Part 18: Build an Altar

“The Best and Worst of Times” 2 “Build an Altar” Part 6

2 Sam. 24:18-25 – NIV

*Our ability to fail never ceases so our willingness to build altars should never cease.

Luke 9:23 – NIV

1. Building an altar requires a denial of self

*Building an altar is the laying down of a life!

Rom. 12:1 – KJV

2. Building an altar requires identification with Christ

2 Tim. 2:11 – KJV

Phil 3:20 – KJV

*Taking up your cross is ongoing surrender

*The cross we bear crucifies pride and promotes humility

3. Building an altar requires obedience

*David’s sin cost many lives, but his obedience saved many lives

1 Chron. 21:27 – NIV

*Altars are not placed in temples, temples are built on altars!

Is what we offer to God costing us something?

Part 17: What Makes a Mighty Man?


“The Best and Worst of Times”2 “What Makes a Mighty Man?” Part 5

2 Sam. 23:8-12 – KJV

2 Cor. 10:3-4 – KJV

2 Tim. 2:3 – KJV

Mal. 3:16 – KJV

2 Tim 2:19 – KJV

Five Traits of Mighty Men:

1. Must be brave!

*Bravery means: Selfless and Fearless is it a surrender of self to a greater cause and purpose

Act. 20:24 – KJV

Act 21:13 – KJV

Rom. 14:8 – KJV

2. Must be a man of principal

*If our cause is not bigger than us we need a new one!

3. Must be loyal

*Our loyalty and faithfulness does not just affect our generation!

4. Must be able to fight alone or alongside others

5. Must use what he has

*Don’t let your background or past hinder you from being a Mighty Man for God!

Part 16: “O Absolom!”

“The Best and Worst of Times” 2 Part 4 “O Absalom!”

2 Sam. 18:33 – NIV

Col. 3:21 – NIV

Five Lessons for Dads:

1. Avoid Duplicity and Hypocrisy

*David’s sin with Bathsheba was the first and most devastating blow to the foundation of his family.

2. Do not fail to discipline your children

*Prov. 13:24 – NIV

*Prov. 19:18- NIV

3. Do not fail to protect your children

*We must protect them physically and spiritually

4. Do not fail to express love to your children

*Kids spell “love” TIME

*Deut. 6:6-7 – NIV

5. Do not fail to initiate reconciliation with your children

*Mal. 4:5 – NIV

Five Lessons for “Absaloms”:

1. You’re not as smart as you think you are

2. Your parents may not be perfect but they are your parents, obey them!

3. When you rebel, you hurt yourself just as much as your parents

4. The things you are most prideful about will snare you and destroy you

5. When you fight against God you will always lose

Oh Absalom!

Part 15: The Anatomy of a Fall

“The Best & Worst of Times” (2) “The Anatomy of a Fall”  Part 3 

2 Sam 11:1-17, 27 – NIV

The Five elements of David’s Fall:

  1. He had just experienced a great victory

*Prov. 16:18 – NIV

Two reasons why great falls often come after great victories:

Pride or arrogance   B. We let down our defenses

     2.  He was in a position of idleness

*Gen. 4:7 – NIV

*The Word of God reminds us to beware of idle hands, idle time, and idle minds.

      3. He did not turn quickly from temptation

James 1:14 – NIV

I Tim. 4:7 – NIV

     4.  He had an attitude of entitlement

*Thank Jesus Christ He does not give us what we deserve!

*Luke 17:10 – NIV

    5.  He attempted to conceal his sin

Prov. 28:13 – NIV

The reason concealment of our sins is so detrimental is because:

A. It callouses our heart

B. It leads to additional sins

C. It emboldens us to sin again

*Jude 1:24-25 – NIV

*We can overcome!

Part 14: Dropped But Not Forgotten

“Best and Worst of Times 2” “Dropped but not Forgotten”

2 Sam. 9:1-13

2 Sam. 4:4

*Someone who was supposed to help him dropped him.

*In ancient times physical handicaps were considered a curse or the reward of sin

*God knows and cares deeply about our hurts from the past

What the king offered Mephibosheth:

  1. Release from his fears
  2. Kindness based on the merits of someone else
  3. Provision (Land and servants)
  4. A place at the kings table
  5. Deliverance from future death

*The king did not remove his lameness but he did remove the shame!

*You have an invitation from the King to sit at His table!

Part 13: Bringing Home The “W”


“The Best and Worst of Times” 2   “Bringing Home The “W”! 

2 Sam. 6:12-23 – NIV

*David wanted the Ark to be the “center” of his kingdom

Five things you need to know when you’re bringing home the “W”

Bringing home the “W” requires preparation

*David had not considered how it was supposed to be done but only how it had been done in the past.

1 Chron. 15:12-15 – NIV

Bringing home the “W” requires passion and boldness

*The fear of man causes us to forgo and pass up many worship experiences

        3.    Bringing home the “W” requires Holiness

Psalm 66:18 – KJV

        4.    Bringing home the “W” requires Humility

*Humility is one of the core attributes of love.

        5.   Bringing home the “W” may upset spectators

*Those who do the least often complain the most

*Be a God seeker, not a window peeker!

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!