Davids Army

“David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.” (1 Samuel 22:1-2)

 

As David was fleeing for his life from King Saul, a rather pitiful and unpromising company began following him, and they became the nucleus of what would soon be his army. Others joined them, and David trained them, “for at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God” (1 Chronicles 12:22). Soon they were no longer discontented misfits but a remarkable array of “mighty men” (v. 21). One group, for example, was said to be “men of war fit for the battle, . . . whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains” (1 Chronicles 12:8).

 

In many remarkable ways David was a type of Christ, his life foreshadowing the experiences of the greater “son of David” who would come a thousand years later. In such a parallel, his army is a type of the earthly “host of God,” the great company of those who have chosen to follow Christ, each of whom has been called to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3).

 
The followers of Christ were once also in distress, for the “base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen” (1 Corinthians 1:28). He is now “the captain of their salvation” (Hebrews 2:10), urging that each one should strive to “please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:4). When He is finally ready to take the Kingdom, these will be with Him in His triumphant return and eternal reign (Revelation 19:14; 22:5) HHM
 
What we Need to Follow Him
8/12/17         Pastor Steven D’Amico
 
 

Matthew 9:1-9 (KJV)
1  And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
2  And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7  And he arose, and departed to his house.
8  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. 9

 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
 

There are too many times we see people of faith fall victim to the wiles of the adversary.

People like you and me who love God, Love the word, love the church … but yet they live life as if everything is wrong, People are in bondage to bad habits, there caught up in fear and in doubt , caught up in sickness and disease.

It seems as though some are losing control of their lives because they have inadvertently allowed the spirit of the world to become the controlling factor of their life instead of the Spirit of God.

Someone once made a statement that said you are only as sick as the secrets you keep.

As we follow the Lord there are things that must be confessed and exposed if we are to be totally loosed from the bondage of our past and the Spirit of this world.

Some of the things we must do in following the Lord are simply put in these three things.

# 1. We must discern. We must have 20 20 vision in the spiritual realm. Know what it is that God is looking to do through us, and know exactly what God has for your life.

You see the adversary would like to keep us entwined in the Devils doings and the negative aspects of circumstances..   But GOD….

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We can have the weapons needed but if we don’t know where to use them they are no good to us.

Often times there are people that can come into your life but they don’t come alone, they come with spiritual baggage and they bring those things with them, things like fear, depression, lying spirits, Infirm spirits, negativity.

When that happens we begin to be attacked by that spiritual wickedness. We must bind those things and fight the good fight of faith.

Ephesians 1:18 (KJV)
18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

# 2. We must decide. We must decide whether or not I’m in or I’m out. We can’t play both sides of the fence. We can’t fake it till we make it. We have got to truly love righteousness and abhor evil.

Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 #3. We must declare.

We must declare the goodness of God’s Grace, declare the blessings of God. Don’t entertain the negative.

1 Chronicles 16:24 (KJV)

Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nationslare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
 

Psalm 9:11 (KJV)
11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

Acts 20:27 (KJV)
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

We need to realize that there be more that are for us then there are against us.

That there are unseen forces working in your and mine behalf, that we can call on the Name of the Lord and he can dispatch His Angels for our help.

A Great Foundation 
Pastor Steven D’Amico
                                                                  9/13/2017
 

Proverbs 10:25 (KJV)
25  As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

 Proverbs 10:25 (AMP)
25  When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous have an everlasting foundation.

Luke 6:47-49 (KJV)
47  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great

Foundations are of great importance to any structure. If the foundation is not properly dug and put into place everything that is built upon that foundation is in jeopardy.

From small structures to large structures and high rise skyscrapers the foundation is of great importance.

The same is true with the foundations of our faith and this morning I want you to understand this great truth.

It is not necessary when remodeling a home or a building to dig out the foundation and re-due the foundation if that foundation was properly put in in the first place.

However when we discover that the foundation is missing or that it was not put in correctly, then we must make sure that we take every precaution to correct that problem to insure that what we are building or remodeling is protected from the danger of failure.

Hebrews 6:1-2 (KJV)
1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

 When we do a study of the gospels you will notice that Jesus spoke of and described hell more than he did heaven. He did this to plant a foundation  within us.

That foundation is the fear of God. Here is an example:

Luke 12:3-5 (KJV)
3  Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. 4  And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

 These words of Christ are strong but they are also precise. 

If you came here this morning thinking you’re going to hear a prosperity message or a message that tickles your ear you’re in the wrong place.
But if you came here this morning to be strengthened in the truth and with the mindset that say’s, pastor speak into my life, above all else I must be saved then you came with the right heart and to the right place.
When we attain and maintain a good understanding of eternal judgement and punishment this firmly plants and keeps the fear of the Lord in our hearts. This is a firm and Great Foundation.
Only God can give the eternal sentence to hell.

What we have spoken in secret will be revealed by the light of His glory at the judgement. Not just our words but our attitude and our motives, our actions and our works will be made known.

The fear of God keeps us continually aware that nothing can be hidden from Him, nothing will escape His judgement and His judgments are just.
If we fail to understand the severity of God and we lack this understanding then we can easily be deceived and we can fall into the trap of deception, that God overlooks and doesn’t see our lawlessness and we begin to believe false doctrines such as once saved always saved, or thoughts that dilute truth such as well I believe in God so I am secure in Him, without any works of righteousness.
James wrote…

James 2:14 (KJV)
14  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?          
James 2:18 (KJV)
18  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

If we don’t understand this foundational truth we will fall into the fear of man and we will serve whom we fear. If we fear God we will obey Him even under pressure.
If we fear man we will slip into deception and we will drift into what benefits our own pleasures, fleshly desires, and pride. To consistently yield to te flesh will have consequences.
So when we lack the foundation of eternal Judgement and punishment we will lack  a certain measure of the fear of the Lord. A holy awe of the judgments of Christ is one aspect of the fear of the Lord.
Paul said…

 2 Corinthians 5:10-11 (KJV)
10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

 Paul was speaking of the believers judgement.

Isaiah 33:6 (KJV)
6  And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure

.Isaiah 33:6 (NIV)
6  He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.

 Jesus spoke of those that claimed to do great things through His Name but Jesus said unto the Depart from me ye workers of iniquity I never knew you.

Without the foundation of eternal judgement and punishment , the fear of the Lord we will not know Him as we should. That’s why Jesus said said in Matthew …

Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV)
24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.  The beginning is a foundation term. It’s what we build upon, our relationship must be built upon the foundation.
The fear of the Lord is that foundation; it provides stability for us. It is a storehouse of the riches of God. His salvation , wisdom and knowledge are all hidden in it.
 
Check your Foundation !