SPIRIT BOOSTER

By Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

MESSAGE

The journey gets no easier. Turbulence is the sign that you are flying higher. The more you get involved in the challenge, the more challenging it becomes. But do you just throw in the towel and affirm the intimidations from your peers and leaders?

When David faced the challenge, he had to overcome the threats. To overcome the threats of the challenge:

  1. Know whose you are. You belong to God. (V 45-46).
  2. Know the word of God.
  3. Create your own environment through positive confessions (V46)
  4. Check your motivation. To whom do you want the victory to go to. If you give the glory to God, then you are assured of victory (v47).

There is no limit to what God can do through you. The battle is yours to fight and God’s to give the victory. In the moments that God had to fight for the Israelites, He made them assemble and prepare men for war. Face the challenge and you will win through perseverance.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conquerors Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

MESSAGE

Every challenge comes with its own threats. Apart from overcoming the threats from the peers, leaders, recognising opportunities, being reading to take the risk and knowing yourself, one also needs to overcome the threats of the challenge.

Dealing with the people who are not directly related to the challenge is not as difficult as the risks of the challenge itself. For the sake of your dignity or probably ego, you can stand still and defy all odds to get to the challenge. However, in handling the threats of the challenge, you need to be deeply convinced you are up to the task. The final threat that David had to face was that of the challenge, Goliath. Goliath mocked and yelled at David as he drew closer and sneered in contempt at the ruddy-faced boy.

The threats will come. Nothing worthwhile is gotten on the silver platter. It will come with its pain that needs to be overcome. If you mean serious business, then be ready to deal with the Goliath you have worked yourself out to conquer.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (V 38-40)

MESSAGE

It’s so easy to walk in the shoes of other people. It is just like making a meal with a recipe book. All you need to do is to follow the instructions.  It does not matter if you have ever cooked before; just read and obey the instructions.

To be a conqueror, you cannot just walk in the shadows of others. David was not used to Saul’s armour. He tried walking with it, but he could not. He was an armour bearer, but he could not use the armour (V38). He was used to his sling and stone. The fact that you have been following a leader does not mean you can do exactly what they are doing. The most difficult task is to be something you are not.

Beloved, be yourself. Identify what makes you unique and capitalise on that.  Yes, you have tried walking in your predecessor’s armour, but you just can’t walk in it. The key to conquering is to know yourself; know what works best for you. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. It’s time to put off Saul’s armour and use your Shepherd’s sling.

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LADY’S CORNER

By: Ofori-Mensah Elsie.

To be counted among the living is something we must be grateful to God for, yes, even if we couldn’t get some desires we had yesterday, we’ve been given a new day to see them manifest.

From acknowledging that our potentials were given by God for a purpose, then to staying true to our Source who is “GOD” and our calling even in times of adversity which will help us achieve our mandate on earth.
Let us look at what we should do when we are convinced that achieving our divine mandate is close to impossible because we probably have messed up beyond measure.
A study of 1John 1, tells us how God is light and has no darkness in Him. The study continues to say if we walk in darkness and claim we have fellowship with Him, we lie.  Even at this point, our mess is still not beyond Him. Do you know why?  The chapter 2 continues to say “my dear children, I write to you so you do not sin. But even if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
In view of this, stop wallowing in self-pity. Don’t give the devil the upper hand. Get up to FATHER through JESUS and receive renewed strength to fulfil your Divine Assignment.

Remain a Blessing✨

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.  The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (V36-37)

MESSAGE

Before venturing any project, proper strategic planning needs to be considered. Companies always have their managers sit for hours in meeting planning the way forward for the company. Planning has become an integral part of human living and sustenance. After all, God asks us to go and learn from the ant; the ant teaches us how to plan.

To be a conqueror, you should be able to relate previous challenges to current circumstances. In the previous month, we discussed learning from experiences. David identified two relations in the opening scripture. The first was that Goliath can be compared to the lions and bears. The second was that the God who delivered him from the bears and the lions will rescue him from the Philistine.

It is not enough having the experience, but you should be able to relate them to the current challenge. In solving the current problem, which of my experiences and lessons can use? I conclude by saying that experience does not solve the problem. It only helps you in looking for the solution.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” (V32)

MESSAGE

Every conqueror is a risk taker. Actually, everything in life is a risk; there is a chance you may succeed and a chance that you will fail. Conqueror’s would rather attempt and fail than to fail to attempt.

Come to think of it; eating the food you have cooked is a risk: you can be choked and die or you can eat and nothing happens to you. We board cars, aeroplanes, ships and the like, only with the probability of going out and coming back safely. Some people go and die through accidents, but some do come home safely. In fact, everything is a risk. Will we then refuse to eat because there is a risk we may be chocked and die or refuse to travel by cars because there is a chance we may have accidents? David could have died through the encounter with Goliath. He accepted that risk and faced the challenge.

It takes courage to take up risks, knowing perfectly that there is a chance to fail. That is what defines faith; facing the challenge head-on knowing that you are a winner with God. Note this: if you run away from what you fear, what you fear will definitely run after you. Take up the challenge and face it head-on.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”  He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.

MESSAGE

Opportunities are always available when there is a problem. Amidst the intimidations, there is the opportunity to shine forth through the problem you face. Every conqueror sees problems as an opportunity to shine.

The man who conquers poverty looks for opportunities to make wealth. Every invention was as a result of the fact that the inventor saw the problem as the opportunity to make it. For example, Thomas Edison identified the problems associated with candles and probably lambs, so He worked on the lightbulbs. David is no exception. He kept making enquiries amidst the intimidation. He may have thought that this was his opportunity to reveal the glory of God and make it in life.

Identifying the problem is identifying an opportunity. It requires the boldness and courage to get ready to face it head-on. This leads us to the next point: be ready to take the risks.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” (V33)

MESSAGE

Familiarity may make family and friends intimidate you. They may never see your worth; their judgements are clouded by the history they have written about you. You know the zeal and the burden you carry. So do not give in to their criticisms, get past them and move to your next level.

Leaders may scorn at you. They may ridicule you, probably based on your age or size. It’s their opinion but never the truth. Their discouragement may as a result of their inability to solve the problem you are trying to. Judging the resources they have and what you have, “it’s a failure for you”, they will conclude. A conqueror should persist even if all odds are against him. Leaders may want to judge based on evidence, but a conqueror sees victory with the eyes of faith. Leaders may conclude based on their own experience and natural appearances, but a conqueror looks within for motivation.

You are the only one who understands and is fully convinced that you can do it. It is easier to fight the intimidation from people who don’t know you than those who do. “What if their assessments are right?”; that may be your predominant thought in that season. That is enough motivation to see you through the journey. Don’t throw in the towel yet; intimidation is just one of the few challenges you will face in your journey to victory.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality.

Text: 1 Samuel 17

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” (V28-29)

MESSAGE

We all have friends and peers. They may have known your beginning and incline their decisions based on what they knew about you. The conqueror, therefore, has to overcome the intimidation from peers.  

Eliab, David’s oldest brother, knew that David had been anointed and skilled at war (16:18). He may also have known that David would probably have left the sheep with another shepherd. David was in service to Saul so he may have left the sheep mostly with another shepherd (16:19-21). Instead of finding out why his brother was so interested, he started intimidating him. He tagged him as proud and deceitful. He wanted him to return to his few sheep (V28).

Nobody can perceive your vision as clearly as you can see it. Even if you communicate it clearly, they may not have the same passion that you have. Therefore, your peers may keep judging your vision and passion with your past. It leaves them with no option than to ridicule you and discourage you from pursuing your vision. To conquer, you need to fight their intimidation.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.” (V26-27)

MESSAGE

Never deceive yourself that you know it all. Asking questions that can help you solve the problem does not make you weak. It proves that you are wise.

Many a time, we tend to let our ego deprive us of the opportunity of benefitting from the wisdom of others. With the sole aim of gaining the glory for ourselves, we fail to make enquiries to get information that may help us solve the problem. David, like Joshua, identified a problem and thought of a solution (V26-27). The problem was that Goliath was defiling the armies of the living God. He then takes that initiative to make enquiries about why the problem has been in existence and what measures have already been taken.

The conqueror must be willing to learn from other people. These people may not be as educated as we are or as smart as we may perceive of them, but they can provide us with the necessary information we need. However, let us be careful of the information that we get. We will discuss more of that on Monday God willing.

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