Jentezen Franklin - Don't Settle, Keep Climbing

In this Sunday Night Service, Jentezen Franklin used the story of David overtaking the city of Jerusalem as his sermon's case study.

2 Samuel 5:6-10
The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David. On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.[a]” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.” David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces[b] inward. 10 And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.

The background of this story came from the division of Israel. There was the northern and southern part of Israel that was led by different tribes. David, who came from the southern part of Israel, was already accepted as King of Israel by the southerns, but still needed to proof his heart for Israel to the northerns.

Knowing this situation, David decided to take a demilitarised zone in the middle of Israel to be made as the capital city of Israel so that both sides will be appeased and the unification of Israel will come true. However, the task was not as easy as it sounds. Jebuzites had ruled the area and had been ruling for years. 

Since it was not an easy task, David could have just settled for the respect of the southerns. But believing the vision of a united Israel was from God, David didn't settle for less. His eyes were set for Jebuzites.

More researches showed the fact that the Jebuzites were strong utilisers of psychological warfare. They would used caricatures and it's shadows to projectile blind and lame men walking around their walls to remind the Israelites of the blind and lame Isaac and Jacob, the fathers of their generation. In short, the Jebuzites were mocking the Israelites and saying that even the blind and lame could defeat them. 

That is what our enemies are really good at. The devil is best at magnifying weaknesses and using psychological warfare to defeat us. However, we should be just as visionaries as David who refused to settle for less.

Jentezen paused this story to tells the congregation of David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel who gained his political spotlight at the age of 19. He was one of the youths responsible for gathering the Jews back to Jerusalem after the Nazi holocaust. 
Young David Ben Gurion.
The youth is a raw material to greatness, and it showed in David Ben Gurion as he fought for the land of Jerusalem for the Jews. As the United Nations offered him Uganda (also known as the Uganda Plan), David Ben Gurion fought for Jerusalem even when the elders of the Jews had already settled for Uganda. At the end of the argument, Jerusalem was reborn because of David's fight and argument against the UN and the elders. 

The enemy will try to make us compromise and take whatever we have as our second or back up plan. But the truth is, we should never let our God-given vision be taken away from us. Never settle.

Back to King David.

In verse 8, King David tells his soldiers that whoever climbed up the gutter (water shaft) first will be his captain. The gutter was their only way up to gain victory. What gutters do we have to climb up in life to attain our victory? Gutters are slimy and nasty, but if we refuse to go through the gutters, we will end up settling for less.

The story goes on until the armies of David finally succeeded in reaching the top of the gutter only to find out that the Jebuzites were long gone in fear of the attack. It turns out that everything was just a huge psychological warfare! With the power of Christ that is in us, never forget that He is fighting our fight as long as we believe in the vision that He has for us.

Never settle, face the gutters of your life and He will do the rest.