“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”
• God’s plan will stand.
“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
• It’s ok if your plans are not going as you planned, God will use it.
• God has a way of using things we didn’t plan to prepare us for His purpose.
• We need a reconciliation on what’s in our minds and what’s in God’s heart.
• Hebrews 7:25 – “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
• verse 28: all things work together for His will.
• Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
• When you step into something too soon, it can hurt you.
• Stop judging your life by age and experience. Only God knows when you are ready for the next season.
• God specializes in allowing you to make big mistakes in a small room instead of big mistakes in a big room.
• Make a decision that God will be the potter and you will be the clay.
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”
• Three things that are plaguing the body of Christ: Preference, Praise & Promotion. Problem occur when we prefer ourself over others, expect and feed off the praise of men, and seek promotion.
• Titles are a handicap. You’re not defined by one title. The enemy likes to get you in one spot, focused on one title so that if it doesn’t work out you’ll focus on that failure.
• God establishes your purpose.
“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.”
1 Samuel 30:6-8
• David encouraged himself in the Lord.
• verse 2: If you look back, the explanation as to why David was sad was that he failed in his role as king and it resulted in all the women and children, including his own, being taken into captivity.
• You never know how God will take what is in your life today and use it for where He is taking you.
• David slew Goliath as a shepherd. He went back to that place to encourage himself.
• verse 8: David, the king, became David, the shepherd, again.
• In the end, by the instruction of the Lord, David recovered all that was lost!