Tenacity

1 Chronicles 11 is a list of David’s mighty men and what they did. We need to remember these are the same men that came to him originally when he escaped to the cave. 1 Samuel 22:2 says, “And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them…”
 
1 Chronicles 11:11 says, “…Jashobeam…lifted up his spear against three hundred, killed by him at one time.”
 
Verses 13-14 say, “…the Philistines were gathered for battle, and there was a piece of ground full of barley…they stationed themselves in that field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.”
 
2 Samuel 23:10 is an account of Eleazar the son of Dodo. It says, “He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day…”
 
His hand stuck to the sword is a great example for us of tenacity. No matter how hard our situation is, how vulnerable we may feel, it is God’s word in our heart that will cause the Lord to prevail for us. He watches over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).
 
His word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). We need to stand in the barley patch of our trial and tenaciously wield our sword of God’s word against the enemy of our soul.
 
Psalm 18:18 says, “They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.” The enemy wants to use our trials as a mean to destroy our faith, yet the Lord uses them to purify our faith. He strengthens our faith so that we can stand in the day of battle.
 
Psalm 149 is to be our stance in the midst of our crucible-trial. Verses 6-9 say, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand…to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment–this honor have all the saints. Praise the Lord!”
 
When we hide His word in our heart, when we speak it from our mouth, we will be like David’s mighty men. Daniel 11:32b says, “…but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

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