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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

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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)

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