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A Heart for God

Finding Your Strength in God

Scripture: 1 Samuel 30 I. You strengthen yourself in God by remembering that you will suffer but God will lead you to victory. A. David suffered by enduring the loss of his home, his goods and his family (vs. 1-2). David was grieved by his many losses, but he was not surprised by it. See…

Whose side are you on?

Who do you spend time with? “the commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” (v3) “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked.” (Psalm 1:1a) “These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in…

Desperate Times and Godly Measures

Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:3-25 I. Desperate times call you to seek God.   A. “When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him” (vs. 6). Saul had turned his back on God’s prophets and God’s priests. Saul had disobeyed God regularly. If you don’t listen to God, God will not listen to you.…

A Crisis of Faith

Scripture: I Samuel 27:1 – 28:2 I. During a crisis of faith, you might preach lies to yourself. A. David preaches to his heart in vs. 1. David preaches that he is going to die. Saul will kill him. But this message that he is preaching to himself is the opposite of what God had…

People of Faith

Scripture: I Samuel 26 I. You have patience if you are a person of faith. A. David has another opportunity to kill Saul and become king (vs. 8). But David reasoned that it was not his role to punish a servant of God’s (vs. 9). If God wanted to punish Saul, God could do it…

God’s Providence Restrains Us

Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:32-44 I. You should respond to God’s restraining providence with worship. A. David planned in vs. 22 to kill Nabal and all of his servants because of Nabal’s lack of gratitude for David and his men protecting Nabal’s sheep. But then Nabal’s wise wife Abigail stops David while he is on the…

Heart in the Right Place

1 Samuel 25:1-31 A Heart for God is not Selfish                 Selfishness is foolish “They are darkened in their own understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them. . .” (Ephesians 4:18)                 Selfishness is hard-hearted “. . . due to the hardness of their heart. They have…

Waiting on God’s Promises

Scripture: 1 Samuel 24 I. While you wait for God’s promises, you pass God’s tests. A. At the end of 1 Samuel 23, David had just barely escaped from King Saul. But in 1 Sam. 24 Saul hunts for David again. Saul decides to go into a cave. And guess who just happens to be…

God Provides Help in Time of Need

Scripture: 1 Samuel 23 I. God provides divine guidance in time of need. A. The only priest to survive when Saul slaughtered the priests was Abiathar. And when he came to David, Abiathar brought the ephod, the clothes that the priests wore which contained the Urim and Thummim which revealed God’s will for Israel that…