Defensive Weapons for Protection from Spiritual Enemies
David said to himself that Saul would despair of searching for him if he escaped in the land of the Philistines. David and 600 men lived with Achish, king of Gath. When Saul learned that David fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him (1 Sam. 27:1-4). Removing yourself from evil and activate teamwork to protect you from spiritual enemies.
Achish gave Ziklag to David so he could live in the country. As a servant, he asked not to live in the royal city with Ackish. David lived 16 months in Ziklag, the country of the Philistines (1 Sam. 27:5-7). Humility protects you from spiritual enemies.
Offensive Weapons to Defeat Spiritual Enemies
David and his men killed everyone among the Geshurites, Girzites and Amalekites, the original inhabitants, and took away their cattle. After returning to Achish, David said he raided Negev of Judah, Jerahmeelites and Kenites. He killed everyone saying, “Lest they should tell about us, saying, ‘So has David done and so has been his practice all the time he has lived in country of Philistines.’” So Achish believed David, saying that he made himself odious among Israel to become Achish's servant forever (1 Sam. 27:8-12). Diligent spiritual warfare in prayer and serving others defeat spiritual enemies.
Outcomes When Spiritual Weapons Aren't Activated Because of Disobedience
Philistines gathered to fight against Israel. Achish expected David and his men to fight with him and for David to become Achish's bodyguard for life. Samuel was dead and Saul removed the mediums and spiritists. Saul was afraid and his heart trembled greatly when he saw the Philistines. When Saul inquired of the Lord, He did not answer him, either by dreams, Urim or by prophets. Saul asked for a medium at En-dor (1 Sam. 28:1-7). God ceases to answer prayer when you disobey Him.
The woman medium asked Saul why he was laying a snare to bring about her death. He asked her to bring up Samuel. She asked why Saul deceived her by not revealing his identity. When Saul saw Samuel, he bowed to the ground and did homage (1 Sam. 28:8-14). Worship man instead of God when you disobey Him.
Saul told Samuel he was greatly distressed that Philistines were waging war and that God departed from him and wouldn't answer him. As a result, Saul called Samuel to make known what he should do. Samuel said that the Lord has become His adversary after departing from him land torn the torn kingdom out of his hand and given it to David. Saul did not obey the Lord by executing His fierce wrath on Amalek. Samuel said He and his sons would die and the Lord would give over the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines (1 Sam. 28:15-19). Lose ministry effectiveness when you disobey God.
Saul became very afraidand lost all strength because of Samuel's words. The woman provided a fattened calf and unleavened bread to nourish Saul and his servants. Become emotionally afraid and without strength when you disobey God.
Do a personal assessment:
1. Are your prayers unanswered?
2. Do you ask people people for advice instead of God?
3. Is your ministry ineffective or stagnate?
4. Are you afraid and without strength?
If you answered yes on any other of the above items, consider doing one or more of the following things:
1. Remove yourself from evil
2. Engage team members in your ministry
3. Humble yourself before God
4. Pray diligently about everything
5. Serve others instead of yourself