Summary: When we are in tight situations we need to make sure that we seek advice from the right sources.

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Who Are You Listening To

Scripture Reference: I Samuel 28:7 (KJV)

I Samuel 28:6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. 7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.

In order for you to completely understand the importance of what I am asking when I ask “Who are you listening to” the first thing I want to do is brief you of the story between the main two characters that I will use to talk about this which are David and Saul

- At one point David and Saul’s son Jonathan had been close friends. They were as close as brothers. They had even worked together. When Saul first met David he liked him so much that he insisted that he live with him (I Samuel 18:2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.)

o Sometimes our near and dear friends turn against us (Psalms 55:12

For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it

he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself

from him: )

- From the moment he took over as king Saul had been able to

enjoy the luxury of God being on his side and he being easily

victorious in battle (I Sam 15:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have

obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and

have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.)

o Though God is on our side right now we must always remember

to choose God because in reality we have to chose to be on the

Lord’s side (Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose

you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were

on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but

as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. ) not the other way around.

Some of us think that we are so blessed and that God is such a

silent and resourceful partner then we can act like we don’t know

him but this is not true.

- Somehow Saul allowed the spirit of jealousy to take over him

from a song. He thought he was about to lose his kingdom

because the people praised David in a song (I Sam 18:6 And it came

to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine,

that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king

Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. 7 And the women

answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and

David his ten thousands. 8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased

him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have

ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? 9 And Saul

eyed David from that day and forward.)

o People are jealous of us for the silliest reasons. Here he is the

king and he is so concerned about a song that he allows the

Spirit of God to leave him

- Saul’s son Jonathan wanted to protect David (I Sam 19:2 But Jonathan

Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father

seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning,

and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself: )

o Although David was in the world of trouble God yet supplied

- Saul conducted shady business deals with David. Saul offered and soon reneged on one daughter yet another one of Saul’s daughter’s loved David married him and even hid him (I Sam 19:11 Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David’s wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow thou shalt be slain.)

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