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2 Samuel 7 (5/29/14)

Honor

May 29, 2014 • Benham Brothers

David was living in a palace while God's ark was dwelling in a tabernacle - this was a mobile tent. David didn't like that - He wanted to hook God up with an amazing Temple. God had never commanded David to do this - it was in his heart to do it. Obedience is obeying a command - Honor is doing something without having to be told. Honor only comes when your focus is on the other person. How did God respond? God blessed David with an enduring house because he was more concerned about God's house than his own! This is how David was a man after God's heart - he didn't need to be commanded to do something, he came up with it on his own because he simply wanted to love on God!

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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.