The Lord Preserved David
I Chronicles 18:6 – “Then David put garrisons in Syria-damascus; and the Syrians became David’s servants, and brought gifts. Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went (it is the Will of God, and even the insistence of the Lord, that we subdue not just some of our spiritual enemies, but all; we must rule the sin nature, and not the sin nature ruling us [Rom. 6:3-14]).”
David is one of the greatest Bible characters found in the Word of God, and is one of my personal favorite persons to read about. In this particular Chapter, you will find David, the king of Israel, bringing Israel into a place where there are no enemies around them, for he had subdued them all. Likewise, we also find in this Chapter exactly how the Child of God should live, with all enemies subdued, living in a state of complete Victory over the world, the flesh, and the Devil. We need to understand that this is not just a Bible story, but it can be the story of every person who names the Name of Jesus Christ, Victorious!
SUBDUING THE “INWARD FOES” IN OUR LIVES
Before we get into how this story can be applied to our lives, I would like to deal with a very important point that is the case of so much failure in the life of a Believer, the death of Saul at the hands of the Philistines. The last picture we see of Saul, the people’s king, is a man lying on the battlefield, dead from a self-inflicted wound by his own sword, in other words, he committed suicide. The Philistines were known as an “outward foe,” meaning that they were an enemy outside of the territory that God had promised Abraham, many years before, and this enemy had to be defeated. But, since Saul could not defeat the “inward foe,” which was the Jebusites, this “outward foe” defeated Saul. Before we can have Victory over the external foes in our lives, the internal foes must be defeated.
How many Christians or how many young people still have Philistines in their lives? How many young people, who love God with all of their hearts, still live with Philistines dominating their lives? The Christian, no matter how long they have been living for the Lord, will find, and without exception, that the greatest foes in their lives are these “inward foes,” such as lying, gossip, pornography, lust, etc. Satan knows that if he can keep his strongholds within our lives, that this will greatly hinder our walk with the Lord. Each one of these “inward foes” must be defeated, no matter what they are, and without question. If they are not brought under subjection, then we will continue to live a life of spiritual failure. There is only one way to Victory, it is through our Faith in Christ and Him Crucified. There is no other way that the enemies of our lives can be brought down and subdued, it is only through the Cross of Christ, and our Faith in His Finished Work. By our Faith ever being anchored in the Cross of Christ, this allows the Holy Spirit to begin to do a Work within our lives that will bring about the Victory needed.
THE ONLY SOLUTION KNOWN TO MAN: THE CROSS
The moment that David became king of Israel, the first thing that he did was to subdue the Jebusites (I Chron. 11:4), which would lead to the defeat of the Philistines (I Chron. 11:14, 18), and the Syrians (I Chron. 18:6). Once again, let me state that if we do not defeat the enemies within our lives, these strongholds of Satan, those without fail will ultimately overcome us. That is why we preach the Cross as strongly as we do, for the Cross of Christ is the only Way to have complete and total Victory over these strongholds of the enemy. Paul would write and say, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (II Cor. 10:4). The strongholds that Satan has erected in the very center of our lives can be pulled down, but we cannot do it, in and of ourselves. Now, Satan is very clever at presenting another way of victory besides the Cross of Christ, and he will use much of the church world to present that way and to carry out his work. But, the truth remains that there are not several ways to obtain the Victory needed; not a way for Pentecostals, a way for Baptists, and a way for Catholics, they are all different. No! There is only One Way to experience this Victory that we are discussing now, and that is through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ! Without the shed Blood of Christ, there is no Victory. Man is burdened down with sin, and most Christians have strongholds of Satan in their lives, with no victory in sight. The only Solution to man’s problem, which is sin, is the Cross of Christ! This goes for the young and the old alike, the same Cross that Saved the old, is the same Cross that saves the young.
WILL THE CROSS WORK FOR TEENAGERS?
Simply put, yes! There is not a separate way for young people different from that which is given in the Bible! Jesus Christ did not present another way for the youth of Israel that was different from the adults, it was all the same, “Come unto Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Mat. 11:28-30). This “yoke” that Christ is speaking of is the “yoke” of the Cross. Once a Believer places their Faith in the Cross of Christ and that Alone, the Holy Spirit has the ability to Work in our lives, and to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. But, notice this, there is one word that the modern church world needs to look at very carefully, “ALL.” This means that the Cross of Christ is exactly what our Young People need, and the Cross of Christ will work for our teenagers and young adults.
THE LORD GAVE VICTORY TO DAVID
After David defeated the “inward foes” of Israel, he turned to the “outward foes” of Israel, of whom the Syrians were. Now that the Ark of God was seated and enthroned in the very center of Israel, David now enjoys complete Victory over all enemies, both at home and foreign. Once Christ is seated and enthroned in the very center of our lives, which speaks of our Faith being placed in the Finished Work of Christ, we can enjoy Victory over all the enemies of our lives, inward and outward. It is not the Will of God that we enjoy Victory over a few of our enemies, but it is the Will of God that we have Victory over all of our enemies. As He gave David the Victory over these enemies, He has already given us the Victory over all of our enemies, and it was done through the Cross of Christ.
In Him, Pastor Gabe