5 Steps of Recovery – SermonBy
(The following came from a friend of mine, Leif Hetland. You can learn more about his ministry at leifhetland.com)
5 STEPS OF RECOVERY
by Leif Hetland
INTRODUCTION: GOD HAS GIVEN ME A "NOW" WORD FOR 2012
I have tried to operate my ministry using the five steps of David's recovery for many years. As 2011 drew to a close I began to cry out to the Lord for a WORD for 2012. I felt a stirring in my spirit and I believe that God told me, "TELL MY PEOPLE 2012 IS THE YEAR OF UPGRADE!"
2011 was an unusual and interesting year. On one hand, I saw tremendous blessing, power, and anointing. On the other hand, it seemed every time I turned around, the enemy was trying to steal things from me. I woke up one day and realized that; the greater the anointing, the greater the attack. The enemy only attacks what he is afraid of, so it was obvious to me that I was doing something right.
Of all things my briefcase was stolen, my wallet, along with all my important documents that were in my briefcase. Things that I thought I could not live without were taken away. If it's ever happened to you, well, you know how disconcerting it can be.
It became crystal clear that the enemy was trying to take:
· My Dignity
· My Identity
· And My Dreams
I was reminded of John 10:10:
"The thief comes only to steal and kill
and destroy; I have come that they
may have life, and have it to the full. "
While it is true that’s what the enemy wants to do, we also know that what he steals, God will make sure it is restored!
I was reminded of the story of David in first Samuel 30.
You will remember that David had been a man on the run. Even though he had the anointing on him, he is still not reigning as King.
When he learned how to take back what the enemy had stolen from him, it became a turning point in his ministry.
God told David,
“Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
You remember the story?
While David and his men were away from his stronghold at Ziklag, the enemy attacked. They took their families captive, and burned the city. David and his men were distressed, and didn't know what to do. David's men were so angry they blamed him and even talked of stoning him.
What was David to do?
If you will look closely at this passage of Scripture, you will see five keywords that outline David's recovery:
"Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God."
1 Samuel 30:6
This is the foundation for his recovery. David began to learn how to focus on the promises of God and not on the problems at hand. He encouraged himself in the Lord. It's always great to get encouraging words from other people, but sometimes, when everyone is against you, it's best to learn how to encourage yourself. This is what David was learning to do.
One of the hardest, most difficult things to do is to praise God when everything is going wrong.
WHAT WE DO AND SAY FIRST WHEN WE HEAR BAD NEWS IS A HINT AS TO WHAT WE BELIEVE.
"Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8 So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
1 Samuel 30:7 – 8
David asked specific questions and got specific answers. He called for the man of God and got into agreement and he did not come out from the agreement until he heard from God. We give up too easily when faced with difficult problems.
“Again I say[ to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Matthew 18:19 – 20
"So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the Brook Besor, where those stayed who were left behind. 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor."
1 Samuel 30:9 – 10
This Is the Turning Point in David’s Recovery.
So David went – David pursued. God gave his word, and David acted on it. He could have looked at the negatives and said, "I don't think this plan will work." Everybody is mad at me, I've lost my stronghold, my family, and my men. David didn't do that, he pursued the enemy and recovered it all.
"Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. 18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. 19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all."
There will always be warfare attached to our recovery. David stepped out on the word of God, focused on the promises of God, and God began to move on his behalf. God led them right into the enemy's camp.
God is raising up an army of men and women who will learn how to pursue, advance on the enemy, and take back everything.
”Now David came to the two hundred men who had been so weary that they could not follow David, whom they also had made to stay at the Brook Besor. So they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near the people, he greeted them. 22 Then all the wicked and worthless men[a] of those who went with David answered and said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except for every man’s wife and children, that they may lead them away and depart.” 23 But David said, “My brethren, you shall not do so with what the LORD has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us. 24 For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.” 25 So it was, from that day forward; he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.”
1 Samuel 30:21 – 25
There were some who couldn't go to the battle. They were too weak to follow David, and stayed by the supplies. David did not punish them for not going. His attitude was that they would all share in the reward. The principle is obvious. He is sowing generous seeds for future harvest. That is how we perpetuate the victories that we win.
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