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EPISODE 480 – BEWARE OF AN ELIAB 2

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Friday 17th, May 2024
 

BEWARE OF AN ELIAB 2



“Eliab, his older brother, heard David fraternizing with the men and lost his temper: “What are you doing here! Why aren’t you minding your own business, tending that scrawny flock of sheep? I know what you’re up to. You’ve come down here to see the sights, hoping for a ringside seat at a bloody battle!”

1 Samuel 17:28 (Message)



As explained in the previous episode, the character of Eliab in our study, embodies a certain group of people we must beware of as we journey towards purpose.

Within the Church, family, workplace, school and the society in which you find yourself, there are some people (or at least an individual) who demonstrate the character of Eliab or that which is similar to his.

I gave a summary of who Eliab was and the kind of attention he commanded in the previous episode.

He wasn’t an ordinary person, neither was he devilish nor a failure by the standards of men. He was one who also felt successful in his own right.

Whenever people see the word BEWARE they think of a devil with horns.

You don’t have to be told to BEWARE of the obvious. Whatever you are asked to BEWARE of looks harmless at first sight.

Eliab as an older brother to David may have genuine concern about the well-being of David. And sometimes such concern can be a limitation to your advancement into greatness.

However, a careful observation of Eliab’s words to David also exposed Eliab’s mindset concerning David. Apart from his mindset concerning David, other details also exposed his mindset about challenges.

The presence of Goliath was the boundary or the end of Eliab’s boldness. He was part of the army of Israel which fell back and was frightened at the appearance of Goliath.

Eliab had an attractive appearance but was a coward at heart. He looked more like a real man on the outside but was a crying vulnerable baby at heart.
He lacked what it takes to go for the lion’s share.

David was different. Outwardly he didn’t look like a strong tough soldier, but he had the heart of God. David was full of “God-fidence” (the confidence of God).

Each morning, Goliath cursed and threatened the Israelites and none of them spoke back at him. They were rather frightened and fell back at his presence.
Instead of confronting the challenge they rather talk among themselves:

“…The talk among the troops was, “Have you ever seen anything like this, this man openly and defiantly challenging Israel? The man who kills the giant will have it made. The king will give him a huge reward, offer his daughter as a bride, and give his entire family a free ride.” 1 Samuel 17:24-25 (Message)

See David’s first reaction to Goliath:

“David, who was talking to the men standing around him, asked, “What’s in it for the man who kills that Philistine and gets rid of this ugly blot on Israel’s honor? Who does he think he is, anyway, this uncircumcised Philistine, taunting the armies of God-Alive? 1 Samuel 17:26 (Message)

At no point was he intimidated by the presence of Goliath.

The boldness of David was bigger than the whole army of Israel.

Now comes in Eliab; the fine handsome gentleman. The big brother who thought he knew better and understood the destiny and the place of David than God:

“Eliab, his older brother, heard David fraternizing with the men and lost his temper: “What are you doing here! Why aren’t you minding your own business, tending that scrawny flock of sheep? I know what you’re up to. You’ve come down here to see the sights, hoping for a ringside seat at a bloody battle!” 1 Samuel 17:28 (Message)

Eliab didn’t think, the business of Israel is also the business of David.
He wondered why this little boy David, poked his nose into matters “greater” than him.

By fact, Eliab may be right.
David was just a shepherd boy. And also was not at the age to be enlisted for war.

He has to be at least 20 years old or older (Numbers 1:3)

Nevertheless, the capacity to show up with God and stand with your leader is not in age, but in the condition of heart.

Eliab was judging David by his own perception and state of heart. But it was God who was working in David.

Sometimes by all the standards of men, you don’t seem to be qualified to do the things God has called you to do.

You may have a Christian big brother or sister, a prayerful relative, a lecturer, a colleague, or a seemingly God-fearing boss at work; who may take up the position of Eliab in your life.

He or she may have good intentions for you but can become the voice of discouragement in your life.

He or she may even ask or tell you:

“The way you have taken ministry and kingdom matters seriously, are you Jesus Christ?”

“Every day you are involved in ministry. Do you think you are the only born again?”

“Do you know how long I have served the Lord, and the things I have done for the Lord? If there is a reward will I be at this level?”

“Do you think you have what it takes to do big things? You are wasting time, just find somewhere to sit and mind your own business.”

Don’t be disrespectful, just do as David did; see it as a distraction, turn away and focus on the goal.

The thing is, the devil will not inspire you to show up with Jesus and stand with the Kingdom assignment.

The devil will not inspire you to take bold steps for the Lord.

Whatever you are inspired to do, it is God who is working in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13).

Refuse to be distracted by an Eliab

Selah!

DIG DEEPER
(1 Samuel 17;  Romans 16:1-10; 2 Timothy 4:14-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Matthew 16:21-23)
 
WE PRAY
We pray that we shall remain resolute to show up with Jesus at all times and not yield to any voice of discouragement.
 
BIBLE READING IN THE YEAR 2024
Job 20 – 23
 
DECLARE THESE WORDS:
– I maintain my focus on the goal as I gaze my eyes on Jesus who is my example of faith.
 
– I run the race set before me with all conviction and passion of heart.
 
– I am not coward at heart.
 
– I take daring steps.
 
Oh thank you Lord Jesus!

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Addenilla Ennin
Addenilla Ennin
30 days ago

I refuse to allow any voice of intimidation in my life

Addenilla Ennin
Addenilla Ennin
30 days ago

Oh Lord you’re my focus all the unhealthy voices do not count at all

Addenilla Ennin
Addenilla Ennin
30 days ago

I refuse and strongly reject any voice of Eliab in my life!!!

For it is God who works in me both to will and to do for his good pleasure

Addenilla Ennin
Addenilla Ennin
30 days ago

With wisdom I walk away from every voice of an Eliab and by the help of the Holy Ghost I see it as an opportunity to let the Glory of God to be seen

Addenilla Ennin
Addenilla Ennin
30 days ago

Oh Lord my heart is burning… thank you Lord Jesus
Thank you Apostle Bennie

I refuse and outerly refuse to allow any negative voices or externals and internals to get to me

Mercy Ennin
Mercy Ennin
30 days ago

I have the heart of God

Linda Teye
Linda Teye
30 days ago

I have the heart of God

Linda Teye
Linda Teye
30 days ago

I turn away from all distractions and I focus on the goal

Linda Teye
Linda Teye
30 days ago

I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab

Linda Teye
Linda Teye
30 days ago

I gaze my eyes on Jesus who is the example of my goal

Helina Akagbo
Helina Akagbo
30 days ago

I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab

Helina Akagbo
Helina Akagbo
30 days ago

Heyyyyyy I am not coward at heart

Helina Akagbo
Helina Akagbo
30 days ago

This message oh Jesus thank you

Helina Akagbo
Helina Akagbo
30 days ago

Machaira with Apostle Bennie
The best devotion ever
Oh thank you Jesus

Helina Akagbo
Helina Akagbo
30 days ago

I am soo blessed by this message
Gloreeey

Selasie Emmanuel
Selasie Emmanuel
30 days ago

Wow.. I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab. Instead, I turn away from the distractions and keep Focus on the goal.

Thank you Apostle Sir ????

Selasie Emmanuel
Selasie Emmanuel
30 days ago

I stand up with the Lord and His Kingdom assignment with a strong conviction and boldness of heart. Thank you Lord Jesus for such great and strong faith.

Thank you Sir .

Last edited 30 days ago by Selasie Emmanuel
Dei Edmund
Dei Edmund
30 days ago

I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab…. I maintain a focused posture… My eyes are set, fixed and glued to the goal
Gloryyyy

Dei Edmund
Dei Edmund
30 days ago

I stand firm on my conviction…. I refuse to allow the judgement of the world sway me way from my goal……
I set my eyes on the goal
In the name of Jesus…

Last edited 30 days ago by Dei Edmund
Adevu Prince
Adevu Prince
30 days ago

I am fully focus on the vision of the Lord

Bernard
Bernard
30 days ago

No voice shall intimidate me in my pursuit

Edith
Edith
30 days ago

I refuse to be distracted

Sulley
Sulley
29 days ago

Seriously! this episode is a must-read for every teenager!! The Godfidence of David! My goodness! Kept! thinking of the fact that God didn’t consider the age of David despite the fact the he was disqualified according to the standard of the Law to go to war! As long as His ability was the very ability of God, he was registered qualified according to God’s standards. Truly, God can do anything with a prepared heart no matter the age. Today’s episode is a thrill for sure! I refuse to be coward at heart. Glory to God

Tanisha Amoh
Tanisha Amoh
29 days ago

I refuse to be a coward at heart by heeding to the voice of an Eliab. If led to do it,I surely will not be lured out of it.

Nana Adomaa
Nana Adomaa
29 days ago

I maintain my focus on the goal as I gaze on my eyes on Jesus who is my example of faith

Nana Adomaa
Nana Adomaa
29 days ago

I go the extra mile. I refuse be a coward

Lindiwe Esenam
Lindiwe Esenam
29 days ago

The dangerous thing about an Eliab is that he feels successful in his own right. Also he seems to be at the top of his game in the things of God but in reality, he is a coward at heart and not only that, he tries to discourage others.
Mmmmm, I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab.

Andrews Kofi Sarpong
Andrews Kofi Sarpong
29 days ago

Thank you sweet Jesus.
I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab

Emmanuel Opoku
Emmanuel Opoku
29 days ago

This episode so much blessed me.
It is my prayer that the Lord stirs up much more boldness in us to approach God’s assignment with the David- kind of heart but not the Eliab’s.

Belinda Teye
Belinda Teye
29 days ago

Whatever you are inspired to do, it is God who is working in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Thank You Lord Jesus

Benjamin okyere
Benjamin okyere
28 days ago

I have The God-fidence in me so i take up the mantle no by the strength of the Holy spirit

Benjamin okyere
Benjamin okyere
28 days ago

Yes in some instances there will be situations that will suit what such people may say but don’t sit to meditate on the words they speak because that breeds second thoughts which breeds discouragement

Nkrumah Charles sarkodienkrumah@gmail.com
Nkrumah Charles sarkodienkrumah@gmail.com
28 days ago

I do whatever I am and will be inspired to do.
I turn away from distractions.
No voice of discouragement can prevail over me.
I always show up for the Lord and stand with my assignment.

Jonathan Donkor
Jonathan Donkor
26 days ago

Glory to God.
THE CONDITION OF HEART.
Indeed, there are people in our lives and society that due to their status, age and experience may look like they have our best interest at heart. From this episode I understand now that they may be sincerely looking out for you in their own way but the question is whether their way is the way of God.

The Lord loves us more than anybody could and so it doesn’t matter how heartfelt an instruction, message or advice is, it has to be in alignment with God’s purpose.

Thank you Apostle.

Emmanuel Nanor
Emmanuel Nanor
26 days ago

I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
26 days ago

I refuse to be a coward.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
26 days ago

I go for the lion’s share.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
26 days ago

Haa! I’m full of God-fidence.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
26 days ago

Whatever I am inspired to do, the Lord works mightily in me to do for His good pleasure.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
26 days ago

I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
26 days ago

I don’t yield to any voice of discouragement.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
26 days ago

I maintain my focus on the goal as I gaze my eyes on Jesus who is my example of faith.

Vincent Mensah
Vincent Mensah
23 days ago

I refuse to be distracted by an Eliab, It is the Lord working in me both to will and to do for His good pleasure

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