"Because My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;" Jeremiah 18:15
God has given us the Old Testament to reveal His ancient paths. He has also given us many examples of men and women whose walk was pleasing before Him. These were men and women of valor, integrity, and strength. They knew their God and sought His ways.
Through the examples in the Old Testament we also discover God's ancient people made many mistakes. God gives us these examples so we may learn to deal with these mistakes in our lives. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul proclaimed:
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." I Corinthians 10:11
King David was one of the examples in the Old Testament God has given us. David truly was a man of valor, integrity, and strength. David was a also a "man of war". David had a sensitive spirit toward God. David wrote almost half of the book of Psalms. Many of David's Psalms were written while he was fleeing for his life from King Saul. In many of his Psalms, David was pouring out his heart to God for His grace and protection.
David's life was not easy. He overcame all odds. He started out as a lowly shepherd, taking care of his father's flock. As a shepherd boy, David learned to seek his God in the quiet of the night while tending the flock. Today man is so busy running to and fro with their busy work schedule, making money, and planning for the future, they have no time to seek God or hear His voice.
David made many mistakes in his life, but he possessed something few have today, and that was a "repentant heart". God has given us David as an example of the overcoming generation He will have on the earth at the return of our Beloved Christ. Because of David's sensitivity to God and His ways, he became the best king Israel ever had.
After the death of King Saul, Israel became divided. David was made king over Judah. Saul's son ruled over the balance of Israel. David ruled in Judah for seven years. At the end of the seven years David was made king over all Israel. David was king over all Israel for thirty-three years. This made a total of forty (40) years David reigned as King in Israel. During those forty years, David expanded Israel's borders, and Israel became a mighty kingdom.
Today we see the body of Christ fragmented by the denominational system. Many are doing what is right in their own eyes. Seeking for an easy religion, they follow the precepts and doctrines of men, never questioning, never searching for a deeper walk in God. God is desiring a people who are not just hanging on, but who are eager to go on into the deeper things in His Word. God is desiring His body to come into unity. He has long patience until His body grows up into the head. Only then will Christ become the head of His church and unify His body, making it one nation, His holy nation, Israel.
David desired with his whole heart to build God a permanent house, a glorious temple. But God had spoken through His prophet Nathan:
"But the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto My name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in My sight." I Chronicles 22:8
David was not allowed to build God a house, nevertheless David drew the plans for the temple. He stockpiled many of the materials needed to construct the temple, and he accumulated much of the wealth needed in its construction.
God's Word records David was a man after God's own heart, Acts 13:22. David was a mighty warrior from his youth on. David slew Goliath and became the Captain of Saul's army. David was victorious in every battle because he heard and obeyed the voice of God. David became a man of reknown among his people. The women sang songs of David:
". . .Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands." I Samuel 21:11
David was not only a man of valor, he surrounded himself with men of valor. When David came to the end of his life, he reflected on the great men who served him and faithfully fought beside him.
David had thirty (30) top men he depended upon for everything. As they died or were killed, they were replaced by others who had shown valor, integrity, and strength. Of this thirty select men, David had three (3) mighty men of valor who held a very special place in David's kingdom.
Adino the Eznite
"These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachomonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite
"And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:
He arose, and smote the Philistines unto his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil."
Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite
"And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentils: and the people fled from the Philistines.
But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the Lord wrought a great victory." II Samuel 23:8-12
These mighty men of valor were chosen of David to be his top men. The battles these three men fought represent the battles we must face today. Christians must learn to fight their own battles. Most Christians, today, are like sheep. They will not fight. They desire an easy way. They are never strengthened Spiritually. When the battle rages, they become defeated. Many times they fall away completely. We need to heed the words of the Apostle Paul:
"As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." Romans 8:36
This is where many of God's people dwell. Many have overlooked Paul's next words:
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." Romans 8:37
Paul's first words were " NAY ", we are not accounted as sheep for the slaughter. We are not just conquerors, we are more than conquerors. We are overcomers in God's battles. God is raising up an overcoming army who has learned to fight. Those who have not learned to fight will be overcome and will fall by the wayside.
David taught his men how to fight. David's battles were physical. Today God's people must learn to battle in the Spirit. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;" II Corinthians 10:4
Our offensive weapons are Spiritual. Our defensive armament is also Spiritual. Our lives are to be girt about with truth. Out breastplate is to be righteousness. Our feet need to be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Our shield is to be faith. Our helmet is to be salvation, and our sword is to be the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, Ephesians 6:14-17.
Not one of David's mighty men was weak in his relationship to God or his beloved king. the greatest of David's mighty men was Adino.
Adino the Eznite
Adino stood facing eight hundred trained, armed soldiers. There was no way Adino could stand against eight hundred men in the flesh. He was facing insurmountable odds, but the victory was his!
Adino was facing the immovable mountain, unable to go over or around, he had to go through it. He only had one option, and that was to stand and fight. Many times we are put in this same situation. When God allows a mountain to rise up in our lives we discover we are not able to go over it, around it, or ignore it. We, as Adino, must determine to stand and fight, no matter what the odds.
Many attempt to ignore their insurmountable mountains, hoping they will go away. Sooner or later the mountains become so big in their lives, they cannot be ignored. This is where God in His love must bring each one of us. We must deal with the mountains in our lives if we are to ascend into His glory. Jesus spoke to His disciples concerning the mountains in their lives:
". . .Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17:20
When we plant a mustard seed in fertile earth, it will grow. Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a grain of mustard seed. It begins very small without observation, but as high mountains are dealt with in our lives, the mustard seed of faith begins to grow.
"It (the Kingdom) is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it." Mark 4:31-32
When our faith has grown in God, then we too can say to the mountain in our life, "Be thou removed", and it will be removed.
The Philistines are a type of the enemy of God's people. Israel was constantly plagued with the Philistines. Today many Christians are plagued because they have failed to learn how to battle in the Spiritual realm. Jesus gave Peter the keys of the Kingdom to help us in our walk. Peter warned:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" I Peter 5:8
Our battles are spiritual. We cannot fight our battles in the flesh. We must fight them in the name of Jesus, and by the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Sometimes we, as Adino, will face insurmountable odds in our lives. We cannot ignore them, go over them, or around them. There is only one answer, we must stand and fight! We must put on God's Spiritual armament and engage His Spiritual army on our behalf. We must operate on what the Word of God directs us to do. Without a doubt the victory will be ours.
Adino only had one solution to his predicament, and that was to depend on God to do battle for him. God did not fail Adino, and He will not fail us.
Eleazar, the son of Dodo
David's next mighty man of valor was Eleazar, the son of Dodo. Again Israel was in battle with the Philistines. The whole army of Israel had departed, and Eleazar was left alone. It is recorded Eleazar arose and smote the Philistines until he was weary and his hands clave unto his sword.
Eleazar battled for his king, just as we are to do Spiritual battle for our King. Eleazar was the only one left in battle. There comes a time when each of us are required to stand alone in the battle. The battle in most of our lives is when God requires change. We know changes must come if we are going to enter into the Kingdom. These changes cannot be worked out in a crowd. These changes must be worked out between ourselves and God alone. Paul wrote to the church at Philipi:
". . .Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12b
When God is making changes in our lives, there seems to be no place to turn. All our brothers, sisters, family, and friends do not understand, nor are they able to help. We, as Eleazar, are all alone. We become weary and our hands cleave to the sword seeking God for the answers. God has brought us to this place so we will seek Him for the answers to our situations. God has brought us to this place to prepare us and grow us up in Kingdom ways.
We must shut ourselves in with God alone, as Moses had to be shut up in Midian alone, and as Paul on the back side of the Arabian desert had to be alone. It is only in these times we learn how to pray, truly worship, and seek God for His direction in our lives. We have God's assurance if we seek Him we will find Him, Proverbs 8:17.
Throughout the Bible we have examples of men who God required to stand alone.
How did Elijah feel? Elijah cried out to the Lord, "I am the only man in the whole earth who is standing for you."
Jeremiah, too, was required to stand alone. His only servant Beruch was even unfaithful and left him. Jeremiah stood alone all his life.
Do you think Moses ever felt alone? Many times in the wilderness Moses fell on his face interceding for Israel before the Lord. In his solitary stand, Moses was weighed down beyond measure because of the hardheaded and stiffnecked children of Israel. He often cried out "Why me, Lord?" When God is bringing change into our lives, we too, as Moses, cry out, "Why me, Lord?'
What about Jesus? When He was hanging on the cross, all His disciples fled. He looked up and cried out, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" Matthew 27:46 Jesus disciples had all fled except one, the beloved John.
Paul also experienced this feeling:
"At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion." II Timothy 4:16-17
God is our deliverer when we are required to stand alone. Our battles are the Lord's battles. If we allow Him, He will achieve a great victory in our lives. When all those around us go their own way and do their own thing, we must stand where God has placed us. Then, and only then, will the victory be ours.
Shammah the son of Agee
David's third mighty man of valor was Shammah the son of Agee. Shammah, as Eleazar, was also required to stand alone. Armed with the promise of God, Shammah would never leave nor forsake his king.
We need to know when we are all alone, this is the time God has planned to be alone with us. In these times He can minister to us in the areas we need ministry. Perhaps God wants us to be alone to assure us in areas we need assurance. God cannot minister to us when we are on a dead run, caught up with all the things of this life.
We need time alone with God. This is His desire for His people. We need to draw apart unto Him so that when we are surrounded by the enemy, we can hear His instructions:
What is the living water? The living water is God's Word brought forth by the Spirit. Jesus spoke of the living waters:
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
When God's anointed Word becomes reality in our lives we are ready to stand, alone if need be, and fight. Paul declared to the church at Ephesus:
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:13
Shammah had to withstand the enemy in his evil day. We, likewise, must withstand the evil day that lies directly ahead of us.
How long are we to stand? We are to stand as long as it takes for God to break through. However long the battle takes, we are to stand and fight. At times you may think you are the only one in the battle. You may think you are the only one praying. You may feel you are the only one mourning and weeping for the lost. When you are alone, God can speak with you personally and give you a special blessing or revelation.
Sometimes we cry out, "Lord, why are you so hard on me?" The Scriptures reveal,
". . .the end of man is the beginning of God. . ."
When we come to the end of self, to the end our ability, to the end of everything we want; when we get finished threshing around, beating our head against the wall, trying to work out our situations in the flesh, then God can help us. He cannot solve our problems as long as we are trying to handle them. We can either try to take care of our problems ourselves, or we can let God take care of them for us.
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
God is desiring a people who will enter into His rest. The writer of Hebrews spoke of the rest God has prepared for His people:
"And in this place again, If they shall enter into My rest. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His." Hebrews 4:5, 9, & 10
God ceased from His labor on the Seventh Day. The Seventh Day of God's creation is directly ahead of us. The writer of Hebrews has shown us:
". . .the works were finished from the foundation of the world." Hebrews 4:3
God completed His works before the foundation of the world. His works were completed in His people at that time. All we must do is to walk into what God has already completed in us.
The Old Testament examples of Adino, Eleazar, and Shammah, David's mighty men, reveal the times in our life when we must stand all alone, facing insurmountable odds and circumstances. As with David's mighty men, these times come when we have labored in the field and are completely worn out. We, as David's mighty men, must also stand alone when those around us have fled. It is only then we realize we cannot depend on our own strength. Only God can bring us through these perilous times. God will prevail when our strength is gone.
David's mighty men did not accomplish these mighty exploits because they were seeking a reward. They served their king because they loved him. They were not just faithful to David after he had his kingdom and riches, they were faithful to him in the wilderness. These men were the ones who helped David establish his kingdom. Because of their faithfulness and their love for their king, their names were written in God's Holy Book.
Because of the love we have for our King, and our desire to be pleasing in His sight, we too will have our name in His Holy Book. It will not be written for a day, week, month, or year, but for all eternity.
When we face insurmountable situations in our life that take all of our energy, we must know where to turn. Everything we face, whether it be financial, job, family, marriage, sickness, fear, loneliness, or unforgiveness, we must recognize these as Spiritual battles. Generally it is only when we come to the end of ourselves that we turn things over to the Lord.
These are mountains in our lives which cannot be overcome in the flesh. Christ is the only one who can move these mountains. When stumbling blocks are placed in our path, we must get on our face and work them out before the Lord.
We need to ask ourselves, "Are we weary in the labor God has set before us?" We also need to ask ourselves, "Is our labor lavished upon self? Do we work for our own comforts, pleasures, and desires?" Do we take time to seek God's desire for our lives, or are our labors lavished on our own lusts? Paul admonishes us:
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9
Do we get weary in well doing? Do we get tired? Do we think, "What's the use, no one listens, no one cares"? Are you standing alone, facing the enemy against all odds? Are you standing alone in your family, on your job, in your community? We are promised a harvest if we do not faint or give up.
Have you labored until your hands cleave to the sword? The fields are ripe for harvest. The laborers are few. When we stand alone to fight, we must know God is our strength. He will put the words in our mouth to speak. He will give us the zeal. As Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus:
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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." Ephesians 6:10-12
We need to come to the realization our battles are not physical, they are Spiritual. We can accomplish nothing in our own strength. Our only power against the enemy is the power of God in His anointing. Paul finished his discourse to the Ephesians with this:
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" Ephesians 6:18
We need to ask ourselves, "Are we praying as the Spirit has given us direction, or do we simply present God with our want list and go about our own business?" We can seek God anytime day or night. God has given us a promise in His Word:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3
This brings up two questions:
1 - Do we have perfect peace?
2 - Is our mind stayed on the Lord?
The answer to both these questions will either be yes or no. You cannot have the peace Paul spoke of unless your mind is stayed on the Lord. If our problems seem too great for us to handle, if the enemy seems to be closing in on all sides, if the mountains in our lives seem immoveable, we need to arm ourselves with God's Spiritual armor and turn the battle over to Him.
When the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, cleaves to our hand where we cannot lay it down, then every enemy in our life will be defeated. We can only be victorious when we battle with the sword of the Spirit. The victory is ours, the battle is the Lord's.
STAND AND WATCH THE SALVATION OF THE LORD
For Further Discussion
David's Mighty Exploits
David's Mighty Men
Adino the Eznite
Standing Alone in the Battle
1. Who wrote almost half of the book of Psalms and was called a man after God's own heart?
2. David's life an example of the that will be on the earth at the return of Christ. P 2
3. What were the names of David's three mighty men? P 4+5
4. How are many Christians today like sheep?
5. Why did God say "no" when David wanted to build Him a house? I Chronicles 22:8
6. Why must we learn to fight and what must we overcome?
7. What do the Philistines represent?
8. We cannot battle satan in the but rather we must go to battle in the and the of the Holy Spirit.
9. What does the sword of the Spirit refer to?
10. All through the Bible, what is one thing that many men have been required to do?
11. The Word of God brought forth by the Spirit is referred to as what?
12. The Scriptures reveal that the of man is the of God.
13. If we have faith as a grain of mustard seed, we can .
14. The grain of mustard seed starts very small. Explain how our faith grows by the example of the growth of the mustard seed.
15. What must a person do when stumbling blocks are put in their path?
16. Who is our strength when we stand alone to fight?
17. God intends for us to be full of that that flows like a river. John 7:38
18. We need to put on the whole armor of God because we wrestle against what? Ephesians 6:10-12
19. How can we have perfect peace? Isaiah 26:3
20. Is there still time to add your name to God's list of mighty men?
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