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Steps to overcome Agony.

In 2 Samuel 12:20-25, David takes steps to overcome his agony.  “David got off the ground, bathed and anointed himself and put on fresh clothes.  Then he went into Yahweh’s sanctuary and prostrated himself.  On returning to his house, he asked to be served with food and ate it. David consoled his wife Bathsheba.  He went to her and slept with her.  She conceived and gave birth to a son, whom she called Solomon”.

We read in the scriptures that king David had ordered the murder of Uriah, the Hittite, so he could take his wife Bathsheba.  David then slept with her, siring a son.  Angry, god said he would kill the son born to David and Bathsheba.  The child fell gravely ill and a remorseful David refused to eat, instead lying on the ground covered in sackcloth.  The child died nevertheless.

From David’s experience, we learn some steps to overcome life’s hurdles.

Get off the ground

When David noticed his servants were whispering among themselves, he asked, “is the child dead?” they replied,” he is dead” verse 20 says,” David got off the ground…” to overcome grief, poverty, sin and anything else, one must arise from his place of miser.  There is a saying that a fool is one who does the same thing over and over, expecting different results.  You must do things differently.  Getting off the ground means no more crying no more self – pity and no more self-hate.

Bath and anoint yourself

After you have been on the ground and on sackcloth, shake off every dirt and dust that resulted from your problem.  It makes no sense to want a resurrection of a better self is you are not willing to shed off your old nature.  If it is sin, believe it has been cleansed; is it money problems, believe they have come to an end.  Let no one notice that you are in a crisis.

Put on fresh clothes.

 I read a quote back in the day, which I have treasured to this day it said “I do not dress for the job I have, I dress for the job I want” dressing means you are daring to go.  You want to move from point a to point b and eventually c.  it means you want no more dirt, filth, sin or mediocrity.  All you want is to step into the world afresh.  It is said 90 per cent of your success in a job interview is determined by your appearance.  No matter how needy a street person looks to you, you cannot offer them a job simply because they are non-presentable.  The same case applies to religion.  You must accept success and forgiveness for blessings to come your way.  Remember salvation is meaningless if it does not make you shine and become a light unto the world.

Go into God’s presence

After he had put on fresh clothes David went into Yahweh’s sanctuary and prostrated himself.  There, weep no more but instead prostrate yourself.  Humble yourself and acknowledge that he his might, and his ability to solve your problem.  There is a stone place in front of you and only he can move it.  Thank God for the miracle you expect even before you see it; for if He could raise Himself form the dead, what else can’t He do?

Ask to be served with food and eat it

After acknowledging God’s power and goodness, you must forget your past.  Stop rehearsing your defeat and start rehearsing victory.  Eat drink and laugh. For God is with you.  Refuse to be stuck in your situation.  Live like you are blessed and your relatives, neighbors, envious, family friends and foes will let you be.  Only then will you be truly ready for your miracle.

Act

David consoled his wife Bathsheba; he went to her and slept with her.  You must act towards your desired status.  David had just lost his son and all he desired was to have one with Bathsheba.  So he went and slept with her.  That was his action.  What is yours? What do you need? Is it financial breakthrough? If so, what steps are you taking? It is to reduce your spending and debt and increase your income? Whatever you want, go for it and it shall be yours.

Only after David had gotten off the ground and followed the above did he win God’s favour.  For it is written: “she conceived and gave birth to a son, whom she called Solomon…” and we all know it’s from Solomon that we trace our blessing of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Comforting thought for the week

Lamenting about your problems will not solve them. But standing up and acting the light of God will bear needed fruit. 

Elaine Maxwell said “my will shall shape my future.  Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own.  I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze.  My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only hold the key to my destiny.”