QUALITIES THAT BREEDS GREATNESS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY
DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : Saturday 9 August 2014
THEME : QUALITIES THAT BREEDS
GREATNESS
Memorise:
Seest thou a man diligent in his
business? he shall stand before
kings; he shall not stand before
mean men.
Proverbs 22:29
Read: 1 Samuel 16:14-19
14 But the Spirit of the LORD
departed from Saul, and an evil
spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15 And Saul’s servants said unto
him, Behold now, an evil spirit
from God troubleth thee.
16 Let our lord now command thy
servants, which are before thee, to
seek out a man, who is a cunning
player on an harp: and it shall
come to pass, when the evil spirit
from God is upon thee, that he
shall play with his hand, and thou
shalt be well.
17 And Saul said unto his servants,
Provide me now a man that can
play well, and bring him to me.
18 Then answered one of the
servants, and said, Behold, I have
seen a son of Jesse the
Bethlehemite, that is cunning in
playing, and a mighty valiant man,
and a man of war, and prudent in
matters, and a comely person, and
the LORD is with him.
19 Wherefore Saul sent
messengers unto Jesse, and said,
Send me David thy son, which is
with the sheep.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : MARK
7:1-9:13 and JOB 18:20-19:12
Message
King David had some skills, gifts
and qualities that set him on the
path to greatness. 1 Samuel 16:18
says this about him:
“Then answered one of the
servants, and said, Behold, I have
seen a son of Jesse the
Bethlehemite, that is cunning in
playing, and a mighty valiant man,
and a man of war, and prudent in
matters, and a comely person, and
the LORD is with him.”
The first quality noticeable in
David is that he was ingenious in
playing musical instruments for the
worship of God. David was a
diligent worshipper. True and
diligent worship of God sets you
on the path of greatness.
Secondly, he was a mighty, valiant
man. Courage to take major
decisions, bravery in the face of
negative circumstances, boldness
to confront obstacles that are on
your way to greatness and heroic
feats will all lead to greatness.
David’s greatness began when he
confronted and defeated Goliath
the giant (1 Samuel 17:1-58). While
King Saul and his soldiers saw
Goliath as a problem too big to
hit, David saw Goliath as a
problem too big to miss – one
problem but two different
perspectives. David also was a man
of war. Life is full of battles.
Christianity is warfare. This is why
we are called Christian soldiers and
are also endowed with weapons
and armour (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
Warfare has to do with strategic
planning, strategic thinking,
strategic sleeping and eating,
strategic spending and strategic
attitude. We are calibrated for
greatness, hence the Bible says
that we are more than conquerors
(Romans 8:37). King David was also
prudent in matters. Prudency
means to be discreet, careful, wise
and circumspect in order to avoid
undesired consequences.
Greatness eludes many Christians
because they say God is in control
and refuse to do things decently
and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40).
To achieve greatness, you have to
be prudent in your finances and in
taking decisions. In addition, he
was a comely person. To be
comely means to be a fine looking
person, to have some charisma, to
speak well in private and public, to
have good carriage and to have an
attractive personality. Such people
attract favour easily. Greatness can
be linked with favour from God
and favour with men. Even Jesus
had to be endued with stature and
favour (Luke 2:52). When King
Pharaoh asked that Joseph be
brought hastily before him, Joseph
thought it expedient to shave and
change his clothes (Genesis 41:14).
Many Christians are shabby and
ignorantly think that is humility.
Know how to package yourself
properly in order to receive favour
for greatness. Finally David was
great because God was with him.
Let God be with you.
Action Point:
If God be with you, nobody, no
obstacle, no limitation can stop
you from achieving greatness.

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