed each other and

they wept the Bible said that Hezekiah

when he received the news that he was

going to die set your house in order he

willed the scripture said that Paul in

Acts 26 said I serve the Lord with many

tears and we know that even Jesus at the

friends at his friends gravesite Lazarus

Jesus well he was moved he was God he

was all-powerful and yet there was

something that made him weep he well

because he felt the emotion and the

sorrow of the moment and so when you

understand that Ecclesiastes said

there’s a time to weep Psalms 30 and

verse 5 gives us a great promise about

weeping he said weeping may endure for

the night but joy comes in the morning

if you have a a night of weeping you

will have a dawn of Faith there will be

another other season of Joy if you won’t

give up in the night of weeping as a

matter of fact there is a weeping

that can go beyond normal grief and you

begin to enter in to unbelief and


that’s why God got angry in Numbers

Chapter 11 when the people of God were

in the wilderness and they began to weep

and say we wish we were back in Egypt

and God said that’s not a weeping of

Sorrow that’s a weeping of unbelief the

tears the tears don’t have hope in them

the tears don’t have faith in them and

it’s all right to weep But You Weep

knowing a season of Joy will return in

the second book of Samuel chapter 5 the

Bible talks about David and he was in

the valley of Rafi M and Rafi m is the

Hebrew word that means Giants it

translates Giants he was in the valley

of gigantic trouble

and the Bible said he got under a uh a

weeping tree which the Hebrew word is

Baka b-a-c-a and as he was under the see

the picture he’s he’s in it he’s under a

weeping tree he’s got gigantic problems

he’s in a valley a dark deep valley and

he doesn’t know what to do and he feels

overwhelmed and suddenly the word of the

Lord comes to him and the word of the

Lord says listen for the sound of

wrestling above the weeping trees

because when you hear that sound David

Advance quickly the Lord has gone before

you to give you the victory over your

enemy in other words he said David

there’s a sound above the sound of your

weeping in your lowest Valley surrounded

with gigantic problems and if you will

listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit

he will not leave you in the valley

weeping but there there’s a sound above

the sound of your weeping that’s saying

Victory is coming I’m going to restore

unto you what the enemy has taken I will

you shall recover it all and if you

can’t recover it God can replace it with

something even better but the point is

there will be another season of Joy God

will wipe every tear from your eye God

will take what the enemy meant to

destroy you and he will get Glory out of

it if you believe it say Amen you will


receive a miracle feeling sorry for

yourself at some point you’ve got to

come up out of the tears of unbelief and

self-pity and say I’m crying but I’m

also believing that if weeping endures

for the night Joy is coming back to this

family to this marriage to this life

life to this situation clap your hands

if you believe it and say praise the


don’t let grief conquer you don’t let

grief conquer you don’t let it conquer


the second thing that you do when awful

things happen is number one you eat but

You Weep with faith knowing

that another season of joy is coming

that’s God’s promise number two

you refuse to get bitter

because the Bible said that the men

begin to blame David David who had

helped these men immensely David who had

done all kinds of things for them but in

that moment when tragedy hits human

nature inside of all of us is to blame


we start blaming one another we start

blaming this person and that person

and then we begin to get bitter once we

move from tears if we don’t control

ourselves and line up with the word of

God when we’re going through a grief and

a tragedy and the worst situations that

life can offer us if we don’t watch it

we get bitter at people and we blame

people or we get bitter at God and we

blame God

and this is what David refused to do

about Hebrews chapter 12 and verse 15

said be careful that a root of

bitterness not spring up in you when

something happens that you don’t

understand or somebody does something

wrong to you that a root of bitterness

spring up and cause trouble and many

there be defiled by it

in other words a root of bitterness the

text said calls this trouble trouble in

your health if you get bitter trouble in

your mind trouble in all your

relationships when you carry bitterness

and unforgiveness it will destroy you

well how in the world do I get beyond

the bitterness Pastor how how do I do it

the Bible said that the children of

Israel in Exodus 15 were in the

wilderness and they were thirsty and

there was a pool of water that they

found but when they tasted the water it

was bitter but God showed Moses a tree

and he said take a limb off that tree

and put it in the bitter water and the

bitterness will become sweet when the

tree gets in that bitter situation what

is the tree Proverbs 15 and 4 tells us

how to turn bitterness into sweetness a

wholesome tongue is as a tree of life

and what Moses put that tree in that

bitter water and it turned its swing our

tree is our words in other words speak

words of healing not words of criticism

speak words and use your tongue for

healing use your tongue in bitter

situations and begin to speak the word

of God and begin to speak life if your

marriage is bitter if your life is

bitter our tongues can be the healing

force that turns bitterness and roots of

bitterness and anger and unforgiveness

into healing the tree of life is right

there in your mouth it’s called your

tongue and when you speak a wholesome

tongue is as a tree of life proverbs 4

and verse 23 says keep your heart with

all diligence watch this for out of its

Springs water that’s speaking of water

Springs the issues of life

and so you speak healing words and you

turn bitter into sweetness

he he made up his mind and he well but

he wept in faith and then he refused to

get bitter and then thirdly this is a

powerful step to victory that David took

on the worst day of his life he

encouraged himself in the Lord

he said I am not encouraged by my

circumstances I am encouraged because

I’m focused on God he wept he refused to

become bitter and then he encouraged

himself in the Lord his own men talked

about stoning him but he encouraged

himself in the Lord he’s standing there

in his house is still smoking and on

fire in the whole city his children have

been kidnapped his finances have been

devastated he’s lost everything but in

that moment he said I still can find the

courage to get up and do what God called

me to do he knew I would be here he knew

this would happen and he encouraged

himself in the Lord what do you do when

tragedy hits your life when you lose

your job when you lose your business

when the doctor’s report is bad when you

end up in a divorce that you didn’t want

what do you do the one translation said

when and he encouraged himself in the

Lord you limit your focus to God you get

God tunnel vision you focus on how

Mighty he is how powerful he is how

faithful he is how he’ll never leave you

and he’ll never forsake you no matter

what happens in Acts 26 and verse 2 the

Apostle Paul said I think myself happy

I think myself happy I think myself

happy one translation said I command my

emotional state to be one of joy and

happiness another translation said I

choose the joy of the Lord as my

dominant emotion Hallelujah in other

words you just get up and you say I can

have a cheerful consistency I don’t have

to be laying down in depression and fear

and worry all the time that’s not God’s

will for your life encourage yourself in

the Lord your God he’s still Mighty he’s

still powerful he’s still fighting for

you he’s still on your side shout

depression will not dominate me fear

will not dominate me worry and defeat

and failure will not dominate me I will

encourage myself in the Lord my God

but then he did something powerful he

inquired and said God should I pursue or

should I just give up on this dream

and when he inquired of the Lord here’s

the here’s the fourth thing he did he

got a word from the Lord

listen that gave him a vision

on the inside

of total victory

nothing had changed

he got a word from the Lord there are

two Hebrew words in your Bible for the

for the word

there’s logos that’s the word of God in

general from Genesis to Revelations

that’s a general that’s the Bible that’s

God’s word that’s logos then there’s a

word called Rhema

and Rhema is spoken a spoken specific

now word for the right person at the

right time and when you get it it is not

some kind of vague impression it is when

God is speaking arama to you it’s not

like it’s kind of sword and you’re

trying to plot to your life somehow but

it really doesn’t fit but when God

speaks a word to you it’s like thunder

in your spirit it’s like suddenly even

though you’re in the same situation he

still had the smoke he still had the

fire he still had the missing kids he

still had the family this devastated he

still had the money messed up but right

in the middle of it when he got a word

from the Lord suddenly he had a vision a

victory in the same circumstances it was

a specific word for a specific person in

a specific situation and when you get a

word like that that God says now it’s up

to you to stand up and take what I gave

you and fight and when I tell you to

move move for you shall recover it all

give God a big praise if you believe it

your vision is your future

you got a vision of total Victory he got

a vision of restoration

and the Lord said to him you shall

recover it all

I’m telling you I read this verse this

week I wrote it down Genesis 13 verses

14 and 15 God said Abram lift up your

eyes now boy God help me to preach

there’s somebody watching me on

television somebody watching online and

you you’re having the worst season in

the worst situation in the worst days of

your life you’re crying yourself to

sleep then you’re broken and I don’t

minimize it we’ve been there we’ve been

there as a family we felt felt like we

lived there for a couple years but I’m

not living there now and he said lift up

your eyes listen to this and look from

the place where you are

for all the land north south east and

west that I show you I will give you and

your descendants after you

don’t be confined to where you are lift

up your eyes from where you are and say

I won’t always be depressed I won’t

always be defeated I won’t always be

alone I won’t always be struggling I

won’t always be an alcoholic or a drug

addict I won’t always be in a position

in a place of failure but God opened my

eyes and he got a vision David did on

the day the worst tragedy of his life he

got a vision of victory

telling you today the last thing he did

and this is so important I filled this

thing down in my bones can you tell

I love this last point


got mad

as Hades

that’s the Greek word for hell

he got mad

at the Devil

now his soldiers got mad at him

but he knew who the Real Enemy was

my battle is not with flesh and blood

and the Bible said that they took David

down behind a rock or a boulder

and when he was eavesdropping

on the amalekites that had kidnapped his

family and burned his City and stolen

all of he looked and saw the gold and

silver on the camels he looked in the

Bible your Bible said that they were

they were laughing and they were dancing

and they were drinking wine they put the

verse up they were drinking and dancing

and partying I could see Abigail David’s

wife being forced to get out there and

men walking up and putting their hands

on her and hugging her and David’s I

mean he he was not he was not a girly

man David was a killer David was vicious

David was so bloody God said I can’t let

you you’ve been in war and you’ve done

things I can’t even let you build my

temple I’m gonna use your boy cause you

got a lot of blood on you and David has

seized them touching his wife and sees

his children huddled up over there

crying and scared and holding one

another season this gold on their camels

and suddenly something hit him he said

I’m not a victim I’m not going to sit

back and just take this I’m mad at that

spirit that thinks that he can come in

you can’t have my family you can’t have

my children you can’t have my church you

can’t have my nation you can’t have my

own you can’t have my world you can’t

have it

if I’m here greater is he that is in me

than he that is in the world come on and

clap your hands in faith right now


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