1 samuel 22a Onto the crashing waves

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David was safe in the Cave of Adullum, but God told him to go out into the forest of Hareth.

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1 samuel 22a Onto the crashing waves

  1. 1. Stone Creek www.rossvillechurch.com781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 September 23, 2012 1
  2. 2. Picnic in the parking lot No evening service 2
  3. 3. 1 Samuel 22 1 David therefore departed thence(Gath), and escaped to the cave Adullam: andwhen his brethren and all his fathers house heardit, they went down thither to him. Bethlehem 3
  4. 4. 2 And everyone that was in distress, and everyonethat was in debt, and everyone that was discon-tented (bitter), gathered themselves unto him; andhe became a captain over them: and there werewith him about four hundred men. Theres a lesson here for the church.Too often churches want "a better class of people". Good solid Christians Not weak people who stumble around 4
  5. 5. But God sent David men in distress, the debtors, the bitter and discontented. These are the people who need a church and good spiritual leadership.They need a church family who will love them and be patient with them as they struggle and grow. May we be that church family! 5
  6. 6. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning tobreathe free,The wretched refuse of yourteeming shore.Send these, the homeless,tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the goldendoor!"Emma Lazarus’ Famous Poem A poem by Emma Lazarus is graven on a tablet within the pedestal on which the statue stands. 6
  7. 7. Great motto for a church. 7
  8. 8. Regardless of their past Come to us ye tired and weak, Jesus will make you strong. Come singing, "Just as I am"You will soon be singing, "Ive been changed from right to wrong." 8
  9. 9. 2 And everyone that was in distress, and everyonethat was in debt, and everyone that was discon-tented (bitter), gathered themselves unto him; andhe became a captain over them: and there werewith him about four hundred men. These became a band of men who stood by Davidfor many years through hard trials and tribulations. Lets pray that God will gives us the Wisdom and the Power of His Holy Spirit to minister to such folks, and lead them into spiritual maturity. 9
  10. 10. Romans 5 6 For when we were yet without strength,in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Forscarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet per-adventure for a good man some would even dare todie. 8 But God commendeth His Love toward us, inthat, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.9 Much more then, being now justified by HisBlood, we shall be saved from wrath thru Him.10 For if, when we were enemies, we werereconciled to God by the death of His Son, muchmore, being reconciled, we shall be saved (preserved,made whole) by His Life. 10
  11. 11. God didnt wait until we had gotten our lives straightened out and were looking good -- Before He paid the price to save us.And God is patient with His children, giving ustime and opportunity to grow and learn to live.God will never quit on us, because He loves us. We must never quit on God. We must be patient with all of His children, as He is patient with us. 11
  12. 12. 3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and hesaid unto the king of Moab, Let my father and mymother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, tillI know what God will do for me. 4 And he broughtthem before the king of Moab: and they dwelt withhim all the while that David was in the hold (stronghold). Davids great grandmother was Ruth, a Moabite woman, who married an Israelite -- Boaz. So they were distant kin, though not worshippers of the True and Living God. 12
  13. 13. While David was living safely in the Cave ofAdullam, his mama and daddy were safe in Moab.But this is not taking him closer to being king.5 And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide notin the hold; depart, and get thee into the land ofJudah. Then David departed, and came into theforest of Hareth. The forest of Hareth was east of Adullum, in the land of Judah. 13
  14. 14. There is a lesson here for us. There is a time for dwelling in safety and comfort for Gods children.Psalms 46:1 (KJV) 1 God is our refuge and strength,a very present help in trouble. 14
  15. 15. But just as God told David to leave the Cave ofAdullum and venture out into the Forest of Hareth,There comes a time when we must leave our zone of comfort and venture out, doing exploits in the Power of God. 15
  16. 16. "Voice Of Truth"Oh what I would do to have the kind of faith it takes toclimb out of this boat Im in, onto the crashing wavesTo step out of my comfort zone to the realm of the un-known where Jesus is, and Hes holding out His HandBut the waves are calling out my name and they laughat me; reminding me of all the times Ive tried before and failed. The waves they keep on telling me Time and time again. Boy, youll never win! "Youll never win" 16
  17. 17. But the Voice of Truth tells me a different story And the Voice of Truth says "Do not be afraid!" And the Voice of Truth says "This is for My glory"Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth.O what I would do to have the kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant with just a sling and a stone Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors shaking in their armor, wishing theyd have had the strength to stand 17
  18. 18. But the giants calling out my name and he laughs atme, reminding me of all the times Ive tried before and failed. The giant keeps on telling me time and time again "boy, youll never win! "Youll never win"But the stone was just the right size to put the giant on the ground. And the waves they dont seem so high From on top of them looking down. I will soar with the wings of eagles when I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus singing over me --I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth. 18
  19. 19. When the waves of lifeseem overwhelming: Financial waves, Marital waves, Temptations to sin,Jesus is right there, in the midst of the storm, And He is singing over us with His arm stretched out to help us walk on the waves. Will you let Him help? Let Him take your hand and walk with you? 19

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