Johnny Fulton was run over by a car at the age of three. He suffered crushed hips, broken ribs, a fractured skull, and compound fractures in his legs. It did not look as if he would live, but he would not give up. In fact, he later ran the half-mile in less than two minutes. Walt Davis was totally paralyzed by polio when he was nine years old, but he did not give up. He became the Olympic high jump champion in 1952. In 1938, Karoly Takacs, a member of Hungary’s world-champion pistol shooting team and sergeant in the army, lost his right hand when a grenade he was holding exploded., but Takacs did not give up. He learned to shoot left-handed and won gold medals in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.
Lou Gehrig was such a clumsy ball player that the boys in his neighborhood would not let him play on their team. He did not give up. Eventually, his name was entered into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Against the odds many people in history have overcome their obstacles and succeeded. No matter what confronts you in your walk with God, or any other situation, are you just going to stand there and wallow in your misery, or will you do something about it all?
David and his men had gone to war during the time that he was fleeing from King Saul. The interesting thing here is that David is going to war on the side of the Philistines against King Saul. When David and his men arrive they are sent back after the other Philistine kings have a chat with the king who had brought David and said that he would fight against them when he saw them defeating the Israelites. When they arrive back to their town of Ziklag, they find it has been burned down, and their wives, children, and possessions taken away. While David’s men mourned their loss, David encouraged himself in the Lord. David was motivated to act and he enquires of the Lord what to do, and the answer that he receives is, “Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.”
God challenges and motivates David. God told David that he wasn’t to just stand around but to pursue after the enemy. Too many times when trouble comes our way we allow ourselves to be devastated, and to be destroyed.
That is the devils business; to devastate us, discourage us, destroy us, and kill us. To us who are blood bought, and redeemed by the blood of the lamb there is another choice for us. We can pursue after our enemy. When the enemy sees us coming after him, fear enters his heart!
1 John 4:4 says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” KJV
Micah 7:8 says, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise;” KJV
God does not want you to stand around. You are to pursue. You are to overtake. You are to recover ALL! There are some people who make things happen while there are others who watch things happen, and worse of all are those who wonder what happened.
David and his men did not stand still. Abraham and all the heroes of faith did not stand still either, and neither should you. Let’s determine that we will no longer stand around waiting for something positive to happen in our life. Let’s pursue our enemy, overtake him, and recover everything that he has taken away from you. Not just what was ours, but whatever he has in hand when we overtake him too. It’s all yours if you’ll not continue to stand sill, but will get some determination in your heart and mind that life is not going to continue as it has been. Life is going to be different for you now; God is going to do great things in your life. Let it happen. Start moving forward in Jesus name!