CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 8

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 22:3. And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.

During Saul’s pursuit of David, he (David) thought of his family, that is, his mother and father. He took them to the king of Moab to stay there till everything was finally settled with him. Considering the “madness” of King Saul he could have turned on the parents of David and killed them. As children we must always be concerned about the state of our parents. There are some of us who do not care about what happens to our parents. Some even don’t visit their parents over a long time. Please remember the Lord says it would go well with us if we honour them. (Ephesians 6:1-3)

In 1st Samuel 23 David was told that the people of Keilah had been attacked by the Philistines. The scriptures said in 1st Samuel 23:2 as follows “Therefore David enquired of the Lord. Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the Lord said unto David go and smite the Philistines and save Keilah”. His men were afraid and in doubt whether they had to go or not. David enquired again and the Lord confirmed his earlier statement. Every child of God has the Holy Ghost and we must always ask of his view concerning every step we want to take in life. We must continually seek for his counsel in every step we wish to go. David was exceedingly successful because he never failed to seek God’s counsel before embarking on any venture. This was the very aspect of Saul’s life that made him to fail. He always took decisions to please his understanding and that which would make him appear good in the eyes and minds of the people. When David’s men were afraid to go to Keilah, he made a further enquiry and confirmed that they could go and so they went. IT IS ALWAYS THE VOICE OF GOD THAT MATTERS; EVERY OTHER VOICE IS AS RAIN DROPS, IT HAS NO MEANING.

When David was feeling secured in Keilah he heard that Saul was planning to attack him. He had  to make a further enquiry from the Lord whether Saul will indeed attack him there, and will the people of Keilah give him up. The Lord answered him that Saul will come, and the people of Keilah will surely give him up.

1st Samuel 23:16, Jonathan came to David and strengthened him in the Lord. Jonathan was not blindly following his father to attack David; he knew God had chosen David and he (David) would be the next king! The Bible says, in Proverbs 18:24 a man must show himself friendly. If you a friend, be a friend at all times. Some are fine weather friends. Jonathan visited David when he was in the wilderness at a distress moment. If an attack had broken out when he was with David, he would have been caught up in the fight.

Stay friendly at all times.

   PRAYER

O father I pray my spiritual ears will be sensitive to your voice and I will also be prompt to enquire of your leading each moment of my life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 23:11” Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down”.

Proverbs 18:24 ” A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”.

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 6

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:15 ” But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”

In 1st Samuel 21, David visited Ahimelech the Priest at Nob. Ahimelech   asked David, what brings him there? David said the King had commanded him to do a work in which no one should know anything about. King Saul had not asked David to do any such work. David wanted some bread and even a sword. We realized that David lied to the Priest.

In 1st Samuel 22: -23 king Saul heard that David had visited the Priest Ahimelech. He went there and eventually asked his servant Doeg, the Edomite to kill the priest and other Levites who were with him, because they met with David. Actions that proceed from lies does not have the approval of the spirit. On many occasion Satan takes advantage of the wrong action and causes trouble to some of the persons involved. When Abraham lied to the king Abimelech in Genesis, who took Sarah his wife, had all the men stricken with a great plague (Genesis 12:17.) Abraham’s wrong action brought God’s anger on the people. In the case of David, his desire to have bread and a sword led him to the priest but ultimately led to the slaughter of all those priests. David admitted in 1st Sam 22:22, that he had occasioned the death of the household of Ahimelech

Do not act on the premise of lies. Satan always takes advantage of that step to cause big trouble. Many people do not mind telling lies anytime and anyhow. Our key scripture says we must speak the truth to one another so we would grow into Christ in all things. Speaking the truth strengthen our moral capacity. The more you tell the truth, the more your inner being is strengthened. The scripture says, we grow to be like Jesus. This is one sure way to manifest the Christ nature, that is already residing in you.

After David’s encounter with Ahimelech, he went to Gath (the land of Philistine) he was taken to the king Achish (1st Samuel 21:10-15). The people of Gath easily identified him. Instantly David had to behave like a mad man. This was an act of wisdom to save his life. Achish the king said why bring this mad man here to play the madness before me. David was sent away safe because he was smart to act wisely. This instant was not an act of lie. It was an act of wisdom or self-protection.

In the first instant, if David had said the truth the priest would have known what action to take concerning Doeg, who later killed all the priests under Saul’s instruction. Always tell the truth.

  PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to know the right action to take at every incident. Grant us wisdom to act in obedience to your perfect will always

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 21:2 ” And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, the king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, let no man know anything of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.”

1 Samuel 21:13 ” And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard”.

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 5

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 20:1 ” And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, what have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life”

David came to Jonathan and said unto Jonathan, what have I done, what is my iniquity and what is my sin before thy father that he seeks my life? (Read 1st Samuel 20)

This is a distressing question that David asked. Many of us might have asked similar questions at one time in our life. Ours may not be about a man attacking us, but situations that oppose us. Please note; every special calling has a special opposition from the devil. Moses was chased to be killed at birth, because he was the promised deliverer of the Jews when they were in slavery. Our Lord Jesus was pursued by Satan right from his mother’s womb till the final day he died on the cross. Every Christian is a potential deliverer of multitudes, he is a master over Satan and his host. You are a threat to the devil. You are number one on his hit list.

The sad truth is that some Christians don’t recognize that they are appointed or anointed deliverers. The destiny of multitudes rest in their hands. The enemy is not bothered about such people, because he has succeeded in making them lose sight of the real call upon their lives. They are no longer a threat to him. Those who have not allowed their vision and calling to be watered down by satanic destructions, are those he does everything to frustrate. Stand your ground brother or sister. This was what Saul attempted to do to David. Satan used Saul to prevent David from ascending the throne.

In 1st Samuel 20 :42 David and Jonathan re-established their covenant. Jonathan demonstrated fully that he would always keep his terms of the covenant. He knew David would become the next king although in human terms he should have been the next king. He did not allow any form of selfishness to creep into his heart. He risked his life to save David. (1st Sam. 20:33) David also determined to keep his part of the covenant.

As humans we relate with people in various levels having different terms of engagement or covenants with them. We have employment partnerships or covenant. There are rules and regulations that bind us to certain groups we belong. We must be careful to be faithful to these terms and rules that bind us. Don’t work with someone and steal from him or her. This is breaking the covenant between you and him or her. Marriage is a very major covenant that we must not play down on. Please understand that God is the witness and third party to these covenants that we go into. The only covenants that we don’t get involve in, are blood covenants and other ones that call on other gods (demons) to arbitrate.  God our Father is always the witness to our covenants, when we break our part, we have sinned against him and would invite His judgement against us.

 PRAYER

O father help us to be always faithful to all covenants or agreements we make with people. Help us to appreciate the importance of honoring every covenant we make with people.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Malachi 2:14 ” Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.”

1 Peter 5:8-9 ” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 4

KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Samuel 18:11 “And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.”

Saul began to envy David. He threw a Javelin to pin him to the wall but failed 1st Samuel 18:11. Saul’s idea of giving his daughter to David was to get him ultimately killed, yet that also failed. He said he does not want any dowry or bride prize from him, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines. His intention was that the Philistines would kill him in the cause of fighting.

All these traps failed. David was never bitter towards Saul. He maintained his relationship with God. There are a lot of people who respond to situations and allow their moods to run down. Certain women get so depressive that they wished they were dead. There are some husbands who feel their wives are the cause of all their troubles. Some wives are also fighting their husbands because they are making them unhappy.

In the case of David, the very king that ruled the whole land was against him, yet David was not bitter to the point that he may decide to take his own life. What sustained him? David had his confidence in God. Dear brother or sister NEVER LET ANY MORTAL MAN DETERMINE WHETHER YOU ARE HAPPY OR NOT. It is your choice whether you are happy or not. Please read through Psalm 46. In verse 5, David said “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early”. Stop fighting people to make you happy, that is a mirage. Stop crying over any bad situation you find yourself. Your father God is on the throne and you are reigning with Him. Turn your eyes from the condition and praise the Lord for His victories.

The scriptures said David behaved himself wisely. A complaining man couldn’t have behaved wisely. He lived above the situations all the time. Indeed, none of the plans of King Saul succeeded. King Saul was rather afraid of him. Why does the evil intentions of the enemy seem to prevail in your case? When you have an evil feeling towards others, God in not involved with you, so every evil work of the enemy will prevail against you… Forgive and place your confidence in God. Turn your heart from those you think are hurting you. Turn to God and use His power to overcome the wrong situations.

BEHAVE WISELY LIKE DAVID DID.

  CONFESSION

Father your word rules my heart. No bitterness will fill my heart against anyone. By the power of God I overcome every situation.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 46:1 ” God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;”

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 18:1 ” And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul”.

God brought David into a soul tie with Jonathan. This was a plan of God to help David escape some of the plans of his father against him.

David’s victory over Goliath also caused Saul to decide to keep David without going to his father. He stopped being a shepherd boy from that day. He had been anointed to be a king over Israel and must begin going through series of preparations to become a king. As children of God, our heavenly father may change certain life engagement and we should not resist his dealings, but rather be sensitive.

In 1st Samuel 18:5, the Bible said “And David went out wheresoever Saul sent him and behaved himself wisely, and Saul set him over the men of war and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul servants”. David cooperated with the Spirit to distinguish himself excellently. The secret of his success was his faith in God. The Psalms written by David reveals the inner life and thoughts of David that caused him to excel. He said in Psalm 1:1-2 that ” blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly nor stand in the way of sinner, nor sit in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of God. In his law he meditates day and night”. David was given to the word of God and the fear of God This strengthened his faith so much. He was always exceptional. May we also place God’s word above every other view or persuasion.

In 1st Samuel 18:7 the women of Israel decided to praise David over Saul for his achievement, and that started a new phase of life problems. Saul envied him and therefore persecuted him till he (Saul) died. The women did not act wrongly. This is the uniqueness of women. What men may take a month to say a woman would take 5 minutes to say it!

David never blamed any woman for his woes. He faced all the difficulties that came his way by trusting God to see him through. Throughout the story of David as well as the Psalms, David was never overtaken with bitterness, but committed himself to God who was able to deliver him. People normally complain and become very bitter about challenges because they are not prepared to trust God to see them through. We must all learn from the life of David. David established a very close relationship with the Lord and so It was not difficult for him to trust the Lord in trying moments.

PRAYER

I pray for all those in trying situations. May they be strengthened to trust the Lord and act wisely in situations in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 23:1. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Psalms 91:1-2 ” He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust”.

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID.

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 17:29. And David said, what have I now done? Is there not a cause?

Jesse the father of David asked him to go visit his senior brothers who were on the warfront, to know how they were doing.

In 1st Samuel 17:23-24, Goliath the champion of the Philistines came defying the army of Israel. David heard him and started asking what would be done for the man who killed him and took away the reproach from Israel.?. The men of Israel saw Goliath and fled from him in fear. Why did David and the Israeli soldiers acted differently? David was focusing on God; the Israeli soldiers were thinking about themselves. Dear child, of God all weakness in faith is all because you are consumed with yourself. Stop considering yourself and start focusing on the word of God, and see life as an avenue of living only for the interest of God and not yourself.

To David killing Goliath was as easy as killing an ant because it was going to done by the almighty God through him. FAITH DOES NOT SEE BIG PROBLEMS TO BE CONQUERED, BUT SEES A BIG GOD WHO HAS ALREADY DEFEATED A SMALL PROBLEM.   From today stop magnifying any problem and allow the almighty God to stop that problem for you as you act on his word in faith.

David kept asking what would be done for the man who would kill the enemy. His brother Eliab heard him and became furious because, he loved his brother and felt he was walking into his grave: David did not answer his senior brother arrogantly. He just said “what have I now done, is there not a cause? That statement was inspired by the Spirit of God. Indeed, there was a cause why David came there. The next verse says he David, turned from him towards another and spoke after the same manner.

Never hang around those who discourage you. Maintain your focus. David’s words got to King Saul and was given an audience with the king. King Saul also gave a discouraging word to David, yet David whose confidence in God was very high began to share with the king the great victories God has won through him. King Saul became convinced and gave him his armour to fight with. David wore it and realized he could not fight with that armour. The armour of flesh would always fail. Don’t trust in human ability; whenever you face the devil, use your faith in God.

David encountered Goliath by speaking the words of faith. We always overcome the enemy by declaring boldly the word of God in faith.

Note: David added action to his words by running to face the enemy and then he cast the stone.

 CONFESSION

My faith in God is strong because I continually fix my eyes on God and His word. In the name of Jesus, I cut off the head of every Goliath that challenges me.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 17:48 ” And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”

1 Samuel 17:50 ” So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.”

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 2

KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Samuel 16:18. “Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.”

When an evil spirit tormented King Saul, one of his servants suggested that they find a man who could cunningly play the harp, so that the evil spirit would depart from him. The servant who suggested that he had seen David play very well, also said about David. 1st Samuel 16:18 “Then answered one of the servants, and said. Behold I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing and a mighty valiant man and a man of war, and prudent in matters and a comely person and the Lord is with him”. David was very skillful in playing the harp. Proverbs 18:16 says “A man’s gift maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men”. This was exactly what happened to David; his gift made room for him.

Nobody is without a special gift or talent. God always places one’s potential to succeed within himself or herself. Discover it and be excellent in doing it. David had no idea that the harp he used to play, singing songs to praise God and to amaze himself was going to open doors of breakthrough for him. Practice makes one perfect. The servant also described David as a mighty valiant man, and a man of war. David was only a shepherd boy, what made him a valiant man as well as a man of war. David revealed before fighting Goliath that he solely killed a bear and a lion. I believe these stories went around. In your life don’t see challenges as barriers. David treated his challenges as a means of God’s power being demonstrated through him. David said the following to King Saul.

1st Samuel 17:34,35 “And David said unto Saul; thy servant kept his father’s sheep and there came a lion and bear and took a lamb out of the flock. And I went out after him and delivered it out of his mouth, and when he arose against me, I caught him by the beard and smote him, and slew him”. He faced his challenges and overcame. Your past victories become stepping Stones to achieve greater victories. Every challenge to the Christian is meant to make a champion out of him or her. Don’t run away from them. Face them in faith, knowing the greater one is with you and in you.

 Stop taking challenges personal It’s His glory that is at stake and He would surely glorify his name if you don’t run away or give up. THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S.

 CONFESSION

I am greater than every challenge that rises against me. In the name of Jesus, no attack of the enemy on my life or anything about me shall prevail.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 18:34 ” He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.”

1 John 4:4. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”.

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