“So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.”

1 Samuel 22:1-2 NLT

I remember the first sermon I preached when I founded New Direction Christian Church. I preached about the people God wanted me to reach and the ones who would come join our movement. I preached about the people who joined David in the cave after escaping Saul. Those that were in distress, discontent, and in debt.

When we started our church in 2001 they came and so did others. Twenty-two thousand others! In the last 15 years we’ve had an incredible journey. But it’s time to start over again and refocus on the ones God sent me to reach.

David had to start over. He was an unknown shepherd boy, watching his dad’s sheep on the backside of nowhere when he was anointed to be king. After he was anointed he went back to watch sheep. Then one day his daddy sent him with food to take to his brothers on the battlefield. It was there that David fought and killed the giant Goliath. The king gave David a job to be his armor bearer and eventually lead his army where he killed tens of thousands of Philistines.

David had so many successful campaigns but King Saul grew jealous of David’s success and tried to kill him. So David had to flee for his life!

When he was forced to start over he had no resources. He had nowhere to go. He stayed in a cave and God sent him a new core group. If you are going to start over you’re going to need these people to reboot.

  1. His family came to him. There’s nobody like family when you are in the fight of your life. Healthy family members can offer you unconditional love and support when your back is against the wall.
  2. People in distress. At first glance this is not encouraging. If I’m in trouble why do I need people in trouble? There’s a sense of urgency from people accustomed to distress. “Palace people” will not be able to journey with you while your circumstances aren’t ideal. Palace people have a sense of entitlement and everything has to be perfect for them to follow. People in distress can appreciate a cave just as long as they know where you’re going.
  3. People in debt. This sounds discouraging until you realize these are people who have nothing to lose. People who have a bunch of money aren’t attracted to cave ministries and don’t do well with adversity. But they can help you while you help them. You’ve been low and been high and know how to get out of it. Teach those in debt how to get out and they will support you better than the ones who had it.
  4. People who are discontent. These are people who are no longer satisfied with the way things are. Sometimes it’s necessary to start over with these people because everybody else is content with mediocrity. Don’t try to bring people who are content with the way things were. Your life depends upon whether you have people around you who can handle and implement change.


Dear God,

I’m about to start over. It was a good run but now I’m ready for a great new beginning. Send me the right people who are just as hungry as I am. Send me people who are committed to you and love me unconditionally. Help me to equip the people you send so they can rebuild your kingdom on righteousness not fleshliness. In return, build them up and restore what they lost. There’s another chapter for me and the people you send in my life. I’m ready to go through my cave season so I can get back to my palace season. Thank you for helping me to reboot and rebuild. 

In Jesus’ Name,