WEDNESDAY 2 November, 2016
Placed in Jeopardy
So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord. And he said, “Far be it from me, O Lord, that I should do this! Is this not the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men. - 2 Samuel 23:16-17
Three of David’s men broke the Philistines ranks and placed their lives in jeopardy to draw water from the well of Bethlehem for King David. When they returned with the water, he considered how faithful these men were and the great value of their lives. David knew they had put their lives on the line just to get him a cup of water. He took into account the high risk they paid and he could not drink it, instead he poured it out to the LORD.
Look at people around you; would they place their lives in jeopardy for you today? In the military, I learned so much about faithful men, they do not run but stand their ground no matter what is going to happen. They would do anything for someone else. I have seen men heroically lay down their lives for each other in battle.
Then I think about the Church––believers in Christ; many are actually running. They are unable to place their lives in jeopardy for others. When spiritual attacks happen they have no spiritual strength to stand, defend or counter attack. What about the weak? If you are strong in Christ, you are supposed to help support them through prayer and intercession.
Notice, even in the mist of battle God took first priority in David’s life. We need to do the same by asking the Lord to baptize us with His Spirit as we surrender to Him our lives. Only then will the Church––as the Bride of Christ, regain her spiritual power and be a force to be reckoned with.
Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, awesome as an army with banners?
~Song of Solomon 6:10~
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