Rusty completes the series on 1 Samuel 31 by discussing the death of Saul. The king cared only for his own kingdom and forsook the Kingdom of God. This led him to do horrible things, and eventually brought him to a tragic death. If we hope to have a fulfilling life, then God must be our vision.
When David returned from a victorious battle, some of the men who fought the fight did not want to share in the rewards of the battle with those who did not fight. David, however, recognizes that victory was given to them by the Lord. Therefore, they would not be selfish and withhold gifts from their brothers. We too must remember to love justice and reject selfishness.
David had been trying to do things his own way and was not seeking the world. After a moment that felt like victory, David came home to find his home burned and his family abducted. Would he seek the Lord’s help and strength to rescue them? Or would he continue to try and do things in his own power?
Rusty teaches why King Saul stopped hearing from the Lord. Instead of asking why he could not hear from God, Saul turned to another power and further distanced himself from God. Sin hardens hearts, and we must remember to repent of it and return to the cross so that we might learn from the true King.
Rusty teaches on 1 Samuel 26 and explains how disastrous things happen when we live according to the lies we believe. We must replace the lies with the truth if we are to live in freedom.
David was furious, and his anger nearly drove him to great sin. Fortunately, God sent someone, Abigail, to prevent David from becoming like Saul.
David had spent much of his life running from Saul. He was tired of running, tired of being afraid, and tired of being tired. He needed strength, and it came when his friend Jonathan found him and reminded him of the promises of God. Listen as Rusty digs into 1 Samuel 23 and encourages us to exhort our friends and families in the Lord.
David continues to flee from Saul, returning to his home town and seeking refuge. Saul proves that he will stop at nothing to catch David, he even kills the priests of God! Kris Morrison teaches on 1 Samuel 21 and 22.
David did nothing wrong, but still Saul constantly worked to kill him. David was alone and hunted because he did what was right. When he was surrounded by enemies, however, he ran to God. Where will you run?
If you don’t love God most, then odds are you will love yourself the most. When we love ourselves the most, odds are we will live a life controlled by jealousy, just like King Saul.