Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES, SEEK GOD’S GUIDANCE, and DO AS GOD’S WORD says.
a. BECAUSE THEY BLAMED HIM FOR THE LOSS OF THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
b. SO DAVID GREATLY DISTRESSED , IF YOU WILL, WITH HIS HEAD HUNG DOWN - ENCOURAGED HIMSELF, SOUGHT GOD’S GUIDANCE, AND DID AS GOD’S WORD SAID.
c. Therefore, I submit to you THIS AFTERNOON, that there are three things that we SHOULD ALSO DO BEFORE WE CAN SUCCESSFULLY OVERTAKE OUR ENEMIES; RECOVER, AND TAKE BACK WHAT BELONGS TO US.
d. THE FIRST thing, that DAVID DID that we must also do is ENCOURAGE OURSELVES … IN THE LORD.
e. FOR IT WAS DAVID who said, in Psalms 119:11- KJV, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
f. Charles Spurgeon – a great preacher once said – DAVID’S … HEART WAS KEPT BY THE WORD OF GOD, BECAUSE HE KEPT THE WORD OF GOD IN HIS HEART.
g. In other words, all that DAVID had received from SUNDAY SCHOOL, BIBLE STUDY JOY NIGHT, and SUNDAY SERVICES – HE KEPT.
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MOVE 7: As a result, the WORD OF GOD SAYS IN VERSE 6: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters:
a. BUT DAVID ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.
b. So the First Thing that we should do in the midst of adversity is ENCOURAGE OURSELVES.
c. Now, the SECOND THING THAT DAVID DID in the midst OF ADVERSITY IS SOUGHT GOD’S GUIDANCE.
d. FOR YOU SEE, IN THE PAST, SOMETIMES, DAVID HAD RELIED UPON HIS OWN UNDERSTANDING.
e. AS A RESULT, ZIKLAG WAS BURNED DOWN AND THEIR FAMILIES WERE TAKEN HOSTAGE.
f. THIS TIME DAVID HAD MADE-UP IN HIS MIND THAT HE WAS GOING TO INCLUDE GOD IN HIS DECISION MAKING PROCESS.
g. FOR IT WAS DAVID, in Psalms 91:10-11 KJV, THAT SAID … There h. shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalms 91:10-11 (KJV)
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MOVE 8: DAVID’S SON – SOLOMON – SAID IT BEST when he said: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov 3:6 (KJV)
a. SO DAVID WENT TO HIS PASTOR (Pastor Abiathar) , WHOM HE BELIEVED WAS A MAN OF GOD AND SOUGHT A WORD FROM THE LORD.
b. For the Bible says that “… David inquired of the Lord, saying SHALL I PURSUE afther this troop? Shall I overtake them. And he answered him, PURSUE; for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail RECOVER ALL.
c. So, the SECOND THING THAT DAVID DID that we should also do is SEEK GOD’S GUIDANCE.
d. FINALLY, THE THIRD THING THAT DAVID DID, in the midst of adversity, that we SHOULD ALSO DO IS … DO AS GOD’S WORD SAY.
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MOVE 9: DON’T ADD TO HIS WORD … JUST BE OBEDIENT.
a. FOR IF WE ARE WILLING AND OBEDIENT, THE SCRIPTURES THAT WE SHALL EAT THE GOOD OF THE LAND…
b. FOR DON’T YOU REMEMBER, IN REFERENCE TO OUR ROLE MODEL AND SAVIOR – JESUS CHRIST; PAUL SAYS …
c. THAT JESUS WAS FOUND ….in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross Phil 2:8 (KJV).
d. MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, IN OUR TEXT THIS AFTERNOON, DAVID ENCOURAGED HIMSELF,