Humanists reject the traditional dualism of mind and body - to them, everything is one. They believe that there's no difference between and idea and an individual. God loves all people, but He doesn't love all ideas. Jesus supports this when He appears to call Peter satan. A humanist would say that Jesus believed Peter was actually satan, but in reality Jesus was addressing satan himself who was putting bad ideas in Peter's mind. Jesus spoke to the spirit behind the idea. Ahithophel believed the humanist way, so when Absalom rejected his idea he took it as a rejection of himself. His pride led him into this kind of thinking. Pride is the glue that sticks the idea and individual together so there is no distinction, and we all think like this at times - we have to fight against it. We tend to believe that we must respect all people and all their ideas, but the teaching of Jesus is the opposite. When we separate the two we can sharply disagree over a nice steak dinner.
2 Samuel 17:23 (6/5/14)
Ideas & Individuals
June 5, 2014 • Benham Brothers
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.