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By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.  The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (V36-37)

MESSAGE

Before venturing any project, proper strategic planning needs to be considered. Companies always have their managers sit for hours in meeting planning the way forward for the company. Planning has become an integral part of human living and sustenance. After all, God asks us to go and learn from the ant; the ant teaches us how to plan.

To be a conqueror, you should be able to relate previous challenges to current circumstances. In the previous month, we discussed learning from experiences. David identified two relations in the opening scripture. The first was that Goliath can be compared to the lions and bears. The second was that the God who delivered him from the bears and the lions will rescue him from the Philistine.

It is not enough having the experience, but you should be able to relate them to the current challenge. In solving the current problem, which of my experiences and lessons can use? I conclude by saying that experience does not solve the problem. It only helps you in looking for the solution.

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By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” (V32)

MESSAGE

Every conqueror is a risk taker. Actually, everything in life is a risk; there is a chance you may succeed and a chance that you will fail. Conqueror’s would rather attempt and fail than to fail to attempt.

Come to think of it; eating the food you have cooked is a risk: you can be choked and die or you can eat and nothing happens to you. We board cars, aeroplanes, ships and the like, only with the probability of going out and coming back safely. Some people go and die through accidents, but some do come home safely. In fact, everything is a risk. Will we then refuse to eat because there is a risk we may be chocked and die or refuse to travel by cars because there is a chance we may have accidents? David could have died through the encounter with Goliath. He accepted that risk and faced the challenge.

It takes courage to take up risks, knowing perfectly that there is a chance to fail. That is what defines faith; facing the challenge head-on knowing that you are a winner with God. Note this: if you run away from what you fear, what you fear will definitely run after you. Take up the challenge and face it head-on.

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By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”  He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.

MESSAGE

Opportunities are always available when there is a problem. Amidst the intimidations, there is the opportunity to shine forth through the problem you face. Every conqueror sees problems as an opportunity to shine.

The man who conquers poverty looks for opportunities to make wealth. Every invention was as a result of the fact that the inventor saw the problem as the opportunity to make it. For example, Thomas Edison identified the problems associated with candles and probably lambs, so He worked on the lightbulbs. David is no exception. He kept making enquiries amidst the intimidation. He may have thought that this was his opportunity to reveal the glory of God and make it in life.

Identifying the problem is identifying an opportunity. It requires the boldness and courage to get ready to face it head-on. This leads us to the next point: be ready to take the risks.

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By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” (V33)

MESSAGE

Familiarity may make family and friends intimidate you. They may never see your worth; their judgements are clouded by the history they have written about you. You know the zeal and the burden you carry. So do not give in to their criticisms, get past them and move to your next level.

Leaders may scorn at you. They may ridicule you, probably based on your age or size. It’s their opinion but never the truth. Their discouragement may as a result of their inability to solve the problem you are trying to. Judging the resources they have and what you have, “it’s a failure for you”, they will conclude. A conqueror should persist even if all odds are against him. Leaders may want to judge based on evidence, but a conqueror sees victory with the eyes of faith. Leaders may conclude based on their own experience and natural appearances, but a conqueror looks within for motivation.

You are the only one who understands and is fully convinced that you can do it. It is easier to fight the intimidation from people who don’t know you than those who do. “What if their assessments are right?”; that may be your predominant thought in that season. That is enough motivation to see you through the journey. Don’t throw in the towel yet; intimidation is just one of the few challenges you will face in your journey to victory.

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By Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality.

Text: 1 Samuel 17

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” (V28-29)

MESSAGE

We all have friends and peers. They may have known your beginning and incline their decisions based on what they knew about you. The conqueror, therefore, has to overcome the intimidation from peers.  

Eliab, David’s oldest brother, knew that David had been anointed and skilled at war (16:18). He may also have known that David would probably have left the sheep with another shepherd. David was in service to Saul so he may have left the sheep mostly with another shepherd (16:19-21). Instead of finding out why his brother was so interested, he started intimidating him. He tagged him as proud and deceitful. He wanted him to return to his few sheep (V28).

Nobody can perceive your vision as clearly as you can see it. Even if you communicate it clearly, they may not have the same passion that you have. Therefore, your peers may keep judging your vision and passion with your past. It leaves them with no option than to ridicule you and discourage you from pursuing your vision. To conquer, you need to fight their intimidation.

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By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The conqueror’s Mentality

Text: 1 Samuel 17

David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.” (V26-27)

MESSAGE

Never deceive yourself that you know it all. Asking questions that can help you solve the problem does not make you weak. It proves that you are wise.

Many a time, we tend to let our ego deprive us of the opportunity of benefitting from the wisdom of others. With the sole aim of gaining the glory for ourselves, we fail to make enquiries to get information that may help us solve the problem. David, like Joshua, identified a problem and thought of a solution (V26-27). The problem was that Goliath was defiling the armies of the living God. He then takes that initiative to make enquiries about why the problem has been in existence and what measures have already been taken.

The conqueror must be willing to learn from other people. These people may not be as educated as we are or as smart as we may perceive of them, but they can provide us with the necessary information we need. However, let us be careful of the information that we get. We will discuss more of that on Monday God willing.

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By Kwaku Peprah Adjei.

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality.

Text: Joshua 10

Now the five kings had fled and hidden in the cave at Makkedah. 17 When Joshua was told that the five kings had been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah,18 he said, “Roll large rocks up to the mouth of the cave and post some men there to guard it. 19 But don’t stop; pursue your enemies! Attack them from the rear and don’t let them reach their cities, for the Lord your God has given them into your hand.”

MESSAGE

Sometimes it is the troubles we are avoiding that God uses to set us up for victory. Knowing what is important at every particular time in battle is critical in conquering your enemies. Keeping the main thing the main thing is the mentality of the conqueror.

We may have so many things going through our minds. With so many options available unto us, we may be drawn away from the main thing: finding the solution to the problem. Joshua had the option of killing the Kings and winning the battle or pursuing the enemies before they reach their fortified cities. He chooses to pursue them because he was supposed to wipe the people in the land; the kings were only four of them.

When faced with varied options, keep pursuing the main thing. Cover the cave where the kings are and come and deal with them later. Don’t be distracted from the getting to the finish line. Always keep the main thing the main thing.

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Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality.

Text: Joshua 7:12

That is why the Israelites are running from their enemies in defeat. For now, Israel itself has been set apart for destruction. I will not remain with you any longer unless you destroy the things among you that were set apart for destruction.

MESSAGE

Moreover, there are people around us that need to be dealt with. There are some people we need to let go if we want to achieve anything meaningful. However, this needs a lot of discernment and wisdom.

It may be so easy for us to pick the people who seem to like us. However, there are those whose mistakes and comments rather challenge us to be better. God may strategically take some people our way and bring other people to help us move on. So the conqueror should always realise that the people around Him would not always be around. In battle, any of your men can fall.

Learn to work with any new person you meet. They need not be the same in competence and attitude like the people you lost. Appreciate their uniqueness and get the best out of them in the season you find yourself in. Your guess for the fourth point is as good as mine.

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By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: Joshua 7-8

MESSAGE

Whoever God calls He gives Him his promise. Nothing gives us much assurance than the hope His promises release to us. The next thing is that conquerors see failures as a learning process.

Joshua had the promise from God of victory in every battle. God, he knew, was not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent. As long as He has made the promise, it shall come to pass (Numbers 23:19). He started winning his battles. But on one occasion, he was soundly defeated by the people of Ai (Joshua 7: 4-5 NLT).  He did not grumble nor quit his assignment but waited upon the Lord with the elders of Israel. God revealed Achan’s sin and he dealt with it. Then they defeated the people of Ai the next time.

Every time you fail in your quest to do something worthwhile, sit back and evaluate the failure. There is a lesson for you to pick up. Failures should not make you quit; they should encourage you to do something better. Always remember that those who quit are never celebrated.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality.

Text: Joshua 1: 9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

MESSAGE

Last week we learnt that a conqueror exists to solve a problem. He is not limited by problems but defines himself by providing solutions to them. The conqueror also develops confidence from promises he has accepted.

The mindset of anyone set out to achieve anything great is backstaged with some assurances he has given to himself. These assurances may be formed from the promises he may have received from other sources or that which he has given to other people. It is worth noting that that confidence is not formed when you hear the promises; it is developed when you accept the promises as true and will certainly come true.

The end product of confidence is that you get the strength and courage to tackle the problem. Taking hold of the promises enshrined in this new covenant, let us walk in the strength the Lord provides and be problem solvers instead of problem complainers. So what do you think the second point is?

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