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Dr  Allen Jones Marriage Counseling 1 Marriage Counseling 1 Dr. Allen Jones “The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for ...
Arise Youth Trip Update/Why VBS | Pastor Stephen Pope Join us as Pastor Stephen Pope preaches at the pulpit of Calvary Baptist Church in Union Grove, NC.
July 11, 2021 - A Prayer For Salvation Luke 18:9-14 It is clear that the publican's prayer was heard by God and he was saved. The self-righteous Pharisee left the temple as lost as he came.
Silencing Religious Hypocrites (Sunday AM, 5/30/21) Luke 14:1-6 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. 2 And, behold ...
Bills Lake Baptist Church Sunday School Service May 23, 2021 Luke 17 & 18 Hope for the Pharisees Pastor Niemann Comments can be posted on the channel's discussion page.
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Temple Baptist Church - 3-6-2021James 2:1 Introduction: This evening, I will simply introduce these verses as there is too much to cover in one message. A. We will look at one of the greatest enemies of the local church: Division. Our Lord said, " And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." (Mark 3:25) B. James, writing to the dispersed Jews, knew the possibility and probability of respect of persons because of the history of the Jewish nation. C. I find it of interest that the Jews had no problem with those who converted to Judaism. They are called Jewish Proselytes. Judaism (noun) - the monotheistic religion of the Jewish people. 1. We find many in the Old Testament. Exodus 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. (Many Egyptians came to know the God of Israel and traveled to the Promised Land with them.) Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. (God included the "strangers" when giving the law.) Matthew 1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; (Rahab, a Gentile, was the mother of Boaz and in the lineage of the Lord.) Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: (Ruth, a Gentile, was the great grandmother of King David.) 2. We find many in the New Testament. Acts 2:5-6 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. (6) Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. (Jewish Proselytes – 16 languages mentioned here. Titus was a Gentile; Luke was a Gentile; Timothy's father was a Greek.)D. If this was so, and it was, then what was the problem that James was having to deal with in James, chapter 2? There was still RESPECT OF PERSONS WITHIN THE LOCAL CHURCHES! James 2:2 "Come unto your assembly!" Now, let us look at a few of the causes of respect of persons. 1. Respect of Persons is tied with Phariseeism. Disassembling from sinners. Luke 15:1-2 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. (2) And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 2. Respect of Persons is tied with Judaism. Disassembling from non-Jews. Acts 10:10-15 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, (11) And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: (12) Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. (13) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. (14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. (15) And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 3. Respect of Persons is tied to Christianity. Disassembling from those less esteemed. a) The Lord had to deal with Peter when He sent him to Cornelius, a gentile, and preached the gospel to him. 1) The Lord knew that Peter would not go to the Gentiles. Acts 10:27-28 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. (28) And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 2) Afterward, the Jews contended with Peter because he had gone to the Gentiles. Acts 11:2-3 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, (3) Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. b) Paul had to deal with Peter a little later concerning his dissembling from Gentiles when the Jews arrived (Peter still had not gotten it right!). Galatians 2:11-14 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. (12) For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. (13) And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. (14) But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? E. Most churches implode (blow up from the inside). It is not outside persecution that brings them down; it is inside division. There is a great difference between biblical separation and respect of persons. 1. Many times, it is infiltration. This was a problem 2,000 years ago and it has only escalated over the years. The Bible commands separation from false prophets and "grievous wolves" that enter the local assembly. God called pastors are "wolf watchers" as they oversee the flock of God. Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 2. Most times, the problem is carnality. Once again, this was a problem in some New Testament churches 2,000 years ago. Too often, separation is unbiblical as some will have nothing to do with others because of carnality. 1 Corinthians 1:10-12 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (11) For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. (12) Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. (2) I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. (3) For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (4) For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? (5) Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? (6) I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. (7) So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (8) Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. (9) For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
And though today’s Text is a rather “mild” such prayer … it is nonetheless quite powerful! “Imprecatory,” they call it. It is found at the Head (actually Verse 1) of Psalm 68. “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.” A request that God’s enemies be […]
Temple Baptist Church - 9-29-2021James 1:21-27 Introduction: A. As we come to the end of the first chapter of the Book of James, the Holy Ghost ties up all loose ends. He gives us the example of one religious man and one man with pure religion. B. Last week, I erroneously said that there were nine mentions of religion in one form or the other in the Bible. There are only five! It behooves us to look at these five mentions to get an understanding of how they are used. 1. The first three mentions speak of the Jew's religion. These three could be classified as false religions. Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. (Saul of Tarsus lived a life above reproach yet was unsaved!) Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: (Saul's deception.) Galatians1:14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. (Saul's zeal.) Though these three mentions speak of God's covenant people, Israel as a nation had rejected the Messiah and fell into spiritual darkness. Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (There were a few, when Christ was born, who sat in light—awaiting His coming. All these people, sitting and looking, had the same Word of God. Some chose darkness over light while others chose light over darkness. Personal choice.) 2. The fourth mention speaks of vain religion. The word "vain" means to no avail. James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 3. The fifth mention speaks of pure religion. James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. C. Types of "religion" mentioned in these two verses, 26-27: one vain or "religious" verses one pure and undefiled before God "religion." We will look at the difference between the two words and their manifestations. 1. Religious. Verse 26 uses the word "religious." Religious is worship done before man and not necessarily before God. a. The word "religious" only occurs once in the Bible and it is used in a bad light. Religious comes from a root word meaning "to wail" or "clamor." It is an outward expression in a bad sense because it is not backed up with an inward reality: all show. b. Religious: demonstrative or pious. Ceremonious in worship. Liturgical or sacramental in tradition. People within local churches who always must be seen, be in charge, receive praise. c. Religious: the result given is both vain and vocal. Vain: to no avail. It does not impress either God or man. Vocal: it manifests itself in self-glory and praise: I, me, my, or myself. It is simply show. 2. Pure and Undefiled before God Religion. Verse 27 is the only place where "religion" in any sense of the word is found to be pleasing to God and man. Pure means to be clean or clear. Undefiled means to be uncontaminated and is an expression of continuation. Pure and undefiled religion are done "before God," Who looks upon the inward, not the outward man. a. The example of Pure Religion is an interesting one. To visit the fatherless (orphans) and widows (widows indeed) in their affliction. To come to the aid of those who can neither pay nor reward your services. By visiting! Spending his or her time to relieve the suffering or loneliness of those who are helpless and needful. JOY – Jesus first, Others second, and You last. b. The second example of Pure Religion is to keep oneself unspotted from the world. A love of Christ that compels one to live righteously, holy, pure, unspotted from contact with the world (we must live in this sinful world) and also unspotted before the world so as to have a delightful testimony. Conclusion: This all goes back to the context of either "enduring temptation" in verse 12, or giving in to temptation in verses 13-15. Either being "doers" of the word or being "hearers only," deceiving ourselves but not deceiving either God of man.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-19-2021Revelation 17:5 A. For the last 2 weeks, we have taken a close look at the phrase: “The Great Whore.” This is not language that the Holy Ghost used loosely. It is language that we, as children of God, normally refrain from but the Bible is very specific in its usage. The end-time religious system has deserved every word of the phrase as it is anti-Bible, anti-God, and anti-Christian! B. In verse 5, we find further clarification of who and what the end-time religious system will be. “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT.” Notice with me the usage of all capital letters. This usage is not found often in the Bible but, when it is used, it us used to closely draw our attention to the precise wording. A mystery in the Bible is something that cannot be discerned by the unsaved. A mystery is a family secret. It can only be fully understood by God's children. For this cause, when we set forth the Bible truth concerning a mystery, the religious world believes that we are hard hearted, hateful people and maligns us. The child of God can clearly see the spiritual truth set forth by the Holy Ghost in the Bible through revelation of the Holy Ghost. The Mystery of both Babylon the Great and The Great Whore has blinded the minds and, therefore, the spiritual eyes of the world. What we see, they do not see. Truly, the god of this world has blinded their minds to all that is going on, so do not think that what the Bible is saying will be popular with the masses. C. Now, let us back up to verse 3, where we find “the great whore” “sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” 1. The “seven heads” represent the seven world powers of human history. Babel, Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. 2. The first of the “seven heads” or world powers was Babel. Babel's founder was Nimrod, the beginning of his kingdom: Genesis 10:8-10 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. (9) He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. (10) And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 3. The word “Babel” comes from a Hebrew root word meaning “confusion.” It was there in the land of Shinar that the Tower of Babel was built. Genesis 11:1-4 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. (2) And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. (3) And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. (4) And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 4. What made this first world power stand out in world history is their organized rebellion against God. Men have always rebelled against God, but the first mention of organized religious rebellion against God is found here. The words “they” and “us” show the anti-God unity of these people. Prior to this, the “sons of God” (the Messianic Line of Seth) looked upon and took for wives the “daughters of men” (the ungodly line of Cain). This was an individual sinfulness of mankind, not an organized one. 5. At Babel, God did “confound the language” of the earth as, in the beginning, there was only one language which allowed men to work together to bring about an intended end, a tower “whose top may reach unto heaven, and make us a name.” 6. The middle or fourth world power, was Babylon. The word “Babylon” comes from a combination of 2 Hebrew words meaning “out of” and “Babel” which means “out of confusion.” Babylon was simply an extension, both political and religious, of Babel! 7. The seventh and last of the world powers was and is Rome. The First, Middle, and Last of the world powers being the same: Babel – Babylon – Rome. 8. The 10 crowns will be the revived Roman Empire or Babylon or Babel! D. Verse 5. MYSTERY - a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites). 2 Timothy 3:13-17 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 1. Deceiving relates to 2 Timothy 3:1-9. Those who follow this anti-Bible, anti-God religion of the end-time have no Bible comprehension. They are “bought in” to this religious system because they can live any way that they choose and still be a part of it. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2. Being Deceived relates to 2 Timothy 3:8-9. This speaks of knowledge of its upper echelon. There are those who know and understand exactly who and what this religious system is comprised of: from the beginning to the end. I do not think for one moment that the religious leaders of “the great whore” do not know exactly what the system is and teaches. The ultimate deception is found here. “Deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:8-9 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (9) But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 3. Paul ends the chapter with an admonition to the believers. You and I, who know and study the Bible, are to be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord!” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. E. BABYLON THE GREAT. Both politically and religiously, she is here! 1. The Vision of the world powers from Daniel's time to the end. Daniel 2:31-35 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. (32) This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, (33) His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. (34) Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. (35) Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. 2. The Interpretation of the world powers from Babylon to the end-time and BABYLON THE GREAT and its destruction prior to the Kingdom Age. Daniel 2:36-47 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. (37) Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. (38) And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. (39) And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. (40) And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. (41) And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. (42) And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. (43) And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (44) And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (45) Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. (46) Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. (47) The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-19-2021Acts 13:22-23; I Samuel 16:1-13 Introduction: A. This morning, I want to look at one of the greatest of all Bible characters: David. I love this man! A king from which the King was born; his throne was established forever in Christ Jesus. 1. David's name is mentioned 1139 times in the Bible. Jesus was mentioned 983 times. Moses was mentioned 848 times. This shows the importance of this man named David (Beloved!). a) We read verses this morning looking from the end of King David's life back to the day of his anointing as King of Israel. There are many good ways to look at the bible and this is one of the best. b) The Old Testament is prophetic in types and shadows while the New Testament brings those types and shadows to light. 2. I enjoy reading and have often taken a “sneak peek” at the ending then returned to the beginning and saw just how the author developed his story while knowing the outcome. 3. It is a great way to study your bible. Look at the last mention of a particular subject and then, with that in mind, go to the first mention of the subject and watch as God reveals His will. Both First and Last Mention are always in agreement. In Acts, chapter 13, we find why God chose David. B. I can think of great men in the Bible: Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Job, John the Baptist, the Apostles, and the list could go on, but only David was labeled as " a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." This verse declares just how special that David was to God! If David was that special to God, then we need to study his life again. C. In our text verses, we find a “change in command” made by God Himself. "And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse …" 1. God's Rejection of King Saul - 1 Samuel 15:22-23 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (23) For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (Saul rejected the Word of the Lord. He understood fully what God had commanded. Saul was strong willed man and placed his desires above God's will. He disobeyed the Word of the Lord.) 2. God's Selection of King David - 1 Samuel 16:12-13 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. (13) Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. 3. Verse 10. I find it interesting that God's choice was not even one of Jesse's choices! In verse 11, Samuel had to ask Jesse if this all his children or did he have another? Samuel knew that he was to anoint one of Jesse's sons and God had rejected all the seven that were present. 4. We too often pick the "most likely to succeed" because the one God chooses is not even a choice to us. D. David was God's choice of a king to lead His people. Acts 13:22-23 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: 1. vs. 6 - God did not choose David according to birthright. The first born was given tremendous privileges. God does not choose the firstborn, nor does He choose the lastborn. It matters not who your parents were, nor does it matter what ethnic group you associate with. God is look for men and women, boys and girls, rich or poor. He can and will use anyone who makes themselves available! 2. vs. 7 – God did not choose David according to outward appearance. It makes no difference how tall or how short; how pretty or how plain. I understand that there are things that only a mature man can do spiritually, but God is looking for ladies who will serve-young boys and girls who have a heart for God to serve! God is no respecter of appearance. He can and will use anyone who makes themselves available! 3. vs. 10 – God did not choose David according to what the world wanted. We always pick the most articulate, the most outgoing, the best performer, the most popular because we cannot see the heart! God can and will use anyone who makes themselves available! 4. vs. 11 – God did not choose David according to age. He will use young, middle aged, or old. God is no respecter of age. He can and will use anyone who makes themselves available! 5. Availability is the greatest ability found in the Bible. David was useable, dependable, teachable, but, most of all, available! E. Man tends to look upon the outward as that is what he sees. (1 Samuel 16:6-7) Samuel said “SURELY” this is the Lord's anointed! The outward can certainly tell us certain things, but the outward can be a façade while the inward man is self-centered, lazy, or full of sin. Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. F. David was God's choice because he was godly in character. Verse 7 says, “The Lord looketh on the heart!” There was something special about David that his older brothers did not have, but God saw it. Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: (Life and living for Christ is a heart issue and as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Salvation begins with the heart and ends with the heart. It is with the heart that man believeth unto righteousness (Salvation) and the battle for supremacy in the heart rages for the rest of his life (Sanctification and Service). Psalms 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; G. I want to look at the character of David that helped to make him a man after God's own heart. Vs. 6-12 – notice the outward man verses the inward man. The key word here is the word heart. Character is a heart matter, not an inherent matter. You are not born with character. Character must be developed in an individual. I once read a sign that went like this: “You either have character or you are one.” (Character is developed, not born in you.) CHARACTER The peculiar qualities, impressed by nature or habit on a person, which distinguish him from others; these constitute real character, and the qualities, which he is supposed to possess, constitute his estimated character, or reputation. H. What God saw in David? 1. David Was A Content Man – vs. 11 - “he keepeth the sheep” vs. 19 – “which is with the sheep” (Verse 19 was after David had been anointed King! The shepherd was a meanial job that was often given to young girls: Zipporah and six other daughters of Reuel, Rachel-the wife of Jacob. You will never be greatly used until you learn contentment in small things! David was trustworthy.) Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 2. David Was A Controlled Man – vs. 13 – “the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” - Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. (If Jesus needed to be filled with the Holy Ghost, how much more do we need Him?) 3. David Was A Committed Man – vs. 16 – It takes commitment to be a “cunning player on an harp.” A harp is a difficult instrument to master with all its strings and sounds. CUNNING, a. [G. See Can.] Knowing; skillful; experienced; well instructed. It is applied to all kinds of knowledge, but generally and appropriately, to the skill and dexterity of artificers, or the knowledge acquired by experience.
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