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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!”

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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:

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)

PREPARATION:

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.

1. SOLITUDE

· 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.

2. OBSCURITY

· Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. - Gen. George Patton


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