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"Pursue and RESCUE"

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Sermon shared by Ken Harris

July 2005
Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES, SEEK GODíS GUIDANCE, and DO AS GODíS WORD says.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Seeker adults
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paths of righteousness for his nameís sake. Psalms 23:1-3 (KJV)
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MOVE 5: YET, FROM THE OUTSIDE Ė LOOKING INSIDE , NOTHING SEEMILY WENT TOTALLY IN DAVIDíS FAVOR.

a. IN OUR TEXT this afternoon, when David and his warrior soldiers RETURNED TO ZIKLAG ..

b. from having been DISMISSED TO SERVE ALONG SIDE KING ACHISH.

c. THEY FOUND ZIKLAG UP IN SMOKE.

d. AND THEY DISCOVERED THAT THE Amalekites had BURNED, AND raided their VILLAGE.

e. AND had taken all of their WOMEN AND CHILDREN. IT DIDNíT MATTER TO THE ENEMY HOW YOUNG OR OLD THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE.

f. THEY STILL HAD PLANS OF SLAVERY FOR THEM. AND IF THE OBVIOUS WAS ENOUGH FOR DAVID TO GO THROUGH.

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MOVE 6: THE WARRIORS THAT HE HAD BATTLE ALONG SIDE IN MANY WARS AND CAMPAIGNS AND RAISE UP AGAINST HIM Ė DESIRING TO STONE DAVID.

a. BECAUSE THEY BLAMED HIM FOR THE LOSS OF THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

b. SO DAVID GREATLY DISTRESSED , IF YOU WILL, WITH HIS HEAD HUNG DOWN - ENCOURAGED HIMSELF, SOUGHT GODíS GUIDANCE, AND DID AS GODíS WORD SAID.

c. Therefore, I submit to you THIS AFTERNOON, that there are three things that we SHOULD ALSO DO BEFORE WE CAN SUCCESSFULLY OVERTAKE OUR ENEMIES; RECOVER, AND TAKE BACK WHAT BELONGS TO US.

d. THE FIRST thing, that DAVID DID that we must also do is ENCOURAGE OURSELVES Ö IN THE LORD.

e. FOR IT WAS DAVID who said, in Psalms 119:11- KJV, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

f. Charles Spurgeon Ė a great preacher once said Ė DAVIDíS Ö HEART WAS KEPT BY THE WORD OF GOD, BECAUSE HE KEPT THE WORD OF GOD IN HIS HEART.

g. In other words, all that DAVID had received from SUNDAY SCHOOL, BIBLE STUDY JOY NIGHT, and SUNDAY SERVICES Ė HE KEPT.

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MOVE 7: As a result, the WORD OF GOD SAYS IN VERSE 6: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters:

a. BUT DAVID ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.

b. So the First Thing that we should do in the midst of adversity is ENCOURAGE OURSELVES.

c. Now, the SECOND THING THAT DAVID DID in the midst OF ADVERSITY IS SOUGHT GODíS GUIDANCE.

d. FOR YOU SEE, IN THE PAST, SOMETIMES, DAVID HAD RELIED UPON HIS OWN UNDERSTANDING.

e. AS A RESULT, ZIKLAG WAS BURNED DOWN AND THEIR FAMILIES WERE TAKEN HOSTAGE.

f. THIS TIME DAVID HAD MADE-UP IN HIS MIND THAT HE WAS GOING TO INCLUDE GOD IN HIS DECISION MAKING PROCESS.

g. FOR IT WAS DAVID, in Psalms 91:10-11 KJV, THAT SAID Ö There h. shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalms 91:10-11 (KJV)

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MOVE 8: DAVIDíS SON Ė SOLOMON Ė SAID IT BEST when he said: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov 3:6 (KJV)
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