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How to Behave in a Cave | Part 1

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July 21, 2021 8:00 am

How to Behave in a Cave | Part 1

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July 21, 2021 8:00 am

In this message, Adrian Rogers reviews David’s reverence for the God-appointed position of King Saul and explains how to recognize and respect authority.

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Adrian Rogers picks up a message today how to behave in a cave. I love the title right, title goes on to say there is no king, no power, no ruler that is not been ordained by God. Think about that. Think about that.

So therefore if we rebel against authority is to really rebel against God. What are some principles of kingdom authority that were going to pick up on from today's message and Adrian Rogers talks about authority that we don't like sometimes and he says it this way. Well it the message is taken from an episode in the life of David as he was a young man and God's anointed and appointed King of Israel. Yet it was being hunted and chased like a wild partridge on the hills of Judea by Saul. Saul was insane with jealousy and he was envious of young David and tried to kill David and David fled from Saul and a place to place called I'm getting and that was living there among the rocks in the crate Craigs of I'm getting with the goats and David happen to be hiding in a cave when Saul came into the cave to relieve himself was dark in the cave and David's eyes were accustomed to the dark and stalls were not David had a chance to take Saul's life, but he didn't do it. David did not take vengeance on Sullins and that he was scolded and remonstrated by his his peers and they said that David this was your chance. Why did you kill Saul and he said because he is God's anointed. He's God's king God take care of him and that David used incredible restraint, even though many would've said. David was Marley are logically right to take Saul's life. David knew the principle of submission to a higher authority and that's the reason that God anointed David with such power, because David knew principles of kingdom authority which very few people know today so that's how to behave in a cave when we cannot be disconnected from God's word and were talking about how to behave, and that's why I'm very excited about the Adrian Rogers legacy Bible, the new updated version is coming out real soon for Alyssa to have a copy bodily.

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We are that discipleship tool that many lean towards and so it's great to hear back from people that have been impacted by the word of love were finding well with today's message as we continue the series in kingdom authority. Here's how to behave in a cave part one with Adrian Rogers first Samuel chapter 24 and at the moment we got a read of the first seven verses of that chapter, but the more verses later on. This is an episode in the life of David I.

King David was a mighty mighty warrior, and I believe that he was the kind of man who exercise kingdom authority and he was literally a king.

He was a man that was known for victory, but the greatest victory that David ever had is going to be recorded in this chapter of the Bible. It was not a victory over someone else. It was a victory over him self he got victory over self and learn the lesson that I want you to learn and that is to have kingdom far, you must remain under authority. I want to say it enough so you will never forget it is not God's plan for you to be defeated by the world, the flesh of the devil, for Jesus when he died and rose again has given to his children authority over these things.

But we will never be over those things that God has put under us until we are willing to get on there and stay under those things that God has put over us. Hope you understand that that's what the theme of this entire series of messages is all about. Now let's read the story.

Let me explain it to you for just a moment it came to pass, when Saul was return from following the Christine's that it was, told him, saying, behold, David is in the wilderness of I'm getting been Saul took 3000 chosen men of all its rail and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats and he came to the sheepcote. By the way, there was a cave and Saul went in to cover his feet. That is, relieve himself, and David and his men remained in the side of the K in a minute. David said in him, people day which the Lord set under the behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou missed due to him as it shall seem good under the been David arose and cut off the spirit of Saul's robe privily came to pass afterward that David heart smoking because he cut off Saul's And he said and his men. The Lord forbid that I should do this thing out of my master. The Lord's anointed District Court mine hand against him, saying he is the anointed of the Lord. So David stated his servants with these words, and suffer them not to rise against Saul, but Saul rose up out of the cave and went on his way to get the background. Saul is the king of Israel and is the king of this really is God's appointed and God's anointed, though he was a very unworthy king. Now God was going to replace all with a young man whose name was David, a man after God's own heart. Now Saul is getting wind of this, he sees David the rising star.

He sees that his own son is setting, and he now is eaten up with envy and jealousy against David and so he makes a David public enemy number one in all of the energies of the kingdom now are focused on Saul's burning malevolent ambition and that is to kill David and Saul that is insane with jealousy and in his mind the repeats these words kill David kill David kill David that he's had a skirmish with the Philistine when he gets finished with that, he learns that David is now hiding down by the Dead Sea up in the mountains in a place called I'm getting which means the spring of goats. I've been there many times I've seen those caves.

I've seen that spring those waters cascading down. It's a beautiful place. Each time I go I think this episode of David up there in those caves hiding from Saul. Saul takes 3000 hand-picked men after one man, David, David is in a cave and Saul goes in there to relieve himself into this cave. It's dark in the cave David Theisen and his companions.

Their eyes are accustomed to the darkness, but Saul didn't see them there back in the recesses of that cave. David's men cease all they say David this is your opportunity. One act of courage David just once the sword and goodbye topography good tide of persecution goodbye to despair. Goodbye hiding in the cave welcome riches, welcome honor, welcome power, welcome authority, you will be the next King just one stroke of the soul.

David goes over and with his sword in the darkness.

He cuts off the him of Saul's robe.

That's how close he is to Saul. Saul doesn't know David is there David cuts off the hem of his room, but he will kill Saul later on after Saul is going out of the cave. David says to Saul, he lifts his voice across the chasm. Now David's own one hillside of Saul's on the other is Saul you see what I have.

You see what I could have done to you I was going to get to the whole episode a little bit more but we just set the stage.

Now that's what all of this is about what David did in this episode was not to win a victory over Saul.

What David did was to win a victory over him self. Most Christians today and I hate to say it, are into the cult of self realization and the Bible teaches self surrender to see and self-realization.

All the answers are in you, but in the self surrender all of the answers are in Jesus, and self-realization.

You are centered in you, there is a preoccupation with number one self may be dedicated but it is dedicated to self, it may be religious but it is religious self. Ours is a generation of self.

The Holocaust and we are pickled in ourselves, the greatest victory that David Wong was not a victory over Saul, the great victory that David Wong was a victory over himself. The Bible says in Proverbs chapter 16 verse 32 he that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that room with his spirit than he that taketh ascetic.

How that was fulfilled in David.

Now David refused to take vengeance on Saul. He refused to do what he was able to do because he gained a great victory.

The matter fact he practiced what the New Testament says in Romans chapter 12 verse 20 1B not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good by had a title for the message.

I guess it would be how to behave in a cave. How you and I ought to learn to be under those things that God is put over us so we can be over those things that God is put under arrest because very frankly, the problem in the world today is the spirit of rebellion.

Jesus was speaking about the last days, and he says because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold and the word for iniquity, there is literally the word for lawlessness or rebellion. Jesus said in the last days rebellion would abound, and we see it today. We see it in holes. Children today are rebelling against the parents like never before. Somebody said everything in the modern home today is run by switches except the kids we see in churches, a spirit of rebellion we see people in their arrogant see in the world of religion have actually gone through and revised and remodeled the Bible to make it politically correct to admit translations that are coming out, not because of scholarship but because of philosophy and political correctness. That's sheer rebellion.

We see rebellion in the streets out today rebellion against the government. All of this is the power of Satan and what we need to do today is to learn how to be under those things that God is put over us so we can be over those things that God has put on us three things. Therefore, I want to write upon your hearts. First of all, like David, we need to recognize kingdom authority. We need to recognize kingdom authority look at you with in verses five and six after David cut off Saul's robe. The Bible says in verses five and six and it came to pass afterward that David's heart smote him because he cut off Saul's skirt any senators men. The Lord forbid that I should do this thing onto my master. The Lord's anointed.

The stretch forth my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord. David understood the principle of kingdom authority. David understood that he needed to be under Saul even though Saul sought for his life. Saul was still going worth it.

He was still at that time, the king of Israel.

He was the appointed and the anointed king luxury had applies to us today.

Just putting a margin Romans 13 verses one and following. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. That means the governmental authorities. For there is no power but of God and the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisted the power that is the authority resisted the ordinance of God, and they that resist shall receive themselves damnation when you rebel against those authorities that God is put over you you're not rebelling against those authorities you are rebelling against Almighty God.

He goes on to say. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil will bow then not be afraid of the power of the authority to that which is good and I should have praise of the same, for he nice talking about the governmental magistrate, for he is the minister of God to the four good but if thou do that which is evil, be afraid, for he bears not the sword in vain. For he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that do with evil. Wherefore, he must needs be subject not only for wrath. That is to keep him from doing something to you but for conscience sake, to keep your heart right before God.

Now folks, we may say wait a minute you don't know the kind of government we have maybe you don't know the kind of government. There was when Paul wrote this may grow was on the throne will go to say more about that later on. Sometimes it may call us. Sometimes we may be like David's friends that you got a chance to getting getting but David said no, God's the one who sets up kings God is the one who brings them down. I will be subject to those authorities that God has put over me that you say, what if I have an unworthy authority. One of my parents are unworthy one of my husband is unworthy one of my presidents, unworthy one of my mirrors on where they wanted my counsel is unworthy one of my teachers unworthy. What do I do I'll tell you one thing you don't do.

You do not have a spirit of rebellion. Do you know what made the devil. The devil.

What made the devil.

The devil was to rebel against authority and he rebelled against Almighty God in Isaiah chapter 14 verse 13 for thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. He wanted to kick God off the throne and put himself upon the throne. He said in verse 14. I will be like the most high.

Now Saul was David's flow had the spirit of the devil in him. What Saul's problem was. Saul rebelled against Almighty God was a time when Samuel told Saul to do something. Samuel was God's prophet and therefore he spoke for Almighty God and Saul refuse. And Samuel rebuked him with these words and I want you to put them down because they are key words. All we have to say first Samuel 15 verse 23. Here's what Samuel had to say to this man Saul who was there in that cave, whose life David could've taken Samuel said to Saul for rebellion is as the sin of wit craft I don't pass that easily rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected me from being king. Now God says if you have the spirit of rebellion you are practicing a sin like witchcraft, rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. What is witchcraft. Witchcraft is trafficking with the devil. Just think about it. What made the devil.

The devil rebellion when you have rebellion in your heart you over in the devil's territory.

You see Saul was a man after the devil's own heart. David was a man after God's own heart. Saul had the spirit of rebellion.

David had the spirit of submission. You will never be more like the devil than when you're rebel you will never be more like the Lord Jesus than when you submit. I hope you believe that. I hope you understand that because some of us today. Think man you got the rebel you got to stand up for yourself if you don't do that why your weakling know you not your strong David's greatest victory was the victory he won over self when he submitted to those authorities and for that reason God made mistress greatest king and you never be over those things that God is put under you.

Until you learn to be under those things. I got put over you. I hope that's a lesson, and today we are teaching our young people have the spirit of rebellion and we need to be very careful. That doesn't mean that we approve.

What some people may do any more than they would approve what Saul did what Saul did was very, very wrong, but David understood a principal and therefore David learned to rule with great power and great authority.

Now folks, we must recognize kingdom authority is the second thing we must do. Not only must we recognize kingdom authority but we must respect kingdom authority now begin in verse eight.

David also rose afterward and went out of the cave and cried after Saul saying my chain and when Saul looked behind him. David stooped with his face to the and bowed him self and David said to Saul. Wherefore, here style men's words, saying, behold, David secret by her bill this day.

Thine eyes have seen how that the Lord had delivered the today into mine hand in the cave and some made me kill the but mine I spirit the and I said I will not put forth my hand against my Lord, for he is the Lord's anointed. Moreover, my father, CA see the skirt of my robe in my hand friend that I cut off the start of my role and kill the not know how and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in my heart, for I have not sinned against the yet thou hunt this my soul to take it the Lord judge between me and the and the Lord avenge me of the but mine hand shall not be upon the set. The proverb of the ancients wickedness proceeded from the wicked, but mine hand shall not be upon the and after that was the king of Israel come out after longest now pursue. After a dead dog after fleeing the Lord therefore be judge and judge between me and the NC and plead my cause and deliver me out of thine hand. Dear God, help us to understand this. I hope you'll understand it. I hope Sarah Mme. that you will live best practices and teach this to your children because if not, you will never understand spiritual authority here is a man respecting spiritual authority. This man was an unworthy authority, but David recognize that authority and he respected that authority. I want you to see how you talk to Saul with reverence, he bows his head down with respect to causing my lord the king even gave them the benefit of the doubt, except perhaps you've been misinformed and then during all that time that did not mean that he gave into Saul's wicked way, but he said I am trusting God to get me out of this thing I'm not trusting you. Saul I am trusting God. Look, if you will again in verse 12, the Lord judge between me and the Lord avenge me of the but mine hand shall not be upon the look, if you will, in verse 15. The Lord therefore be judge and judge between me and the and plead my cause and deliver me out of thine hand now. The point is this.

Not only did David recognize the authority that was installed but he respected me apart and folks, this is the hard part. It's one thing for us to grudgingly give him but it's another thing for us to respect that authority and respect those leaders that God is put overruns and coming up tomorrow will your part two of this important message from Adrian Rogers. In the meantime maybe you have a prayer request that you like to share with us and love finding it's one of her greatest honors to come alongside you, and pray with you and for you if you can go to our website and scroll down to find their prayer wall.

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