II Samuel 5:4 (NASB) David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah. Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, “You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away”; thinking, “David cannot enter here.” Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David.

We read in the book of second Samuel that the moment that David was crowned at Hebron, “He was immediately confronted by enemies that came up to seek David.” And the moment we get anything from the Lord worth contending for, then the devil will appear and seek us as well. When the enemy meets us at the threshold of any great work for God, let us accept it as “a gift of Kingdom business”, and make a declaration for a double blessing, of victory, and power.

Power is developed by resistance. The cannonry in warfare carries twice as far because the exploding power has to find its way through resistance. The way athletes develop muscles and strength for endurance is produced in the times of practice, sweat, and tears which come by the sharp friction of resistance. And so we shall find some day that even Satan has been one of God’s agencies of blessing in our life.  

Tribulation is the way to victory. The valley-way opens into the highway. Tribulation’s imprint is on all great things. Crowns are cast in crucibles. Chains of character that wind about the feet of God are forged in earthly flames. No man is greatest victor till he has trodden the winepress of woe and trial. If you want the blessing of victory you must endure the path of tribulation.

Tribulation has always marked the trail of the true reformer. It is the story of Jesus, Paul, David, Luther, and Wesley, King Jr., Ester, Ruth, and all the rest of the mighty army. They came through great tribulation to their place of power. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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