Summary: We need to decide what we are going to be passionate about in life. David was passionate for the Lord. The truth is you are passionate about something! The Bible encourages us to be passionate for Jesus like David was!
Theme: True Life
Scripture: Proverbs 29:18 (The Message): 18If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
Definition of Perceive: become aware or conscious of (something); come to realize or understand.
Thesis for series: For us this month of Jan. we are seeking to become more aware of Truth – actually we are seeking to become more conscious of what is truth and what is deception. This all has to do with perceiving and understanding truth. When we understand truth it’s easier to discern what is deception and therefore it’s pitfalls. When we understand truth as Jesus taught then we will not fall prey to deceptions or lies. If we cannot discern truth from deception then we live a life which is called a “Deceived Life” not a “True Life.” Our goal is perceive what is “True Life.”
Sermon 4: Perceive Passion
Thesis: We need to decide what we are going to be passionate about in life. David was passionate for the Lord. The truth is you are passionate about something! The Bible encourages us to be passionate for Jesus like David was!
1 Samuel 16:7, 11-21:
7But 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.”
11So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
12So 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.”
13So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.
14Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
15Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.
16Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.”
17So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”
18One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.”
19Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”
20So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
21David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.
Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
32David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”
34But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
35I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
36Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
37The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”
38Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
39David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.