PRAYER POINTS TOWARDS OUR SUCCESS
1. LORD, CONFOUND / DISCOMFIT / FRUSTRATE THE ABNERS AROUND ME
Def: to defeat an aim, hope or plan.
Background: Abner was commander over the armies of Saul. He was a shrewd self serving man who delayed David from reigning over all of Israel
BUT THE EVIL HE HAD PLANTED FOUND HIM OUT EVEN AT THE VERGE OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ARGUABLY HIS BEST DAYS AS A PROFESSIONAL
THE EVILS OF ABNER
1. ABNER STARTED THE MOST SENSELESS EGO FIGHTS BETWEEN MEN OF JUDAH AND ISRAEL / HOUSE OF DAVID VS HOUSE OF SAUL.
2 Samuel 2:12-13
Abner son of Ner, together with the men of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon. Joab son of Zeruiah and David’s men went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. One group sat down on one side of the pool and one group on the other side.
2 Samuel 2:14
Then Abner said to Joab, “Let’s have some of the young men get up and fight hand to hand in front of us.”
“All right, let them do it,” Joab said.
1.2. HUNDREDS DIED FOR NO CAUSE
The ABNER spirit wastes lives. These were men who left their homes to join Saul in order to fight against the Philistines and protect their families. But now they were dying, falling by their hundreds – fighting against who? Their own brothers!
2 Samuel 2:17
The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David’s men.
2 Samuel 2:30-31
Then Joab stopped pursuing Abner and assembled the whole army. Besides Asahel, nineteen of David’s men were found missing. But David’s men had killed three hundred and sixty Benjamites who were with Abner.
1.3. THESE SENSELESS FIGHTS LASTED A LONG TIME
The ABNER spirit wastes time! All dreams have a time line – a best before date. Those men had families. At home they were loved and longed for! Their children were growing without them. This pursuit had no reward whatsoever! Often fighting men came home with spoils. What spoils would these men bring? There was no reward – time is money!
2 Samuel 3:1
THERE WAS a LONG WAR between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.
2. ABNER TOOK FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE SENSELESS FIGHTS HE HAD CREATED TO DIVERGE ATTENTION FROM HIMSELF.
2 Samuel 3:6
While there was war between the houses of Saul and David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.
NB: MARK THOSE WHO STRENGTHEN THEMSELVES BY DESTABILIZING YOUR WORK, FAMILY, BUSINESS
Someone gains by keeping you away from your home
Someone gains by keeping you busy with pursuits of little value
Someone gains by keeping you away from parenting your own children
Many parents who buy their children expensive gadgets and fashion do so out of a sense of guilt – they are not there to parent their children.
They are afraid to say No! Lest they push their kids further into the wrong company.
2.1. WHAT ARE THE SENSELESS FIGHTS OR PURSUITS THAT ARE SERVING AS DISTRACTIONS IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW AIMED AT REMOVING YOUR MIND FROM THE THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER?
IT could be a desire for revenge – someone did you wrong and seem to be getting away with it. While you are consumed by the desire to get back at them in what you feel is “justice”. …. Your time is being stolen, your dreams are being neglected, your strength and energy misdirected!!!
It could be a “keep-me-busy” affair that has no future chance of Blessing your life. A distraction that could cause you untold embarrassment if uncovered! While you work hard to keep it under cover, your real passion in life is being stifled and strangled.
It could be a habit, a hobby, or any such pursuit that has no lasting reward that you can take pride of in the future when you reevaluate your life and the moments spent.
ABNER WASTED TIME AND MOMENTS FOR MANY DESTINIES!!
LORD! UNCOVER THE ABNERS AROUND ME!!!
3. ABNER BLOCKED THE PROGRESS OF A NATION FOR PERSONAL GAIN ALL THE WHILE HE NEW WHAT GOD HAD PROMISED TO DO FOR HIS PEOPLE THROUGH DAVID.
2 Samuel 2:8-10
Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ish-Bosheth son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim. He made him king over Gilead, Ashuri and Jezreel, and also over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel.
Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David.
4. ABNER FRUSTRATED AND DELAYED ISRAEL!
BY MAKING ISH-BOSHETH KING HE WAS NOT ONLY BLOCKING DAVID BUT ALSO DELIBERATELY FRUSTRATING THE EXPRESSED DESIRES OF ISRAEL TO HAVE DAVID AS THEIR LEADER
2 Samuel 3:17-21
Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king. Now do it! For the Lord promised David, ‘By my servant David I will rescue my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.’”
NB. So, all along abner knew who should be king but put the puppet king He ABNER could control!!!
41. The ABNER spirit seeks to control. It wants itself where power lies. It positions itself to be where the decisions are mad
5. ABNER POSITIONED HIMSELF AS THE “KING MAKER”
HE WANTED TO CLING TO POWER BY BEING A “GO-BETWEEN” ISRAEL AND THEIR GOD GIVEN KING, DAVID. LATER HE COULD EASILY SAY, DAVID, “I MADE YOU KING!!!” I DELIVERED THE KINGDOM TO YOU!
AND TO ISRAEL, HE COULD SAY – I DELIVERED YOU A GREAT KING!!!
Abner also spoke to the Benjamites in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything that Israel and the whole tribe of Benjamin wanted to do. When Abner, who had twenty men with him, came to David at Hebron, David prepared a feast for him and his men. Then Abner said to David, “Let me go at once and assemble all Israel for my lord the king, so that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires.” So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.
NB: Somebody illegitimate wants to be part of your story! They want to be able to say: You are where you are because of me! They want you to have a sense of ” indebtedness ” ….. An I owe all to you feeling! A were it not for you feeling!
ONLY GOD WILL ESTABLISH YOU
5.1. NO ONE CAN MAKE YOU RICH ON EARTH – Help me remember LORD
But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,
That I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich.
[Take all] except only what my young men have eaten and the share of the men [allies] who went with me—Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
5.2. NO ONE CAN EVER PROMOTE YOU ON EARTH. LORD , all the Glory to you
For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up.
But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.
6. WHEN ABNER SENT A DELEGATION TO DAVID IT WAS NOT ISRAEL’S INTEREST HE WAS SERVING BUT HIS OWN!!!
2 Samuel 3:12
Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to say to David, “Whose land is it? Make an agreement with me, and I will help you bring all Israel over to you.”
7. LORD HELP ME WAX STRONGER THAN MY OPPONENTS
2 Samuel 3:1
THERE WAS a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.
PRAY FOR FORTITUDE – courage even when faced with adversity.
PRAY FOR GROWTH –
2 Peter 3:17-18
Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.