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The Tragedy of Dying Without God, Part 2

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March 16, 2020 9:00 am

The Tragedy of Dying Without God, Part 2

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March 16, 2020 9:00 am

When we’re feeling distant from God and our prayers don’t seem to get any response, we often start to wonder if God is even hearing us. And if he does hear us, does he just not care? J.D. Greear addresses these concerns as he continues our study in the book of First Samuel titled, Search for a King. We’re finding that religion that’s devoid of submission will never create a true relationship with God.

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Today on Summit life of Jean Greer explained the danger of religion without submission. God cannot build his team and go with a bunch of people like Saul don't want God to be king, Jesus could only bring the kingdom to earth by creating a race of people that have peace in here because their peace with God. Jesus put away the salt in us by dying Saul's death for us right by Molly. I feel distant from like just don't seem to get any response and start to wonder if God is even hearing me or does he just not really care today. Pastor JD addresses these concerns as he continues our study in the book of first Samuel titled search for a king. If you've missed any of these previous messages you can hear them

Today's message is the tragedy of dying without God. Very religious and not know God at all to see. You see in graphic detail exactly what that looks like to see the tragic end of see something in the life of Saul that really ought to scare us to death for sale 28 to begin in verse three. The Samuel was the prophet of God and Israel had died in all of Israel, and one for him and buried him at Rome, which was his hometown that Saul had put the mediums which mediums are people who communicate with spirits. Once right horse goes there want to answer the one 900 calls Saul had taken those people and the necromancers got a weird word. It just needs to talk with the dead, you put them out of the land they all live in a place called Hogwarts. Now Saul was the one who had done that in the foyer. By the way is that I was a good thing Saul got rid the land of demon worship when Saul inquired of the Lord what to do in this situation the Lord did not answer him now. The dreams that my journal by profit like Saul is being frustrated because God will answer him. Verse seven. Then Saul said to his servants will seek out a woman who is eight medium or a witch that I might go to her and inquire of her servant said to him to help.

There's a medium at indoor two men met with them and a tingle woman by night and he said goodbye for me. A spirit bring up for me whomever I shall make you a woman says back to him.

The irony of this is terrific. Jesus will surely you know what Saul has got how he's cut off the medium of the necromancers from the lamp wire even laid a trap and I like to bring about my death stop here for a minute and just talk about how ridiculous this is.

Here is a woman, a sorceress is this here is a woman who supposedly sees the future and she can even see through the costume of the goddess right in front of me so use head and shoulders above everybody else. Which means the land where everybody 543649 and she can see that this is Saul the woman symbol. Shall I bring up for you is a bring up Samuel for me.

I'm not sure. The wisdom of bringing up Samuel in a situation like this to conjure up some of the dead through a Satan worshiper. Samuel is not your guy. Verse 12 this is awesome when the woman saw Samuel, she cried out loud voice. She got used to this working. Saul you go Einstein. Now you see the present clearly. Verse 13 then the king said don't be afraid at this point she had to be like you talking about. I mean I got the I got the ghost of a dead prophet who was known to hack the enemies of God. The pieces in front of everybody's eyes and you're telling me not to be afraid is if I'm afraid of you at this point. Now she's like at several of my sisters as a disability set woman says the saucier God coming above the earth. He said to her, what is his appearance she said was an old man and his rapid growth really takes off.

Saul knew that it was Samuel and he bowed his face to the ground paid homage, which is always an assault problematic is that he pays more respect to saying nobody does the God this next part is greater 50 signals that so I disturb me. Bring me up souls like men look I'm really sorry to bother you. I know you're really busy being dead and all but but I'm a great stress.

A lot of people who wonder why God will hear their prayers because of some area of unconfessed sin in your life like your dog won't you talk to me got his leg over have this conversation 15 years ago you walked out of that conversation you've never come back to the conversation. If you want to talk about that conversation you want. Why is it that God is not here in my prayer just because you walked out on the conversation that he's got a hat before you'll hear your prayers and that is the conversation when you confess trust and surrender to him.

Saul walked out.

Souls never repented on then that's why God will hear God yes will abundantly pardon, but you gotta come to God on his terms. God will not be used as your I told you before the crisis is not always the best time to see God is here you see that Saul is crying out to God is not cried out to God for God is crying out to God to get out of a jam is not coming to God on God's terms. He's trying to use God to get out of the situation is in a crisis is why I told you in a crisis are usually desperate usually gullible and raveled.

Anything that you think will keep you afloat, not necessarily trusting God.

Not necessarily surrendering to his plan and the proof of that is that as soon as you're out of that crisis.

You go back to the way you were before you got into the crisis. They hear me.

I'm not saying you should not see God in a crisis. I do say need to ask God why you're seeking him are you trying to use him to get you out of a jam, or are you realizing that God is God and he's the only thing you should trust him and the only thing that you should give your life to serve that like a stamp of repentance that would not change human life will save you and death either a repentance that will not change human life will save you and death either our deathbed conversions real. Some of them yeah but a lot of them know because a lot of them are made because somebody stared what's about to happen and conversion to God is repenting of the fact that you trusted in yourself on your life and you delight in yourself rather than God in repentance that wouldn't change human life. If you got off your debt that will not save you a death either.

There's something that you turn to is your source of security something you depend on for guidance something you lean on for happiness and fulfillment. I've explained multiple times here that what you worship is whatever you depend on for life, happiness and fulfillment for security.

Whatever you could not live without. If that thing is anything but God. That is idolatry of the worst kind.

It's even following Satan because ultimately Satan is the author of all self worship see what you're saying. This is not an exaggeration. Either God is God with no conditions or qualifications for your idolater the path site is a harsh the next day for save the Philistines can strip the flame they fell Saul, his three sons followed him comfortable, so they cut off his head and stripped off his armor and sent messengers throughout the Philistines, the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to the house of their idols and to the people they took Saul's armor and put in the temple of asked to route their primary deity and they fasten his body to the wall. The best shot.

That's how the whole book of first single begins. That's how.

First Samuel ends first Samuel is the primary account of Saul, the key that was chosen by Israel because they didn't trust God saw the perfect candidate for King Saul, the God he put all their hopes on who turns out to be a coward that consults demons in a time of trouble. He doesn't defeat the Philistines and got loses ground to them in the Philistines, now live in the Israelite cities. Saul's last act is the what's his own sons die and then commit suicide in his armor is stripped and put on display in the temple of a full listing God not to show how strong the Israelite God was Jehovah to show how strong the Philistine God was. It is impossible for the Bible to give a more devastating into a life. This is his risk and I what's really ironic is that all this happens in the same geographic location where Saul had been cramped so much promise such utter disappointment in the same place for all those promises were spoken there. Saul's body hirings stripped forsaken by God what a tragedy. Saul's problem was never the Philistines saw problems never to life. God could easily destroy the Philistines God to take care of the line for the letter shrapnel rock Saul's enemies so Saul could never defeat the enemy within himself that would not trust God rather than himself and would not delight in God rather than himself, and because Saul chose that path. Saul faced a destitution that he did not have to go to. There are a few things that we didn't notice it also would encourage you to write these down to think about throughout the week number one Saul kept up religious practices without ever knowing God. Saul kept up religious practices without ever knowing God. We also did a lot of good things that he not purge land of witches and wizards. He fought God's battles against the Philistines got white invited very well yeah but he's always on the right team any meaning to put in our terms always in search Saul is not just a spectator church.

Saul is on the ministry team. He volunteered sauted to the church so I went on mission trips.

Saul was a good dad.

Sorry Jonathan Jonathan limit any of his proud son is a good dad is a good guy was religious. He was active in the church and pray to God when he was in a jam. There are two essential things that Saul was missing the one trusting God and never learn to trust God and I was shown by his failure to fully yield his life to God. Your first Chronicles is a book in the Old Testament. That's a parallel account, 17747 and the writer of first Chronicles says this about Saul look at this fascinating September 13 Saul died for his breach of faith he broke faith with the Lord and that he did not keep the command of the Lord, but he consulted a medium seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord you're going to minute.

He did see God for the Lord. Urine improvement thing nobody wasn't seeking God in the situations he was seeking a way out of a jam.

He wanted to use God getting Larry crab Christian psychologist said our problem is that we don't want to find God to know him.

We want to find them. In order to use him to make our lives work. How many people not talking to a church because they don't want to go to hell. They think God is somehow instrumental in a keeping them out of hell and be making your life come together and I can order them strong family only respectful person to be a church, what would God I'm a college student. I know that about to get Ronnie going like a form I like and you usually God to try to get something from him.

God will not be Get to see God for God to come with because he's trustworthy at the company because he is life's most valuable possession yield everything to him. You surrendered him fully with no conditions. No reservations. Saul Truscott is a verse from the second problem is very much like it and that is when satisfied with God's will always need something else beyond God.

God sovereignly tells you know when something that you really want. You say Costello now I will be married. I will be successful.

I will be famous. I will be rich and if you're not to give it to me, to get myself one of the sure signs of that's what you're doing is you start to have jealous feelings toward whoever placed David in your life. David is somebody that God has given all the things that you want God has given them to them or not you so you start to hate that person you're jealous of them. You're obsessed over them, and deep in your heart if you look you know it has nothing to do with them. It has everything to do with you that you're just not satisfied with what God's chosen for you and so you look inside it has what you want and you hate them, and you resent them. Saul wasn't satisfied with God jealous and all of your spiritual problems.

All of them all go back to one of two sources either. You don't know how God feels about where you don't value that an either you don't know how God feels about you or you don't value that enough. That is the source of any anxiety any fear any stress any jealousy in rebellion.

Quality does not want others to problems.

That's why we say the gospel is the remedy for rebellion because in the gospel. You see how God feels you and you see what a treasure that he is and if you would ever get your mind around the gospel. It would release you from all the fear and anxiety that you live with it would snap the rebellion that you can't seem to shake. Saul was religious. He did know God there's number two tied very closely to Saul not know how to repent Saul to know how to repent Saul look like he repent, so sorry. He cried number 1015. He cried all he cried religious stuff never really repented his emotions. There's a tragic part.

He thought he repented. We know in the exhibit on the spy don't be surprised what's wrong God with Dr. Hon David down so what's wrong really what's wrong.

He thought he repented he was self deceived. That ought to scare you. Please wake you up. Saul went to the motions of repentance, confession, prayer, religious activity, but he never dealt with the real issue that is eating fully trust God enough to fully surrender doing. Now you got enough to be satisfied in him did not repent. My question do you know how to repent. Do you know how to repent they give you five signs that I see the pastor five signs that would tell me you're not repenting five things I can watch for if I see anyone he thought either you ever been in one rationalization for blame shifting yeah I do stuff promised not totally my fault me if you have any idea the hand up and out in life. Of course I don't. I've I've got near the money that I thought I would get a life you had any idea about my marriage was that would justify my bad attitude toward my husband.

If you understood how bad my marriage was that would justify how I'm doing stuff outside of my marriage. Any idea how rough my life was that would justify myself as a young ugly act, the church, 30 got. That's because my life really busy and I don't even know enough about guy didn't look like I can serve and that's why I never responded to any of the calls that you give that document serving him rationalizations.

W never been.

It is a segment unchanged behavior unchanged behavior. Real repentance is not shown. Real repentance is not shown in an emotional catharsis. Real repentance is shown in a change life you mouse as you believe in Jesus great.

What shall I say your baptism said you believe in Jesus great. What shall I say little card from your Bible to surpass or put their talent. What date you receive Christ that says you believe in Jesus also, what shall I say is what you mouse as exhibit what July says God is what your life says is the only reliable way to know whether or not you truly believe in Jesus. It's a little what you like sets and if your life has unchanged behavior that means you have repented for.

There's been no change. There's no Jesus was never Bennett's unchanged behavior. Number three. The absence of godly sorrow. The absence of godly sorrow. Paul second Corinthians chapter 7 makes the statement, he says godly grief, godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief, worldly grief produces death he's talking about crying tears over sin that don't lead to salvation acid is THE pastor people sit in my office and they just wait over what their marriage is like now mistakes I made to get there to have MSI with the described her eyes out because their marriage fall apart because of the stupid things they do and it went over there mistakes about people who cried out of regret everything's a duck worldly grief.

A lot of reasons you can be tearful and cry, it have to do with great regret. It might have to do with the sorrow of being caught, tilt, shame, self-pity, embarrassment things a repentance toward God, confession is not repentance. As you confess your sins doesn't mean you repented of you might just be getting something off your chest. Godly sorrow is sorrow about what your sin has done to God how wicked it was and a resulting change of behavior godly sorrow results in a change of attitude toward God and a permanent change of life.

Do not measure godly sorrow by the strength of the emotion measure godly sorrow by the effect of the change number for conditional obedience as a sign you have a repented job yes, but is what you gotta do. Gotta call you by going there tell me to do that.

Number five, partial compliance person of life, you start obeying God in one area but not all go to gal serving generals about money, but I might obey you these other got our struggle to church and I'm not and obey the call that you put in my life.

I'm going to mask my rebellion with religious activity and I will be partially compliant, but I fully sign you never really repented, because there's no such thing as partially repenting to Jesus as Lord, the Lord of all, he's not Lord at small rebellion.

Even small rebellion is a complete rejection of Jesus Lordship beautifully surrender your fully in rebellion and there's no middle ground. Saul did know how to repair its Saul did not know how to repent.

Do you know how to repent practice them. Repentance is full trust in God and complete satisfaction with God that leads to unconditional surrender to God.

Repentance is full trust in God and complete satisfaction with God that leads to unconditional surrender to God last lesson Saul's life. Number three Saul died the sinner's death.

Saul died for sinners at the back for single 31 hearing is every sinners death.

She just like it was with Saul. It was only through death that real salvation could come the resurrection of Jesus was like David's ascent to the throne at the resurrection. Jesus was crowned King of the universe and he offered salvation to us all, but the only way that could work is by Jesus dying the sinner's death. Saul's death for us for David to take the throne of David, who was God's hope for Israel.

Saul had to die for Jesus to take the throne.

Who was God's hope and salvation for us, he first had to die Saul's death for us. Jesus was killed like Saul's rain like David.

The real problem in the world is not the Philistines. The real problem is not any kind of Goliath, the Goliath of famine of the glad the poverty of the Goliath of nuclear weapons listen. The real problem in the world is the heart of Saul visit each one of us. Jesus had to come and put away the spirit of Saul visit each one of us. Otherwise they could never be peace on earth matter how good the government was or how ample, the provisions were what Dr. Herman and the rabbi. What is another Saul, but God cannot build his kingdom and filled with a bunch of people like Saul who don't want God to be king, Jesus could only bring the kingdom to earth by creating a race of people that have peace in here because they have peace with God.

Jesus put away the Saul NRS by dying Saul's death for us which was our death when we receive his death for us that gives us peace with God, which gives us the hearts of the kingdom we have peace, first with God, then what each other and ourselves and our stuff and love begins to replace jealousy. Contentment begins to replace selfishness. Generosity begins to replace stinginess.

Mercy begins replace hate before the world could be saved, you and I had to be saved before Jesus could solve the problems out there. He had to solve the problems in here before David could sit on the throne. Saul had to die before Jesus could literally reign on earth.

As the Prince of peace. He had to bring peace to us in the way that he did. That is by killing Saul NRS on the cross he will bring the peace and prosperity. We've always been hoping for.

But first he has to in the rebellious Saul like spirit in each of us that are in this room have you ever received his peace in your heart. He died your death in pager price and offered as a gift to all who will receive an he's given himself to you so that you could know that you have peace with God that there's nothing that causes God's displeasure, you could Jesus paid for these shown you that is trustworthy showing you that you can give him his like to show you these most valuable possession that you could ever possess on earth. If you ever receive what he came and did on your behalf. You stepped out in me getting your life is strong enough to handle everything and he's worth every sacrifice you're listening to Senate life that Bible teaching ministry Katie career complete master at the summit church in Raleigh, Durham, North Carolina.

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