Sometimes You Get The Bear

Title Sometimes You Get The Bear
Speaker Pastor Don Wolabaugh
Date 1/31/2016
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Sometimes You Get The Bear

This is a much needed word for the hour that many are living in. Diamonds are simply coal, that stood the test through immense times of pressure!

2 Samuel 23:18-22
1 Chronicles 11:22-25

Two groups of men mentioned… the thirty, and the three. The three, mentioned in previous texts, were like the joint chiefs of staff. The thirty were more like commanders of various divisions. It’s out of this group, Benaiah, son of Jehoiada becomes prominent, and is chosen as captain over David’s bodygaurd. He’s chosen because of 3 deeds of valor.
smote two lionlike men. Translators struggle with this word.
slew a lion in a pit on a snowy day.
Met an Egyptian, goliath size, with a tremendous spear, and slew him

Romans 15:4 Things written aforetime are for our instruction.

First encounter: Moab. Moabites lived on the borders of Israel, and were related to the Israelites. Lot’s two daughters had children by him, and one was named Ammon, the other Moab. The Moabites were always enemies of Israel. We have an enemy, closely related to us, the enemy within called “The flesh” … self; the old man; Your job, is defeat this enemy.
Another encounter: Slew an Egyptian. Egypt is a type of sin, with its allure and pomp and circumstance. Superficial impressiveness. Empty glory. The Israelites in the wilderness wanted to return to Egypt. They remembered it’s conveniences, but forgot the heartache, tears, bondage, slavery and cruelty of Egypt. Egypt represents sin and the ways of the world. Your job, is to overcome the world.
Next encounter: Slew a lion in a pit. The lion, your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Benaiah is a picture of a valiant man who overcame the flesh, the world and the devil!
Benaiah met this lion, the worst possible enemy. King of beasts for a reason. Crush your skull with one blow. Bite through any bone in the human body. He met him in the worst possible place, a pit. In a pit, your movements are restricted, you can’t run, and you can’t hide. And it’s on a snowy day. It’s the worst possible conditions. Your fingers are numb, footing is slippery, and glare from the snow.

This means, it’s the worst possible foe, in the worst possible place, under the worst possible conditions. And he slew the lion.
One of the greatest things that can happen to you is for your fear to become a reality, then you’ll discover, it’s not the end of the world.
Your greatest experiences are often the scariest, and your scariest experiences are often the greatest
The more problems you have, the more potential to help people. Your ability to help others is enhanced in the areas you have been wounded.

Benaiah, son of Jehoiada… How did he slay that lion? He was a valiant man. These deeds revealed what he already was.
His name, Benaiah, son of Jehoiada. Jehoiada means “God knows”
Benaiah means “God builds”
Twin truths: God knows and God builds. That’s how you defeat a lion, the worst foe, in the worst place, under the worst conditions. You have to believe, God knows right where I am. He knows the path I take. And he’s working all things together for my good! He sees me… knows me, and loves me. He is my high priest, touched with the feelings of my infirmities.
I’m going after it! I refuse to trade temporary uncertainty for lifelong regrets. The more you’re willing to risk, the more God can use you.
Not everyone will understand you… “Those who don’t hear the music, think the dancer is mad.”

God Knows…. God Builds…. Nothing you’ve been going through is wasted.