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the day when God’s Holy Spirit came upon your life? Your eyes were opened to things you never caught before your priorities changed . . your awareness of the kingdom of God and His purposes exploded into living color.
Such an occurrence in David’s life would enable him to see a 9’9″ enemy with eyes of faith and courage like steel.
How do you embrace challenges that look impossible? Do you have a heart for the Lord that informs you that adversity is nothing more than opportunity?
David was just a fifteen-year old shepherd boy in the eyes of a fearful nation, but God put His hand on David to raise him up to do something only possible with God in his life . . something only possible because David refused to allow what he saw rule what he believed!
The victory that God gave David over Goliath thrust him into a limelight and into a life that he never dreamed about or imagined. David was so popular that the common people were singing songs about him on the streets of Jerusalem. David’s defining moment was becoming larger by the day.
“When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’. Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. ‘They have credited David with tens of thousands’, he thought, ‘but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?’ And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.” – 1 Samuel 18:6-9
Now here’s a new moment that’s going to change David’s life. The very king that he is serving with unflinching loyalty now despises him . . having realized that the successor king of which Samuel had told him would be taking his place . . is David . . but not just David . . David the heralded warrior . . David, the victor seen as greater and more powerful than Saul. From that time on . .from that defining moment . . David would become a fugitive to the very king he loved and honored.
Spiritual victories and breakthroughs never open the door to a time of “kicking back” . . walking away from your prayer post . . finding some kind of “Christian neutral”.
Instead, spiritual victories bring with them both a heightened sense of responsibility . . and a necessary greater responsibility. Change never comes in bundles of one.
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defining moments in David’s life was his heart for God above all else. No matter what he encountered, whether good or trying, he kept his heart toward God at all times. David was coming off of a major victory . . public opinion was more than favorable . . poll results were stunning . . He would understandably think to himself at that time, “Surely it’s time for me to become king”
The reverse actually happens. Have you met those kind of curve balls, detours, u-turns, dead-ends, delays, disappointments? If it is all about you, your plans, your timing, your future, your name, your reputation . . you are doomed to fail, flounder and fall flat on your faithless feelings.
Positive change, upward promotion, new levels of influence may all be on the horizon . . but they always come about on God’s terms at God’s time. From being lauded and embraced to being chased by His King, David kept his heart turned toward God; hungry to hear His voice and to walk in His path.
Let’s allow our defining moments to shape our hearts into a heart like David’s.