CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 10

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 25:13 ” And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff“.

David sent some of his men to Nabal to give him and his men some of the goods he was sharing.

Nabal blatantly refused. David become furious and gathered his men to attack Nabal. David at this occasion did not make any enquires from the Lord, whether to go or not.

Anger has a way of overshadowing our judgements such that we may easily throw away certain laid down principles that we normally function with. The Bible says be angry but sin not, let not the sun go down over your anger (Ephesians 4:26). In our moments of anger, we have to be obedient to the instructions concerning anger. It says, although you can be angry, don’t act instantly out of anger. That would definitely lead to sin. Secondly don’t allow your anger to stay in your heart over a long time. That would give place to a demon to take over your life. (Ephesians 4:27). These are simple instructions concerning anger yet many people fall short and ultimately regret for various unfortunate actions they undertake.

Please listen to what Abigail said to David “Now therefore my Lord, as the Lord lives, and as thy soul lives seeing the LORD HAS WITHHELD YOU FROM COMING TO SHED BLOOD and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my Lord, be as Nabal”. Sister Abigail reminded David that it is the Lord who has prevented him from shedding blood and avenging himself with his hand. God did not want him to go that way, and if he had enquired earlier the Lord would have asked him not to go.

After the wise sayings of Abigail which were prophetic and inspired David remarked….” Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent you this day to meet me and blessed be your advice, and blessed are you, which has kept me this day 1from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. (1st Samuel 25:32-33)

Another lesson that we have to carry along is that in our moments of anger, we must be ready to listen to other pleas that come to us. Whenever you are feeling angry, and you are ready to take any action to satisfy your ego, please give ear to any other, pleas that another party or even the one who has offended you make.

As much as you can stay free from avenging with your own hands, do so.

PRAYER

In the name of Jesus, I do not yield to any negative emotions of anger and its subsequent misbehaviors. My emotions are always under my control through the grace of God.

FURTHER STUDIES.

James 1:19-20. ” Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God”.

Colossians 3:15 ” And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 9

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 24:5. “And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt”.

In 1st Samuel 24:2 Saul kept pursuing David. This time he chose three thousand men out of all Israel and went to seek David. He followed him unto a cave where David was supposed to be hiding. Saul slept out of exhaustion and David found him sleeping. David’s men asked him to kill him because God had delivered him into his hand. David refused but cut off a piece of Saul’s cloth. David did not do anything to harm him, yet his heart smote him, because he had cut Saul’s garment.

David was a man who had great respect for God and the people God had anointed to lead. His heart smote him not because he had hurt Saul but because he had cut a piece of his garment. How many of us blatantly attack men of God? Saul was not right in any of his actions yet it was not David’s duty to judge, attack or condemn him. Romans 14:4 “Who art thou that judges another man’s servant? To his master he stands or falls. Yeah, he shall be holden up; for God is able to make him stand”.

Please consider the above scripture, who are you to judge another man’s servant. That man of God you are attacking is God’s servant and you don’t have the right to attack and judge him or her. One may ask, what about a man whose actions and teachings are simply problematic. Do not accept any teaching that is wrong neither do you have to follow any wrong teachings. What you must not do is don’t attack the man. There are some of us who insult such men and judge them. Do not do such things. Leave them to God and the Holy Ghost. At best pray and intercede for them. Once again you have every right to talk about their, teaching that is not biblical, instructing others to stay away from such teachings, but please don’t get personal.

David, in the story left where Saul was sleeping to a far point and called on him. He never showed any rudeness in his language to Saul. Please never be rude to your pastor, your father, mother, elder and the leaders of the nation. Please respect authority. To live long in the land, give a great regard to every authority above you.

PRAYER

Heavenly father you have set in place various authorities above us. Help us to regard them highly. In their mistakes help us not to attack them but to stand in and make intercessions for   them.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 13:1 ” Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God”.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ” Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth”.

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”.

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