I shared a writing with you how God spoke to me about plunder. I want to share a little more with you on that subject.
First, plunder is not a passive thing. It is not something that will automatically happen. Even if God speaks to you to take action and plunder, it won’t magically happen. You must first take action. We see this truth in the life of David.
In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men return home to find they have been invaded by an enemy and that enemy has taken everything they owned. They took their livestock, their tents, and their families. Nothing was left. Of course, David and his men were greatly distressed, so much so, the men spoke of stoning David for the action of the enemy. David did three things that caused a great turnaround, let’s look at them today.
First, David inquired of the Lord. He didn’t run in fear. He didn’t say, “oh my! Now what?” No, he turned to God.
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So, David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”
And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” (Verse 6-8)
Once David had his answer, the outcome was entirely up to him. He had to take action. And he did. David pursued his enemy with every intent to take back his stuff and his family.
But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor. (Verse 10)
Finally, the Bible says, “David recovered all.”
Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day.
Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil, or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all. Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock, and said, “This is David’s spoil.” (Verse 17:20)
The enemy came in and took everything David had, his wives, his children, his livestock, and his belongings. David had a choice. He could cry and beg and go on with life with this great loss. Or he could recover what had been stolen.
We too have this choice because we have a promise of restoration from God.
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. (Joel 2:25-26)
When a thief is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house. (Prov 6:31)
The Bible says in Matthew 11:12: And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
It’s time to take some things back – by force. It’s time to recover all. Have you lost some things to the enemy? Children, goods, livestock, homes, or peace? It is time to take it back. Do like David did, inquire of the Lord. Then, when the Lord gives you instruction, take action. Go after your stuff. Plundering and spoils are part of our promises from God, however, we cannot be passive – we must take action. We must go after it. We must pursue and recover.
How do we do that? With our words. God created the entire world with words – there is power in our words. Life and death in our words. RECOVERY IS IN OUR WORDS. Take back your stuff.