Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Samuel 11:1 (KJV); And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
When the Bible makes reference to Syrians, it is not just to a people in the Bible who were predominantly enemies of Israel. It is a spirit.
How does it work?
When you study the events that precede our theme scripture, you will notice that King David had won a victory against the Syrians. The Bible says in 2 Samuel 10:18, “And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach, the captain of their host, who died there.”
Our theme scripture follows this victory.
As a student of spiritual things, you must understand that the Syrian spirit usually diverts children of God from divine purpose following moments of victory. In this instance, David chose to stay behind in the time when Kings go for war.
In our present day, this is the same spirit that will tell the Christian that she no longer needs to pray now that she has a very good job; she does not need to spend time in fellowship with God now that she had the child or spouse she had long desired; she does not need to seek God now that she has been elevated in social status.
The Syrian spirit magnifies victories and blinds one to his mandate and responsibility!
Every victory must lead us into deeper intimacy with God. It must cement our commitment to divine purpose. It should make us more alert and aware of spiritual things. That is the mindset of the Christian who keeps his course and finishes well.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Samuel 10:18; 2 Chronicles 16:7-8
GOLDEN NUGGET: Every victory must lead us into deeper intimacy with God. It must cement our commitment to divine purpose. It should make us more alert and aware of spiritual things. That is the mindset of the Christian who keeps his course and finishes well.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the discernment to deal with any Syrian spirit. I am alert in the moments of my victory and keep to my course and the race You have set before me. I will never be diverted from divine purpose because this knowledge preserves me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.