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2 Samuel 6:3-6 (5/29/14)

Pragmatic Thinking

May 29, 2014 • Benham Brothers

David put the ark on a new cart, just like the Philistines did, but this was a bad move. It worked for the Philistines but not for David - he should have been thinking "obedience," not "pragmatic." God held the Israelites to a higher standard than the Philistines. Just because it works for the world doesn't mean a follower of Christ can do it. We see David, a godly man, mimicking the tactics of an ungodly people because they "worked." The ark tipped because they hit a pot-hole, but if it were on poles, as it should have been, it would have never tipped. Uzzah grabbed it - good intention, bad move - nobody was to touch the ark - and he died. Uzzah was a Levite, not a priest, and he knew the rules for transporting the ark but he stood idly by. David got mad, but not repentant, just like Cain. Our reactions to God's discipline reveals the intentions of our hearts. The ultimate result? The ark never made it to Jerusalem - they weren't blessed with God's presence.

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2 Samuel 1:10-15 (5/11/17)

Taking Credit • May 11, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* Saul had killed himself. * This presented an opportunity for this young Amalekite to get in good with the king. * He saw an opportunity. * He took credit for something he didn’t do. * Because of this he lost his life. * The temptation to take credit comes from a man-pleasing spirit. * We want others to accept us and approve of us. * We need to always give God credit for what He does. * Otherwise it will become our place of death.

2 Samuel 3:1 (5/9/19)

Strength Through Strain • May 9, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* When you do God’s work you’ll experience warfare. * Strength comes through strain. * So if you’re straining but not getting stronger you need to see if you’re doing God’s work or your own. * David’s and Saul’s house were in a war against each other. * David’s house grew stronger, but Saul’s grew weaker. * This is because David was doing God’s work. * When you work for the Lord you have energy for the task. * You’ll still need rest, but you won’t get burned out. * It’s like exercise - the more energy you exert the more you get in return.

2 Samuel 5:3 (5/29/14)

Dying to Ambition • May 29, 2014 • Benham Brothers

David modeled a life that was led by God and not by ambition. After being anointed king he went back to tending sheep. Twice he refused to kill Saul because it would break a principle. When Saul was dead he refused to go and "take the kingdom." David was always waiting on God to bring about His plan in His time. Ambition will drive us to TAKE that which God wants us to WAIT for.