Saul Takes His Life 1 Samuel 31:1-13 What are you preparing for? Saul, preparing his entire life, finally met the moment he prepared for: failure and destruction. When your moment comes; preparation is over! The preparation and decisions we made in the lifetime leading to our moment will be brought forth into a reality in just moments. Preparation needs to be focused seeking to know God and running to a place of worship when our troubles chase you.
Dancing in the Desert. Thirst is one of the most basic needs. All of us are quenching our thirst somewhere. David was able to quench his thirst in a place where there is no water. David built personal sanctuaries and had the ability to live antithetical to his surroundings. He was able to renovate his surroundings through worship and praise.
Saul and the Witch of Endor. To quote Sting in a classic song by The Police, “We are spirits in a material world.” The materialist worldview denies this. How do you balance your spiritual life with your material life? Do you ever experience or acknowledge the spiritual battle going on around you? God wants us to experience the spiritual world on His terms and through two primary revelators – Holy Spirit Revelation and God’s Word.
As David was fleeing from Saul, refuge was his rescue. Rather than rushing in to fight a battle, he chose a safe place to hide. We are always looking for a way out, but the way out is to go in #InvokeThePresence. David was a master at avoiding traps. Traps are meant to catch us by surprise and put us into bondage – financial, relational, physical, emotional, and cultural traps. For David, power was a trap. But instead of seizing power, David allowed the Lord to give Him the victory.
When a victim, is it a state of permanency? OR: Are you taking responsibility and performing the actions to transition from victimized or victim to victor. David, just like Jesus, where victimized. David gave us a template, in how to transition from victimized to victor. Pastor Adam explores the story of David and draws out for us heart changing lessons we need to apply to our own lives. Key question: Who are you transforming (it can be yourself or others) and what are you transforming them into?
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The Holy Things Vodcast: Episode 2 Scary Giants. In this episode we talk about how David led a life of dominion rather than one of control. We also look at how to defeat the giants in our lives. Adam blows the shofar and Joe keeps in real with his Cranberries impersonations from the 90s.
Samuel Anoints David: Time to Move On 1 Samuel 16:1-13
God has a plan for us, but we often hold on to the past. Join Pastor Adam speak about David’s own struggles to step into God’s vision for his kingly reign, and learn about stepping past our specters of mourning and the sacrifices that are often required.
God’s timing can be one of the biggest giants that we face. Many of us find it hard to wait without taking control of our lives rather than being patient for God to act. In this message, we look at Saul’s attempt to please and appease God by an act that turns out to be disobedient and in the end ultimately rips the kingdom from Saul’s hand. How are you doing with God’s timing?