You certainly do not need make things easy for the devil!
Whenever God puts something on your heart to do, you can pretty much guarantee that the devil is going to come along and tell you that you can’t do it. If you have told many people what God has put on your heart, the chances are the devil will use some of them to tell you that what you’re talking doing about is impossible – which is a good reason to severely limit the number of people you talk to about the things God puts on your heart. You cannot cut off every avenue of attack, but you certainly do not need make things easy for the devil! David was faced with people mocking him and saying he couldn’t do it, when he made the decision to take Jerusalem, or Jebus as it was then called. Take a look at 1 Chronicles 11 verses 4-5:
“Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (or Jebus, as it used to be called), where the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land, were living. The people of Jebus taunted David, saying, “You’ll never get in here!” But David captured the fortress of Zion, which is now called the City of David” (New Living Translation)
He just went ahead and did what was on his heart to do.
The Jebusites thought that what God had put on David’s heart was impossible, that he could never do it, and they arrogantly told him, “You’ll never get in here!” But as David’s son Solomon would later write: “Pride comes before disaster, and arrogance before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18, Common English Bible). In the very same verse that the Jebusites mocked David, the Bible declares, “But David captured the fortress of Zion“. David took no notice of what the Jebusites had to say, he just went ahead and did what was on his heart to do.
David had been mocked for daring to declare that he would do the impossible.
David was used to people mocking him. Back when he decided that he would fight Goliath, David had been mocked for daring to declare that he would do the impossible thing that God put on his heart. First it was David’s older brother Eliab, who had overheard the questions that David was asking about Goliath: “What are you doing around here anyway? What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of?” (1 Samuel 17:28, NLT). Then it was King Saul: “Don’t be ridiculous! There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth” (1 Samuel 17:33). Finally it was Goliath: “Am I a dog, that you come at me with a stick? Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” (1 Samuel 17:43-44). David’s response to all of this was the same as Paul’s in Acts 20:24, “But none of these things move me”. David went ahead and did what he had been declaring and Goliath was soon lying dead at his feet.
Learn from David’s example.
If you have been put off by the mocking words of the devil, or of other people, learn from David’s example. David’s family certainly seemed to have applied what they observed in David to their own lives, they were not too proud to learn from their younger brother. 1 Chronicles 20:6-7 describes how David’s nephew also killed a giant: “And then there was the war at Gath that featured a hulking giant who had twenty-four fingers and toes, six on each hand and foot—yet another from the clan of giants. When he mocked Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him” (The Message). It really doesn’t matter if what God has put on your heart seems impossible – if it seems that way, it’s probably because it is impossible. In every situation where what God has put on your heart to do seems impossible, remember Mark 10:27, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible”.
Whatever God gives you to do, just do it.
Whatever God gives you to do, just do it, don’t be someone who backs off in fear. King Saul could have defeated Goliath himself, who do you think Goliath had in mind when he challenged a champion from Israel to fight him one on one? It certainly wasn’t someone like David. Saul was not a giant, but 1 Samuel 9:2 in The Message records that, “he literally stood head and shoulders above the crowd!” But instead of putting his faith in God and defeating Goliath, Saul allowed fear to defeat him – don’t make the same mistake.
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