1 Chr 18:6 “David put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and BROUGHT TRIBUTE. The Lord gave David VICTORY everywhere he went.”
Today, I want to talk about David’s victories over his enemies. I want you to understand that David’s victories were a part of God’s covenant promises to him and that God was there over the process of David’s life helping him win these victories. God and His angelic forces were involved in the unseen realms of David’s life and battles. Have you thought about and do you have faith that God and His angelic forces are working behind the scenes in your life to help you experience victory? If not, then your faith isn’t being exercised toward promises God has promised you! Deut. 28:7 reveals God’s promised blessing, “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”
David loved God and did his best to live out each day expecting God to bless him and help him defeat the enemies of his life. The Bible says, “IN THE COURSE OF TIME,” David defeated the Philistines” and dominated his enemies.
What Satan brings against us may not be defeated overnight, but they will be defeated “IN THE COURSE OF TIME” if we will have faith in what God promises us. They’ll stop over time as we lean on God for the wisdom to walk through them and handle them in a godly way. David was involved in the battles, but he also had confidence and faith that God would help him. His enemies were either removed, wiped out, or they eventually learned to follow, appreciate, and love David and his leadership. Some of David’s enemies ended up become David’s friend AND ended up bringing him tribute. How is that for a turnaround! David’s victories always brought him increase. This was the manifestation of promises made to David and his seed. Through faith we are his seed. These are promises to us also. (Galatians 3:29)
Our lives are intertwined with God. We are doing our part and God is faithful to His part. As a matter of fact, I can tell you what your testimony will be one day when you experience your victories and look back. You will say, “There were so many times were I wasn’t as faithful as I should have been. But, God was always faithful – Always!” That is the point, you can trust God because is faithful to you even when you miss it with Him.
Not everyone seeks God for the things that would cause them to inherit these promised blessings of victory and tribute – but they should! Jesus paid the highest price possible just so we could succeed and experience victory over Satan’s attacks. But, we do have a part. First we have to believe. We have to believe that He is with us and for us and we have to believe His Bible promises are real to us. We have to be confident that He is working in and through us and in the behind-the-scenes of our life. Bumps in the road and setbacks cannot be allowed to become disqualifiers of our faith. Hopelessness has to be cast out. Our declaration of God being faithful and true to His promises in our life need to spill forth in the form of praise in our prayers, in our time of praise and thanksgiving, and in our everyday conversation – DESPITE any bleak picture the enemy works to paint through negative circumstances. Believe me, David had plenty of them.
I remember many times where I felt that I had a personally failed God by making some fleshly choices. How could I think of God blessing me? Look at how I have been acting. Look what I have been doing. God won’t bless me. He is probably letting my enemies defeat me! Of course the devil was right there to affirm my failure and accuse me saying that God saw me as hard hearted and a hopeless case. That God would never help me or defend me. That was a lie. I may have failed God in the moment but I loved Him and was determined to do better. In times like that, you have to believe that God is bigger than your momentary mistake or bad choice. He is. I just made sure I was quick to sincerely repent and work harder to do better. But it’s only Jesus that could live and walk out perfect obedience to the Father. For me it’s going to be far more imperfect. But the shed blood of Jesus Christ had made me righteous and qualified me for God’s love and blessing despite my shortcomings.
As we try to walk out our walk with God the best we can, we have to believe that He can and will accomplish greater and greater things through us. We have to believe He will help defeat the demonic forces that come against us. Declare it! “I bind you Satan and every demonic attack you have launched against me, against my family, and against our finances. I take authority over you and command you to flee.” When this is our position in Him and you will not be wavering in it – when you will be committed to it – then you will begin to experience the covenant promise of victories over negative circumstances because of your faith in God working in your behalf. Believe that what the devil meant for evil, God will turn for good. Believe that though the devil came against you one way, he must flee seven ways. Believe that the things he has stolen from you will come back with blessing and increase sevenfold. David always got tribute in his victories. Tribute is what He took back from the enemy when his battles were one.
Don’t get so religious that you leave out the last part of today’s Fresh Manna verse. David’s victory and blessing brought him tribute. It is a part of the covenant He committed Himself to toward us. God has victory and tribute in the areas of your life that the Lord helps you to subdue and influence for His glory. As today’s Fresh Manna says, “David put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and BROUGHT TRIBUTE. The Lord gave David VICTORY everywhere he went.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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