God's principles work whether we use them for His glory or not. A successful businessman who's wicked. One of the principles Absalom used to steal the kingdom was relational leadership. David was in the palace but Absalom was with the people. The best leaders are relational leaders - they genuinely care about the people they lead. vs 24 - The Levites saw straight through him. The Spirit of God gives us discernment. vs 30-37 - So how did David handle this? 1) Prayer - he went to God first and gave the problem to him. He prayed for confusion. The best leaders lead with clarity. 2) Policy - he put a plan in place. The horse is made ready for the day of battle..... From this chapter we learn about people, prayer, and a plan.
2 Sam 15:5 (5/28/15)
May 28, 2015 • 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.