Spiritual Intelligence: A Kiss With Destiny

Early in the morning David left the sheep with another shepherd. He took the food and left as Jesse had told him. When David arrived at the camp, the army was going out to their battle positions, shouting their war cry. The Israelites and Philistines were lining up their men to face each other in battle.

David left the food with the man who kept the supplies and ran to the battle line to talk to his brothers. While he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out. He shouted things against Israel as usual, and David heard him.

And David heard him… Just allow those words to sink into your spirit for a minute. Can you hear anything?

Good morning friends. David’s story is one that truly inspires me. It’s a story that epitomise a beautiful tapestry interwoven with threads of faith, humility, courage, zeal, humility, wisdom, kindness, and passion. Each one radiating it’s own colour while complimenting the others. And like a true masterpiece, it has a cute element of imperfection; evident in the episode when his passion was misplaced. The same passion that made him stand out from the rest; sadly, was also his thorn in the flesh.

So, here lies the conundrum. Should we rise up and walk by faith in-spite of our weaknesses, or do we sit down and wait till those weaknesses becomes strengths? With this in mind, I am reminded of a line from one of the psalms:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

When we realise the truth behind these words, it changes everything dear friends. When we realise that it’s not just about us, when we realise God’s all sufficiency, when we catch a glimpse of the awesomeness of His grace and mercy; then our strength is renewed like an eagle. At this juncture, I am also reminded of the words of Paul in a letter to friends in Corinth:

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

There is no mention of David’s mentor or teacher anywhere in the Bible, I’m not even sure how devoted Jesse (his father) was to God. In his early days all we are privy to is his extraordinary strength of character; demonstrated in his faithfulness to Jesse, and his commitment to the flock he was assigned to shepherd.

As I draw this thought to a close, let’s have another look at this line from our opening verses – I am still intrigued.

… and David heard him.

So, be mindful of what you hear, and be careful of what you say. Goliath spoke that day and he met his demise; David heard that day, and it led to a kiss with sweet destiny.

Out of all the conversations he had that day, this one just stood out for David. Thank God he recognised destiny on the day their paths crossed.


~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Binding The Strongman!

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

The Rabbi was fond of using natural examples to explain spiritual truths. His words also provided contextual answers or explanations to the challenges of the time. They were not just ordinary words, they were words backed with the power and authority of the creator – whom we popularly refer to as God!

For instance, he used my opening text in defence of His position after He was accused by His opponents of using diabolical means to heal and deliver people afflicted by the devil. In typical style, His response were spiritual and alive, so as well as addressing the context, He also provided His audience with eternal insights into the power dynamics in the spiritual realm.

Good morning friends. I submit to you that the unseen world controls the seen world. The unseen realm is far more advanced in technological and scientific terms, hence we use spiritual terms. The natural mind cannot make sense of it, so it is broadly referred to as a mystery. Before the arrival of The Rabbi, God’s foreknowledge made provision for angelic visitations whenever one was found that demonstrated faith. After His death, the Holy Spirit was sent to comfort, teach and guide all true followers.

So back to my opening text. Friends we need to be fortified with power in order to take-on and dispossess the devils operations here on earth. Knowing this, The Rabbi said to His disciples after His resurrection;

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.

But tarry until… Fast forward to the book of acts and we see an account of the day of Pentecost, when power finally came upon the disciples. On that day the same Peter that denied Him thrice spoke with so much conviction that thousands were moved to repentance. The disciples that were once in hiding, now had the boldness to preach, teach, heal and deliver like The Rabbi did while with them.

We are the invading army, hence we advance the kingdom here on earth taking territories held by the devil. We are called to do the binding and dispossession. David not only killed Goliath, he also took his armoury and his sword!


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: My Helper

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

Good morning friends. No doubt the psalmist knew the source of his help – The Lord who made heaven and earth. When David the shepherd boy was asked about his strategy against the giant and mighty warrior Goliath, he listed his various encounters in the wilderness, and explained how God showed up as his mighty deliverer in each case. His past experiences of a faithful God, gave him the guarantee that God was within reach to deliver Goliath into his hands.

Enjoy the concluding verses of this beautiful psalm, do read a few more if you can, they have been a source of wisdom, strength and stability for me over the years.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Friends, our God is faithful. He is never late, He is never early, but always on time! Our God is mighty to save, regardless of the situation or circumstance – hallelujah!


~ Sabali