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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/16/2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/16/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 5:1-5
The Road To The Throne, Lesson 1b


v. 2:12-4:12 THE PLACE OF PAINFUL STRUGGLES
Because of this division in the land of Israel, a high price was paid by the people on both sides. Their partial submission to God’s choice as their king cost them plenty in the form of the painful struggles they were forced to endure.

A Time Of Terrible Warfare – 2 Sam. 3:1 tells the tale. “There was long warfare between the house of Saul and the house of David.” Israel and Judah fought a bitter war over which party would rule the other. Because of this warfare lives were lost, property was destroyed, families were devastated and lives were ruined. But, in the end, the outcome was inevitable. We are old that “David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.” It was a foregone conclusion that David and his army would win. This had already been determined by the will of Almighty God, (1 Sam. 16:1, 12). The war was waged, but it was a futile war in the end.

When a believer’s life is only partially submitted to the Lord, warfare is always the result. You see, from the moment we are saved, until the day we leave this world, the house of Saul (the old nature) makes war against the house of David (the rule of Christ in our hearts. This warfare is clearly stated in the pages of the Bible, (Gal. 5:17). This is not just some abstract thought, however. We have all experienced the trauma this battle can cause. It is stated best by the words of Paul as he described this battle from his perspective, (Rom. 7:14-25). David also talked his battle with the sins of the flesh, (Psa. 19:12-13; Psa. 65:3).

I can identify with these men, how about you? Where can the saint of God find victory over this warfare? They will find it in total surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, (Gal. 5:16). When the flesh rules, there will always be conflict in the soul, (Rom. 8:5, 13; Gal. 5:19-21). When the Spirit of God rules, there will be peace and joy, (Gal. 5:18, 22-25).

So, if there is warfare in your soul today and you are paying a high price as the casualties of this war mount up in your life; the best thing you can do is lift high the flag of surrender. Acknowledge Jesus as your King and let His peace reign in your life.

A Time Of Tragic Waste – In any war there are casualties. A quick look at 2 Samuel 2-4 reveals that the casualties in this war were severe. Let me list a few of them.

2:16-17 – Many men died in the first conflict of this war
2:18-29, 32 – A young soldier named Asahel was slain by a seasoned warrior named Abner.
2:30-31 – 20 of David’s men are dead and 360 of Abner’s men die.
3:27-29 – Abner is murdered by Joab
4:1-12 – Ishbosheth is beheaded while he sleeps by two assassins, and they are executed by David when they take the head of Ishbosheth to David.
Sadly, none of this ever had to be! If Israel had only bowed to the will of the Lord and accepted David as their King, they could have been all that grief and bloodshed. Their partial submission cost them plenty!

As we think about the warfare in our own lives, and of the times when we have walked in partial surrender to the Lordship of Jesus; what has been wasted in our own lives? Certainly time has been wasted. People have lost months and years of their lives and service to God because they refused to bow in total submission to the King. Testimonies have been wasted. Opportunities have died before our very eyes while we wandered through the quagmire of partial submission to King Jesus. Some people have allowed the whole of their Christian lives pass by, while they stubbornly refused to yield to His absolute control in their lives. What a waste! What a tragedy! Won’t it be sad to stand before Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ and find out what could have been? Won’t it be a harsh day when you have to stand and give an account of all the wasted days, wasted opportunities and wasted blessings?

Thank God, not another moment has to be wasted! The entire direction and devotion of your life can change in this very instant. All that needs to be done is for you to surrender your all to Jesus and acknowledge Him to be your King, your Lord and your absolute Master.


A preacher tells the following story. “I was driving down a bumpy country road when I saw a bag of cement beside the road. It appeared to have fallen off a delivery truck as it hit one of the bumps in the rough road. Being a person who does not like to see anything wasted, I stopped to pick up the lost bag of cement. When I reached down to pick up this heavy bag, to my surprise, I discovered it was not soft and limber, as I had expected but had solidified into an immovable piece of cement.”

Often our lives are like that bag of cement. They take on shapes that were not intended and become hardened in that shape. That bag of cement was meant to become a part of some beautiful structure but, because it did not reach its place of service, it became a useless rock in the form of a bag of cement. God wants to make something beautiful of your life. Don't let His purpose be thwarted by a bump in the road of life. What a waste!

A Time Of Troubled Waiting – While all of this warfare and waste is going on, what is David doing? If you read these chapters, he is not doing much at all. He is mostly passive as the battles are being fought around him. He is merely waiting on that moment when everything God has promised him will be delivered into his hands. For David it was a time of patient, but troubled waiting.

When Jesus saved us by His grace, He saved us for a purpose. Do you believe that? What was that purpose? He saved us to serve Him and to do His will in the world, (Eph. 2:10; Matt. 5:16; Col. 1:10; Titus 2:14; Heb. 13:21). Yet, while we waste our time with partial surrender; He patiently waits for the day when we will finally yield ourselves totally to Him and to His will for our lives.

While He waits, He speaks to us about our condition. He speaks to us through the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost, (John 16:13). He speaks through His infallible, inerrant Word, (2 Tim, 3:16-17). He speaks through chastisement and by using the circumstances of life to get our attention, (Rev. 3:19; Heb. 12:5-16).

When He does these things, He is merely trying to show us that He has a better way for us to live our lives. If we will only yield to Him, the warfare and the waste will be handled by Him. The casualties will diminish and life will take on new meaning. When Jesus is recognized to be the King of kings and the Lord of lords in our life, He establishes a kingdom of peace, love, joy and blessing. That’s what we all want! It only comes when Jesus is Lord of a life!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Jeremiah 33:15 (New King James Version (NKJV)

15 ‘In those days and at that time
I will cause to grow up to David
A Branch of righteousness;
He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Teach me Lord To Wait” By: Stuart Hamblen (1953)

Teach me, Lord to wait
Down on my knees
Till in your own good time
You will answer my pleas
Teach me not to rely on what others do
But to wait in prayer
For an answer from You
Refrain:

They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and not faint
Teach me, Lord, to wait

Teach me, Lord to wait
While my heart is all aflame
Let me humble my pride
And call on Your name
Keep my faith renewed;
Keep my eyes fixed on You
Let me be on this earth
What You want me to be
Refrain:

They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and not faint
Teach me, Lord to wait


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, God of this Universe! We pray today that every time we read and study Your Word, You will teach us all that we need to know to live life the way You want us to live it. Help us to understand Your Truth and speak to us, especially about how each passage we have read relates to our lives and to the lives of others. Help us to mediate on Your Word and take steps of faith and obedience so we can live in Your perfect will and prosper as You have promised us. These things we ask in the glorious name of Jesus, our Master. Amen!

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NADINEL 5/17/2013 9:59AM

    Wonderful message, Vic. emoticon

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HONOURIA 5/16/2013 2:53PM

    It is also about letting go when it is time. God favoured Saul for a time, but when that time was up, Saul would not let go, or surrender to God's will. It is important to listen to God's plain direction, and follow it, even if our desires would have it otherwise. If not, the results can be tragic.

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LOSTLIME 5/16/2013 11:41AM

    thank you for the prayer and the message.

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CANDOIT54 5/16/2013 10:16AM

    Thank you, Vic and God bless you.

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FLYER99 5/16/2013 9:56AM

    emoticon for this wonderful study, Vic, and have a blessed day!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 5/16/2013 9:45AM

    Beautiful prayer. Thank you.

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MZLADY77 5/16/2013 9:20AM

    Thank you for the message! emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 5/16/2013 8:20AM

  thank you

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NELLIEH1 5/16/2013 7:42AM

    Thank you, Vic for your exhortations to be being fully surrendered to our Lord Jesus Christ day by day. We all need to hear this message from GOD in our innermost selves right now, so that we can, enabled by His Spirit, live, move and have our true being in Him. GOD has indeed given us all we need for life and godliness, but we must receive Him completely, not partially (as you say). I particularly appreciate the bag of cement story today. Hardness of heart is the most frightening condition we could ever be in as believers, seekers or others.

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RSSSLHB 5/16/2013 7:39AM

    emoticon for praying Vic emoticon

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