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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

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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

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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

Opportunity Knocks

1 Samuel 24 • August 23, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

INTRO. THE SITUATION: DAVID ESCAPED TO ENGEDI A. David’s Journey Difficult – Got Harder B. Purpose: God Producing A Shepherd King I. vs 1-7 - TEST > TRUSTING GOD IN ALL THINGS A. Opportunity Knocking At The Door B. David’s Men Tempted Him - Mt.16:23 C. Lessons In These Few Verses: 1. Do Not Be Led By The Crowd (Stand) 2. Use Wisdom Regarding Opportunities 3. Principles Over Opportunities 4. Lead Others To Do The Right Thing 5. Obeyed His Conscience Quickly II. vs 8-15 - SHOWS US HOW TO DEAL WITH INJUSTICE: A. 9 – Innocent Man 10 – Passive 11 – Proven B. 12 – God Will Judge 13 – Consider History C. 14 – Humility, 15 – I Will Trust In God D. Lessons: Trust God For Justice 1. Leave In The Hands Of God - Ro.12:21 2. Ja.2:13 - “Mercy Triumphs…” III. vs 16-22 - GOD’S WAYS ARE MYSTERIOUS!! A. Saul Emotionally Moved By Grace 1. Warning: No Evidence Of Repentance B. Declarations > Faith Produces Results C. Lesson: Know God Personally Thru Jesus CLOSE: PAY ATTENTION TO THE PRINCIPLES A. Put Your Trust In God (Jesus Christ) B. Go To The Stronghold (Jesus Christ)