2 Samuel 3:1 " Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker."
When we go through what seem to be irretractable battles that never seem to end, remember King David. Annointed as a young man, probably in his early teens, it is arrainged by the Holy Spirit that he would slay a bear, a lion and a giant. We face spiritual and even physical bears, lions and giants. After these great victories brought about by the Spirit of the Living God, one would think that David had finally arrived.
This was not to be. After years of running from the self-willed King Saul and after Saul was finally brought down by his own sword, one would that that now, finally, David's great battle was over. This, again, was not to be.
The Kingdom was still divided; most supporting Saul's successor, appointed by Israel, warring against Judah who had recognized and finally annointed David as king.
Consider the background of the great Psalms of David. From where did they originate? Was David just a great word smith, gifted with phrases and concepts, or did he write of what he experienced firsthand? David was also a prophet; quoted by Christ Himself many hundeds of years later. He wrote about what he experienced; that is why the words, concepts and phrases are still so relevent for us today.
We fight the many of the same spiritual battles David fought. We encounter discouragement, lust, unbelief and great turmoil. David had to run from his own son who had risen up in rebellion against him. His best friend, Johnathan died in battle. He had to run for years away from and trying to avoid an angry King Saul who would have killed him if he would have caught him. And this was after the Prophet Samuel had annointed him King! Just the opposite happened of what one would expect. These events were arrainged by God; He does not react to events in our lives; He initiates events.
We learn in the processes. Our faith grows stronger, we expeience great deliverance that we can be witness of when we need to help others. We are drawn closer and closer to Him when the battle is stonger than we can handle. We learn more of God's ways in the process; and it is sometimes a protracted process. We will never fully arrive to our fullest potential until we enter into His Presence for eternity; still time without end.
Another great example in addtion to King David is Joshua. He replaced Moses and in great victory led the Children of Israel, finally, into the Promise Land. Five distinct heathen kings were left in the land so Israel would learn how to fight. How many obsticles do we face, just so we do not get spiritually lazy and forget how to war?
Consider Gideon when he came to the river Jordan in Judges 8:4. The word says, "Gideon came to the Jordan (river), crossed over, he and the 300 men who were with him, exhausted, yet pursuing."
This is our lot also. Chased, persued, perplexed, yet pursuing. Our pursute is to constantly be changed into the image of Christ. It is not a plesant battle most times. But be assured; the victory is already ours!
We are given the great honor and much grace by God to be changed in the battles. Our psalms, our prayers, our thoughts are being recorded in the heavenlies also. We are the victor's through Christ! It is time to remember, rejoice and grow and mature in our battle's. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.