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The Roar of Victory over Adversity                                 

Pastor Phil Derstine 1-28-24


Get Your Roar On! – to have Victory over Adversity.

  • Know your Identity, Authority, and Assignment
  • Success is not the COMPLETION of a goal, but the COMMITMENT to the Cause (Assignment)
  • I Peter 5:8 (NLT) “Stay alert: Watchout out for your great enemy, the devil.  He prowls around like roaring lion, looking for someone to devour(9) Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith…”


I Samuel 30:1-20 (David at Ziklag)lost everything: his home, finances, family… and found a way to recover it all.   

  • How David responded to his Adversity
  • 4 Things We Can Learn A Faith Pattern for full recovery


  1. David Wept Aloud (v.4)
    • They wept until they had no more power to weep. (go ahead and weep!)
  • Ecclesiastes 3:4 "There is a time to weep a time to mourn…”   
  • Medical fact: Tears have healing quality for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety.
  • Psalm 30:5Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
  • II Sam. 5:24 – In Valley of Rephaim (giants), camped under Mulberry Trees (Heb: Baka tree – “weeping”) “When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees… advance quickly for the victory”


  1. David Encouraged Himself in the Lord his God (v.6) 
  • Focus on your God and not your circumstances 
  • Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
  • Proverbs 15:4 “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life.” (Exodus 15 - bitter waters at Marah turned sweet)
  • Dont get bitter, get BETTER! 
  • Acts 26:2 “I think myself happy…” (Apostle Paul’s words to King Agrippa, who wanted to behead him)   
  • Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not sorrow, the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  


  1. David got a Word from God (v.8) 
  • “Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” 
  • Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.”
  • Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Rhema)
  • Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 


  1. David Recovered all (v.18-20)
  • I Samuel 30:19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
  • I Corinthians 15:57 Thanks be to God, which giveth us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.