Part 12: You Think You Got Problems?

“The Best and Worst of Times” Part 12 “You Think You Got Problems”?  9-27-15

1 Sam. 30:1-8 – NIV

*The most difficult hardships in life are the ones that come “suddenly”.

*The worst part of trials that come “suddenly” is that they come with fear.

Seven of the most difficult hardships people face:

  1. The loss of a family member or when the  life of a family member is threatened
  2. The possibility or threat of losing one’s own life
  3. Relationship issues
  4. Financial problems or material loss
  5. Being displaced (Forced to leave your home)
  6. Having your character or judgment questioned
  7. Doubt about the future

How did David respond to severe hardship?

  • He cried
  • He sought and found strength in “his” God
  • He sought and found counsel from God
  • He did what he could
  • He believed God’s Word

You think you got problems?

Part 11: True Friends

“The Best and Worst of Times” Part 11 “True Friends”

1 Sam. 18:1-4 – NIV

*The friends we have can be good or bad influences

1 Cor. 15:33 – NIV

Five Traits of True Friends:

True friends see each other as equals (18:3-4)

Phil. 2:3 – NIV

True friends defend each other

1 Sam. 19:4-5 – NIV

1 Sam. 20:13 – NIV

*Best friends usually think we are better than we really are.

John 15:13 – KJV

A True friend will help you when you are down

1 Sam. 23:15-16 – NIV

Eccl. 4:9-10 – NIV

Prov. 17:17 – NIV

A True friend is committed to helping you grow spiritually

1 Sam. 23:18 – NIV

Prov. 27:17 –NIV

A True friend is there till the very end

2 Sam. 1:25:26 – NIV

Are you a true friend?

Part 10: Personal Battles

“The Best and Worst of Times” Part 10 “Personal Battles”

I Sam. 17:4-11, 16

*Personal battles & circumstances are the crucibles where God refines us.

Four things to remember when facing personal battles:

Personal battles can be intimidating

*The longer you allow a giant to dominate your thoughts and steal your joy the closer in they will move.

2.  Personal battles can be lonely

*In times of personal loneliness God is teaching us to value His presence and His ability to deliver.

3. Personal battles must be approached with faith and persistence

2 Tim. 2:3 – KJV

*Our weapons come from God!  The Holy Spirit makes our prayers and efforts effective.

4. Personal Battles serve as testimonies throughout life. 

*Our victories serve as landmarks of God’s faithfulness

*Remember the battle belongs to the Lord!

Part 9: After God’s Own Heart

“The Best and Worst of Times” Part 9 “After God’s Own Heart”

I Sam 16:1-13 – NIV

I Sam 13:14 – NIV

Five Characteristics of David that made him a “Man after God’s own heart”

David had faith in God

1 Sam.17:45-46 – NIV

Heb. 11:6 – KJV

*David knew God was bigger than himself and bigger than his enemies!

2 Sam 22:3 – NIV

Psalm 25:20 – KJV

David was humble

*Bitterness and grudges will destroy your life!

Psalm 10:17 – KJV

Phil 2:3- NIV

David was a worshipper!

*The greater the revelation of who God is the more a person will bow down and worship

      IV.         David loved God and His law

*It is impossible to love God and not His law

       V.         David had a repentant heart

*Our growth in the Lord has much to do with how we respond to our sins and failures

Prov. 28:13 – KJV

Psalm 51:10 – NIV

*God give us a heart like David!

Part 6: Men Under Siege

“The Best and Worst of Times” Part 6 – “Men under Siege”

I Sam. 11:1-11 – NIV

Why did Nahash want the right eye of every man in Jabesh?

To impair or disable them for war

1 John 4:1

*When men cannot tell good from evil, the home, community, and the nation is in serious trouble.

Is. 5:20 – NIV

Three reasons men lack discernment:

Sin

Apathy

Lack of teaching

*A lack of discernment makes us defenseless in battle.

II. To shame or to embarrass them (Vs.2)

*Satan seeks to humiliate men because a man living in shame will never engage the enemy.

How do we deal with sin?

Ignore it?

Be condemned by it?

Repent and be delivered from it

*How we deal with our past will affect our future!

III. To “label” or “brand” them

*The devil loves “labels” because labels say “helpless”.

God is looking for a man who: A) Is full of the Spirit B) hates injustice C) is full of action D) leads E) follows through

*In our times of distress, fear and loneliness we can call on the Lord and experience deliverance!

Part 5: Searching for Donkeys

“The Best and Worst of Times” Part 5 “Searching for Donkeys”

1 Sam. 9:1-6 – NIV

*Donkeys represent things in life that may be good or even important but God sometimes lets them elude us in order to find Him.

*The Donkeys of life cannot become the most important thing in our life.

*You may find the donkeys but in the process you may lose the kingdom.

Four Things Saul Found:

1.     He found Samuel

1 Sam. 9:23-24 – NIV

Lev. 7:31-32 – NIV

2.     He found an anointing and an appointment

1 Sam. 10:1 – NIV

*Every human being has the opportunity to participate in God’s Kingdom

      3.  He received a changed heart

1       Sam. 10:9 – NIV

 

4.     He received a gifting

*God has enabling’s and gifts that you may not even know about.

1 Sam. 10:2- NIV

Mat. 6:33 – KJV

Part 4: Who Is Your King?

“The Best and Worst of Times” Part 4 “Who is Your King?”

I Sam. 8:1-9, 12:12 – NIV

*God will not force Himself on us; we must invite Him to be our King.

*Any king we choose in place of God is rightfully called an “idol”.

1 John 5:21 – NIV

*The most common replacement for God is “self”.

Jer. 2:13 – NIV

1 Sam. 8:19-21 – NIV

*At what cost do we replace God as our king?

Israel desired an earthly king because:

They were unwilling to trust God

The wanted to fit in with the rest of the nations

Luke 12:22-26 – NIV

*They wanted a king they could touch and see instead of a God they had to trust and love.

Who is your king?

Part 3: When The Glory Departs

“The Best and Worst of Times” Part 3 “When the Glory Departs”

1 Sam. 4:1-10, 19-22 – NIV

2 Chron. 15:2 – NIV

*Israel went to battle with:  Two Priests, A Prophet, An Ark, An Army and a “Shout” but they did not have the Lord.

1 Thess. 4:1 – NIV

Eph. 4:30 – NIV

Heb. 12:7-8 – NIV

*Our decisions do not affect God’s love for us!

Four things Israel did that caused God’s favor to turn away from them:

They had no regard for the Lord (A lack of reverence 2:12)

*Acts. 9:31 – NIV

*Reverence for the Lord is deep respect

Prov. 1:7 – KJV

They had contempt for the Lord’s offering (2:17)

There was immorality and a lack of discipline – (2:22, 3:13)

They refused to take responsibility for their sins (4:3)

*When we fail to look “inward” we will find ourselves trusting in the “outward”.