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II Samuel 5: 17-25: “But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold. The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim. And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them. And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.”

“But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.”

When Satan learns of someone who is devoted to Christ, he will attack that Christian: either spiritually (a demon may attack you in your sleep), intellectually (an unbeliever or a false Christian may argue with you about your Christian beliefs) or physically (Satan may bring sickness or death to you or your loved ones).

What was David’s reaction on hearing that the Philistines had invaded Israel? He immediately enquired of the Lord.

When we are attacked by the devil, we must not seek consolation or advice from flesh and blood. We must go to the Lord and ask Him what we must do. You can pray with words or enter into the Presence of God (when the Lord glorifies your body, this can defeat a tactic or strategy of the devil; “the anointing breaks the yoke of sin.”) or pray in tongues. When trouble comes: seek God, not man.

After David sought the Lord, David went out and defeated the Philistines in battle. If you abide in Christ, the Lord will give you the strength and wisdom to defeat the devil. “No weapon formed against thee shall prosper.”

“For then shall the Lord go out before thee.”

Whenever we are attacked by the devil, we should think of it as an opportunity for the Lord to humiliate and defeat the devil in our life. It is an opportunity for the Lord to be glorified in our bodies. Whatever won’t kill us, will only make us stronger. We need to let the Lord use our lives so that the Spirit of God can flow through us and defeat some aspect of Satan’s kingdom.

As a living sacrifice, we need to do what the Lord wants us to do and NOT what we want to do. Self-will kills the power of the Holy Ghost in our lives. Self-will does not glorify God.

Obedience: The Bondage Breaker
What Can’t Kill You Will Only Make You Stronger

Enmity: True Christians versus False Christians   2 comments

David bringing the Ark into Jerusalem

II Samuel 6: 16: “And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.”

II Samuel 6: 20-23: “Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.”

The problem with Michal is that she was conformed to the world. “The love of the world is enmity with the Father.” David was anointed with the Holy Ghost–he was sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Ghost. “Those who are led by the Spirit shall be called sons.”

Because Michal loved the world, she was spiritually dead. Because she was spiritually dead, she despised David who was a man of God. And because she despised David, she was spiritually and physically barren (she was not able to bear any children).

So many “Christians” belong to the Church of Michal–or the Church of King Saul. So few Christians belong to the Church of David (David was a man after God’s own heart).

If you are truly submitted to Christ, you will be rejected and despised by worldly Christians.

Genesis 3: 14-15: “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”


By Tim Shey

Brutal deathdance;
My eyes weep blood.
Pharisees smile like vipers,
They laugh and mock their venom:
Blind snakes leading
The deaf and dumb multitude.

Where are my friends?
The landscape is dry and desolate.
They have stretched my shredded body
On this humiliating tree.

The hands that healed
And the feet that brought good news
They have pierced
With their fierce hatred.

The man-made whip
That opened up my back
Preaches from a proper pulpit.
They sit in comfort:
That vacant-eyed congregation.
The respected, demon-possessed reverend
Forks his tongue
Scratching itchy ears
While Cain bludgeons
Abel into silence.

My flesh in tattered pieces
Clots red and cold and sticks
To the rough-hewn timber
That props up my limp, vertical carcase
Between heaven and earth.
My life drips and puddles
Below my feet,
As I gaze down dizzily
On merciless eyes and dagger teeth.

The chapter-and-versed wolves
Jeer and taunt me.
Their sheepwool clothing
Is stained black with the furious violence
Of their heart of stone.
They worship me in lip service,
But I confess,
I never knew them
(Though they are my creation).

My tongue tastes like ashes:
It sticks to the roof of my mouth.
I am so thirsty.
This famine is too much for me.
The bulls of Bashan have bled me white.
Papa, into your hands
I commend my Spirit.

February/March 1997
Iowa State University

Genesis 49: 10: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”


“The world says: ‘You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.’ This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.”

–Fyodor Dostoyevsky