Mighty Kingdom Advancers
How to become a kingdom advancer:
Let the kingdom define your future
1 Samuel 22:2(MSG) – all who were down on their luck came around—losers and vagrants and misfits of all sorts. David became their leader. There were about four hundred in all.
1 Samuel 22:2(NLT) – Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented.
-Don’t let your past define your future
-let His past define your future
Value the Kingdom above yourself
Placing the kingdom above personal well-being and pride
1 Sam 19:10-19
She stepped out and took no thought for her personal safety or reputation...she did the right thing.
Realize the path of Jesus is not always popular with everyone.
Pursue Kingdom possibilities
“If David can do it…”
2 Samuel 23:20-21 – Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrestled the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.
“As big as a Giant”
2 Samuel 21:20(NLT) – In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants. But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimea.
Pursuit leads to breakthrough.
2 Samuel 23:15-17 – David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.” So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord. 17 “The Lord forbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me.” So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three.
Because Jesus has done it, we can do it.
John 14:12 – “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
Stand for the kingdom on the Word
-If others flee, stand firm!
2 Samuel 23:9-10(NLT) – Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled. He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder!
Is your hand stuck to the Word?
2 Samuel 23:11(NLT) – Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.
Defend kingdom people
2 Samuel 21:15-17 – Once again the Philistines were at war with Israel. And when David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted. Ishbi-benob was a descendant of the giants; his bronze spearhead weighed more than seven pounds, and he was armed with a new sword. He had cornered David and was about to kill him. But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue and killed the Philistine. Then David’s men declared, “You are not going out to battle with us again! Why risk snuffing out the light of Israel?”
One way we stand up for the kingdom is by standing up for kingdom people.
We are not defending perfect people.
Standing with the fallen is never popular.