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Where is your plunder?

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:3‭-‬4‭, ‬6 NIV

No matter how many times I read that verse, I cannot fully comprehend how David felt. His enemies took everything he had. His home was on fire. His daughter and wife were taken captive. On top of that, his friends were planning to stone him. Looks like the end of the road for David. David cried and wept till he could weep no longer.

He was the leader of these people. How horrible he must have felt!

I wonder if, at this moment, he had a flashback of prophet Samuel coming home to anoint him as the next king. It seemed like forever ago. A different lifetime when that happened. Now he doesn’t know if he would live or die.

Despite the pain he was going through, he took strength from the Lord.
In that moment of weakness, God became his strength. 

You may have not lost as much as David and who knows, you might have.

The enemy has come and taken your dreams, your relationship, your job, your children, your health. There are no more tears to shed. And now the enemy is after your life. Isn’t he always? 

He loves seeing the children of God thinking like they’ve got nothing left. 
He loves telling them that God will not help them and His promises are invalid.
He is a liar. 

Today I’m asking you, whatever your situation may be, take strength in the Lord.
He is your help and shield. He will be your strength in your weakness. 
And only in the darkness, can we experience supernatural power and strength. 

David’s story never ended there. When he thought he lost everything, God tells him to go and pursue his enemies and he will win. 

and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
1 Samuel 30:8 NIV

Maybe it’s time you start pursuing your enemy too? Stop thinking you’ve lost everything. If God has promised you that he has good plans for you then this isn’t the end! 

Go and pursue the enemy! 
Stop looking like a lost soldier. Claim the promises of God and go into battle. The enemy cannot stand a chance. 

Stop looking like a lost soldier. Claim the promises of God and go into battle. The enemy cannot stand a chance. 

David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back. He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, “This is David’s plunder.”
1 Samuel 30:18‭-‬20 NIV

David had a victory that day! More than that, he recovered everything he lost! Nothing was missing! And the people said ‘this is David’s plunder’

Where is your plunder? Are you still weeping for everything the enemy took? 
It’s time you pursue him. It’s time to get your stuff back! It’s time to reclaim the promises of God. It’s time for your plunder! 

Go and win the battle with Jesus on your side!
Bring back your plunder and live out the conqueror life you were meant to live. 

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:37 NIV

When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and his fire will consume them.
Psalm 21:9 NIV

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8 NIV

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12 NIV

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