HOW TO HAVE A MINDSET TO OVERCOME
“be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might… Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
1 Samuel 30:1-6 David and his men
“And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 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.”
God’s goal for your life is wholeness. Wholeness is the Hebrew word “shalom” that means “well-being” (a life of peace, provision, health and fulfillment).
The Bible is filled with promises about all the good things God has for you. Yet many Christians live in fear, anxiety, lack, sickness and depression. What’s the problem?
The problem is that we have an enemy. His name is satan, the devil. He is an evil tyrant and this world is his territory. II Corinthians 4:4 says he is “the god of this world”. Jesus said satan comes to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10a) That’s why world is in a mess!.. but satan has a powerful enemy in this earth! The Church!
Jesus came to destroy the works of devil to conquer sin, sickness, poverty and death!
During his time on earth, 1/3 of Jesus ministry involved confrontations with satan’s forces. When he ascended into heaven, he entrusted the continuation of that battle to his bride. That’s why you’re in a battle! God did not create you to be a victim in that battle. He designed you to be a victor.
God has given you everything you need to win, but you first have to put on your armor.
How do you stand when you can’t stand?
That’s when you need a mindset to overcome.
Problem: Many don’t have a mindset to overcome, many have a mindset to fail! God call us to be a triumphant people. A people who overcome every obstacle and emerge victorious in every area of life.
Our problem is, most Christians have believed the lie of the enemy. Satan has told some of you: “you’re not good enough”; “you’ll never make it”; “things will always turn out badly for you”.
That’s a mindset to fail!
A mindset to fail means you are entertaining failure as an option. That’s what the satan wants you to think! That’s that the world wants you to think. Romans 12:2 “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”. The world tries to conform us to its vision, but we have the ability to go beyond that! The Bible says, thank be to God who always leads us in triumph (II Corinthians 2:14)!
If you are following him, you always triumph. Somebody said: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” God says, if you are following his lead, you cannot fail.
No matter how bad your circumstances look, God has a strategy for you to triumph, but you can’t get there if you have a mindset to fail.
If you have a mindset to fail, I have good news! You can repent now! Repent of accepting a mindset to fail and receive God’s mindset to overcome.
How do you get a mindset to overcome? By knowing who you really are. Let me show you what God says about you.
God says you are a heavenly creature. Your father is in heaven and your home is in heaven. You are seated in heaven with Jesus right now. Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. You are called to worship in the heavens. You are called to do battle in the heavens (Ephesians 6:12). You are a creature of heaven and heaven always triumph!
In the highest heaven, above everything else in the universe there is a throne. Jesus is seated on that throne and he reigns. He has all dominion and power and authority, in every part of the universe. No purpose of His can be thwarted!
During this present age, Jesus allow sin and satan to operate, but they can do nothing without his permission and the time is soon coming when Jesus returns to earth to rule here! Jesus wins! Heaven always triumph, so if you are walking with Him you cannot lose!
That’s what David knew. As a young man David didn’t seem to have a lot going for him. He was the “man least likely to succeed”. His own father didn’t believe in him. When Samuel told Jesse to bring his sons so he could anoint one of them to be king, Jesse brought them all… except David!
Jesse thought: “Certainly wouldn’t be David!” David was the youngest son, possibly illegitimate. Jesse sent David out to the fields to tend the sheep…the lowest job around.
It would have been very easy for David to feel sorry for himself and wallow in self-pity. He could have developed a mindset to fail. He could have agreed with the devil and said: “I’ll never amount to anything. Nobody wants me” but while he was out there in the fields, David got to know God. David fell in love with God. He learned to praise God and God began to speak to him. God began to give him promises. Over the course of years, God gave him many promises… God gave him an incredible vision of his future”: “You will be the king of all Israel, you will give Israel victory over all her enemies, your dynasty will never end. You will be the progenitor of the Messiah. You will experience God’s glory and his presence”!
As he spent time with God David came to the unshakable conclusion that God had a good plan for his life. As David trusted God, God began to orchestrate events in his life. For a brief time things looked hopeful. He defeated Goliath and was hailed as a hero. He married the king’s daughter… but then King Saul grew jealous…things began to go bad. Saul tried to kill David, and David ran for his life.
By the time we get to 1 Samuel 30, Saul has been pursuing David for years. Saul took David’s wife and gave to another man. Things finally got so bad for David in Israel and he flees to Philistines (Goliath’s people!) pretty bad when safer among enemy!
David make friends with Philistine warlord named Achish, who lets him settle at Ziklag. Lives at Ziklag for a year and 4 months. Finally, Philistines are going to war and Achish invites David to go along… so David and his men head off to war, but other Philistines warlords don’t trust David and send him home. When David and his men get back to Ziklag… Ziklag has been destroyed. While David and his men were gone, Amalekites raided Ziklag and burned it. So David and his men arrive home to discover that their homes had been destroyed. Their wives and children had been taken captive by Amalekites. That’s call “Hitting Rock bottom”. They had lost everything! It seemed like every lie of the devil had come true, and every promise of God had failed. David’s men went from overwhelming grief, to bitterness and anger. Their faith failed and they lost hope.
30:4 They wept till had no strength to weep “Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.”
30:6 They got so bitter, they wanted to stone David to death. “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved”
They had no power to stand against this overwhelming attack. It would have been very easy for David to get bitter also. He could have finally given in to a mindset for failure. He could have murmured and complained against God: “Why is it that nothing ever works out for me?”, but that’s not what David did. Instead, David turns to God… during his time in the wilderness David got to know God. He saw God’s power displayed in creation. He meditated or God’s promises and saw God’s faithfulness. David had seen God protect him from the lion and the bear. David had seen God give him victory over Goliath and the Philistines. David had gained a mindset to overcome. David had confidence that God could enable him to overcome even when everything seemed to be lost.
So when everyone else had given up, David turned to God. That’s called faith!
30:6 David found strength in the Lord (That’s Ephesians 6:10) “Be strong in the Lord” = Draw on your relationship with God to give you the strength you need. When you find your strength in the Lord… you can stand. “to stand against” that means “Resist”.
Standing means resisting everything the devil is telling you and resisting everything the devil is attempting to do in your life. God’s promise is: If you resist the devil, he will flee from you. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).That’s called overcoming!
So David went to God and asked God for a strategy. He sought direction from God (30:8). God always has a strategy for you to triumph. David inquired of the Lord: “Shall I purse this raiding party?” “Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them” God answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed n the rescue”.
On the basis of that promise David rallied his men. They pursued the Amalekites and fount them, “scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because to the great amount of plunder they had taken.”
David found them from dusk until the evening of the next day. David recovered everything the Amalekites has taken. Nothing was missing: Young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else, they had taken. David brought everything back (30:18-20)
David learned something from that encounter. When things look the darkest… find you STRENGTH in the Lord, receive your STRATEGY from the Lord, take your STAND against the devil, and you will OVERCOME. That became a pattern for David. When David finally became king he again found himself at war. He was attacked by the house of Saul. Long war! Lasted 7 years, 6 months. Overcoming isn’t always quick. David had to choose to keep resisting, he had to choose to keep standing, he choose to draw on God’s strength and not give up…finally…Abner brings all Israel over to David. David was made king over all Israel. God had led him in triumph again, but his battles were not over.
Next, the Philistines attacked. What did David do? II Samuel 5: “David inquired of the Lord”. David had faith that if he draw close to God and followed him, that God would lead him in triumph. So the Philistines were defeated.
Then David took the city of Jerusalem, then David brought in the Ark. David fulfilled his destiny in the earth.
David faces great opposition. He had to stand in some hard places but he found his strength in the Lord! David overcame!
Acts 13:36 says David “served the purpose of God in his own generation” that mean he fulfilled his call. He accomplish his destiny in the earth. That’s triumph he would have turned back at any time, but David had a mindset to overcome.
That’s what God wants for you too! Even if you don’t see it now… God has a plan to lead you in triumph. It doesn’t matter how bad things look. Don’t let the enemy steal your faith. Don’t let unexpected circumstances rob you of your confidence. You are a citizen of heaven and heaven always triumph!
Let the power of heaven invade the circumstances in your life. Be strong in the Lord and stand.
When you are following Jesus, even if you die you triumph. Heavens always triumph so keep moving forward. It’s your forward movement that positions you to recover all. It doesn’t matter how bad things seem or what you have lost.
Like David you can overcome. If you keep moving forward with God, you will have breakthrough, because heavens always leads us in triumph.
What is a mindset to overcome? Knowing that failure is not an option. When you find your strength in the Lord, and receive your strategy from the Lord, you can stand against the devil and you overcome. It’s time to take your stand and overcome!
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