Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30:3-20
Memory verse: Psalm 144:1, “Blessed be the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.”
This is the story about the time when the families of David and his men were attacked by the Amalekites while they were away in battle. When they saw what had happened, they all wept, but David encouraged himself in the Lord. This is an example of what happens when we come under attack by the enemy. He takes what belongs to us into captivity. It is our responsibility to go after him with God’s leading and retrieve all. As I read this story, I remembered that David was a simple shepherd boy with no wealth but eventually became extremely rich. The question is: How did he get his wealth? Did God rain it down from heaven? No!! Do you realize that he got rich by fighting battles? In those days, armies would go to war with gold and precious things. If you defeated your enemy, you would strip him of his wealth - horses, chariots, gold silver, precious stones, and all. You add his goods to your own.
In our present age, we aren’t fighting humans, but the lies of the devil. Hmmm, it follows that when we win the battle of the mind with the word of God, we can take hold of all that God has blessed us with. For every lying demon you defeat, you can access God’s abundance in that area. The word of God that gets into our heart and proceeds from our mouth is what gives us victory.
On the other hand, any area in which we believe a lie, we get taken into captivity and experience wants. That is why we must be ready to fight any evil news we hear, not just throw up our hands and wail. After crying, wipe your eyes and encourage yourself in the Lord. Ask Him what to do. As you obey His word, victory is sure. For every trouble that hits you, there is victory and abundance if you fight back in faith.