The Home Stretch-3

1 Kings 1:1 “Now king David was old [and] stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.”
1 Kings 1:5 “Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.”
…From yesterday…
The question now is: how do I handle the home stretch? Let’s take a look at how King David handled his. Hear this:
1 Kings 1:24 “And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?”
1 Kings 1:25 “For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.”
1 Kings 1:26 “But me, [even] me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called.”
1 Kings 1:27 “Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed [it] unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”
The starting point of finishing strong is what I call dreams and visions!
When David ran out of steam and had given up on life, Prophet Nathan suddenly showed up. He reminded King David of his dreams, visions and aspirations. He reminded him of his “new year resolutions”. He triggered his memory and stirred up the hunger in him once again.
His dreams and aspirations suddenly woke up the sleeping giant in him. Oh, how I love Prophet Nathan. He didn’t stop there; he took it a step further by telling the King the consequences of his actions.
He told the King that because he was handling his home stretch wrongly, Adonijah, had suddenly risen to power, albeit illegally…
To be continued…
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