Solitary Refinement Slides, 5/30/10


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Solitary Refinement Slides, 5/30/10

  1. 1. David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, and had taken captive the women and all who were in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.
  2. 2. When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David's two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.
  3. 3. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:1-6 (NIV)
  4. 4. The REAL Christian life begins INTERNALLY & is expressed OUTWARDLY by our actions.
  5. 5. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)
  6. 6. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
  7. 7. Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21 (NIV)
  8. 8. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. Romans 8:11 (NIV)
  9. 9. The Christian life begins INTERNALLY 1. I need a QUIET TIME, A HIDDEN TIME at the beginning of each day to set my rudder for the REST of the day.
  10. 10. The Christian life begins INTERNALLY 2. God will use HIDDEN TIMES (many times they feel like a desert) to prepare us for all He wants from us during VISIBLE times.
  11. 11. The Christian life begins INTERNALLY 3. “BUSYNESS” is a curse that will slowly burn us out. HIDDEN TIMES bring us back to the priority of our relationship with God.