I’m Joseph Z, and I want to talk to you about something very important. On a bad day, you are called to be the best there is. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean that when life throws you lemons, you throw ’em back. No, I’m kidding. You don’t throw ’em back. You make the best of what you’re working with and you overcome the circumstances.
Here’s what I mean. The example is found when David and his men, in 1 Samuel 30, they were in battle. They were pursuing an enemy. And as they were out doing their daily job, as they were out pursuing an enemy and doing what they were supposed to be doing, an enemy came in and stole all of their wives, stole their goods, raided their camp. Now, this got so serious at this time in 1 Samuel 30, that when they saw this, the men became so upset that they began to speak with one another, get this, about stoning David. They were going to stone David. They were going to kill their leader, because they’d followed him so far, and they finally got to the very end where it was so painful, so overwhelming, they just said, we can’t do any more. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. They were ready to kill David, because they’d followed him and followed him and followed him. They’d won, they’d fought, they’d struggled, and finally, they lost everything.
But here’s the good news. All was not lost for one reason: in the middle of this very bad day, David walked away, got away from all the people, took on a priestly ephod, a garment of inquiry with the Lord. He began to spend time with the Lord, David did. And as he’s doing this, he’s spending time with the Lord, and he finally said, “Lord, shall I pursue them?” And the Lord said to him, “You shall.” And what happened? David went back to his men. He had the word of the Lord now, and he began to pursue them. And what took place? He overtook the enemy and conquered and took back the wives, the goods, everything.
David was victorious. However, David won that battle, not when he conquered the enemy. He won the battle when his men spoke of stoning him and David went, took the ephod, and did something very specific. He encouraged himself in the Lord. You’ll realize David did that.
Now, I’m talking to you right now. I want you to listen to me very carefully, if you would, please. Please consider what I’m saying. You might be going through the hardest time you’ve ever faced, but I want to encourage you right now, the Greater One lives inside you. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
And if you begin to recognize that, this saying will come alive in you. “On a bad day, I’m called to be the best there is.” Let me say it over your life, you’re watching me right now. On a bad day, in a difficult moment, you’re called to be the very best there is. Why? Because Jesus lives in you.
And I encourage you today to encourage yourself in the Lord. If you’re happy in Jesus, notify your face. Amen? A lot of people would say, “I don’t feel very happy today.” But you know what? It’s called a sacrifice of praise. If you’ll begin to lean in, if you’ll begin to lift up your countenance to the Lord and begin to press forward, you know what? You’ve got nothing to lose, nothing to lose anyway. You might as well express a little joy. You might as well begin to say, “You know what? On a bad day, I’m the best there is. And I’m gonna encourage myself in the Lord.”
You might have to laugh out loud on purpose, expressing your joy by faith, and go ahead and say, “On a bad day, I am the best there is, and I’m gonna go and get what was stolen from me.” Jesus is Lord! And if you take this to heart today, you can’t be beat. You cannot be defeated. I hope this encouraged you today. Jesus is Lord! I’m Joseph Z, and I really look forward to seeing you again very soon.
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