The stories of Israel’s first and most prominent Kings (Saul, David, Solomon) vividly illustrate the contrast between a person driven by pride and fear -vs- person lead by humility and faith!
“Pride and fear” (as seen in Saul’s life) leave us vulnerable to the influence of diminishment, which constricts our view of “Who we are and What is possible … In Christ”!
Saul gave in to “diminishment” resulting in an anguished life of fear and pride!
1 Samuel 18 8 Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands.
David renounced diminishment surrendering to a life of humility and faith in Jesus!
1 Samuel 24 “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” 7 With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
What can “renouncing diminishment and living in humility and faith” look like in our lives?
In Christ I Can … follow Jesus with integrity and Zeal!
In Christ God Does ... beyond what we can ask or imagine!
2 Samuel 7 “‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, AND PRAYER
Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.
Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”
Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there! (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)
Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying? Why this word this day?
What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? How am I learning to Sync up?
How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”
Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.
Monday – 1 Samuel 17:1-6
Tuesday – 1 Samuel 24:1-22
Wednesday – 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Thursday– 2 Samuel 2:1-7
Friday – 2 Samuel 6:1-23
Saturday – 2 Samuel 7:1-29
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