1 Samuel Chapter 30

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1 Samuel 30

1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;

And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.

So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.

10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;

12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.

13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.

14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.

15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.

16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.

17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.

18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.

19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.

21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them.

22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.

23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the Lord hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.

24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.

25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.

26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord;

27 To them which were in Bethel, and to them which were in south Ramoth, and to them which were in Jattir,

28 And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa,

29 And to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites,

30 And to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chorashan, and to them which were in Athach,

31 And to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt.

32 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 30

  1. Taking Everything Back From The Enemies Camp

    David gets a rude awakening **on the 3rd day** when he returns to his hiding spot, that his people had been attacked and taken captive vs1-5.
    God allows certain trails to jump on our path in order to grab our attention “So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” vs4..”But David found strength in the Lord his God.” vs7. Though we get off track we can also hop back on, with the Lord’s grace and mercy. David’s men found an Egyptian slave left for dead, but he was revived from illness after he had been nourished because he was famished
    **for 3 days** this slave lead David to the enemies camp to take his people back and “nothing was missing”. I am reminded of Rahab at this point because of his request to spare his life in turn for guidance to the Philistines, or hand him over to the master which left him to the vultures.

    Originally there was 600 men intended for battle, but since 200 of them where too exhausted to carry on they stayed behind to gaurd the supplies. The 400 are now returning back from plundering “all the evil men and troublemakers among David’s followers said, “Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, every man may take his wife and children and go.” There is something about going into the enemies camp that the spirit of the enemy can rub off and become obvious. Good thing David put them in their place when he said, “The share of the men who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went into battle. All will share alike.” Even though we didn’t endure the physical cross, we do however reap the benefits of our Saviour’s death and resurrection, resulting in our salvation. The enemy doesn’t want you to reach his camp, yet alone take back what he’s stolen. David cried out to the Lord, God made a way with the slave, David enforced equal plundering rights. Praise the Lord for guidance when we lose our mental/spiritual compass.

  2. The Ephod

    In early Israelite history, the priest used the Urim and Thummim to determine God’s will. They are stored in a breastpiece that is part of the ephod, which is a sacred priestly garment. Carefully, phrased questions are asked of God.

    Since the Urim and Thummim are part of the ephod, it is also called “the breastpiece of decision” (Ex 28:29). or judgment. In fact, in Exodus 28:15, God tells Moses to “fashion a breastpiece for making decisions”. How exactly the Urim and Thummim worked, or what exactly they were, remains a mystery. However, we do know that God used them to tell his people his will. God apparently approves of David’s use of this method since David recieves correct answers (1 Sa 23:9 -11; 30:7-8). Saul also seeks God in this manner, but the Bible says he recieves no answer from the Lord “by dreams or Urim or prophets” (1 Sa 28:6).

  3. iLove to Eat Breakfast with Jesus

    “The Haters…The Children Esau Strike Again”

    Esau dispised his birthright…Jacob took it…Esau tried to take it back…and here we are again, several hundred years later in the same type of struggle…

    (Genesis 36:12) And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau’s son; and she bare to Eliphaz Amalek: these were the sons of Adah Esau’s wife.

    Amalek-H6002
    עמלק
    ‛ămâlêq
    am-aw-lake’
    Probably of foreign origin; Amalek, a descendant of Esau; also his posterity and their country: – Amalek.

    GIVE ME ALL MY STUFF FAT ESAU…I WANT IT ALL BACK

    • I Want It All Back Lyrics

      Tye Tribbett & GA

      iTunes Lyrics

      Come on Yeah If you want it all back jump to your feet right now For the kingdom suffers violence From the violent taketh taketh be force Lets go Yeah We gonna take it back Somebody scream
      Everybody say I want it all back Everything that you took from me I want it I want it all back Even my joy and my peace from me Come on I want it all back Everything that you got that’s mine I want it all back
      Listen Devil You may have though you won that last round You may have laughed (’cause) I almost fell down Maybe you think I give up easy But it’s not over I got more in me You thought I stopped you thought I sat down But I am standing you made me mad now You got somethings I think you owe me I’ve come to get back everything that you stole

      Everybody say I want it all back Everything that you took from me I want it I want it all back Even my joy and my peace from me Come on I want it all back Everything that you got that’s mine I want it all back

      Ladies say You hit me hard I should be knock out Things i’ve been through don’t even wanna talk about You crossed the line (this time) you violated me I want revenge (I want everything back from) A to Z The battles not mine the battle is the Lord’s In the name of Jesus i’m taking it be force
      I want it all back I want it all back I want it all back I want it all back I want it all back Anybody else mad with me come on I want it all back I want my joy and peace let say it I want it all back Everything that you got that”s mine I want it all back I want it all back
      Fellas If you only knew what I was gonna be after the storm you wouldn’t have even bothered [ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/i-want-it-all-back-lyrics-tye-tribbett-ga.html ] (Enter Altos )If you only knew what I was gonna be after the storm you wouldn’t have even bothered (Enter Sopranos) If you only knew what I was gonna be after the storm you wouldn’t have even bothered If you only knew what I was gonna be after the storm you wouldn’t have even bothered
      Devil if you only knew what I was gonna be after the storm You wouldn’t have even bothered me Yeah
      (But now i’m) stronger (And I got more) power (I’m a little bit) wiser (And I got more) strength (I got thee) anointing (Got God’s) favor (And we’re still) standing We want everything you took from us right her right now I want it all back
      (Man give me my stuff back) Give me my stuff back Give me my stuff Give me my stuff back I want it all Give me my stuff back Give me my stuff Give me my stuff back I want it all
      What about the peace he took? I want it back What about your strength he took I want it back What about your power he took? I want it back What about your love he took? I want it back
      What about your family and all your self-esteem even your destiny? (I want it back) What about the joy you tasted & the time you wasted do you want it back? (I want it back) What about your place in God & all your faith in God even the ways of God (I want it back) What about your hopes & dreams & your communities even your kids and teens? (I want it back)
      What about the peace he took? I want it back What about your strength he took I want it back What about your power he took? I want it back What about your love he took? I want it back
      What about your family and all your self-esteem even your destiny? (I want back) What about the joy you tasted & the time you wasted do you want it back? (I want back) What about your place in God & all your faith in God even the ways of God (I want back) What about your hopes & dreams & your communiies even your kids and teens? (I want back)
      I want it back Want it back Want it back Want it back I want it all back

  4. Vs 3/
    David’s family was captured and he was put through the mill ….
    Sometimes we are going to be persecuted for doing God’s will.
    Matthew 5:11-12
    11/ Blessed are ye when when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake
    12/ Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    It seems to me that David was being persecuted and tried to do the right thing now his family is getting persecuted for being connected with him. Everyday there’s someone getting some persecution done to them …Lord help me not to persecute no one and I pray that I have your power to come through my persecutions that I go through when I do have them.
    thank you Jesus for the fire and the will you give me in the Holy Ghost!

  5. 23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the Lord hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.

    24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.

    25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.

    This makes me think of all the church does, how in our many opportunities for doing and going and giving that not everyone is in a position to give in the same way at every opportunity. Some may go out in the harvest field for weekly Street Evangelism outreach and labor intensively in larger outreach events like block parties, while others may not be physically able to participate as much in that way and may stay behind to find another outlet such as prayer, phone ministry, guest follow up visits (delivering cookies), etc.

    There’s a saying “it takes a village to raise a child,” well it takes a church to win a soul. The spoils of victory are not limited to those who we may think of as being “on the front lines” in the spotlight of ministry. We as a church are a team, each of us designed with different functions so we can compliment each other and together be the whole body of Christ as He desires.

    26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord;

    This reminds me of the parables of Luke 15, including:

    What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. (Luke 15:4-7 KJV)

    After victory, there is rejoicing among many. We are the church, we are to be one unified body; we are called to share in the victory and rejoicing.

    Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (Romans 12:15 KJV)

    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27 KJV)

    One last thought on the note of celebrating: Ain’t no party like a Holy Ghost party cause a Holy Ghost party don’t stop! (Say what?)

  6. The caption for this chapter in the MSG version reads….”David’s Strength Was in His God”. After returning back to Ziklag, David finds that all had been taken and burned to the ground, including their families. After much weeping, verses 6-8 say….”David strengthened himself with trust in his God. He ordered Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the Ephod so I can consult God.” Abiathar brought it to David. Then David prayed to God, “Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?” The answer came, “Go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!” If the enemy has taken something from you, it’s time to strengthen yourself with trust in your God and go get it back!

  7. In our distress, the only place we should go is to GOD!!!!

    David inquires of the Lord in the middle of his distress. Everything is falling apart around him, but in the middle of his despair he runs to the Mercy seat of God, the place where hope is born. But he doesn’t come empty handed, he is wearing the ephod, the breast plate of decision, the tool of worship. What he wants to know is simple do I pursue? I wonder what he would of done if God answer was a negative? What would he be willing to let go for the sake of God? But God is a merciful God and gives him the go ahead, take it ALL BACK! Fear did not stop him, he just went. I wonder what we will say if God will tell us right now, get up, dust yourselves, and go get it ALL??? Who will go? Who will stay because of fear? Shake yourselves loose, and lets go get our property, our building, our children, our jobs, lets go get EVERYTHING Back!!!!

  8. v4 Then David and the people that were
    him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

    David wept until he had no more power to weep. He was sincere enough to weep, to worship before the porch and the altar.

    Jeremiah said,” That my tears could flow
    give me souls or I’ll die.”
    Unless GOD delivers the mother( the church )
    the baby will die .(souls)
    Thank GOD my tears have been my meat

    Paul warns us with tears. GOD is bottling all this up. HE knows about every thing you’re doing for HIS Kingdom. It’s never a waste , as we learn to weep.it’s time to be sincere, it’s got to come from the heart and it’s time to listen as David did in Verse 6
    1. First he encourage himself in the LORD. v6
    2 v8 David inquired ( he prayed and listened
    because GOD told him he would recover all.

    The people needed to be doing what David was doing . Instead they were talking too much
    V6 ” For the people spoke of stoning him.”
    LORD please help us ( me ) too listen and not talk too much.

    The prayer of crying brings GOD to our side. Sometimes we have to cry it out like David did, know that GOD is touched by the feeling of our infirmities and have faith HE’ll move
    on our behalf. This I know ; for GOD is for me

    When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know: for GOD is for me.
    Psalms 56: 9
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    iPray
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  9. Encourage Yourself

    6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

    7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

    We can read this passage and think “well I just gotta suck it up and deal with stuff on my own” but I don’t think that’s what God intends for us to get out of it. David fought the battle in his own mind to decide to seek the Lord, to choose to have faith in God (and out of that receive encouragement.) He didn’t wait for someone else to come along and nudge him to faith. But once he engaged in faith, once he engaged in prayer, he didn’t engage in battle alone:

    8 And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

    9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.

    10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

    It’s when we isolate ourselves and try to just “tough it out alone” that we become easy targets for the enemy. It is a mark of maturity to learn to encourage yourself in the Lord but you don’t do yourself any good trying to be a lone wolf Christian.

    It must be our personal battle to decide to trust in the Shepherd, however it doesn’t give us license to leave the flock in time of need. You find the Shepherd with the sheep, unless you force Him to come find you if you wander off. The church is the *body* of Christ, we can’t get so caught up in the mindset of “well this is just between me and God to get it fixed” that we miss the fact that the church makes up God’s hands and feet in this world. Sometimes divine intervention comes in the form of God using His body (church) to help; sometimes encouraging ourselves in the Lord and getting victory involves going to our fellow Christians and seeking the kingdom of God to receive God’s help.

  10. 26-31
    Each of the towns mentioned is in southern Judah in the area of Hebron. Later David was crowned King of Judah in Hebron. Always politically sensitive David used every opportunity to prepare for his future illustrating a principle Jesus expreesed.

  11. OMG david went before the lord ready to go as if he knew what the answer would be. Just like david God wants us to cme before him and ask for permission, total submission unto the will of God is how we are able to take back what the devil has stolen because it wont be us fighting bt God through us, but 1st we must let God rule in and over us in everything we do. Thid city our family and this nation all belongs to God and He is ready and waiting to give us our part to recover

  12. 1 Samuel 15:10-11
    Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.

    1 Samuel 15:19-21
    Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.

    Saul, Saul, why did you not obey the voice of God? One chapter before the King meets his tragic end, the consequences of Saul letting the amalekites live is revealed.

    Saul however is nowhere to be found around this, but his influence hangs in the air. David watches as his home, and family is ripped apart.

    6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

    David turned to praise, and not toward hatred. God told David he would recover all!

    16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.

    17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.

    18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.

    19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

    This is a great story, but one that could have been prevented. All that was needed was for the king to “utterly destroy” the Amalekites and we would not hear of David and Ziklag.

    However, All Things work together for the good to those who love God and are the called according to his purpose!

    God got the glory!

  13. iLead

    6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

    Circumstances of LIFE will deal some very tough and challenging decisions; we are GOD called, challenged and equipped to FACE them.

    In this chapter the LORD revealed to me our 10th year (2012) theme:

    iPray
    8 And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue:

    David prayed before he made a move.

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    10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.
    11 And they found an Egyptian in the field,

    David pursued and found a lead, then prepared him some food.

    iGive
    12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.

    They gave the weary soldier not only food to eat; but also assurance of safety.

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    18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
    19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
    20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.

    David recovered all of his and then some.

    Everything began when David “Encouraged HIMSELF in the LORD”

  14. #2
    THE PERIL OF BEING OUT OF POSITION

    29:11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

    30:1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;
    2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.
    3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.
    4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

    David was aligned to battle against his own people, I know some believe that he was planted there to work for GOD from the inside out; however, scripture is very clear in regards to how jealous our GOD is.

    Fear drove David to away from his GOD anointed position, King of Israel. I believe Ziklag was the LORD’s way of saying to David and to us “Seek ME”. It is obvious that David do not seek the LORD concerning running from Saul and to the Philistines and now he seeks the LORD when everything falls apart as he looses all. This is how so many people lie their lives.

    Do their own thing based on their emotions or feelings, rather than enquiring of the LORD.

    Notice it affected his family, his friends, his followers, and his armies. STAY in your position and AVOID unnecessary peril.

  15. The prepration of your blessing

    7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

    The ephod was a type of garment that was worn by the priest. It was to show to all that saw it, a type of spiritual leadership. For this reason David wanted an answer from God and one way was to put on the ephod. Now, in todays society we know that God will talk to those that prepare themselves. We must, I must prepare myself to have a close relationship to God by Praying more, Reading more, Fasting more, and many other things to get that much close to God. We must make room for our blessing to come into our life. What would happen if I wanted a new job, but I never want out and applied to business. I probably would not find a job, because I didn’t “make room,” for that type of blessing. Sometimes God wants us to make the first move.

  16. 11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;

    13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.

    Sin knows no boundaries. It has no guidelines except save the wages of sin being death. As we see here the man whom had been out in the world sinning fell sick and his master( the devil, for we can only serve one master ) left him to die. Such were so many of us, lost in sin without a clue where to turn when God supplied the answer.
    We need to take every opportunity to share the wonderful things that God has done for us with those around us that are lost and dying. God gives us chances daily to minister with the lost around us every day, but what are we doing? Playing video games? Facebooking? Sleeping? Watching tv?
    All too often we neglect the needs before us simply we refuse to see past what has hurt us, or what we just lost. When we do that, often we miss the answers that we were looking for.

  17. The enemy sometimes tries to steel your blessing. In inquiring of the Lord you find how to keep it or get it back. The world being filled with war, it is important to let the Lordclead your steps into battle.

  18. The one before was from Jessie

    26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord;

    When you get thing back God is not just good enough to give what you need. God is so good that when you follow his directions he gives back more than what was taken. David paid tithe too, he gave to the elders at Judah. After he gave to Judah he had enough left over to share the blessings of the spoils with his friends too.

  19. This chapter illustrates example. David provided many examples for us to emulate; his worship, his prayer, his sacrifices and his giving. David gave of that which he had as well as of that which he gained such as we see in this chapter. We could do great things that would glorify God if we follow his examples. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  20. And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord;

    Never lose touch with your praise!

  21. Because David sought direction from the Lord, he was told to pursue. In doing so He was able to recover all that had been taken from him. This reminds of a song, “I want it all back, everything that the devil stole”

    Too many times we give up way to easy. The enemy comes in ravages our homes, our families, our finances and we just sit back and take it. Not only were those that went to battle blessed with spoil, but those that were unable to fight were given spoil also. We enjoy the overflow of blessings and victories of others because we are associated with them and connected.

  22. A spiritual Renewing

    David was backslid, there is no way around it, he was living in the land of the enemy, in a house the enemy had given him, and he had just come back from the enemies camp that was preparing to destroy the people of God.

    He came home to what some would say he deserved. God had blessed him, now God had taken it away, those mighty men who would die for him, now wanted him dead. But David knew what to do, he remembered the anointing that had been placed on his life, he remembered that in his sin, God had always been by his side, he remembered he had a pastor, and he called him, and he girded himself with the holy garment and he got his praise on. He encouraged himself in the lord,

    David did what the Lords of the Philistines were scared he would do. He Remebered God. At our lowest, what do you remeber.

  23. David lost it all but the great thing about it was instead of walking away he sought God in prayer and was able to recover it all.

  24. 6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

    There are times in our life when it seems as though we have lost all that we have. Little do we realize that not only will we recover the things we think we have lost but we will be able to bless those around us.

    Never despise those those that have stayed behing with the stuff.

    24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.

  25. 8 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.

    19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither
    sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

    I WANT IT ALL BAAAACCCKKKK!!!!
    This is a perfect example of David taking back what the devil stole from him! How many times do we feel like we have lost it all in our lives and there is no way we can get it back but thanks be to God we can get it back when God steps in! I love this set of scriptures here.

  26. David knew who to call on in times of trouble. He knew how to find the mercy seat of God and fall upon it. Let’s pray for our prodigals to remember their annointing and return to a merciful God.

  27. What an awesome chapter! But, first Davis loses his most precious things-family & home. After encouraging himself, he inquires of God and then go after the Amalekites and revoers all! But not only did he recover it all-Got All His Stuff Back-he actually has so much more that he is able to send gifts out to poeple in all the places that he & his men had haunted!

    Reminds me of when God opens the windows of heaven and pours out a blessing-it’s so much that you cannot contain it all! It’s meant for you to bless others and that’s just what David did.

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