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Considering Circumstances

1 Samuel 23:7-13

August 9, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

INTRO. - I SAM.23:7-13 I. vs 7-8 - Saul’s Response To Circumstances A. Mistakenly Assumed God With Him - 16:1 & 14 B. Believed David Delivered To Him By God C. Blinded By Sin, Rebellion, Selfish Desires D. Took Action Based On False Assumption 1. Operating On Own View Of God (Idolatry) X Love X Cruel X Unfair X Salvation - Ex.20:3 II. vs 9-13 - DAVID’S RESPONSE TO CIRCUMSTANCES A. What He Could Have Thought: 1. Could Expect City Of Keilah To Protect 2. Could Assume God Had Deserted Him 3. Could Have Inquired Of Elders Of Keilah B. What He Did Is Example Re: Circumstances 1. Approached God Properly & Reverently 2. Calles For Abiathar (Ephod) A. God Of Israel 2x ‘Your Servant’ 3x 3. His Request Was Specific, Inquired Of God 4. Expected & Received Guidance - Ja.1:5 5. Based On Answer/Perspective Took Action III. LESSONS FOR US: A. Careful In Expectations Of People B. Circumstances Alone Not Reliable C. Our Understanding Is Incomplete D. God’s Knowledge/Guidance Is Perfect E. Retain Biblical View Of God (Idolatry) F. Exercise Caution In Discerning Will Of God 1. Word, Prayer, H.S., Listen, Obey

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Pits of Discouragement

1 Samuel 27 • September 20, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

INTRO. READ CHAPTER 27 A. Pv.13:12 - “Hope Deferred” B. I Sam.26:19 - We See What Is Coming I. DAVID DISCOURAGED, HOPELESS, FAITH CRISIS A. No Longer Trusted God’s Promises B. Made A Bad Choice (No Dependence On God) 1. Did Not Rely On Righteous Means 2. Hid Among The Enemy (Believers The Same) C. Achish “Servant Forever” Voice Of Satan II. VERY IMPORTANT LESSONS: A. We Are Frail Creatures - I Cor.10:12 B. Discouragements Are Inevitable: 1. Call Seems Impossible 2. Lose Faith In God, In Purpose & Promises 3. Doubt God’s Plan & God’s Power C. Do Not Make Decisions When Discouraged 1. David Ran To Enemy D. Isolated Himself From Israel - Heb.10:25 1. Isolation Brings Compromise & Sin 2. Isolation Like Gravity, Must Resist E. Warning To Churches & Individuals 1. Do Not Attempt A Double Life - Ja.4:4 CLOSE: FOLLOW GODLY METHODS: 1. Simplicity, Ask The Right Questions 2. Stand On Truth, Be Truthful 3. Set Your Mind On Things Above 4. Pray Even When Discouraged 5. Wait On God Testimony

Making Choices

1 Samuel 26 • September 13, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

INTRO - vs 1-6 I. vs 7-8 - DAVID MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE A. vs 8 - Faces Second Temptation (deja vu) B. Could Have Behaved Opportunistically C. Faced Down Temptation - Ja.4:7 - “Resist…” D. Phil.2:12 - Christian Life Is ‘Progressive’ 1. Ro.8:29 - ‘Conformed’ Character/Behavior 2. Ii Cor.3:18 - Transformed II. vs 9-12 - DAVID PUTS SITUATION IN GOD’S HAND A. Saul Took Matters Into His Hands B. David Had: Motive, Means, Opportunity C. Why Did David Not Take Revenge? Action? 1. Respect For The Position / Authority 2. Not His Place - Ro.12:19-21 3. Not Overcome By Evil (No Bitterness) III. 18-25 I BELIEVE DAVID HAD A GREATER MOTIVE A. I Pet.4:8 - “Love Covers…” B. David Had No Desire To Do Harm To Saul C. Wanted To Understand Such Hatred D. vs 19 - Heart Broken > If Sinned Would Confess E. Your Life Valuable To Me - Phil.2:3 LESSONS FOR OUR LIVES TODAY: A. When Tempted Make Godly Choices 1. With Each Victory We Grow Stronger B. Grow In Godliness - Heb.6:1, Col.1:10 C. Let Love Guide Our Lives

Abigail: Wise Counselor

1 Sam 25 • August 30, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

INTRO. SAMUEL HAS PASSED ON A. Recounting An Amazing True Story B. Three Main Characters: C. Crisis, Confrontation, Conformity I. vs 1-13 - THE CRISIS BROUGHT ABOUT BY NABAL A. Insults David Personally & Culturally B. David Reached A Breaking Point – All Do 1. Bad Time To Make Decisions See 21 & 22 II. vs 14-31 - CONFRONTATION > CRISIS GROWS A. Abigail Recognizes The Offence 1. Makes A Plan Moves Into Action B. vs 23- 24 - Critical Moment Meets David Esther C. Observe Her Behavior Closely (Appease) 1. vs 24 - First Move Is To Humble Herself 2. vs 24 - Asks Permission To Speak 3. vs 25 - Does Not Deny The Insult 4. vs 26 - Brings God Into Focus In The Situation 5. vs 27 - Bring Offering Late Mt.21: 28-31 6. vs 28 - Three Hard Words “Please Forgive Me” 7. vs 28 - God Make Your House Endure - I Jn.1:2 8. vs 28-29 - She Understood David 9. vs 29 – 30 - Encouraged His Faith/Faithfulness 10. vs 31 - Do Not Do Something You Will Regret III. vs 32-35 - DAVID RESPONDS TO ABIGAIL’S COUNSEL A. Blesses Abigail And Retreats