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May 14, 2020 1:00 pm
When you get swirled in the your circumstances and the self-pity your focus all about you and think I came to write that all apart instead of a downward spiral for the sole upward spiral focus in on him downward spiral and leisure in a bad place, it can lead you to have horrible places where you do horrible things, but this upward smile, point you to Jesus member what Jesus said seek first the kingdom of God and all these things be added to always focus on what's wrong with your life and in what semester you can focus on the goodness of God. It situates welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee Senior Pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina today.
David McGee is teaching verse by verse. First Samuel chapter 22. We also have an studio with this one of David Mickey's assisting pastors real welcome. I listeners grab your Bible open up your Bible app on your phone and get to first Samuel chapter 22 is were going to be talking about what to do in tough times.
We all have those things that we go through and we can either focus on the difficulty we can focus on the good Pastor David shared a little bit about that listlessness to teachers. Verse by verse, continuing through first Samuel chapter 22.
So tonight we are in first Samuel chapter 22 what's going on here is David has been anointed as King, but Saul has not yet been removed as King Saul is still kind of a usurper that's in charge and David at this point is on the run is a well King kind of been hiding that at some point in the future will reign and rule and weakness, even in that picture of Jesus to right now is a a king who is he's in the picture. He is active on planet Earth, but but right now, obviously Satan has a lot of stuff going on on the planet.
But at some point in the future. Praise God, we can look forward to the fact that Jesus Christ will be ruling and reigning Celeste pray Lord we thank you, thank you for this book is so much more words written on the page.
Gordon, we ask that you take these words in these letters and that you would write on our hearts tonight. Lord, you know where each and every person in here is with her relationship with you. I just ask that you would do a work in and amongst us tonight.
Lord, we know that you desire to teach us lovingly, patiently, kindly we just asked the you would make us willing to learn from you or Nancy would open our hearts to your word and open your words our hearts in Jesus name, amen.
First Samuel chapter 22 verse one David there for departed from there and escape to the cave of Abdul Sue and his brothers and all his father's house or they went down there to and everyone who was in distress. Everyone who was in that everyone who was discontented gathered to say he became captain over them and there were about 400 men with them that Dave is a great guy David took on the life. He obviously had a lot of courage and yet when we come to this part of the story she would name is David on the run lock is David scared now because you know what time the run if you think you should always stand and fight your wrong, you should always stand and fight. There will be a time in your life where you should run away from whatever's going on some of your looking with puzzled looks. But let me refer to first Corinthians chapter 10 verse 12 and 13 responses therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. Verse 13 love this verse.
You should mark this verse down no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear. Here's what that verse means God will give you a way out. And sometimes we keep ourselves in a situation to get to the place were were not able to bear the temptation. But God gives us an open door gives us a way out. The thing is we have to take it verse three.
Then David went from there to Mizpah of Moab and he said to the king of Moab. Please let my father and mother come here with you till I know what God will do for me. So he brought them before the king of Moab and they dwelt with them all the time. The David was in the stronghold.
Now the prophet dad said the David, do not stay in the stronghold department go to the land of Judah. So David departed and went to the forest of her wrath see that the Lord warned David through the prophet dad now read read later gaps going to join David as a prophet prophet in David's course and also help him to get worship in the temple establish always remember the God will never warn you needlessly. God will never warn you needlessly.
So when there is a warning he come across in Scripture, or maybe a caring brother or sister said something to you and you need to be careful, this or lookout for that.
Make sure that you are hearing from God. I'm not saying go around paranoid with every warning that happens in certainly watch the news, you know, she could really freak out on this concept, but be aware that God will warn you now this is cool because the clear set pieces don't stay in the stronghold department go to the land of duties, the land of Israel, specifically that land that was allocated to the tribe of Judah will you happen to remember or do you know what Judah means in Hebrew means praise praise God sent a quick hi now go to the land of praise. I don't know if you've ever been in a situation world is having a tough time and you know it seems like there's a lot of stuff going on and then you put on a pre-CD manages makes all the difference in the world use that use that fee because here's the deal. The enemy wants to mess you up and and when you hit an emotional tizzy and start having a tantrum in your thinking about me, myself and the unholy Trinity and you get all caught up in the last but see then if you pop a CDN and you start worshiping God.
You know what the enemy just saw that he was stumbling you but that stumbling led you to worship how long you think it will keep using that tactic because you worshiping God is like the last thing that he desires to happen analytically and quite frankly sometimes when I come up here to do worship minutes like you know I'm up there worshiping God and sometimes a closed and sometimes open. Well, as people here in the heck is it just you know it's just it's just me and the Lord sometimes and think that, so it should be when you go into that tough time. Praise the Lord put on the worship CD praise. See the contemporary Christian CD that you put in wrong was you out of yourself and point you towards God.
The Bible talks about songs of deliverance from 32 seven. As you are my hiding place. You show preserve me from trouble. You shall surround me with songs of deliverance start singing the song and is get up out of stuff.
Mark in the Myron thing about the Lord again and we need we need that willing to admit I really needed the worship to see and maybe that unit may be goal leaving you need worship that were were built were created to worship God and to step out of ourselves and begin to worship God focus about God and there's there's just there's nothing like that in the world. Verse six when Saul heard the David and the men who were with them had been discovered. Now Saul was standing give you under a tamarisk tree and remodel with the spirit in his hand in all his servants standing about him now. If you been studying this book for very long with this spirit in the hand is a bad sign.
And Saul is going through most of his life.
Apparently, wholeness, fear thing you know why people hold spheres tend to throw you. You hold spheres on every one of us are everyone of us has certain spheres that we go to one we get confronted or go through a tough time in you know we got our specialists spheres. Some of her name is Mike and start the get get on us or something can happen, you know.
And there's the unit. My parents didn't love me enough spirit.
You can pull out that one throw it at somebody and it's not my fault, spear, just gossip and you point your finger somebody else.
It may be did something worse than you let spear out through but you realize then you're leaning on the spear and when you're leaning on the spirit you know it you're not leaning on not lean on God, which is more dependent your spear or God. We have to learn to let go of her spears not to trust her spheres.
That's a scary thing. It is understand that I understand the minimum payment where somebody says this and actually you know, I might even have a good spear that I have that I can defend myself or whatever but I have to choose not to throw that spirit. You know why because once I start throwing spears is just easy to do that every time, and sooner or later I'm spear at a wrong wrong place and hurt somebody is probably going to be somebody I care about the life lesson here I should let go of the spheres in my life and lean on God. I should let go of the spheres in my life and lean on God. What are the spheres in your life is it.
Is it gossiping about people. Is it judgmental attitudes towards people who may be younger in the face or smile and stumbled her.
What is it, each of us have our own answer, but one thing for sure Carolyn spear will make you real tired and wear you out should do should do thank you for listening to David McGee with cross the bridge ministries. David's heart is to help you beyond our radio program. We will continue teaching the word of God in bringing hope to the power of the Scriptures we know that these are unusual times so we want to share with you many of our online tools. Please check out. You are loved.org to take advantage of these free resources.
Our daily devotional has a helpful reading plan thoughts from the Scripture and practical life lessons to help encourage you on. You are loved.org you can find full-length teachings from Pastor David and his assistant pastor's baby, you're not able to attend services at your local church right now visit you are loved.org so you can join us live on Sunday mornings at 10 AM Eastern and Thursday evenings at 7 PM Eastern time again, these are free resources to help you anytime day or night. During these difficult times. Now back to David McGee over seven then Saul said to his servants who stood about him. Now you Benjamite's or the son of Jesse. Give everyone of you fields and vineyards make you TENS of thousands and captains of hundreds, all of you have conspired against me, and there is no one who reveals to me that my son is made a covenant with the son of Jesse, there's not one of you who is sorry for me or reveals to me that my son is stirred up my servant against me to lie in wait as it is this day anything to say Salisbury pre-much freaking out at this point he's become paranoid. He's definitely focused on himself understand something there.
I'm not sure there's anything more demonic than self-pity because in that instance where is your focus is on you, so your focus is not on God. It's not on others.
It's on what's wrong with you, and what other people have done to you and help other people have it better than you that's a that's a strong role in understand part of the whole creed of Satanism. If you will, is do what you want to do. Do what you wanted to know more about what God's law says her if it's going to hurt you do what you want to do and what happens is, sometimes we get in this for some reason the word we and see all is that we we get listing of were swirling in the self-pity incentive or make anything better now since we come across somebody you know how you doing, you know, and we start to do all this thing or doing time management seminar with the gusset men don't know, don't do that. He told a great story teller of quick to guys on the way to work that does have flat tires. First, God has flat tire gets really The Car Slammed the Door, Start Walking on the Car Kicking Roxie's Just Upset 10 Minutes before Even Opened the Trunk to Get the Jacket They Get to Jack out You Know and Then Kicks It a Couple of Times and Dollars Because Nobody Stop Helping Me Know That She Finally Gets a Tire Changing Gets the Work in a Related Front, This Is How Are You Doing This Work, Flat Tire. I Think His Back Is Awesome. I Want to Pass on to Say, I Don't Go to Lunch and Got Lunches.
I Go so Say It Was like Monday DDC with This Guy Did He Relive the Event like Half a Dozen Thinking Has a Flat Tire Gets Outlook to Drive Cars You Have Flat Tires and Changes Start Goes in Lay Front This Is How You Doing I'm Doing Good and Got Them As Well As on How You Doing I'm Get Paid Five Euros a Month Goes on to Help You See Different Same Event, How to Handle It Was Very Different Went on the Say You Know What That Don't Share A Lot Of That Stuff with People Because You Know That Your Sharing That Kind of Thing with People You Know 85% of Them Are Glad It's Happened to 10% Don't Care, and 5% Really Do Care about You. Why Would You Run Your Day with Your Bed. See Because When You Get in This Swirling Self-Pity. You Begin This Downward Spiral of Emotion and When You're Involved in Self-Pity.
You're Not Focusing on God Focusing on Yourself When You Promise You There's Always Somebody Else Has It Much Worse Than You Do Now Is Brought Home As I Heard so Many Missionary Stories in the past Weeks Is the Reason Just Break Your Heart in Bogotá Columbia. There's A Lot Of Families That They Turn Their Children out When There Six, Seven, Eight Years Old Thinking with Her Anymore.
When I Feed Another Story of a Woman Who Became a Believer Because of One of These Churches That Have Been Established.
A Lot Of Times in Asia.
They Will Fill Children They Will Steal Them and Make Beggars Out Of What They Have Discovered Is That Children Make Better Beggars When They've Been Main This Woman Was Going to Church and You Pray for Me. My Son Is God He's Been Kidnapped and These Probably Been Turned into a Better They Were Praying for Support, and Being Therefore Months Later She Was in the Market and She Heard a Voice, and She Knew before She Turned around There Was Her Son, but She Wasn't Prepared for What She Was about to See Because When She Turned to Face Her Son. He Was on a Small Cart with Wheels Because They Had Cut off His Arms and Legs so That He Would Beg in the Streets and the Woman Went and Scooped up Her Son in Her Arms, Went to the Church and Prayed for Help.
Her They Were Therefore in the Stop and Consider the There's Something That Were Doing to Influence Somebody Else. On the Other Side of the World That Somebody Could Be There for This Lady. During That Time, but Let Me Ask You a Real Cutting Question after Hearing Something like That. What What's so Tragic and Bad in Your Life Again to Have A Lot to Do with Perspective. And When You Get's World in the Your Circumstances and the Self-Pity Your Focus All about You and See Came to Write That All Parts Instead of a Downward Spiral Put Us on the Upward Spiral Focusing on It, I'm Done Both Downward Spiral and Leaves You in a Bad Place That Can Lead You to Harmful Places Where You Do Horrible Thing, but This Upward Spiral Point You to Jesus. Remember What Jesus Said Seeking First the Kingdom of God and All These Things Be Added to You. Focus on God There, and He Sucked the Life Lesson Here. Do Not Focus on What Is Wrong in My Life, but Focus on God and His Goodness Do Not Focus on What Is Wrong in My Life with Focus on God and His Goodness in This Situation. Saul Is Focused on Himself and What Is Wrong with His Life, but yet at This Point He Has All These Men That Are Still Living.
We Sing That Song Is Really Messed up. Saul Has Been a Horrible Leader and yet There Still People Following Him That Are Loyal to Him and He Should've Said Is I Really Appreciate You Still Be in It, but Was He Doing Here with David Causing Son of Jesse Was Kind of a Slam Because Jesse Jesse Was a Simple Man. He Was a Farmer in and in.
That's Why Saul Is Seen Son of Jesse, Slamming but You Can Always Focus on What's Wrong with Your Life and What's Messed up. You Can Focus on the Goodness of God. It's a Choice Is a Choice. Verse Nine Then Answered Doing the Edomite Was Set over the Servants of Saul and Said I Saul the Son of Jesse Going to to Ahimelech the Son of a Hit to Any Inquired of the Lord for Him Gave Them Provisions and Gave Them the Sword of Goliath, the Philistine No Way Why He Lied and He Says Three Things Here. He Said They Gave Them Provisions, and They Gave Him the Sort That Much Is True, but the Really Treacherous Thing.
He Lay out. He Inquired of the Lord for Him. Didn't Happen Didn't Happen Is Doing Reporting the Fact Some of Them See That's That's What Happened. Sometimes a Conversation. That's Why Gossip Is so Malicious It Rare in Gossip That Some I Simply Present the Fact They Have Their Unique Little Twist or Their Interpretation of the Facts That They Combined with the Facts and Then It All Seems Much More Sinister and Certainly in Our Lives We Been in Positions Where We Saw Some Well Looks Bad. I Looks Weird and Then Later We Found out It Wasn't That Bad. It Wasn't That We Are Hopefully Didn't Tell Anybody Else How Bad or How Weird You Thought It Was You Felt Really Sheepish.
Later Doings Being a Liar That's That's What Happens When Gossipers A Lot Of Times There's Half-Truths and Sometimes Outright Lies Mixed in with Ursula, so the King Sent If I Ever Skip Verse and Just Reading through Your Your Deputize and Authorize to Bring My Attention to. I Don't Ever Intend to, but about the Do It While I'm in the Meeting Okay so the King Sent to Ahimelech the Priest, the Son of a Hit to in All His Father's House. The Priest Touring. They All Came to the King and Saul Said Here Now Son of It to.
He Answered Here I Am Award and Then Saul Said to Him You Conspired against Me. You and the Son of Jesse, and That You Have Given Them Bread and a Sword and Have Inquired of God for Him That He Should Rise against Me to Lie in Wait As It Is This Day.
The Background Information, David Went to This List Place Called All in the Preset Hey What Are You Doing out by Yourself and and David Line Davidson While on a Mission from the King and You Know Ahimelech Didn't Have the Details We Didn't Understand What Was Going on. David Should Not Have Done That Really Come Back to That Just a Moment, but Had David Told Ahimelech. Ahimelech Could Have Made the Decision Either to Go Ahead and Give David Provisions and Give David Safety, or to Any Would've Been Prepared for This Meeting with Saul Was Really Interesting Watch Ahimelech's Response Because It's Not What You Would Think It Would Be in Verse 14. So Ahimelech Answered the King and Said and Who among All Your Servants Is As Faithful As David Who Is the King's Son in Law Who Goes at Your Bidding and Is Honorable in Your House First Thing Ahimelech Does Is Defends David He Then Defend Himself When Awesome Man.
This Is, I Mean It Is the Natural Fleshly Inclination to Defend Yourself in a Situation like That, but Ahimelech Is More Faithful and David and He Points out the Fact the Solid You Know What David Has Been Has Been Faithful to You for 15 Did. I Then Began to Inquire of God for Him. Far Be It from Me. Let Not the King Impute Anything to His Servant to Any in the House of My Father for Your Service Knew Nothing of All This, Little or Much. See, Here's the Deal in Some of the Commenters He Said Well You Know Maybe Maybe Did Inquire You Got No Wagon You Got Ahimelech Ahimelech Said He Didn't Do It in the Same Breath He St. David's Faithful I Believe More That I Believe No Way What Happens Were 16 the King Said, You Shall Surely Die. Amalek, You and All Your Father's House Death Seems to Follow Those Who Carry Spirits around Looking for What's Wrong with the Other Person People Get Hurt, Sad Thing Is, A Lot Of Times the People Get Hurt the Worst of the People That Are. The Spares the People around Her Love Friends Brothers and Sisters in the Lord in Their Fellowship. A Lot Of Innocent Bystanders Get Her. We Need to Practice with Their Spears Friend. You Know for Sure That Your Sins Have Been Forgiven. You Can Know Right Now Only Legion a Short Simple Prayer Simply Telling God You're Sorry and Asking Him to Help You to Live for Him.
God Want You to Pray This Prayer so Much That He Died to Give You the Opportunity and the Ability to Ask Him to Forgive You. Please Pray This Prayer with Me out Loud Right Now. Dear Jesus, I Believe You Died for Me That I Could Be Forgiven and I Believe You Were Raised from the Dead That I Could Have a New Life Not Done Wrong Things I Have Sent and I'm Sorry. Please Forgive Me of All Those Things. Please Give Me the Power to Live for You.
All of My Days in Jesus Name, Amen It Friend of You Prayed That Prayer According to the Bible You've Been Forgiven You've Been Born Again.
Jesus Said He Would Not Turn Anybody Away Who Comes to Him and He Came for Those People Who Knew They Needed Forgiveness. Those Who Were Sick, Not the Righteous. So Congratulations for You Just Made the Greatest Decision That You Will Ever Make. God Bless You, If You Prayed That Prayer with David for the First Time We'd Love to Hear from You.
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Thanks for Listening into the Next Time. As David McKay Continues Teaching Verse by Verse through First Samuel