Summary: As we continue our series on the life of David, how does God spell Success? What’s His formula? God(Preparation + Opportunity) = Success Success is “Doing God’s will, accomplished God’s way, for God’s glory!”
Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, May 25, 2003
“David – The Price of Success”
Part 2 1Sam 16
(Be reading & studying 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, 1Kings 1-2)
Review from last week:
· Prerequisite for God’s blessing is being a person after God’s own heart!
· Proof of having a Godly Heart is Wholehearted Joyous Obedience!
Text: 1Samuel 16
“Success” – The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted. Having a favorable outcome.
Formula for Success: God (Preparation + Opportunity) = Success
· In math you always solve within the brackets first then work out (Preparation + Opportunity).
· You then take preparation and opportunity and multiply it with God who produces success.
· We may have years of preparation yet without the Lord we’re nothing. (1Co. 13:1-3)
Success is “Doing God’s will, accomplished God’s way, for God’s glory!”
God’s Part in Success…
· God OBSERVES 16:7
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
· God is looking 2 Chron. 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him… Ezekiel 22:30 "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.
· God CHOOSES 16:12
1 Samuel 16:12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."
· God calls us to be holy and blameless in His sight. Ephes. 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
· God ANOINTS 16:13a
1 Samuel 16:13a “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers…”
· The Holy Spirit anoints and empowers us today. God only uses an “empty of self” vessel.
· God EMPOWERS 16:13b
1 Samuel 16:13b “…and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.”
· Holy Spirit convicts, seals, protects, gives spiritual gifts, abilities, calling, equips, prays, intercedes, leads..
God uses Time, Trials, and Truth to grow us! (Joseph’s life -13 years from pit to slave to prison to palace)
God’s Training Ground for Success…
· Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation. - Zig Ziglar
· The price of mastery in any field is through preparation – God’s training grounds.
· David shepherd sheep in lonely places. Gently leading and caring for them. Quiet and all alone.
· “Sound of silence” – Getting all alone with God, away from everyday hustle & bustle distractions.
· God does not speak to us in earthquakes, wind or fire but in a quiet whisper. 1Kings 19:12
· Your private life all alone with the Lord is where the action of preparation takes place.
· Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. - Gen. George Patton