TOO CONSPICUOUS TO BE IGNORED

The book of 2Samuel 23: 8 reads, “These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.” After this verse comes along a long list of men who impactfully and faithfully walked with David closely in pursuit of the advancement of the will of God in the nation of Israel at that time. They were too conspicuous for their names not to be mentioned- including Uriah the Hittite, a gentile, in verse 39, thirty-seven men in all.

These men were known for their bravery, consistency, faithfulness and loyalty to God and the leadership of David.

Uriah was so loyal to the Battles of God that he considered personal pleasure a sin even though commanded to ‘enjoy’ by the king. Three of the mighty men were so loyal to David that they risked their lives to get him ‘water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem’ just because he wished it. They would die, if that was what it took, to make the leader happy. In fact, one day, after Abishai killed a Philistine who nearly killed David in battle, in 2Sa 21:17, “…the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.” In 2Samuel 18: 3 when David insisted he would go to battle, his men refused and said, “Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.”

These men were totally sold out to the cause of the kingdom under the leadership of David that their lives and wellbeing meant nothing to them. BUT, THEY WERE NOT ALWAYS MIGHTY MEN.

In 1 Samuel 22, when David was hiding in the cave Adullam, being a fugitive, running away from the death traps of King Saul, his family joined him and in verse two, the bible records that “…every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.” These men were nameless nobodies, doomed to end and die in obscurity but somehow, under the Spirit-led leadership of David, they became mighty men of renown whose names had to be written in the book.

May I tell you that you are not in Chapel of Freedom by mistake! God led you here as He led those men to David. They saw something great in David, even though David was a man wanted by the Federal government of Israel. God does not lead people anyhow. I believe you are a child of God, and the steps of a good man, a child of God are ordered by The Lord and in this case, God has led you, ordered your steps to Chapel of Freedom, under the leadership of his Lordship. There is something here that will make you too conspicuous to be ignored in life and destiny. Others may become great elsewhere but the path to YOUR OWN greatness lies here- that is why God has led you here and not elsewhere.

Take note! In 1 Samuel, they were 400 men but in 2 Samuel only 37 were recognised as mighty. What about the 363 others? Why were their names excluded? It is not for lack of space. They were not excluded because they died, after all, even Uriah the Hittite was already dead as at the date the list was published in 2 Samuel 23. I believe they were excluded because they either turned back or refused the process.

So what made these 37 men mighty?

One key characteristic of the 37 mighty men was that they submitted, first of all to God and then to leadership in humility and faith. They submitted to the training under David and that training made them militarily strong, financially rich and made them live long. They submitted to David’s instructions for the good (like the day David disallowed his men from killing Saul at Engedi in 1Sa 24:4) and unfortunately, even for the bad (like the murder of Uriah). Whatever they did at David’s command was like obeying God Himself. Until you submit to the Spirit-led leadership of this ministry, you cannot become mighty.

Secondly, they were wholly aligned to the vision of the leadership and took it as it were, their own vision. This is what we see in Acts 16: 9 – 10- “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.”  Only Paul saw the vision but the rest of the team members took it as their own vision the moment it was communicated. Until you stop arguing and start aligning to the vision God has given His servant here, your mightiness will remain an unrealized dream.

Thirdly, they were a people who placed a high value on the leadership of David. They called him the light of Israel (2Sa 21:17) and saw him as having as much value as 10,000 of them put together. If the leadership is not exalted in your sight, you cannot become mighty under that leadership.

Beloved, God called you into this commission because here is the place that your emptiness will be filled. Here is the place that your weakness will be transformed into strength. Here is the place that your obscurity will receive light and exposure. Here is the place your unproductivity will be exchanged for notable exploits.

I look unto God, that the mighty man in you will come out of the shadows in Jesus name. You will not be among the 363 who were never heard of in Jesus name. Receive the power to increase, the power to do more, even the power to outperform your limits in Jesus name. The heaven is open over you for increase- therefore, arise and increase and become a mighty man,  too conspicuous to be ignored in Jesus name.

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