Living a victorious life, a super conqueror lifestyle, the I can do lifestyle of Philippians has absolutely nothing to do with who we are, but rather is entirely dependent on how we think and what we do. The apostle Paul was one of the most educated, influential and well connected men on the planet while Amos had been a swineherd, yet both of them lived victorious lifestyles. Mordecai and Esther were not superhuman, yet they overcame every challenge that came their way. Our lives are certainly not without challenges either, and we can also be victorious in overcoming any and all challenges that come our way. Being a believer doesn't mean we never face challenges in life, it means we can overcome them and be victorious.
Everyone faces challenges in life, sometimes serious challenges. The more abundant life Jesus Christ made available is not a life without challenges, it is having the strength to be victorious despite the world we live in. To achieve it we simply have to raise our thinking to new elevations, to new heights and take appropriate action. By the end of this class you will understand what I'm talking about.
In this regards, Psalm 18 is fascinating. There may be one hundred and fifty psalms, but God marked this particular psalm in a very special way by having it written out in its entirety twice in his word to establish its importance. By having it written out in full twice, once in psalms and once in 2 Samuel 22, God expects us to sit up and take note. As if that wasn't enough reason to pay attention, it was written by David who the word declares was a man after God's own heart.
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
A psalm is a song. David wrote many of the psalms, including psalm 18, and they were all originally written to music. David was an accomplished musician, and his music and his words were powerful enough to cast out devil spirits.
1 Samuel 16:23
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
If David's songs were powerful enough to cast out devil spirits, and God had psalm 18 written out twice in the bible, and David was a man after God's own heart, then open your ears and listen.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
To begin to give us a taste of where we're going with this, look at where the words are coming from. David wrote this song after he'd been delivered from Saul and all his enemies. He wrote this from a position of strength, from a position of victory, from a position of deliverance. David walked by the spirit and overcame many challenging situations in which he could have lost his life, and here he was singing from that position of deliverance and victory. Despite the many attempts on his life, he had been crowned king of Israel, had overcome every challenge and subdued all his enemies. He was singing his heart out from that position of strength and victory. Now compare his words with these words from a modern church hymn book.
Tempted and tried, we're oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long,
While there are others living about us
Never molested tho' in the wrong
Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by.
Look at the vantage point of these words and compare them to David's. Were they written from a position of strength and victory? No, they were not, they were written from a victim's point of view, from someone who had been beaten up by the world and who had no concept of what it is to be a super conqueror. Their answer to a shit life was to smile inanely at their problems and conjure up imaginary sunshine. That's what going to church does to people. Back to David. Savour these words, speak them out loud, taste them, digest them.
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The sorrows of hell [the grave] compassed me about: the snares of death prevented [preceded] me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
David had faced unbelievably challenging situations and God had fought for him and delivered him. David had defeated every enemy he'd faced and in this psalm he was singing from that position of deliverance and strength. Now compare his words with these from that same church hymn book. Don't savour these words, just skim over them quickly.
Have you a heart that's weary
Tending a load of care?
Are you a soul that's seeking
Rest from the burden you bear?
Who knows your disappointments?
Who hears each time you cry?
Who understands your heartaches?
Who dries the tears from your eyes?
Excuse my language, but what a load of fucking weak religious anaemic horseshit. Do these words give glory to God? Do they sing of God's deliverance and power? Do they come from a position of strength and victory? No, they were written by some weak idiot whose answer to all their problems was to cry their eyes out all day. That's what going to church does to people. Back to David.
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
Will God gird us with strength today, as he did for David? Oh yes, look at this promise in Ephesians.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Now have a look at these words from another well known church hymn.
How long has it been
Since you talked with the Lord
And told him your heart's hidden secrets?
How long since you prayed?
How long since you stayed
On your knees till the light shone through?
How long has it been
Since your mind felt at ease?
How long since your heart knew no burden.
Can you call him your friend?
How long has it been?
Since you knew that he cared for you?
Excuse me, I enjoy fellowship with God every day thanks very much, and I don't have any burdens. Oh and I don't pray on my knees either you religious numpty. Do you think it makes any difference to God if you pray on your knees? The only idiots I see in the bible getting down on their knees to pray are the worshippers of Baal. I talk to God all the time and he talks to me. The light shines for me every day. And just for the record, God isn't my friend either, he's my father. Back to David.
He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
David didn't write this from the bottom of the mountains looking up with wishful thinking, he was standing on his high places looking down at the world below. He wrote this from a position of strength and deliverance. Isn't that where you would like to be? If so, then you had better not sing songs like this.
Though the angry surges roll on my tempest driven soul,
I am peaceful, for I know, wildly though the winds may blow,
I've an anchor safe and sure, that can evermore endure.
Troubles almost 'whelm my soul, griefs like billows o'er me roll,
Tempters seek to lure astray, storms obscure the light of day,
But in Christ I can be bold, I've an anchor that shall hold.
This writer was obviously living a life of grief, defeat and misery, where every day was one storm after another. A victorious life isn't a life trying to be peaceful while smiling inanely through all your problems, it's about dealing with stuff, kicking the shit out of your problems and being a super conqueror. That's how you get peace and enjoy a life worth living. This writer wasn't enjoying life on his high places, he was sitting in the gutter of defeat pretending everything was okay. Do you begin to see the difference now in viewpoints between what religion offers and what God offers? If you want a shit life go to church or join a ministry, for that's all they will give you. If you want a victorious life, come back to God and his word.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
We are not to sit in defeat and put up with a shit life, we are to rise up and fight for a victorious life of abundance and power, just as David did.
For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
David sang from the heart of a conqueror who had defeated every challenge and who enjoyed an incredible life. What do you think God meant when he told us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us? What do you think God meant when he told us we are more than conquerors through him that loved us? Do you think the people who wrote the hymns above understood what God meant?
I'll tell you something, churches and ministries that sing songs about putting up with burdens and trials and conjuring up make-believe sunshine can shove their anaemic religious garbage up their backsides. Do you think it's a glory to God to be a defeated miserable christian who never deals with anything and just takes all the shit from the world and puts up with it? Do you think it's a glory to God to be overcome by problems and deal with them by crying your eyes out all day? Back to David.
It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.
Psalm 18 is a song that gives glory to God, which was written by a man after God's own heart who knew what it took to stand against the wiles of the devil and defeat him. This abundant life Jesus Christ came to make available is a life of power, abundance, deliverance and victory, not a miserable servile pathetic existence of struggling through life burdened down with problems, like many church hymns portray.
Let me state this plainly. If you think God enjoys hearing his people sing songs about putting up with trials and burdens and not dealing with them and being victorious over them, you have no concept of his power, strength, and delivering nature. Get out of those damnable man-made ministries and churches sucking the energy out of you if you want to enjoy deliverance and power in your life. Look at these words of David's.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
David had problems just as we all do, make no mistake, but he dealt with them, defeated them, and lived victoriously. It wasn't only foreign armies he dealt with either, look at some of the personal problems he had to deal with.
Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
David lived with this kind of garbage, but he didn't succumb to it. Sure he had challenges in life, just as we all do. When he was so sick he was on his deathbed, even his friends whispered behind his back and wished him dead. How did he deal with it? By crying his eyes out all day and feeling sorry for himself? No, he went to God and believed for deliverance. He trusted in God and he was victorious. He believed that God would deliver him and he fought for his life. Guess what, that's what we're supposed to do as well.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Do you think it was an oversight on God's part having psalm 18 written twice to establish its truths? The old testament was written for our learning, and like David we are to fight for our lives and not put up with the world dumping its shit all over us. This kind of deliverance doesn't come by magic, or by wishful thinking, or by crying your eyes out all day, it comes by believing, by being fearless, by having the courage and strength to put your trust in God and walk by the spirit.
But without faith [believing] it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
No believing, no results, that's how it works. David was a believer, the religious idiots who wrote all those hymns about suffering pathetically through all their burdens and problems were not. How do you learn to be a believer? Stay away from churches and ministries for a start, and get your head into the bible everyday.
So then faith [believing] cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
What you believe is what you will receive. Confession of receipt yields receipt of confession. What you look at is what you will become. If you want to live the more abundant life Jesus Christ made available, then you had better stop attending churches and ministries that sing songs like those above for if you sing about being burdened and living in defeat your life will show it. If you want out of the gutter of unbelief, get your head out of the gutter of religion and back into God's word.
Chapter 53 - Jonah