“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).
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
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.
1 Chronicles 16:24 (KJV)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Jesus-Name, Apostolic Authority
and Dominion Power!
Everything the early Church did revolved around the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus is not effective among us until we proclaim it and use it. There is power in proclaiming and demonstrating in the revelation of the name of Jesus and of the one true God. (Colossians 3:17) Knowing one God, in the identity of Christ, helps us to realize who we are in Christ. We cannot truly realize who we are until we realize who He is…and “who He is in us and through us!”
The name of Jesus is the highest name. Jesus has all power and, as believers, we have access to that authority and power through His name, His Word, and sonship in His kingdom. (Matthew 28:18, Ephesians 1:18-23) All are subject to His name. (Philippians 2:10-11) With such authority and power we can defeat satanic forces…which will result in great salvation, deliverance, and restoration. The miraculous and the glory of God will manifest as the sovereign dominion of God prevails in the midst of the Church…and a destitute humanity. (Matthew 11:12)
As we submit ourselves under God’s authority and ordained biblical authority (divine covering) then, as “sons of God,” we have access to His delegated authority. (Matthew 8:8-10, John 1:12) To have authority, one must be under authority. Jesus gave us His authority to trample upon the enemy. (Mark 1:21-22, Luke 4:36-37; 10:18-19, Ephesians 6:10-18) However, authority which is granted (imparted) but not used…is not possessed, and ultimately is left idle (unused), which is like possessing no authority at all! For example, a judge sitting in a courtroom has influence, but a judge who is mandating a legal sentence to a guilty criminal…is exercising authority. As Christians, we may have some influence in this world, but if we are not using the authority that Jesus gave us, then we do not have authority at all. Inactivated authority is no authority!
The purpose of operating in God’s designated authority is to allow the kingdom of God to be manifested upon this earth. (I Corinthians 3:9) This activated or sanctioned authority then may be exercised by speaking His Word (Rhema/Logos), in the name of Jesus, that would release His authority to accomplish His divine will. (Luke 10:17) As we pray and speak in Christ’s stead, then this exercised authority (divine consent to act) transforms into dominion power (divine ability to act) that is discharged and manifested with the purpose to help establish and further advance the kingdom of God in this world. (Mark 6:7, Luke 10:1-9)
As the Church exercises authority and dominion power, then God’s Word will be confirmed with signs following. As believers endeavor to fulfill the great commission in order to reach a mass harvest, God indeed will empower us to obtain triumphant victory. (Mark 16:15-20, Ephesians 3:20-21) If you are Spirit-filled, greater realize Who is inside of you. Christ is in you, so be confident knowing that Jesus-Name, Apostolic Authority and Dominion Power is available to work in His kingdom for His glory! Amen.