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NEVERTHELESS! Your One-word Response To Life’s Challenges | Week 2 | Rob Baker

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2 Samuel 5:1-7 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years. And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”— thinking, “David cannot come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.

INTRODUCTION: I believe that life is about advancement. In all areas of life, God has equipped us to move steadily forward to a place of maturity and effectiveness. I believe that some of the most miserable people on the earth are those who have settled for what is, and no longer try to EXPAND the Kingdom of God inwardly and outwardly.

Our scripture text today reveals a time of transformation in the life of David. Israel, and the rest of mankind benefitted as a result of David’s positive response to God’s call upon his life.

It appears that there were many obstacles to David’s next season of advancement. In fact, David was told, “You will not come in here, the blind and the lame will ward you off!”

David could have allowed discouragement to settle in his soul. Instead, history recounts a “nevertheless” that released a “new thing” to David, his kingdom, and the greater Kingdom of God.
 
Let’s unlock some of the principles necessary for a “new thing” in our life!

“NEW THINGS” CAN ONLY MANIFEST IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF CHANGE.

David modeled two ways that change is necessary:

  • He had to change PERSONALLY.
    • David had steadily advanced through many seasons of life. He was a…
      • Shepherd boy.
      • A musician.
      • A protector of sheep (Killed lions and bears). § An anointed king-to-be.
      • A giant slayer.
      • A minstrel.
      • A friend to Jonathan.
      • A despised cave dweller.
      • A warrior.
      • A now, a leader tasked with advancing Israel.
    • David knew that Hebron would be acceptable for awhile, but he knew that kingdom could not advance long-term from Hebron.
      • He needed a new “capital.”
      • In his “need” for a “new thing,” he neither hurried or hated his current season.
“NEVERTHELESS” people accept their current season as training ground for their next level of advancement. #virtualamen
EXAMPLES: Parental roles, employment positions, etc.

“New Things” are released when God opens the door to a new season and we willingly pursue it.

  • David had to change POSITIONALLY.
    • Although David had been leading from a secondary position, he knew it was time to lead as king.
    • He was no longer one of the good ‘ol boys.
    • He would now be held to a higher standard and would be required to function in a different capacity.
      • 1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

“NEW THINGS” ALMOST ALWAYS PRODUCE CHALLENGES.

There was the challenge of RESPONSIBILITY.

  • When you are not the king, visionary leadership for advancement is someone else’s responsibility.

QUOTE: “Uneasy lies the head of he who wears the crown.” Carson, Downton Abbey #virtualamen

  • There was the challenge of REALIGNMENT.
    • David understood that staying at Hebron would prevent the other tribes from grasping a vision for a united Jewish state.
    • David needed to be viewed as king of all the people o So, the “new thing” that was needed was national capital—not a tribal one.
  • There was the challenge of REBELS.
    • After seven long years of trying to find a suitable place for a national capital, David finally comes to Jebus.
      • Jebus was considered “unconquerable.”
      • It was well-fortified.
      • It was full of over-confident, zealous rebels.
        • “David cannot come in here!”
        • “Even the blind and the lame can defend against David.”
 

“NEW THINGS” MUST BE GREETED WITH A HEARTY “NEVERTHELESS!

QUOTE: “You can have the security of Hebron with little chance of glorious victory. Or, you can win a glorious victory at Jebus; but not while you sit warm and cozy at Hebron.” –Mark Rutland
 
 
You can’t be comfortable and conquering at the same time. #virtualamen

 2 Samuel 5:6-7 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.

  • “New things” arrive on the wings of faith!
    • 2 Samuel 5:8-10 And David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack ‘the lame and the blind,’ who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” And David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built the city all around from the Millo inward. And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.
  • “NEVERTHELESS” attitudes are contagious!
    • 1 Chronicles 11:6 David said, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and commander.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief.

CONCLUSION: Jebus had been known to be an unconquerable fortress. But David saw something that others could not see. By possessing and speaking with “nevertheless” faith, a “new thing” was released to the people of Israel.

Likewise, God will provide us with the necessary resources for victory if we will open our hearts to the possibility of “new things.”