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January 26, 2021 1:00 am
Control freaks are obsessed with themselves. By subjugating others, they seek to elevate their own importance. Such people become evil, as did King Saul of Israel. In this message, we’ll trace the life of a man who would not let go of his kingdom.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Reason for us. Jesus freaks… Themselves at some point.
Such people become evil, as did King Saul of Israel.
You know many people like this more of their characteristics, and how to deal with them. Moody Church in Chicago. This is when Sir Jane helps us make it across the finish line will be teaching again from first Samuel chapter 13 today in talking further about the characteristics of what you call spear throwers you know Dave, I think that Saul is a wonderful characteristic of the spear thrower is sleep because literally he threw spears at David and you know other people who are listening to this message today who have never thrown the spirit anyone but they thrown hurtful words they've controlled in this way and that way and we need to understand that the Bible uncovers the ugliness of human nature. I want to thank the many of you who support the ministry of running to win because of you that we can get the gospel of Jesus Christ. All throughout the Arabic world. Thanks be unto God over hundred stations in Spanish throughout Central and South America because of you, this ministry can continue.
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Find out more info go to RTW offer.com. Click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 out the end of this message. I'm going to be giving you this contact information again. For now, let's turn in our Bibles and find out the depths of human depravity. Saul is so paranoid because he's so insanely jealous just like you and I can be there something within us that wants us to destroy those who make us look bad. And that's where we begin to cross the line and become evil once again it comes down to this is the kingdom of God or is it ours soul saw this is such a threat, let me say also number three obsessive anger.
Notice it says in verse 10, out came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul and he raved in the midst of the house while David was playing the harp with his hand as usual, and his spirit was in Saul's hand and Saul hurled the spirit, for he thought, I will pin David to the wall, but David escaped from his presence twice. Now Saul was afraid of David for the Lord was with him, but had departed from Saul, and Saul absolutely cannot handle it. He is the one who's going to take now the spear and try to kill him that he is obsessed disabled.
Why did the evil spirit come from the Lord. Where else to evil spirits come from. Might be a surprise for you to hear from me, but God is the controller of the demons of this world they can only do they cannot so much as wiggle unless God allows them and what God was doing is judging Saul and saying Saul in light of the fact that you don't believe that the kingdom is mine and I drive you to this in the things it's a friend yeah not all schizophrenia may be demonic, but Saul's was undergoing to be moments. Now when you're going to be in these moods when nothing is going to be able to calm you accept the playing of David's heart and there's going to be times when you're good to be in distress and when you're going to be in convulsion of spirit because of the judgment of God. You do not want to admit that the kingdom is mine and you're hanging on to something that is God is going to drive them to despair disabled parking Saul kill a boy like David, which obviously he was trying to do what you have to understand is when people give themselves to evil. They no longer have feelings father who abuses his children. People simply doesn't he love his kid. Here's this little kid crying for mercy can't hear the plaintive cries of this little boy and the answer is no.
He cannot, for he has zoned out his emotions have shut down of the things I wanted to do in this series but I don't have time. This time, but eventually I will. I'd like to speak about the conscience and how people did their consciences until they can no longer feel the pain of others. They are incapable of entering into other people's worlds. They are so filled with a narcissistic view of life, a self-willed view of life that happens in somebody else's life simply does not matter.
That's the nature of evil so you have obsessive anger you have number four cunning manipulation or we don't have time to tell the story, but the rest of the chapter shows this that okay Saul Mrs. David, the spirit comes towards the many ducks and what happens is Saul a thinks of another way to kill David.
He says David take my daughter here and I want you to marry her and he believed that therefore there would be a war with the Philistines. In fact, he sent David out to kill Philistines with the hope that the Philistine would do what he wasn't able to do my dear friend, the more evil a person becomes, the more manipulative he becomes, the more distressing the soul becomes because he tries then to set traps for people we have to hurry because I want to get to the good part here is to what how God works all this for his glory. The other is the dialing number five now beguiling religiosity.
The shock is Saul is evil. In fact, the Bible calls him that but it says in chapter 19 verse 23 that Saul proceeded to nail off in Ramah and the spirit of God came upon him also so that he went along, prophesying continually you say the spirit of God. Yeah, that's the enigma of it all. Can't you just see Saul justifying what he's doing because he saying I'm still being used of God you single.
Why would God use somebody like this. We are ahead of the game. I hope to answer that in a moment.
But here's here's a person who teaches the Sunday school class. A person who is involved in religious work. And yet if you really knew what he was doing he may been doing very very evil thing, let's hurry on the false humility five times. Saul says I have sinned. I'm guilty. For example, in chapter 24 when David has an opportunity to cut off his coat, approving that he could have killed Saul very very easily.
He's right there in the cave with them in any doesn't Saul spells out his heart and says them. You know he says you're much better than I am.
May God be with you because you didn't kill me and was basically saying is no more fight time finished let let's lay down our weapons. Couple of chapters later. What's he doing he's gathering more men together to find David to kill them. What you find in the evil personality is this you have these moments of goodness. Even this is true of those borderline people that I talked about just a moment ago. There are moments when they have such charming personalities and you can connect with them and you think of them sell yourself, you know, I think they really are changing. I see some hope here, but the simple fact is, they will respond like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There'll be a part of them that will seem at days to be very very nice and you think you know I really think that it's helped and then blow it all because the very next day there back to square one.
Also, the evil person makes exceptions for himself. That's number seven exceptions.
We don't have time read it on your own. It says in chapter 28 the first Samuel verse three, that soul put out all of the mediums and the witches from the land and forbade them to work. The Bible had condemned it. Saul said I'm going along with it. If this is what God said were going to put all the mediums to death, or at least to exterminate their work for verses later he's in a dilemma, and God is speaking to him and he finds in medium. This is known as the law of the grand exception. What evil people will do is they will always find an exception for themselves and the rules that they make for others are not rules by which they themselves live so that's the way Saul lived at the end he tried to commit suicide wasn't able to do it and ask an Amalekite to finish him off. That's his story well only does God do this, why does God sometimes put people in positions of power who are unworthy of it. Why does God allow this relationship between Saul and David to go on for 10 long painful years that's how long it was that David was running from this guy from cave to cave. Let me say that, first of all, we've all known people like Saul 11 point there been Christian leaders who are excellent communicators, excellent visionaries, excellent in all they do, but also excellent spirit throwers.
My why why I think there are two reasons.
First, what God wants to do is to reveal the darkness and the incredible evil of the human heart and all of its nakedness and all of its awfulness.
I think that what God wants us to do is to realize when we see that kind of evil that we should say to ourselves that potential exists in me as well. Many people have not come to grips with the fact that under the right conditions under the right circumstances, you and I are capable of anything we have ever read about or seen on television. All of the seeds of that deception and evil apart from God's grace and intervention.
All of those seeds exist within us and God oftentimes takes the human heart and just lays it there stand in all of its wickedness. Why heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked who can know it is another reason no and that is that God uses God uses evil people, by the way, Jean Edwards and his wonderful book entitled the tale of three Kings says Saul is in your bloodstream in the marrow of your bones. He makes up the very flesh and muscle of your heart. He is mixed into your soul. He inhabits the nuclei of the Adams King Saul is one with you. Why does he write that because what he points out is that God use this conflict between Saul and David to make sure that David would not become another King Saul, its Jean Edwards contention that if David had not had a Saul.
David would've been King Saul number two. He had it in him, but the conflict was what wore David down and Pressing him in the direction of God. What God does. You see, is he uses this conflict. He uses this conflict to develop a great deal of patience and and heartfelt pain in David's life. It's going to be used mightily for the glory of God. What does David teach us when you have to put up with the controller will first of all it's okay to get away from them. If you can. When the spirit was coming in David's direction. He didn't wait there and say see if you can hit me. He was out the door. That's fine. That's why there is abuse going on in your home or there is abuse taking place. Don't just simply take it go for help. David did and that's fine. Let me give you some other lessons that we can learn from David. First of all, he did indeed exercise restraint exercise restraint. The Scripture says on one occasion that Saul through the spirit David and David fled and the spear stuck into the wall to David's everlasting credit, he didn't ranch that spear out of the wall and throw it back at Saul. He didn't say where you have a spear throwing contest in order some homes where there are spear throwing contest which they go back and forth. David said no you throw spirit me. I will not throw the spear back twice.
He had the opportunity to kill King Saul. As I pointed out right in his vicinity. While Saul was sleeping even cut off a part of souls coat just to prove that he was right next to him and he would not touch him because he said I commit him to God and he is in God's hands. He even calls him the Lord's anointed.
My dear friend that is greatness. That's greatness when you're with the spear thrower you never win any battles by throwing spears back. Secondly, David waited on God. The exercise restraint and he waited on God.
Now it is my sincere belief after so many years of ministry and by the way, I'm enjoying getting older, not old but older and there is a difference after many years watching so many situations I've come to a conclusion reluctant conclusion. But I've come to it. There's some people whom God calls to live to live in pain and as a result of that deep pain and often times it is because they're called upon to live with the controller. It may be a religious controller using the Bible for means of control may be a secular controller for all kinds God uses that deep pain to produce a sense of dependence and knowledge on God. That is absolutely overwhelming that perhaps cannot be learned in other ways, and I was thinking about that this week if it were not for Saul. We would've never had a Psalm like this because this song was written when David was fleeing from soul. I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My social make its boast in the Lord, the humble will hear it and rejoice old and magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord and he answered me, and he delivered me from all of my fears. They look to him and were radiant in their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all of his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around all those who fear him, and rescues them all. Taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the man who takes refuge would've never had that song that Psalm 34 we never had Psalm 59 where David talks about his hope in God and though my enemies around me.
I thank you that at the end of the day, you poor grace into my soul and that you you show me the depths of my own need in there. Through these difficulties I impressed close to the heart of God. All kinds of sounds like that that we could paraphrase that end up in the very same way because you see what God does is it is hard for us to understand but what God does is he uses these conflicts to deepen our relationship with him. You know, I think that there is a better illustration. Even then, David, that is the Lord Jesus Christ. What I find to be very interesting is that Jesus of course had total control. All things are given unto me in heaven and on earth. The Bible says so. He had total control. He exercised none of it. One day I was reading the book of Luke and there was a phrase that just popped out that I'm not sure how I had ever seen for and I was almost swept away by it when they are coming to get him in the garden of Gethsemane.
He says in chapter 22 verse 53 that those who are coming toward him who wanted to kill him and eventually did this power and the power of darkness is yours.
I'm giving you this hour today. You win. Go ahead and do it is the one who could have called 10,000 angels.
He's the one who could've spoke of the word and they have been incinerated. I made all of his power to his advantage and he accepts none of it. Why because Jesus knew as David did. First of all that God was in charge. This is very important.
David knew that God was in charge and Jesus most assuredly knew that his father was in charge and what Jesus was saying, in effect, is this. If I am in God's hands and my controllers. The people want to destroy me. If they are in God's hands. I am thereby content because I notice it now if all of this is in God's control.
It does not have to be in my control I speak to those of you today who are the controllers you want to change people you want to hang onto your little kingdom you want to make sure that everything goes you are not open before God do not rejoice in the success of people who are more successful than you in the business or the career path that you have chosen because what you are doing is you want to control and I speak to you today and I ask you to acknowledge that the kingdom, whatever that may be in your life belongs to God and not to you and you and I should be able to surrender it with joy and say father do as seems good in your sight, because if God is in control. You and I don't have to be controlling. I speak to those of you who are controlled you live with those controllers. I'm not giving you simply pious platitudes.
I realize that their implications here could be talked about, but you also must realize something that if God is in control.
If God is in control of your life and the life of your controller in that you can rest knowing that God is using this for his glory.
Think again of Jesus. As he submits himself to those who want to kill him. He dies on the cross as a result of the death that he had on the cross. You and I can be redeemed today. We can be saved in their some of you listening today who never trusted Christ as Savior. But I want you to know that the reason that he is available to you is because he died as a sacrifice for sinners and that evil event of control where they nailed him on the cross is the great stream of blessing that we often refer to when we say God for that I should glory except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. But the world is crucified on to me and I unto the world and we look today at the cross is the great focal point of history.
It was a clash between the controllers and the controlled and look how God used it and I can urge you today to believe in Christ because that happened back in 1907 the woman by the name of Adelaide colored was that of permitting and in the prayer meeting someone prayed Lord just have your own way and that phrase stuck in her mind and she when she wrote a poem which has been set to music. Have I Known Way, Lord, have thine own way.
Now notice this is for the controlled as well as the Controllers Have Thine Own Way, Lord, have mine own way, thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still. What does God want he wants us to submit control and let him be in charge.
That's why you have such deep needs. Today my friend and that's why some of you are going through the pain of living with people or difficult to live with the end of the day.
David says wait patiently on the Lord and he will grant you the strength to carry on.
Would you today. Would I today be willing to relinquish control to God, soul didn't David did. Let's pray our father we think of these two men and the implications and we pray today that you might grant us hearts that are willing to say yes Lord yes Lord, all we pray father that we might be able to commit individuals to you in such a way that knowing that we cannot change them. We thank you that you've taught us that a thousand times. May there be a commitment to you father that we will do our part in trust you to do what we can't mean well for those who may be here today who never trusted Christ as Savior.
We pray that the control of their lives will also be submitted to him and as we sing together made this prayer, O God changes and set your people free.
We ask in Jesus name, amen. You know, my friend, this is Pastor Luther and I have to tell you that no matter how many years I've been in ministry.
I am still excited about sharing the gospel.
Every once in a while I might be asked what would you like to have on your tombstone you know if on might tombstone the words simply were. He loved the gospel I would die satisfied in one of the things that blesses me is because of the wide ministry of running to win so many people are a part of our vision sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ that we so deeply believe with the world that oftentimes rejects it. But desperately needs it and you're part of that.
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