August 18, 2013

Our Limitation is God’s Opportunity

Passage: 1 Samuel 29
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Bible Text: 1 Samuel 29 | Preacher: Pastor Steve | Series: David: Committed Living
Ziklag: this is the place of compromise, weakness, defeat, humility, lukewarmness…
Revelation 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
I know you inside and out…You’re not cold, you’re not hot — far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag…I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone…[The Message]
1 Samuel 29:1-3 …the lords of the Philistines passed in review by hundreds and by thousands, but David and his men passed in review at the rear with Achish. Then the princes of the Philistines said, What are these Hebrews doing here?
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
…Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? …
Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.
The sins of lust, greed, cheating, etc., have taken their thousands, but the sins of gossip, negative talk, backstabbing, idle, useless talk and rumors have claimed their ten-thousands…
Leviticus 19:19 …You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you
Do Not Be Unequally Yoked
Partnership with the world (nonbelievers) is dangerous and a violation of biblical principle
…What communion has light with darkness…?
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other…
1 Samuel 29:4-5 But the princes of the Philistines were angry with him; so the princes of the Philistines said to him, Make this fellow return…and do not let him go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become our adversary.
…For with what could he reconcile himself to his master, if not with the heads of these men?
…Is this not David, of whom they sang to one another in dances, saying: Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands?
1 Samuel 29:6-8
We choose to accept His will or we have our will.
When we step outside the umbrella of God’s covering (sovereignty), outside His divine alignment we will pay the price and face the consequences.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
What does it mean to love God?
When we love God we:
…long for personal communion with the Lord
Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…
What does it mean to love God?
When we love God we:
…trust in His power to protect
Psalm 31:23 O love the Lord, all you His godly ones! The Lord preserves the faithful.
What does it mean to love God?
When we love God we:
…love the things that God loves and hates what God hates
Psalm 119 calls us to love God’s law, God’s ways, God’s standards, and all else that is God’s.
What does it mean to love God?
When we love God we:
…are obedience and committed to His Will and Word
John 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, Jesus said, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.
1 Corinthians 5:9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for bad company corrupts good character.
James 4:4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

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