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DAVE KUBAL: BATTLE-READY POSITIONS FOR VICTORY
Psalm 37 clearly describes six battle-ready positions that will enable us to be victorious in spiritual warfare. Each comes with a promise!
1. Do not fret.
The Hebrew image here is fume, that slow simmering of negative emotion the connotation is to not take offense, when somebody says something our feelings get hurt. This Hebrew image even goes further is stating that we are to not even desire what the evil desire though they seem to have success. This is because they are as the verse say like grass, they variety that does not have roots, but withers away eventually.
2. Trust and CONTINUE to do good.
Isn’t the only real trust the trust that has action behind it? We demonstrate our faith when we do something that shows it. It was once said that everyone who trusts has faith, but not everyone who has faith trusts.
3. Delight yourself in the Lord.
This is the language of lovers—delight yourself. Do you recall when you delighted yourself with your spouse back in your dating days? I married my high school sweetheart and I can remember being almost “intoxicated” with the thought of doing nice things for her that would show her my affection. She actually kept a box of notes I sent her. When was the last time you went out of your way to demonstrate to the Lord that you love him?
4. Commit your way and trust.
The Hebrew image here is strong. It’s as if David’s voice is raised when he says these words. David’s words carry the meaning of confessing your burdens to the Lord, bringing your heart before him for deliverance, to shake off that which is occupying your attention and feelings. The word “commit” carries with it the thought of revealing ulterior motives to him with the expectation that he will bring you vindication.
5. Be still.
The Hebrew image here is rather complex. It is not to simply not talk. It is the thought of positioning yourself as being weak, surrendering any ambition you have, trusting that He will give you His true desires that He has put in your life. I recently was talking with a business man who was selling his business—he did quite well in life and now wants to be in ministry. He said, “I need a plan.” I responded, “You should ask Him for a plan.” He then insisted that he needed to be doing something to create that plan. But here is the most important point that I emphasized with him—not doing something is in this case actually doing something. Being still is surrendering to discover God’s purpose.
6. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath.
The Hebrew imagery here is very picturesque. “Refrain” literally means to sink, go underneath. “Anger” has the image of nostrils flaring, taking in as much oxygen as possible as one readies for battle. I picture a boxer who dips and weaves to avoid punches. Similarly, we must “duck” from being offended and becoming angry.
Each of these six battle-ready positions comes with a promise.
Do you want to
- watch the evil wither,
- enjoy safe pasture,
- receive the desires of your heart,
- have your ways of righteousness justified,
- be protected from doing evil?
How will you position your heart? You can look at your situation, or at events in our nation, and become very discouraged and stressed out. But God has a better way for us. We must remind ourselves of the words of David that draw our hearts into right relationship with God. Then we will be positioned to fight back.
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President Dave Kubal this is a very good teaching. I watched this on you tube last night and read this today. Back in 1983 someone was doing me wrong. My Pastor realized it even more than I did. He told me to go to a motel room and spend all my time praying and focusing on Plasm 37. I focused on it for several years the problem did not go away for a while.. I can’t say I ever saw the evil wither. But I did enjoy safe pasture. I received the desire of my heart. I had my ways of righteousness justified big time.I was protected from doing evil. Looking back being still and not fretting was the biggest part of succeeding. When I did that I was being blessed and God felt close to me. When I would fret he didn’t feel as close. I would rather have the closeness of God than fret.
To be still and seek God’s purpose in ones life circumstances becomes a discipline, when learned brings a peace and dependance on a Holy God. 2 Corinthians 7-18 are my life verses and give incite in how one can walk this out. Thank you for a message of wisdom and encouragement.
Amen sir and I respectfully add number 7, hope. Hebrews 11:1 states…”trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see. ” If we hope in the Lord and keep HIs way, we will see the victory. May this be true today in all the ways we need Godly victories. To God be the Glory. Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
Hope in the Lord
and keep His way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
Thank you for these words of wisdom. May God give us the desire to fully walk in them.
HOLY MIGHTY ONE
HOLY IMMORTAL ONE HAVE MERCY ON US AND ON THE WHOLE WORLD
Dave, I admit I LOVE the Psalms!! Psalms 37, is wonderful, and ministers to my heart! Thank you! Amen, and, yes, our God does have a better way for us!!
My only comment is “could you PLEASE proofread these articles thoroughly before you post them. The first para alone is missing so much punctuation and includes words that shouldn’t be there that it makes it very difficult to understand what you’re saying.
R. Brookes, mistakes happen. So glad I’m not called out on mine when I post comments here. Your criticism was harsh considering the encouragement Mr. Kubal intended to share. BTW, you forgot the quotation mark concluding this statement,”could you PLEASE proofread these articles thoroughly before you post them.
I have been uncomfortable since my replyto you. It too was harsh. I’m sorry R. Brookes.
We can’t help it, when we are of the group that has that
“gift” of determining error in English grammar, etc. We
are also hard on our own selves. To me, it is equated to
a great musician who hears a wrong note; it’s an automatic
response. Most people don’t really even care. I understand
completely. I ask the Lord to bless you both and also Dave.
What a man of God he is! We are so blessed to have his wisdom.
We who belong to the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe!!!!
I will praise God, even with all my faults! Amen.
Oh how You love us! Thank You for the power of Your Word that instructs and reminds us that the battle belongs to You and the victory is Yours! To do our part is to position ourselves under Your sovereign will which You reveal through Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for these well articulated battle positions. Ready us, Your Church as we await Your soon return. Jude 12:24-25, “Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling and to make us stand in His presence blameless and with great joy. To the only God our Father through Jesus Christ His Son be all glory and majesty, dominion and authority both now and forever amen! We love You, we thank You and we Praise You, God Our Father, God the Son and God The Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name we pray!
I just praise the Lord for Dave and all those that give us information and prayer stratigies. My heart cries out in praise and thanksgiving for our fight is not in our own strength but in trusting in the Lord who loves us so much He died on that cross for all of us. Oh how He loves us and desires us to trust Him and walk in His love which is the power source for all battles. Just think of His power of love that took and held Him to that cross, such love and He did it for the Father and all of us. The power of love!!!!!!God has a plan and nothing can thort it. May our faith be strong and do as He commands us , only be strong and be still for the battle is not your but mine; I have overcome, says the Lord and only be strong and stand in my strength, !!!!!!We will see our enemies crushed, in the mighty Name of Jesus!!!!!!!
A fine, fine teaching, Dave! God bless you. Jesus told us that in this world we would have tribulation, but TAKE COURAGE, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. He has provided all we need to make it here. What a Savior and Lord! He told us everything, even on events yet to come. May we put on His armor each day, think on the things in the Word and in this teaching from Dave and claim Greater is He in us than he who is in the world. Christ is Victor! Amen! God truly causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called to His purpose.
Thank you, Dave!
Needed to be soaked in this Word this morning!
All praise be to Jesus!
Thank you Dave!
15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
Father God, help us to Position our selves, to be still, to trust You Lord, to wait on You to lead! To know Your Holy Word, Your promises, living these out each day in Victory. May we walk in Your power and anointing. Isaiah 10:27