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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH

OF   OCTOBER

 

OCTOBER 4th

 

“ANOINTED BY GOD, HOUNDED BY MAN”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 56:1-13

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 56:13

 

   For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

 

INTRO: Dr. Lehman Strauss “In God’s Waiting Room,”

 

   There is a very dangerous misconception going around; “If you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior everything will go smoothly for you.”

 

   Throughout the Bible we find many who went through times of difficulties: Joseph – Job - Paul

 

   What makes us think we are any different?

 

   The life of David is a prime example how even though we may be a child of God that does not exempt us from facing hardships.

 

   I. DAVID A MAN CHOSEN BY GOD

 

 1 Samuel 16:12-13 And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.

 

·         A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

 

Acts 13:22 (KJV) And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

 

·         ANOINTED BY GOD

 

Psalm 89:20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:

 

·         DAVID’S GREAT VICTORY LED TO HIS TROUBLES

 

1 Samuel 17:50a So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him;

 

1 Samuel 18:5  And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.

 

1 Samuel 18:7-8 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?

 

II. SAUL’S JEALOUSY TURNS TO HATRED

 

·         SAUL SOUGHT TO KILL DAVID:  I Samuel 18:11,               I Samuel 18:21, 25, I Samuel 19:10, 11

 

·         SAUL BECOMES DAVID ENEMY

 

1 Samuel 18:29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually.

 

·         SAUL ORDERS DAVID’S DEATH

 

1 Samuel 19:1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.

 

NOTE: Saul tried to kill his son, Jonathan.

 

1 Samuel 20:32-33 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done? And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.

 

III. DAVID ON THE RUN, HOUNDED BY MAN

 

·         DAVID FLEES TO NOB

 

I SAMUEL 21

 

NOTE: The priest did not know David was fleeing from Saul

 

·         David seek shelter in Gath a Philistine city

 

1 Samuel 21:10 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

 

·         Saul has Ahimeleck the priest and the entire city of Nob slaughtered.

 

1 Samuel 22:18-19 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod. And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.

 

·         DAVID SENT BY GOD TO DELIVER KEILAH

 

1 Samuel 23:2-4 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. And David's men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines? Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

 

·         KEILAH AGREES TO TURN DAVID OVER TO SAUL

 

1 Samuel 23:12 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.

 

·         DAVID SPARES SAUL’S LIFE

 

1 Samuel 24:5-6 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.

 

·         DAVID PROMISES NOT TO WIPE OUT SAUL FAMILY WHEN HE WOULD BECOME KING.

 

1 Samuel 24:21-22 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house. And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.

 

·         DAVID ONCE AGAIN REFUSES TO KILL SAUL

 

1 Samuel 26:9-11 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless? David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD'S anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

 

IV, DAVID’S PUT HIS TRUST IN GOD: PSALM 13

 

1.     Confess your despair and inter most feelings to God

 

Psalm 13:1-2 (KJV) How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

 

2.     Cry out to God for His light of understanding and deliverance

 

Psalm 13:3-4 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

 

3.     Declare your trust in God

 

Psalm 13:5-6 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

 

Psalm 56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

 

Dr. Lehman Strauss; “In God’s Waiting Room”

 

   American pastor, Bible teacher, and author Lehman Strauss and his wife, Elsie, had just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary when Elsie suffered a massive, disabling stroke. Nine months later, after little improvement, Dr. Strauss began writing “In God’s Waiting Room,” a book that relates what God was teaching him through this severe trial. Dr. Strauss shares,

   I have been teaching the Bible and preaching sermons and writing books for forty-five years….But trial and tribulation are now my constant companions. Truths that I once knew intellectually and academically, I am now learning experientially. There is a great difference….

   I have been in God’s waiting room since my wife had her stroke….Elsie remains paralyzed, and she needs my love and care twenty-four hours every day….this business of waiting is one tough assignment….At times I have found it hard to wait. I get in a hurry, and God seems so slow.

   Centuries earlier, David found himself in God’s waiting room as he penned the thirteenth psalm. Most commentators speculate that this psalm was written during the time that David was being pursued by King Saul. Many do not realize just how long this period was. Scholars estimate that David was on the run for seven to twelve years. Not seven to twelve days, weeks, or even months, but seven to twelve years! We can hardly imagine being under so much stress for such a long period of time! Therefore, we can easily understand why, in exhaustion and frustration, David asked the Lord four times, “How long…?”

   From time to time in life, we find ourselves in the midst of a prolonged season of trial. “Tribulation worketh patience” (Ro. 5:3), and this work takes time. Patience means endurance, and endurance does not come quickly. It is a long, hard, and often lonely process. No doubt, at times, we all find ourselves asking God, “How long…?”

   What are we to do when a trial drags on and we are consumed with knowing when something is going to happen? We are to turn to God, for He, in His immeasurable love for us, has taught us how to endure time in His waiting room in this thirteenth psalm. This is, How to Overcome Despair,

 

OCTOBER 11th

 

“GOD FULFILLS HIS PROMISES”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 SAMUEL 2:1-7

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

INTRO: Have you ever had a promise made to you that you really counted on only to have it not kept?

 

   Broken promises are often very painful

 

   Even God given visions can fade over a period of time.

 

Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB) But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!

 

ILL: Joseph’s dreams, Genesis 37:5-11 It was over 13 years before his dreams were fulfilled.

 

   Are you claiming a promise of God that has not yet been fulfilled?

 

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 

I. DAVID’S DILEMMA

 

  Samuel had anointed him king many years ago but for the past seven – twelve years he had been running for his life.

 

   David began to doubt God’s promise

 

1 Samuel 27:1 (KJV) And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

 

   He sought his own solution instead of trusting God

 

   When we doubt God’s promises we turn to the world for help

 

   When we turn to the world to solve our problems it leads us into trouble.

 

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

 

   His giving into doubt and unbelief led him to deception and lies.  I Samuel 27:1-12

 

   David was backed into a corner when the Philistines went to war against Israel

 

1 Samuel 28:1-2 (GW) At that time the Philistines had gathered their army to fight against Israel. Then Achish said to David, “You need to know that you and your men will be going with me into battle.” “Very well,” David responded to Achish, “you will then know what I can do.” “Very well,” Achish told David, “I will make you my bodyguard for life.”

 

II. SAUL’S DILEMMA

 

NOTE: Samuel was dead and God did not respond to Saul’s prayers.

 

Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 

   Saul’s sins finally took their toll on him

 

   When we continue in our sin, without true repentance, there will come a time when our sin will destroy us.

 

   Saul sought the guidance of a witch.  I Samuel 28

 

   He is told of his death

1 Samuel 28:19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and tomorrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

 

III. GOD FULFILLS HIS PROMISE

 

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

NOTE: Remember, in spite of his predicament, David was chosen by God, was a man after God’s own heart and was anointed to be King of Israel.

 

   He was on the verge of fighting against Israel

 

   How was David going to get out of this mess?

 

2 Peter 2:9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.

 

   A. THE PHILISTINES REJECTED DAVID’S HELP I Samuel 29:1-11

 

NOTE: Why did they dismiss David instead of killing him?

 

   B. GOD USED ZIKLAG TO RESTORE DAVID FAITH I Samuel 30

 

·         The Amalekites had attacked Ziklag

·         All of David and his men’s family had been taken

 

1 Samuel 30:6 (NLT) David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the LORD his God.

 

·         David put his trust in the Lord

 

1 Samuel 30:8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

 

·         God restored everything to David and his men

 

1 Samuel 30:18-19 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

 

   C. SAUL IS KILLED IN BATTLE

 

1 Samuel 31:3-6 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

 

   D. DAVID IS ANOINTED KING OVER JUDAH

 

2 Samuel 2:4a And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.

 

CONCLUSION: Even though we may go through times of doubt, fear and unbelief, God will deliver us when we turn to Him.

 

OCTOBER 18th

 

“DANCING BEFORE THE LORD”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 SAMUEL 6:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

 

INTRO: What is your greatest desire, what is your greatest need?

 

   For each of us it may seem different

 

·         Better health

·         Better finances

·         Better house

·         Better car

·         A better job

·         Better family relationship

 

    The truth is that we are all in the need of the same thing: A closer relationship with God.

 

   Remember, David was a man after God own heart.

 

   He longed for the presence of God

 

   When we dwell in the presence of God there are no needs that are not met.

 

Philippians 4:19 (GW) My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus.

 

   Too often we are like King Saul who failed to long for the presence of God.

 

   For the past sixty-plus years there seemed to be no concern about the absence of the Ark

 

   There seems to be a lack of concern for the moving of God’s spirit in many churches and the hearts of many Believers

 

   God dwelt above the Mercy Seat in the Ark of the Covenant

 

   David longed to bring the Ark into Jerusalem

 

I. THE DANGER OF DOING THE RIGHT THING IN THE WRONG WAY

 

NOTE: David sought the presence of the Lord but he sought it in the wrong way.

 

2 Samuel 6:3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

 

   David sought to bring the Ark the same way the Philistines sent the Ark back to Israel

 

   There is a right way and a wrong way to worship God

 

   God had given instructions on how they were to move the Ark

 

Numbers 7:9 (NLT) But he gave none of the wagons or oxen to the Kohathite division, since they were required to carry the sacred objects of the Tabernacle on their shoulders.

 

   Our worship must be holy, clean, and free from any sin

 

Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

 

   God will not accept worship that is done from a sinful heart

 

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

 

   Remember Cain’s offering

 

Genesis 4:3-7 (NIV) In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."

 

   It’s like coming to the table with dirty hands

 

   God is a Holy God and He demands holy worship

 

II. DAVID BROUGHT THE ARK ACCORDING TO GOD’S

    INSTRUCTIONS

 

1 Chronicles 15:2 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him forever.

 

   When we feel that something is hindering our worship we need to seek God and find out what’s wrong

 

1 Chronicles 15:13 (NLT) Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the LORD our God burst out against us. We failed to ask God how to move it properly.”

 

NOTE: There are three ways we are to approach God in worship:

 

1.     We are to worship God in the spirit of reverence and holiness

2.     We are to approach God according to His Word.

3.     We must worship God in the spirit of love and thanksgiving

 

Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

NOTE: Dance before the Lord with all his might

 

2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

   David’s worship was not half-hearted

 

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

NOTE: Compare our worship towards God and our worship towards the Seahawks

 

   What’s wrong is getting all excited about Jesus?

 

III. MICHAL DESPISED DAVID’S WORSHIP

 

2 Samuel 6:16 (KJV) And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

 

   She accused David of making a spectacle of himself.

 

NOTE: She was outside the presence of the Ark and just looking on

 

   There are many people who despise our worship of God because they are not living in the presence of God.

 

   God smote her with barrenness

 

   Those who fail to worship God or despised those that do will never experience God’s blessings on their lives.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us worship the Lord the same way we love the Lord

 

Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

 

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