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FromTo - Part 9, An Angelic Leader
Miles McPherson - August 17, 2008

Message Recap

Pastor Miles continues the FromTo series in 1 Samuel 29. In this chapter we find David, a fugitive of Saul, defecting with his men to live with his Philistine enemies.

For sixteen months, David and his men fight Israel on behalf of the Philistines. He has a relationship with one of the princes, Achish, but the other Philistine princes do not trust David and are trying to get rid of him.

In verse 1 Samuel 29:6, Achish says to David, I know that you are as good in my sight as an angel of God. Even though Achish and David are enemies, Achish is clearly able to admire and appreciate David's upright character, reputation and integrity.

Pastor Miles gave the challenge today that if you have a problem with somebody, it maybe because of your relationship with God. When your ways are pleasing to the Lord, even your enemies will be at peace with you and you can be "as an angel of God" to them. You may not agree with your enemies, but you should be able to come together with them, without compromising who God is calling you to be, that they may see your integrity and the supernatural components of your life.

The Philistine Prince Achish said David was like an angel of God because:

David was faultless. 1 Samuel 29:3

…And Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, "Is this not David, the servant of Saul king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or these years? And to this day I have found no fault in him since he defected to me." 1 Samuel 29:3 David used his strengths with integrity, allowing others to see his gifting in times of battle.

What skills do you have for the spiritual battles faced by you and those around you each day? Are good at teaching, preaching, discernment, serving, ideas, organizing? How has God touched your life? If you want to be "as an angel" to others, let your supernatural gifts shine that others may be blessed by them.

David had supernatural power. 1 Samuel 29:5

In reading the book of 1 Samuel, we can see that David had God's favor. In 1 Samuel 29:5, the Philistine princes are in awe of David's fame and accomplishments in battle, saying, "Is this not David, of whom they sang to one another in dances, saying: 'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands'?"

To illustrate the concept of favor, Pastor Miles gave the example of Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer. Many times during these Olympic games, Phelps has seemed supernatural in his racing ability, sometimes out-touching his opponent by a fraction of a second. We don't know if God's hand is intervening here, but regardless, we are left in awe of Phelps' ability to accomplish what seems impossible.

What is supernatural about your life? What accomplishments or characteristics has God given you that leave people scratching their heads?

David had godly intent. 1 Samuel 29:6

What is the intent or the foundational purpose in your life? Is it to honor God, honor men, or honor yourself?

1 Samuel 29:6 continues, Then Achish called David and said to him, "Surely, as the LORD lives, you have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the army is good in my sight. For to this day I have not found evil in you since the day of your coming to me." Achish recognizes that David's motives are pure and he has no intent to harm the Philistines as he lives and battles with them.

What is the intent or the foundational purpose in your life? Is it to honor God, honor men, or honor yourself? Our intent as a church is to encourage you to walk with God. Your intent should be to become more like God and be obedient to Him.

Do Something: Identify an enemy and begin praying for wisdom on what changes you need to make in your life to be as an 'angel of God' to him/her.

FromTo

This 10-part series exhorts us to deepen our intimacy with God by drawing nearer to Him and allowing Him to be involved in our lives. Today we look at 1 Samuel 29, telling of David's angelic character, thereby challenging us to evaluate our own character.

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