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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)

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Rock & Hard Spot

1 Samuel 29 • October 18, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

INTRO. COMPARE / CONTRAST DAVID V. SAUL I. DAVID WEARY OF INJUSTICE / CONFLICT A. Became Disillusioned (Believers Same) B. 26:19 - ‘Driven Me Out’ Not True He Chose C. 27:1-2 - Went To Achish (Symbol Of World) 1. Compromised His Faith (Panicked) D. God Brings Crisis - 28:1-2 - (Ambiguous) 1. Being Swept Away In The Current Of Sin 2. Appears To Have No Way Out 3. Been Leading Double Life - Mt.6:24 II. HUMAN ACTION OFTEN APPERARS TO: A. Render God’s Purpose Impossible B. David’s Dilemma ‘ To Do The Right Thing’ C. Boxed In, No Way Out (Can’t Move) III. GOD FAITHFUL TENDER HEARTS A. God Knew David’s Heart - I Sam.13:14, Ac.13:22 B. God Knew David’s Sin C. Orchestrated The Crisis D. Made A Way Of Escape (Generals Rejected) 1. God In Mercy Restrained David E. Not A License To Sin - Ro.5:20-6:2 LESSONS: BELIEVERS HAVE FREE WILL IN CHOICES A. World Welcomes, Makes Demands/Rejects 1. Don’t Put Yourself In This Position B. To Dishonor God Is To Nullify Influence C. God Waits For, Wants Our Return (Come) D. Difference Between David & Saul: 1. Real Relationship With God (Jesus)

King Saul's Decline

1 Samuel 28 • October 11, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

INTRO. CONTROVERSY MISS THE POINT A. Observe Pattern Of Decline B. Individuals, Nations, Churches C. Serves As Warning To All - Mt.7:13-14 I. DECLINE BEGAN WITH DISOBEDIENCE A. I Sam.13:9 - Disregard, No Repentance B. 14:24 - “My Enemies” C. Bitter At God When God Not At Fault D. Moral And Intellectual Decline II. SAUL DESERTED GOD NEVER REPENTED A. 15:11 “Turned Back From Following” B. Created A Spiritual Vacuum - 16:14 C. None As Bitter As One Who Rejects God D. Chapters 17-28 Moved From Bad To Worse III. 28:5-6 - SAUL BECAME DESPERATE A. God Would No Longer Speak To Saul Why? 1. Never Any Evidence Of Repentance 2. Saul Would Use God But Not Serve God B. Consequence Of “Rebellion As Sin“ - 15:23 1. 28:8 - Saul Turned To Sorcery - Deut.18:9-11 2. Total Degeneration X Dabble In Darkness IV. 28:16-20 - ENDS IN DESPAIR, DEATH A. Warning Not To Follow This Pattern B. For All Persons: Young, Old, Rich, Poor C. Danger In Ceasing To Follow God - I Tim.1:9 D. Moral Choices Affect Today And Future E. Consider The Path You Are On - Mt.7:13-14