Just because God has appointed you to a position in a ministry or business relationship, doesn't mean that it is permanent. If you make the same mistake Saul made, you can find yourself going from being God's elect to God's reject. Today we will look at four things we need to do to prevent from being God's reject.
This is the story of the first King of the Jews and how his transition from King elect to king reject all because he didn't obey what God had told him to do.
As you may recall before 1 Samuel is the book of Judges where the Jews where ruled by Judges who were various men and woman hand picked by God to lead. But the people rejected this and wanted a king. Saul was elected to be this monarch but was then rejected by God due to his own actions.
1 Samuel 2-3 Thus says the Lord of host: "I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey."
These where very direct instructions given to the king of what to do and when we get to verse 9 it starts with BUT; one of the most damaging words in the English language
But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen and the fatlings, the lambs and all that was good
1. Identify and return what you need to give up to God
Pastor Miles pointed out that God is incredibly patient but even His patience runs out. In Saul's case it is clear that he disobeyed God very explicit instructions and we are no different.
God has given each of us instructions, directions. Are we following it or are we using but? I can certainly relate to Saul's situation as there was plenty of good stuff there for them to plunder and it can be really hard to ignore as we all know first hand.
2. take full responsibility for your swoop
Now when Saul saw Samuel after this battle and plundering Saul said I have performed the commandments of the Lord. 1 Samuel 13
To which Samuel informs the king that he had a dream about what happened and heard the sheep and the oxen.
They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God 1 Samuel 15
Now it goes from bad to worse as this king; ruler of all the land, blames the people for doing this and in the same sentence spins the story. He is saying that they took these things to make a sacrifice to the Lord. Samuel quickly and harshly rebukes this leader and tells him that it was better to obey than to sacrifice.
In our world where TV, politicians, lawyers and what nots are constantly spinning the truth to make things okay we have to remember in our lives if we told to do something by God we need to do it; not spin it to make it better because we can never make it better than what He has planned for us.
3. Stay small in your own eyes
When you were little in your own eyes, where you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel? 1 Samuel 17
Like King Saul we need to remain humble and remember that we don't know what is best for us. There is a bigger plan for all of us and only He knows it and thus gives us instructions accordingly.
4. Grow or go.
The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. 1 Samuel 28
For every action there is a consequence and the consequence for disobeying is losing God's blessings. God has given us all instructions; a purpose and Pastor Miles pointed out that during the course of our lives that purpose can change as we change, as we grow. But we must stay true to these purposes for us so that we can receive is unimaginable blessings.