LESSONS FROM DAVID IN THE BIBLE
(Notes from: Perry Stone)
Pastor Tim P. Blaisure – 1/23/22 – Morning Message
Life at times is interesting, scary, fun, frustrating, dangerous, joyful, sad, full of things to do and not to do. How we live our life, make decisions, and treat others is very important in living a true Christian life. If we follow Jesus character and the way He treated others we will live a life that is productive and not destructive.
David was a man after His own heart not because he was perfect but because he was retentive. He loved God with all of his heart and wanted to please the Lord. We are going to look at David’s life and see what we can learn.
Proverbs 21:1-3 NLT
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.
2 People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.
3 The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
I. DAVID NEVER VERBALLY OR PHYSICALLY RETAILIATED AGAINST SAUL:
Romans 12:19 NLT
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.
· If we attempt to get even with someone, our actions will only cause confusion and anger and will stop God from taking care of the matters for us.
· God removed Saul without David’s help and can handle our personal enemies without our help.
II. DAVID HONORED SAUL, EVEN THOUGH THE ANOINTING HAD DEPARTED FROM SAUL:
1 Samuel 26:23
The Lord gives his own reward for doing good and for being loyal, and I refused to kill you even when the Lord placed you in my power, for you are the Lord’s anointed one.
· David had two opportunities to kill Saul, yet he refused and “would not touch God’s anointed.”
· David sowed mercy to Saul, a king in disobedience, not knowing that latter he would need mercy.
· David experienced God’s mercy when he made some bad decisions.
III. DAVID WILLINGLY AND IMMEDIATELY CONFESSED HE WAS WRONG AND SOUGHT GOD’S FORGIVENESS:
And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 John 1:9
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
1 John 2:1-2
My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.
2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
· When Nathan confronted David about his sin, David immediately confessed and repented.
· Unrepented sins will fester in your spirit like a cancer, spreading its poison to other areas of your life.
· Willingness to quickly repent and return to God is a sign of one’s humility.
· If we admit we sinned and are sorry for it, that is the first step to spiritual and emotional freedom.
IV. DAVID NEVER PUT THE BLAME ON OTHERS FOR HIS OWN MISTAKES, HE ALWAYS TOOK FULL RESPONSIBILITY:
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
· When we make a mistake don’t blame others for it, own it!
· David took sole responsibility when he failed.
· You will never repent if you think you are not wrong and will never change if it’s always someone else’s fault.
Conclusion: Lessons we learned from David.
· Let God take care of those who have done you wrong.
· Don’t say or do bad to anyone God has anointed, put in position, let God take care of them.
· When you have sinned immediately repent and ask for forgiveness.
· Don’t blame others for your own mistakes, own it.