Ziklag- From Small to Great! (Kingdom Influence)
Sermon Title: Ziklag- From Small to Great! (Kingdom Influence)
Sermon Series: Throne Room Living
Text: Supporting Scripture
Speaker: Pastor Damian Mericka
Introduction: Higher Life Living in His Throne Room
As we begin a new year, the Spirit has been pressing me to move forward with this series on the Higher Life. The greatest challenge we face in the world today is not our personal problems (health / finances / relationships), politics, rumors of war, Covid-19, or even the devil. The problem the church faces today is that we have lost sight on were we are seated. We are looking at the world, ministry, and Jesus from the wrong perspective. The result is a very dormant church struggling on life support.
This is a series to recalibrate our understanding of what it means to be a part of the Kingdom of God. What it means to be seated with Christ in Heavenly Places. What it means to be filled, gifted, anointed, and sealed in the Spirit. My prayer is that we experience such revival that would rival the greatest outpourings of the Spirit yet in human history! This may be bold- but I cannot be in the Throne Room of Jesus Christ and be anything less than bold!
“…and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” -Paul, Ephesians 2:6
“After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this. At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.” -John, Revelation 4:1-2
“We shouldn’t be under our circumstances, or looking around at our circumstances, but looking down on them, for we are, indeed, seated in heavenly places- above our circumstances.” -Dr Paul L. King, “Come Up Higher”
This is not a self-help series. This is not your best life now. This is not prosperity gospel, or name-it-and-claim-it silliness. This is seeking to understand through the Spirit what God has revealed to us in His Word, for His Glory alone! It is recognizing and acknowledging that our lives are to be given to Him as a living sacrifice; for He alone is worthy to be lifted on high! Jesus alone is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords- it is He who is seated at the right hand, heir to the Throne of David!
Going Deeper: 1) If you were asked today how life was going, what would be your response? Would your answer show that your gaze is from your circumstances up toward God or from God down toward your circumstances? Why is this important for you personally as well as the church as a whole? How does this impact our ministry strength? (Compare your answers this week to last week. What changed?)
- Seeking God’s Kingdom First (1 Samuel 27:1-12)
While an outlaw, the newly anointed King of Israel is on the run. David, who would experience 15 years between his anointing and coronation as King, was learning to rely on God with the little things. Being faithful to God in the smaller things prepares and leads us into greater.
Kingdom Key: What is our motive in life?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Jesus, Matthew 6:33
Vv. 1-4. We find David leaving the land of Israel; however, where David went was land promised to Israel, but they had yet to grow into it.
Vv. 5-12. David is given Ziklag which means to mentally press someone or something to reveal what is inside out. This was going to be a season where God was going to bring out of David what He had invested into him.
David led Achish to believe he was fighting against his own people; however, he was fighting against Judah (Israel’s) enemies (which were also Philistine enemies). By pursuing God first, blessing came upon both Israel and the Philistines through David.
David & his 600 Men
Removal of Enemies. Removal of Enemies.
Expansion of Territory. Expansion of Profit.
Check out Matthew 5:43-48. Jesus wants us to not only pursue God’s Kingdom first, but to live selflessly without the expectation of getting anything back. God calls us to be lights, and He sends us into the dark places to shine His love and invitation to life! Be faithful in the small, daily opportunities and God will bring out what He has invested into you- it will overflow and bless all who are a part of your life!
Going Deeper: 2) What Kingdom Key was shared in this section? Why is motive important? What does Ziklag mean? How did David, who sought God’s Kingdom first, become a blessing to both Judah and the Philistines? What have been, or presently are, your “Ziklag” places or circumstances? What comes out of you in those times of trial? Do you find the more you feed on His Word, spend time in prayer, and walk in the Spirit that much more of Jesus comes out of you? When it is not Jesus coming out of us, what can we do?
- Faithfulness in the Small leads to Victory in the Great! (1 Samuel 30:1-31)
While leading a campaign against Israel, a battle in which King Saul would die, the Philistines did not trust David like King Achish did. David and his men were sent home. A three days’ journey led them to find Ziklag destroyed.
Kingdom Key: We are one in Christ!
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” -Paul, 1 Corinthians 12:27
Vv. 1-6. The city was burned down, but all that was living, small and great, were carried off. While the men were at a breaking point, David strengthened himself in God (v.6).
Vv. 7-8. David asks God if the plans of his heart are from Him and what he should do. God answered David.
Vv.9-15. David shows an Egyptian slave compassion and gains a guide to the location of their families. Note the campaign of the enemy in v. 14. See -> Matthew 12:43-45. The enemy of our souls will not simply role over. Though he is defeated, as well as sin, at times that old devil and nature will come back in greater strength to regain what was lost. Be mindful oh saints!
Vv.16-21. With only 400 / 600 men David led his campaign against the raiders and defeated them, rescuing all that was taken- not just from him at Ziklag, but all the other territories of Judah!
Vv.22-31. We are in this together- regardless of our role! David affirms the victory came from God, not him. Therefore, the blessings of victory are to be shared by all in equal measure. Further, David divided the additional blessings among his family in Judah. In this David went from leading 600 in Ziklag to leading with the Favor of God, thousands in Judah. Next would be the Throne over all Israel!
Going Deeper: 3) What Kingdom Key was shared in this section? What happened to Ziklag and how did David’s men respond? How did David respond? What do we note about our enemy from 1 Samuel 30:14 and Matthew 12:43-45? What happened when David and the 400 men went to battle? Why was there arguing among the men over the spoils? Have you ever felt this way before? What was David’s response and how does this impact how we do life with each other in Christ?
III. Pursuing Faithful Kingdom Influence
By seeking God’s Kingdom first in the smaller, everyday opportunities, God will lead us into greater opportunities to serve Him! We may not see this, but we can trust His Word!
Check out Ephesians 6:10-18. Seeking God’s Kingdom first is recognizing who the real enemy is and growing in the strength of who we are in Jesus!
Check out Colossians 1:13-23. Feel like you are not making a difference? Stop and look at your life from the Throne Room of Jesus Christ! In Him, it is impossible for your life not to be making a difference for God’s Kingdom!
We cannot hide who we are in Christ!
God will always lead us into Ziklag’s.
God will allow circumstances to press in on us to bring out what is inside.
Because He want’s the world to know the difference Jesus makes!
Going Deeper: 4) Why are we suited up in Spiritual Armor? What do each of the pieces represent? How does seeking God in the smaller everyday moments lead us to serve God in greater opportunities? Have you experienced this in your life? Have you ever felt that you are not making much of a difference for the Kingdom of God? How does Colossians 1:13-23 encourage us to look at our life from His Throne Room perspective?