The Crucible // Part 2
Bible Text: 1 Samuel 16:14-21 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: The Crucible | We are going to move forward in our study of how God creates a woman/man of God. The development/creation of a man or woman of God is one of the most beautiful and fascinating things to see in the whole universe. God uses the events of life as a crucible to create a man/woman of God.
What did we learn last week?
No matter what circumstances a life is in when it turns to God – no matter how difficult its past or present situation – no matter how low the expectations are……….God determines the destiny of that life! The crucible of difficult beginnings and low expectations is intended by God to create a heart that is centered in Him!
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. /// Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
We’ve been using David as the primary subject of our study in the creation of a man/woman of God. King Saul was rejected by God as king over Israel due to his disobedience. The worst possible thing happened to Saul and the people around him upon his rejection: He maintained his position without the anointing of God.
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from God is troubling you.” /// 1 Samuel 16:14-15
Other translations of the word “distressing” which describes the spirit upon him: ugly, bad, sorrowful. David stepped into this situation. The servants of Saul concluded that to have someone around who would play some praise and worship would help with the condition of the king. One servant stated that he had met David. It seems to me that the servant spoke prophetically about David to Saul because some of what was told Saul had not yet happened but David could play the harp and worship God. Here’s our first lesson for tonight:
Worship opened the door for David.
David had become a worshiper of God. His other accomplishments or traits were relatively unknown. David’s focus on the Lord we spoke of last week transformed his heart into the heart of a worshiper. Not a musician or a singer but a worshiper. He learned to cultivate the presence of God. Everything that has happened to you to this point is intended to do the same! What has happened to you in life is intended to create within you the power to change the atmosphere. That’s why David was summoned.
So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he (Saul) loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer. /// 1 Samuel 16:21
Saul loved David greatly and his relationship with God was a blessing to Saul. Saul brought David close to him because David’s relationship with God benefited Saul’s agenda. But, what would happen when the agenda of Saul which was not in line with God’s would conflict with the will of God for David and God’s destiny for Israel? This is a story for next week. So, what have we learned so far about how God creates a man/woman of God?
No matter how a life begins – no matter the circumstances it approaches God in – no matter the mess or the low expectations for it…….God determines the destiny!
Steward your heart. Do not allow bitterness, unforgiveness, and unbelief determine your destiny. Your heart must say, “yes” to God’s plan and purposes no matter how audacious they seem to you!
Learn to steward God’s presence in your life. Spend time with God. Learn His word. Make Him the focus of your plans and the determiner of what is possible for you. Become a worshiper of God!
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
1 Samuel 16:14-15, 21
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