• Contrast David and Uriah in how they dealt with temptation. • For David - (vs 1-5) Three steps in falling into sin: • 1) Idleness - not just the absence of activity, but also activity with no purpose (video games). • 2) Imagination - the second look did him in. • 3) Information - the indulging of curiosity leads many into sin (YouTube click party). • For Uriah (vs 6-11) How to overcome temptation: • 1) Recognize you're in a battle - cultivate a battle-ready mindset. • 2) Know your role in the battle. • 3) Stay engaged in the battle even at times of peace. • David fell because in his time of peace his mind didn't stay engaged. • (vs 14-15) - Uriah was so honorable that David knew he could entrust him with his own letter of death. • Look how God honored Uriah - 2 Samuel 12:15 & Matthew 1:6. • God didn't allow us to forget him.
2 Samuel 11:1-6 (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.