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Summary: ACTING A FOOL IN TIMES OF DISTRESS

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ACTING THE FOOL

INTRODUCTION: THE SETTING OF THIS TEACHING FINDS SAUL, THE FATHER OF JONATHAN, AS REIGNING KING. SAUL BECAME JEALOUS OF DAVID BECAUSE OF DAVID’S MILITARY ENDEAVORS. SAUL, EMOTIONALLY CHARGED, BECAME JEALOUS AND ATTEMPTS TO KILL DAVID.

SPIRITUAL INSIGHT:

DAVID, AFRAID OF SAUL, FLED INTO GATH, WHICH WAS ENEMY TERRITORY. HE ENDED UP BEFORE KING ACHISH (ABIMELECH-A ROYAL TITLE) AN ENEMY OF ISRAEL. FEARING DEATH, DAVID PUT ON A FRONT OF INSANITY. THE CULTURE IN THIS ERA PROTECTED ANYONE VIEWED INSANE. THIS MEANT IMMUNITY. DAVID PLAYED THE GAME OF IMMUNITY. ACHISH LET DAVID GO UNHARMED.

1 SAMUEL 21: 12 (NKJV) NOW DAVID TOOK THESE WORDS TO HEART, AND WAS VERY MUCH AFRAID OF ACHISH THE KING OF GATH.

RUNNING WAS NOT AN ANSWER TO HIS PROBLEM. RUNNING INTO THE ENEMIES’ CAMP WAS ABSURD. HIS BEHAVIORS, HIS THINKING, WERE TOTALLY OUTSIDE GOD’S WILL. EMOTIONALLY CHARGED HE MADE POOR DECISIONS. BELIEVERS GET INTO THE SAME MINDSET!

READ PSALMS 34: 1-7 NOTICE DAVID’S THANKFULNESS AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD. NOTICE THE CHANGE OF HEART AND ATTITUDE.

APPLICATION: DAVID’S ISSUE WAS NOT INSANITY BUT SIN. YOU WILL NOT ACT THE FOOL IF YOU PLACE YOUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD, HIS WORD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. HE WILL GUIDE YOU!


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