3-Week Series: Double Blessing


Summary: A sermon on how to stop just "surviving" and start really "living" through obedience and risky faith


* Cars going by 100 miles an hour looking straight ahead

* Versus being in the car looking into the person's eyes

* 2 people seeing things different

ƒ{ Saul was discouraged -- outnumbered

o Trying not to lose

ƒ{ Jonathan -- not needing to survive

o He's not the king

o Not going to be the king

ƒ{ Sports -- playing to win

o Or playing not to lose

ƒ{ The Philistines are manned to the thousands

ƒ{ The Israelites are weak, discouraged, only have two swords left

ƒ{ Saul's not wanting to go to battle

ƒ{ He's:

o under resourced

o under powered

o under manned

„X kind of like being in the ministry

ƒ{ Yet Jonathan is getting ready to show us

ƒ{ How not only to be a survivor, but a conqueror

o Saul was on the outskirts

o You never win on the outskirts

o Trying not to lose, playing it safe

ƒ{ God works in concert with us

ƒ{ Jonathan wakes up in the middle of the night and says, let's go.

ƒ{ No strategy -- planning meeting

ƒ{ And becomes the turning point

ƒ{ To me it is one of the most spiritual thing a Christian can do

o I know you think it's:

„X Prayer

„X Worship

„X Bible reading

„X Evangelizing

ƒ{ But all those are a result of choosing to take action.

ƒ{ God is going to defeat the Philistines...

o But, He is waiting for someone to choose to move.

ƒ{ I have found that most of the time in our gut...

o We know what to do

o But don't have the guts to do it.

ƒ{ We camouflage our disobedience with:

o Prayer

o Fasting

o Counsel

„X Saul was on the outskirts

„X Having a prayer meeting

„X Trying to survive

„X While Jonathan was doing something

„X And not worrying about surviving

ƒ{ Now, PH, let's not get ahead of God

ƒ{ You must think that God is really slow

ƒ{ Be careful, you might do something great for the kingdom

o And God won't be there to witness it

ƒ{ Jonathan wakes up his armor bearer and says,

o "Let's go pick a fight"

ƒ{ Why do we think we will mess up the will of God...

o By moving with initiative

o In the direction of what we already know to be the heart of God

ƒ{ If your idea doesn't work -- it doesn't work

ƒ{ Quit trying to survive

ƒ{ That's what I love about the apostle Paul

o Paul the sufferer

Philippians 4:8-9

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

o What should I think about?

„X "whatever"

o You've been reading it in the Greek, emphasis on the wrong word

o What should I do?

„X "whatever"

o And the God of peace will be with you

o Do whatever

o People waiting to be called

o You don't have to pray about:

„X Tithing

„X Evangelism

„X Ministry

„X Church attendance

o Just do whatever!

„X And the God of peace will be with you

o Take some initiative

o Feel free to fail...

„X But be creative

„X And don't fail at the same thing over and over again!

o If anyone ever knew the will of God it was Paul

o Acts 16:16

o Everyone waiting for a Macedonia call...

„X But Paul really had no idea where he was going

* Verse 6

o Let's go to Asia

o We will be the biggest church in Asia

o The Holy Spirit kept them

o So they changed their mind and went to (verse 7) Bithynia

o But the Spirit of Jesus stopped them

o The whole trinity is trying to stop Paul from going to the wrong place

o So finally, while he is asleep...

„X Paul our hero

EXAMPLE: Video Movie - Far and Away

Dead horse scene

ƒ{ Back to 1 Samuel 14:6

„X When you don't have to survive

* You can embrace uncertainty


„X Maybe we will win

„X Maybe not

„X But let's try!

EXAMPLE: Not building at United

ƒ{ I found it's not clear first,

o It's clear after you move

ƒ{ Everyone wants the part of the verse that says:

o "Nothing can hinder the Lord"

ƒ{ But the focus I want to give is:

o Maybe God will help!

o Then the Lord will act

ƒ{ I often hear Christians say

o "God wasn't in that"

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