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November 10, 2021 7:00 am
Global refining Studios in Memphis Tennessee. Byron Tyler here with Thierry Vaughn, the CEO of Glover fighting. Adrian Rogers continues in our series live like a king and it's about King David and not height. We relate to King David. He was he was a remarkable man and a warrior who knew many victories, but perhaps Byron the best victory. He learned was how to overcome his own spirit, which is hard to do but what can be very hard for each of us to do. You know I need an example of King David. He had highs he had lows in his life, but through it all, there was the steadfast trust that his hope was in God. It was also the ability to yield and I think that is a great ingredient in a true leader will carry. That is exactly what Adrian Rogers is going to reference. Today our message how to behave in a cave.
Part one will see our text first Samuel 24 were David is hiding in a cave after King Saul has put a bounty on the said I meet by this time, King Saul has gone rogue. And he's he's being influenced by evil spirits and the authority is at a control but David still humbles himself and shows respect for that authority. Dr. Rogers would say that you can never be over, which are not willing to be under as to what David displays here Byron is true kingdom authority what Romans 1221 says be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. That can be hard sometimes actually hard sometimes when you know that you can capitalize on the victory, but David again yielded and I love the sermon I love this message. What we always enjoy hearing from her lover fighting listeners. I think you have a great listener letter.
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That reminds me back to what Adrian Rogers says that David never won a greater victory that he won that data cave of victory over herself a victory over Saul in a victory over sin, which we all want to do absolutely in the spirit of God was in David, and that's how we want to live our life, the greatest victory that will ever have will be the victory of your own spirit and I think that's what we see here in this message. How to behave in a cave were getting close to the Christmas season and we have a resource just in time for Christmas call 25 days of anticipation I it's inspired by the teachings of Adrian Rogers. It's a new resource that will lead you in an admin study of the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled when he came to earth and it's a 25 days of anticipation is truly Byron, just a mini Bible study that is sure to enrich your life and also the lives of others around you five days of anticipation is a resource email@example.com LWF.org and you can go and learn more about this resource and a lot of other resources. By the way the series were in all the messages in live like a king. If you happen to miss one, they are available also in LWF.org will today's message how to behave in a cave part one. Here's Adrian Rogers now turn please.
First Samuel chapter 24 we are talking on the life of David how to live like a king.
We come out a very interesting episode in the life of David and it came to pass, when Saul was returning from following the Philistines that was told him, saying, behold, David is in the wilderness in getting her I'm getting then Saul took 3000 chosen men out of all Israel and went to see David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats and he came to the sheepcote. By the way, where there was a cave and Saul went in to cover his feet and, incidentally, this places full of caves and was not too very far from here that the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and Saul went in to cover his feet and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
I Saul women there to relieve himself and to refresh himself and his he went into the cave his eyes.
Of course used to that dazzling, brilliant Deseret News could not see David and his men as they were sequestered there groups and nannies of that cave.
They were back there in the shadows.
They saw Saul, but he could not see them and so they're back there and the men of David said to him said to David all day at which the Lord said unto the behold, I will deliver a blind and Amanda Linehan, that thou may is due to him as it shall seem good, unto the David arose and they were thinking. As David went forward with the dagger in his hand. He's going to plunge this dagger into the back of the unsuspecting Saul is in, and David arose and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily that is secretly without razor sharp knife, Saul.
Not aware. Perhaps now he stretched himself out to sleep for just a few moments on the cooler and David takes that razor sharp knife and slips Saul spirit and just gets a handful of the garment and then he backed back into the back of the cave and it came to pass afterward that David's heart smote him because he had cut off Saul's skirt and he said unto his men. The Lord forbid that I should do this thing under my master.
The Lord's anointed. To stretch forth mine hand against him. See he is the anointed of the Lord. So David stated his servants with these words and supper them not to rise against Saul, but Saul rose up out of the cave and went on his way now. It's one of the most remarkable stories in all of the Bible.
David was a young warrior and David at once a mighty victory when he was just a little boy he slew a lion and a bear when he was not much older. He killed mighty Goliath and cut off lies ahead with the lies own sword later own David letter for a against the Philistines and David won that battle.
But the battle the greatest battle, David. Everyone in my estimation, is this one right here so I want to speak to tonight on the subject how to behave in a cave where going to talk about how God's people to act when they come to the situation that David found himself in. Now what was the great victory that David one.
It was a victory over self and friend. There is no greater victory in the victory over self just put down in the margin of your Bible. Proverbs chapter 16 verse 32. The Bible says there he that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that rule is spirit than he that taketh a city greatest victory that you ever win is victory over yourself, Alexander the great was a great warrior and it is said that by the time he was 33 that Alexander the great conquered the known world and wept because there were no more worlds to conquer. And yet, in a fit of passion and anger. Alexander the great destroyed his own friends, and later he destroyed his own life through great and he died an untimely death. He conquer the world, but he could not conquer himself.conquer one's own spirit is a greater victory than to take the fortress of a flow. There's another victory very close to and that is this still refused to take vengeance and revenge on one's enemy when you have the opportunity to do so and David won both of these victories this day. First of all he wanted victory over self. And then he won a victory over Saul not by killing Saul, but by letting Saul not by doing Saul evil, but by doing so good David one the greatest. This is what the Bible says in Romans chapter 12 verse 21, where the Bible says we are not to be overcome with the but we are to overcome evil with good. The way to kill evil is not with the dagger but with a heart full of love. Now I want you to notice three things. As we look at this passage of Scripture. The first thing I want you to notice is a great principal a great principal what was the principle that David understood it was the principle of spiritual authority.
Look again in verses five and six and it came to pass afterward that David's heart smote him because he had cut off Saul's skirt just because he acted with disrespect toward Saul. How tender was the heart of David. David is conscience smitten because he's not even acted with respect toward Saul not let up on many people to thought well surely he would explain Saul and the average person would've said all is fair in love and war. He's your enemy is trying to kill you. You do him before he does. You and that's what the average person would've said. But David's heart smote him because he cut off Saul's skirt and he said unto his men. The Lord forbid that I should do this thing onto my master. The Lord's anointed. The stretch forth mine hand against him, saying he is the anointed of the Lord. I just turn over chapter 26 and look in verse nine and you get the same thought because another situation arose very similar to this one.
And David said to Abba shine destroy him not for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless.
David understood the principle of spiritual authority.
David knew that even though Saul was not right with God. David knew that even though Saul was undeserving. David knew that even though Saul meant his harm.
David knew that Saul was his God given authority and David refused to have a rebellious spirit against his authority, not with that in mind, I want to put a bookmark here for assignment chapter 24 and I want us to turn to Romans chapter 13 I want to see the New Testament interpretation of what happened here in first Samuel 24 and believe you me, it really applies tonight.
Romans chapter 13 must look you're going to see a principal that David discovered a long time before the new test and you can understand why David was called a man after God's own heart is what the Bible says in this passage.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. Now the word powers here means authorities and he's talking here about civil authorities as we going to see he's talking really about the Roman government because that's when this was written and Esther Loomis was written the people of Rome for there is no authority, no power but of God and the powers the authorities that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisted the power that is the civil magistrate the authority. The government resisted the ordinance of God and David resist shall receive to themselves damnation for rulers are not a terror to good works to be will now then not be afraid of the power or about authority to that which is good, and thou shall have praise of the same, for he your authority, but one that is sent over you, but the magistrate, for he is the minister of God to be for good now do that which is evil, be afraid, for he bears not the sword in vain. For he the civil magistrate. The ruler is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that people therefore are wherefore you must needs be subject not only for wrath, not only because you going to get punished if you don't, but for conscience sake, not only because of outward pressure, but because of inward pressure and for this cause payee tribute. Also, all day, and that means we pay our taxes because they are God's ministers attending continually upon this very thing, render therefore to all their due tribute to whom tribute is due custom to whom custom fear to whom fear on her, to whom, on now that's what the New Testament says about a principal that David had discovered so long ago. In the Old Testament, and let's just go back now look at Romans 13 one more time. I want you to notice the subjects of spiritual authority look in verse one. Let every soul be subject now how many of you think that means you lift your hand thank you understood I let every soul be sent. You are not excluded. This, ladies and gentlemen means you but not only notice the beat the subject of spiritual authority. I want you to notice the source of spiritual authority continually for there is no power but of God and the powers that be are ordained of God.
Authority comes from God.
God upholds the Bible says all things with the word of his power with the word of his authority.
Jesus at all authority is given to me and so all authority literally comes from God and any civil authority or any spiritual authority or any domestic authority really has authority that routes from God and so really if you stand against that authority, you are really standing against God and your sinning, not against your authority, your sinning against God. Look in verse two, whosoever therefore resisted the power resisted the ordinance of God.
The subjects of authority, all the source of authority comes from God to send rejecting authority. Is this when you reject those whom God is put over you ladies and gentlemen, you do not reject that person you reject God himself. You withstand God and therefore notice the seriousness of authority and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. Now that does not mean that you go to hell. That is what it means. Here the word damnation may mean to go to hell. What he means. Here is this that you're going to receive the judgment of God. God in his own way is going to create a punishment that will fit the crime. There is no way that you can have a rebellious spirit and be right with God.
Now Saul was God's spiritual authority. Saul was the man that had been anointed king over Israel. He was not a good man.
He was an apostate man. He was a man out of fellowship with God. He was a wicked man he was seeking David's life and yet David understood a spiritual principle that many modern Americans do not understand it is the principle of spiritual authority. What was the sin of Saul by the way the call Saul to lose his blessing. Go back to first Samuel 24, and then turn left to chapter 15 for moment, look you will in chapter 15 and you don't understand something more about spiritual authority that Saul did not understand. In first Samuel chapter 15 let's look in verse 22 and Samuel said, and Samuel said, the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord we hold to obey is better than sacrifice, and hearken than the fat of rams. Now look in verse 23 for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou has rejected the word of the Lord. He hath also rejected me from being king Saul lost his kingship because he would not submit to his spiritual authority was Saul spiritual authority Samuel the prophet Samuel was a man of God, and Samuel had told Saul. Now Saul, this is what you to do. You are to really destroy them.
What kinds and rather than destroying all that God said to destroy note, not just the men and women but also the animals Saul spared getting a gag and he also spent the best of the flock and Saul said well the reason I did. I'm going to sacrifice those animals to the Lord. I want you to notice what Samuel said to him, rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, know what what is the sin of witchcraft, the sin of witchcraft is following the devil. It is dabbling in the Oco.
Why did he say that rebellion is like witchcraft. You are never more like the devil when you rebellious. You see the devil himself became the devil by rebelling against spiritual authority. Read Isaiah chapter 14 when the devil rebelled against the authority of God.
He said I will be like the most high God, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, and he became therefore the depth and anytime you have a rebellious spirit you are practicing witchcraft that people don't understand you are placing yourself in the devil's domain, you want me to tell you the difference between Saul and David paid close attention.
David was a man after God's own heart. Saul was a man after Satan's own heart. Saul had the principles of Satan.
He was a man after God devil's heart and therefore because Saul refused to be under.
He no longer could be over and the Bible says in verse 23 that he was rejected from being king. Now remember, this all authority is mediated, it all comes from God, but it comes down and it is mediated authority and if you rebel against the authority that God has placed over you you're not rebelling against the man, but you are rebelling against the authority of God that is in that man and therefore you are rebelling against God that even though God had rejected Saul. Saul was still on the throne. He was the king of Israel.
He was still David's king and because he was David's King David had no right whatsoever to touch are to harm the Lord's anointed and David's heart smoking go back to chapter 24. Look at it again. And so it came to pass afterward that David's heart smote him because he'd called souls. This is the first Samuel 24 verse five and he said unto his men go that I should do this thing under my master.
The Lord's anointed rotten king within the man from whom the Lord had with held his power and take his power away.
That man was under the judgment of God, that man who would ultimately die many asleep.
A suicide yes he was still the king and because he was the king.
David recognize what are Romans chapter 13 teaches and what the rest of the Bible teaches that we must be submissive to our spiritual authority you. I'm amazed today in the way some people talk about those in government. If they don't like the president they just curl the lip of the president. We feel so free today to criticize the governor to criticize the mayor to criticize the police force and sometimes we do it in front of our two and when we do it in front of our children.
We are building into our children a spirit of rebellion and will rue the day we did it we need to be careful about an attitude of rebellion because it is going to generate rebellion in our children and generate rebellion in our lab, and I am amazed and appalled at the way people speak evil against dignitary and this rebellion can be inward as well as out.
David did nothing outward to harm Saul, but David's heart smoking just because he had a disrespectful attitude by cutting off a portion of the skirt Saul and David were so tender toward God now want to say something else here and I got so much to say here, I'm never going to get all said but I want you to look in verse four and the memo David set under him, behold, the day which the Lord set under the behold, I will deliver thine enemy and by hand that Daum is due to him, as it seemed good under the then David arose and cut off the spirit of Saul's robe, reveling now pay attention here is Saul. He comes into this case, he cannot see he is completely totally defenseless. David's men said this is David opportunity God has delivered him into your hand. This is God's promise to you. This is the day that you're going to do him in.
David, this is doubtless from God. David David and just one stroke that dagger and David would have been free no longer suffering farewell to poverty farewell to persecution farewell to reproach farewell to smears hello to trial hello to riches the power praise was that dagger in the back of King Saul and he would've been automatically king for you already been anointed to be what had he done that he lost a song and we do not know him as a man after God's own heart, we would not know him as the sweet singer this room, he would have lost a song it would've been silenced forever. But here's the point. You had better be careful of operating on appearances rather than principal. It appeared to everybody that this was of God and the average person would've said look what God has done and take advantage of.
And the thing that kept David from getting into deed deep, deep, deep trouble was that he understood principal, you better learn to live by principle and not by peer great challenge for us today that we would learn to live that way by principle, not by appearance. Maybe as you listen, today you have questions about who Jesus is what he means to you. How to begin a relationship with God. We invite you to our discovered Jesus page go to our website you'll find resources and materials that will answer questions you may have about placing your faith in Christ. Go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab that says Discover Jesus, thank you for joining us for a study in God's word today.
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