The Ministry of Rescue and Recovery
1 Sam 30:18-20 And David recovered all that the (1) Amalekites had carried away: And there was nothing lacking to them, (2) neither small nor great, (3) neither sons nor daughters,(4) neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all. And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.
Prov 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
In any branch of the service, the main objection is to be in shape, to be ready to go to war. Not only to go, but to win any battle that may face them. In the course of the battle, there are casualties; i.e. death, wounded, etc. However, there is one casualty that brings not only the unit together, but a nation, and that is the P.O.W. (the prisoner of war) The thought of an enemy holding one of our own men or women hostage brings anger and aggression to the point of strategy of recovering and bringing them home. Lives have been lost, millions have been spent around the world in order to achieve this goal.
Quickly reviewing 1 Sam 30:18-20 shows David’s ambition to retrieve what God had given him.
- Amalekites had carried away. The Amalekite being a picture of Satan.
- neither small nor great. Church members, choir singers, nursery workers, pastors, missionaries, evangelists.
- neither sons nor daughters. Church members who have lost sons and daughters to the world.
- neither spoil. Those that once tithed to the church to help keep it running now spend their money to help support the devils work leaving our churches in a financial bind.
The Bible than says that David recovered all. And not only that, but his attitude was “These things (his wives, sons, daughters, flocks and herds) are mine. God gave them to me and I’m taking them back!” It is quite apparent that David did not do this all on his own, but he had help. They were all of the same mind, and had the same motive; to rescue and bring back to their homes all that God had given them.
As Christians, we also are in an army. Our goal should be the same as the worlds, to be in shape, to be ready to go to war. We face battles daily, and we too have casualties. That is why the Bible commands us in 2 Tim 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Sadly, our view of the P.O.W. is different than that of the worlds. For the most part, they are left lying on the battlefield; wounded, dejected, with either very little or no fight left in them. This makes easy pickings for the enemy to come along and take them captive. (2Tim.2:26)Christians then need to plot out their strategy to retrieve them. However, our strategy for recovering those taken captive is quite different than that of a regular army. Those taken captive in a war wait earnestly for their liberators, while those taken captive by Satan most times do not wish to be liberated, but to stay in captivity.
When we see one of our brethren fall away from church, from service to the Lord, we need to do everything that we can to rally the brethren together to make attempts to rescue them. Bitterness and anger is a very tough enemy to face. Feelings get hurt intentionally and unintentionally. As we move closer and closer to the Lord’s return, it takes less and less for Christians to drop away. Not only will we use the Word of God to restore them, but also we will use longsuffering, patience, understanding, and wisdom to restore unto them the joy of their salvation. (For there is no joy in the clutches of Satan.)
An eight (number of new beginning) lesson course that will go over the subjects listed below. Our plan is that at the end of the eight lessons, they will be ready to return to their battalion (church) and get back in the thick of the battle.
All lessons taken from the book of Colossians
- Forgiveness Colossians 3:13
- Peace Colossians 3:15
- Growth Colossians 3:16
- Service Colossians 3:24
- Prayer Colossians 4:2
- Warnings Colossians 1:28
- Rewards Colossians 3:4
- Restoration Colossians 2:2
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
“This study could not have been accomplished without the mercies of my Father, the sacrifices of my best Friend, and the wisdom given by my Comforter. Therefore, all glory and honor belongs to the Godhead for any and all fruits that may result from it.” Bro. Mike Althaus