SERIES: VEILS OF LIMITATION By Pastor Philippi
Part 4: AN ATTACK OR AN APPOINTMENT
We are in the Last Days
What is going on is almost scary if you don’t know Jesus. The enemy’s goal isn’t as much to get you to backslide because you’re not going to backslide. We are not going back to the bars. His goal is to keep you from who God wants you to be. He does that through attacks. Just when you think things are going well things fall apart.
Some attacks are self-imposed because we did something stupid. Even when it’s our fault doesn’t it amaze you how God’s grace covers that and things are better even though you messed up? The enemy is trying to keep us from our destiny, from a breakout, from going higher. We are taking the cover off of that. We are releasing this church to our destiny, getting that breakthrough you need and becoming the people of God.
Many are Called but Not Everyone is Crowned
God anointed David to become king as a young lad, but didn’t become king until he was 30. He experienced attacks; he was called, but not crowned.
When Samuel came to find the next king he went through all of David’s brothers and thought it was the tall handsome one. He went through them all and his dad said, “I’ve got a son on the back side of the desert watching the sheep.” According to Jewish wisdom the reason he was on the back side of the desert was his father suspected David was illegitimate; he always suspected David wasn’t his. David was the one everyone whispered about; he was the one without a future. You may be wondering what your future holds. You may feel rejected or like an outsider. David was speaking about himself, but also looking forward to Jesus when he wrote Psalms 118:22. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. (NKJV) This is what Jesus quoted in Matthew 21:42.
It doesn’t matter what others think of you, His eye is on you, His calling. Jesus loves you. Before you were born He loved you and knew you. You may feel like you’re on the back side of the desert, but I’ve came by to tell you, you are special. God has a place for you and your reward is as great as mine if you will just do what God has called you to do.
Strengthen Yourself in the Lord
But before you get to where you’re going there will be a battle. The battle is already won, but you have to go through the motions. For Israel, wherever their feet went, that was theirs. The boundaries are already set, but you have to walk in it.
He is about to take the limitations off you, you will be who God says you to be. The creation is waiting for the sons of God to rise up (Romans 8:16-21). We can change this city. You can rise up and change your home and change your family. Nothing is hopeless.
1 Samuel 30:1-6 tells the story of how David and his men lost everything, including their wives and children while they were away. His men thought about killing David over it, “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (Vs. 6, NKJV)
What confuses many is when you’re out doing something great for God something bad happens; it happened because you’re doing something for Him. While you’re back was turned the enemy hit you while you weren’t looking. Yet God will put limits on it.
Sometimes there is nobody to encourage you. Sometimes nobody understands or cares and you don’t know where to go or how to pray. You are frustrated and discouraged and your hair won’t lay right. But David knew a secret. He knew how to encourage Himself in the Lord. When you don’t have time for anyone else to help you, you better know how to look into the heavens and say that name, “Jesus.” If you can just get to the throne, just have five minutes away from the noise and confusion. You can be in your car and see somebody swerve into your lane and all you have time to say is “Jesus!” Even though you have no time to pray, he watches you and protects you. He goes where you go, He even assigns angels around you. Some of you have five or six because you need them. I know, I’ve had to loan a few of mine out. You have to learn how to encourage yourself.
David stirred up what was already in him. The difference between a God led person and everyone else is you keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs. A prophet is smiling when everyone else is crying and he is crying when everyone else is smiling; he can see ahead. God gives you the courage of that lion to roar against that situation.
What Looked Like an Attack was Actually an Appointment
Within 72 hours of this attack David was crowned king (2 Samuel 2:2-4); following the moment that he literally lost everything but the clothes on his back. You need to have eyes that can see through the fog, through the veil. The enemy wants you wrapped up in your cares and your questions so that you cannot see the future. His wives are back, his kids are back; he went literally from rags to riches and they didn’t have a lottery!
Now his men weren’t soldiers anymore, they had titles. David recovered everything. I’m talking to someone under attack, who can’t see beyond your pain, on the verge of no hope, or at least you don’t see an answer. There are God fearing prayer warriors in this place; with one email they will stop everything they are doing and pray.
I wonder when we get to heaven how many of us will be able to look back where we gave up just before the victory; right there I was about to make you a king and you gave up and settled; gave up on your dream, on what God said you were and who you could be because life got too tough. Sometimes the trial isn’t in what you are going through, but in how long you are going through it. Like Job, how long will you trust Him, how long will you hang in there? God has all of the pieces to your puzzle, this has to happen before this can happen, He sees the end from the beginning. That’s my Jesus.
You need to do something with this Word you have gotten. You must take a minute and worship God in this word. God, open my eyes in my pain, hurt, confusion, depression, in my sickness open my eyes. Persistently push through your attack. Your crowning is certain through the Lord!