Summary: We need to honestly evaluate our STUBBORNESS and correct our attitudes to align with God's desires.
I AM SO THANK I DO NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM... STUBBORNESS
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
In the fall of 1994, REUTERS NEWS AGENCY reported a story of
ALBERTO GAUNA that lived in the northern province of Chaco in ARGENTINA.
It was reported that ALBERTO had been depressed for some time. So he decided to
KILL HIMSELF. He bought a .22 CALIBER PISTOL... He place the pistol to his right
temple and pulled the trigger. THE GUN FIRED but ALBERTO LIVED.
ALBERTO waited a few minutes and decide to put the gun to his FOREHEAD, he did
and pulled the trigger and fired... Alberto lived.
Alberto decided to place the pistol at his right temple again and he fired the gun. Once again
Alberto was alive? So he fired the gun, bang! He lived...
Alberto then decided to try a different part of his body, so he fired the gun into his stomach.
Alberto was still conscious so he fired the gun again.
Alberto had 4 rounds in his head, and 2 rounds in his stomach --- 6 shots and he was still alive.
FINALLY ALBERTO WAS OUT OF AMMO --- A STILL LIVING AND CONSIOUS.
He was a very perseverant or stubborn man. 6 shots and a long hospital stay did not
seem to help ALBERTO?
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave
them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
I. COME LET US DEFINE WHAT STUBBORN MEANS?
STUBBORN: to refuse to change, refuse to stop doing,
fixedness that resist, hard to convince
hard to move or persuade
difficult to handle or manage
clinging to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reasoning
BULL HEADED, hard headed, mulish
II. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT BEING STUBBORN?
STUBBORN IS USED 17X'S
STUBBORNESS 9X'S HARD HEART stiff necked
STUBBORNLY 3X'S OBSTINATE
Psalm 32:9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth
must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Psalm 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation
that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
Isaiah 48:4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy
Malachi 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the
LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed
them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
III. OLD PREACHER SAMUEL HAS SEEN A VERY TALENTED --- POTENTIAL YOUNG MAN
WITH A BAD ATTITUDE RE-INFORCE HIS NEGATIVE BEHAVIOR AND THE PREACHER
WARNS THE FIRST KING OF ISRAEL... SAUL YOU ARE HEADED FOR TROUBLE...
A. STUBBORNESS is a COVENANT KILLER ---
1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than
the fat of rams. 23. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and
idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
B. Saul did not obey the Preacher or the Word of God to UTTERLY DESTROY ---
C. SAUL GOT ANGRY WITH THE PREACHER AND REFUSED TO WAIT --- IMPATIENCE...
D. Saul was not faithful to God...
IV. BEWARE WHEN YOU MARRY STUBBORNESS YOU ARE MARRYING ALL THE COUSINS
AND NUTS FROM THE FAMILY TREE...
Romans 2:5 (KJV) But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath
against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Romans 2:5 (NLT) But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are
storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous
judgment will be revealed.
NOT THANKFUL---- FORGET THE PAST BLESSINGS ----- HARD HEART
STOPPED UP EARS---- REFUSE TO LISTEN----- UNREPENTANT
REBELLIOUNESS---- DISTORT THE FACTS OBSTINATE
NO CORRECTION REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE BLAME GAME
V. GOD HAS A PURPOSE MORE THAN JUST THE RELEASE OF HIS PEOPLE...
GOD HAD TO BREAK THE STUBBORNESS OF A PEOPLE...
THERE IS A SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PLAGUES IN EGYPT...
LOOK AT A FEW STUBBORN PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE:
PHAROAH THE EGYPTIAN KING ---
A. In the plagues one through five and plague seven PHAROAH HARDEN HIS OWN HEART...
1. The plague of the blood over the water...
2. The plague of the FROGS --- HEQT was god of sex, fertility --- frogs head, woman's body.