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WHO MIGHT BE TRYING TO STEAL YOUR HEART?

2 Samuel 15:1-6

1After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

2 Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, "What city are you from?" And he would say, "Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel."

3 Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you."

4 Moreover Absalom would say, "Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice."

5 And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and kiss him.

6 In this manner Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Many times we see people start coming to church.

Some of these people eventually give their hearts to Jesus.

We baptize them and put them on the church membership roll.

Then over a period of time, their church attendance begins to slip.

Eventually some of them stop coming to church.

What happened?

Perhaps today's sermon will answer that question.

Our look at the Life of David continues this morning.

When we left David last week,

he had allowed his son Absalom to return home to Jerusalem.

Absalom spent 3 years in exile at his grandfather's home in Geshur

to avoid punishment for killing his brother Amnon.

Though David allowed Absalom to come home,

he refused to see Absalom for 2 years.

Finally, through the efforts of Joab and a wise woman from Tekoa,

David agreed to see his son.

Chapter 14 ended with these words:

2 Samuel 14:33

So Joab went to the king and told him. And when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom.

I believe David loved Absalom very much.

I don't think we can say the same thing about Absalom.

He seems to still be angry with his father

because David did nothing when Amnon raped Tamar.

Today we see Absalom attempting to steal his Father's kingdom.

Let's use Absalom today

as an example of how Satan works.

Absalom wants the kingdom that belongs to his father David.

That's exactly what Satan is trying to do.

Absalom is seen "stealing the hearts of the men of Israel"

Do you believe Satan wants to steal the hearts of people today?

I do!

Using Absalom's story, let's look at the ways Satan tries.

Point #1. SATAN TRIES TO STEAL YOUR HEART BY CHANGING YOUR FOCUS.

1 After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2 Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, "What city are you from?" And he would say, "Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel." 3 Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you." 4 Moreover Absalom would say, "Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice."


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