By Pastor E.A. Deckard
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times
“In most cases, those who want power probably shouldn’t have it, those who enjoy it probably do so for the wrong reasons and those who want most to hold on to it doesn’t understand that it’s only temporary.”― John C. Maxwell, “Becoming a Person of Influence”
Forward Thinkers, as we survey the land it is very clear that in spite of all the progress we have made as a nation we still have a long ways to go. The spirit of unity in America is still running far behind the spirits of greed, racism, hate, and jealousy. We have heard remarks from Donald Sterling, owner of LA Clippers, and Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, over the past few weeks to remind us America is still a nation greatly divided by many lines and colors.
Forward Thinkers, if we are to continue to move forward and overcome the hurdles from our past we must realize the importance of the spirit of unity. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others from the Civil Rights Era understood as individuals they could not accomplish much but together they could achieve greatness.
Forward Thinkers, we must encourage this generation to become T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) focused as less “I” focused.
1 Samuel 18:5-10
• Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops and Saul’s officers as well. 6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tumbrels and lyres. 7 As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”
• Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 9 And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David. 10 The next day an evil[a] spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand
Jealousy is an emotion: yes we all are emotional beings but we can’t be controlled by our emotions. Jealousy produces negative feelings such as insecurity, fear, and anxiety. Jealousy causes resentment of another person enjoying success. Forward Thinkers jealousy over another person blessings are a sure way to be cut off from the blessings flowing in your life.
Forward Thinkers, jealous people used to be called crabs in the barrel but now we call them haters.
Let me share the story of King Saul and David found in 1 Samuel:
David by now has killed Goliath, the giant, and King Saul brings him in to serve and be a part of his inner circle (Forward Thinkers people don’t mind you doing well as long as you don’t do better than them). Whatever King Saul asked David to do he did it well and became very successful. The Children of Israel were experiencing great success therefore you would think everyone would be excited and celebrating.
Forward Thinkers, I remember the Dallas Cowboys under the leadership of new owner Jerry Jones and Head Coach Jimmie Johnson winning Super Bowls in the 80’s but the owner Jerry Jones couldn’t handle the amount of attention the coach was receiving and they decided to go their separate ways. Since then the Dallas Cowboys have not come close to winning a Super Bowl. I’m sure today with hindsight Mr. Jones realizes having a winning team is better than being in the headlines for owning a losing team.
Forward Thinkers, John Maxwell has a book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” and in the book chapter fifteen is entitled “The Law of Victory”. John Maxwell declares the team first spirit is very important if a winning culture is desired. Forward Thinkers we see here King Saul is so insecure he becomes jealous of David and loses focus of the fact the Children of Israel are experiencing great success.
Jealous Eye on David
Forward Thinkers, the bible says where there is no vision the people shall perish. King Saul focused his vision so much on David he lost focus on leading the Kingdom. Forward Thinkers all the time and energy spent on hating could be spent on growing and improving self.
Forward Thinkers, notice the Lord sent an evil spirit to King Saul. Whenever you allow yourself to be overcome and filled with jealousy you open the door for an evil spirit to come in. Forward Thinkers remember George Zimmerman allowed his hate for blacks to cause him to be filled with an evil spirit. Since the not guilty verdict in Florida he has had a fight with his father-in-law, got divorced from his wife, choked his new girlfriend, arrested for pulling gun on her, and ordered to wear an ankle monitor. The neighborhood watchman is now being watched.
Forward Thinkers, like a boomerang when you throw out that much hate it comes back around to you.
1 Samuel 18:12 King Saul is afraid of David because the Lord was with David and King Saul knew the Lord had left him. Forward Thinkers King Saul had the position but David had the power.
Forward Thinkers, those who are jealous of you actually see more in you than you see in yourself. Today pause and thank them because they saw the future favor on your life and they prophesied your great future into existence.
1 Samuel 18:23
Forward Thinkers, notice in spite of all David’s success he remained very humble. Don’t get caught up and don’t become a reversed hater. Forward Thinkers don’t allow the negative actions of others to turn you into a negative person.
1 Samuel 18:28-29
King Saul now becomes David’s enemy. Forward Thinkers jealousy will make enemies out of people who are assigned to help you. Donald Sterling was paying a black coach and black players millions of dollars to be on his team but became so jealous of Magic Johnson (a black man) he made enemies out of the same black people he was paying to prosper him.
1 Samuel 19:1
King Saul tells his son Jonathan to kill David. Forward Thinkers a jealous person will try to use others to assassinate you.
Forward Thinkers notice David could have taken King Saul out at any time but David stood in faith knowing God was able to keep Him. Forward Thinkers in conclusion we must continue to stand strong in the face of negative people and negative situations. Remember even though we sometimes walk through the shallow of the valley of death we fear no evil because the Lord is with us.
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the senior pastor/founder of the Green House International Church located, 16711 Ella Blvd. Houston, Texas, 77090. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Category: Spiritual Matters