• One of the ways you can tell the character of a person is by what they do with their free time. • David was very wealthy - residual income exceeded his living expenses. • What would he do with is time? • His mind drifted toward God - spending time with Him and thinking about what He could do for Him. • He wasn't perfect - Bathsheba (he should have been at the battle). • Two types of free time: • 1) Free time as a reward for hard work - business owner, retired army ranger, author of a completed manuscript, parents who's kid just left home for college, etc. • This type of free time is a REWARD for hard work. • 2) Free time as a result of laziness - employee who calls in sick who's not sick, student procrastinating on a paper, dad watching TV instead of being with kids, etc. • This type of free time is a ROUTINE as a part of being lazy. • Hard comes before Easy, Work comes before Play - live by these and you'll be like the David who built God a house and not the David who stole another man's wife.
2 Samuel 7:1-2 (5/12/16)
May 12, 2016 • 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.