In the third installment of the “Experiencing God” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at what rejection of Christ causes and what faith says, beginning in I Samuel chapter 15. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including false humility.
Experience His Acceptance
Experiencing God, Part 03
1 Samuel 15:17 – Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.
1 Samuel 9:21 – Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?”
What Rejection Causes
1 Samuel 10:22-23 – So they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?” And the LORD said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 23 They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others.
Colossians 2:23b – … their false humility… Rash decisions.
1 Samuel 13:11-12 – “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, 12I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”
1 Samuel 14:43-45 – Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” So Jonathan told him, “I merely tasted a little honey with the end of my staff. And now must I die?” 44 Saul said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you do not die, Jonathan.” 45 But the men said to Saul, “Should Jonathan die… not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God’s help…”
Fear of man’s opinions
1 Samuel 15:24 – Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the LORD’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.
Proverbs 29:25a (NLT) – “Fearing people is a dangerous trap…”
Jealousy towards others’ success.
1 Samuel 18:8-9 – Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 9And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
1 Samuel 18:15 – When Saul saw how successful he [David] was, he was afraid of him.
1 Samuel 20:30 – Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?
1 Samuel 22:16 – But the king said, “You will surely die, Ahimelech, you and your
father’s whole family.”
What Faith Says
You are not trying to please men.
1 Thessalonians 2:4, 6 – …We are not trying to please men but God…We were
not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.
Others are not to blame.
Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but…against the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
God accepts you and has a plan for you.
Romans 5:10 – For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Ephesians 1:4b-5 – …In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will
Psalms 68:6 – “God sets the lonely in families.”
John 17:26 – And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”