Dog Days of Summer – Part 3

(John 10:10 AMP) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

(1 Timothy 6:12 NKJV) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called…

Enough is Enough!

(2 Samuel 23:11-12 NIV) Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them. (12) But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory.

Three warriors for David: Josheb, Eleazar, and Shammah

The people of this area were all farmers and had put in the labor and the cost to generate a harvest and the Philistines came every year at the time in the harvest to raid the harvest of these people.

Shammah stood in the midst of the bean patch and said, “Enough is enough, I’m Not Putting Up With This Any More”, and defended it and the Lord brought great victory.

You and I are going to have to be willing to defend our bean patch until we defeat our enemies.

Your enemy is always trying to steal your harvest from you in your bean patch and he will until we are willing to stand in our bean patch and defend it and then the Lord will help you and bring you a great victory!

What is Your Cause?

(1 Samuel 17:16 NKJV) And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening.

As long as you continue to take everything that life brings to you and just accept it you will never be a fighter.

What Giant is speaking to you and trying to force you to cower in the ditch and hide and fear?

It does not matter what your Giant is (sickness, disease, lack, relationship problems, no peace, oppression).

If you give heed and regard to what the giant is saying you will never rise up to defeat the giant, you will stay in the ditch.

It will require a fight. If the giant is still there, you have put up with it and tolerated it.

  1. Determine what you are fighting for.

(1 Samuel 17:29 NKJV) And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”

What was David’s cause?

(1 Samuel 17:26 NKJV) Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Reproach – an occasion for disgrace or shame.

  • Remove the shame from his people.

(1 Samuel 17:25 NKJV) (25) So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.”

  • He saw his life and the lives of his family being better.

You must have a cause that will make you a fighter. What is your cause? You must identify your cause and what gives you the drive to win the fight and bring your enemy to the mat.

Your cause is the thing that absolutely fires you up from deep within and makes it impossible for you to accept anything else but complete and whole victory.

This cause made a ruddy, redheaded 17-year-old boy take up a sling and confront the enemy of the armies of Israel and defeat him and feed his carcass to the fowls. What David was actually saying was, “Enough is Enough, I’m Not Putting Up With This Any More.”

You will never become a fighter until you can stand up and say, “I’m Not Putting Up With This Any More, I have had enough of the enemy trying to steal from me.”

(Mark 10:46-52 NKJV) Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. (47) And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (48) Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (49) So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” (50) And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (51) So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” (52) Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

  1. Cast aside what you have been depending on and what identifies you and go to Jesus.

Blind Bartimaeus heard about Jesus and decided that he had enough of his blindness and cried out to the Lord in spite of the religious people trying to make him be quiet.

He cast away his blind man’s garment (used for his provision and identification) and went to Jesus and received his sight and was made whole in every area and went and followed Jesus.

(Mark 5:25-34 NKJV) Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, (26) and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. (27) When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. (28) For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” (29) Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. (30) And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” (31) But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” (32) And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. (33) But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. (34) And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

(Mark 5:34 KJV) And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

  1. Press your way to victory!

The woman with the issue of blood got to the point that she finally said I have had enough and then she did what it took, ignoring all social and religious rules to get what she wanted from the Lord.

You must be willing to stay in the Word, speak the Word, do the Word and whatever it takes to get your victory and when you stand up and say that “I’m Not Putting Up With This Any More”, it will give you the drive to win the fight.

  1. If you will not quit, you will win!