2 Samuel 5:17-25
17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he went into the stronghold. 18 The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim. 19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”
The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.”
20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). 21 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them.
22 But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim. 23 And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees. 24 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” 25 So David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
As with King David in this scripture, the enemy does not want you to take your place of kingship and authority. Growing your business or professional career is about you being all God has made you to be. Our enemy, the devil, does not want you to have life in all it’s fullness. Competition or even distraction in business can come to take you out if you are not alert and careful. David was told the competition was coming, and God can do so for you today in your business.
So David ASKED – should I go fight or not? YES Fight or NO back off / wait?
God said YES, take them head-on and gave David victory. This built David’s faith and trust in His God – “The Lord did it!” God can do the same for you today – ASK Him – should I go into battle on this? – employment dispute, bad debt, business acquisition or legal challenge? He will show you his leading, guiding and build your faith in Him as the ultimate businessman, entrepreneur and strategist.
Later the enemy, the competition, returned again – spreading across the valley. Again, David ASKED the Lord what to do. This time God said – do not go straight on, this time circle around behind the poplar trees. Don’t go until you hear the sound of rustling in the trees. So it can be with us in business today. God can give strategy on WHAT or HOW TO DO IT, and just as importantly, WHEN TO DO IT.
David DID what the Lord commanded, and he struck down that which was sent to take him out. Strategy is nothing without good execution. Do what you are told to do.
In your business dealings and decisions ASK God. He will answer YES go or NO stay to your questions. The Holy Spirit can show you how to proceed, what to do, and when to execute; ‘God Breathed Strategy’. Our challenge then is to ASK, HEAR and OBEY.
ASK: Ask what is on your heart, ask BIG, ask for His purposes not just your own purposes, ask for insight into the enemies plans, take time to ask Him to lead you.
HEAR: Through relationship with Him, through reading His Word, through that still voice in your heart, through His deep peace in a choice, through seeing Him in circumstances and creation, through the persistent inner voice in your heart or feeling in your gut and confirmed through the wise counsel of others.
OBEY: It can take courage to have faith that you have heard, to trust that inner leading of the Holy Spirit and take the actual steps in response to that. We don’t always understand the logic or rational or timing. This is the test of trusting faith, of ‘God Breathed Strategy’.
Go on – give it a go. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in your business or professional decisions.
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LIFE Business Pastor