Summary: Before a person gets saved, come as you are. But after you get saved, you have to work on distinctive spiritual qualtities alongside to Holy Spirit to help you make a mark for Christ. A llok at David's life is a classicd example.
THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVERS: HAVE YOU GOT IT?
A MAN OF DISTINCTION
I Samuel 16:14-23 (18)
What Is Authority? What Is Power? Woe Is Me, Who Gave You The Power? Just Speak The Word, Jesus Could Do Nothing? A Look At The Miracles, Who Is Jesus? Is He The Christ? A Look At The Miracles, Saved But Bound, Knowing Your Weapons, Knowing The Enemy, etc.
Illustration: Bury My Cat - You Should Have Told Me It Was A Baptist Cat
Illustration: Christian Bear & Hunter
There Are Four Basic Categories Of Saved People In The Church
ƒá Those Who Think They Are Saved, But Aren't. Matt 7:21-3 (Not Everyone¡K)
ƒá Those We Think Are Saved, But Aren't. 1 John 2:18-19 (They Went From¡K)
ƒá Those Who Are Saved, But Don't Act Like It: James 3:11 (Fountain Cannot¡K)
ƒá Those Who Are Saved, And They Act Like It. (Matthew 25:3: Well Done¡K)
Illustration: A girl confessed to her pastor that she was guilty of the sin of pride. "When I look in the mirror, I think I am beautiful." The priest said, "That's not a sin, that's a mistake."
Before You Get Saved, There Are No Qualifications (Isaiah 1:18) Other Than Realizing You Are A Sinner, Confessing & Accepting Christ. Come as you are ¡V you don¡¦t have to clean yourself, Christ will clean you. But when you become a Christian, the rules change ¡V you must develop certain qualities and habits that will resemble God. How can two walk together unless they agree? Something of God must rub: Courage, Honesty, Reliability, Discipline, Responsibility, Tolerance, Vision, Integrity, Respect, Endurance, Generosity, Perseverance, Compassion, Commitment, Enthusiasm, Self-Sacrifice, Humility, Patience, Loyalty, Forgiving, Passion, etc.
We Cannot Move To The Next Level But With A Special Attitude. When you accept Christ, you have the foundation. When you are in Christ, you must build upon that foundation ¡V David did. A Character Of Distinction means something sets you apart from everyone. Thus the cock is different from the rooster. Stallion v/s horse. Noble v/s peasant. Mansion v/s cottage. Christian v/s unbelievers. Original v/s copyright.
DAVID AND GOD
God Had David On A Path That Would Lead To Greatness - But it wasn¡¦t an overnight journey. If you want intimacy with God it will cost you something. It may be years of obscurity & pain, trials & tests, joys & sorrows as God moves you from A to B and breaks and molds your life and character until it resembles that of His Son.
Illustration: David - I Sam 22:1-3 / Jacob - Gen 32:22-31 Alone & Crippled
God Is Doing Some Scouting Of His Own Today. 2 Chron 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him¡K¡¨ God is looking for people that He can make champions on His team. What kind of person is God looking for? One of the clearest pictures you will find of the kind of person is in 1 Samuel 16. The Command From Saul Was To Seek A Man. A Player & Partner. Then God Provided a Complete Man willing to be shaped by God. He was flesh and blood. Not superman. He came with a character few in the church seek and few in the church have. He prayed and worked ¡V skill.