This message was preached By: Pastor Tunde Bakare.
Text: 1 Samuel 15:22-23.
Word on Marble
When your expectations of people are minimal your disappointment in life will be few.
Nobody should be under the impression that this house is set up by God to attack other people.
We mind our business.
Our Church is called the House of Reformation and Platform of Truth; that is why we are a church like no other. Issues are laid bare so that others who do not know can know. The leadership has the God given right to set things in order before you all, and you are expected like the Berean Christians to check those things in the Word of God and hold on to the Truth.
If you don’t conquer the war within, you are not fit to face the battle outside.
Biblical definition of the title of the message is in 1 Samuel 25:22-23.
You don’t have to carry a charm or make an incantation like voodoo Priest, or bow before an idol to be a witch, an idolater or one who practices divination; the moment you are a rebel, you fit into the camp.
If you are stubborn and not yielded in your heart to God you are as bad as a witch, a divinator and idolater.
“All you have to do is to act like King Saul; disobey God, carry out His express instructions and commandment the way you like.
Sin, trespass and iniquity can be used interchangeably.
-Sin is falling short of God’s glory.
-Trespass is going ahead of God, running ahead of Him not waiting for Him to give you instructions to obey.
Ezekiel 28:11-19 shows the origin of iniquity, how it was found in Lucifer in spite of it being a seal of perfection and full of wisdom.
Can God Count on You?
It is important to note when verse 19 says that Lucifer will be no more forever, it implies he will be in the lake of fire not just hell.
It is surprising that we do not emphasize Hell anymore as we emphasize Heaven, whereas Jesus spoke more about Hell than He spoke about Heaven.
If we truly know that Hell is real and the destination of multitude of people in the valley of decision, our attitude to Soul Winning and Discipleship will be different.
We will want to rescue everyone in our family.
To bring a Muslim to Christ requires you to be polite, not confrontational, and demonstrate intentional love to the point that you can be trusted.
It goes beyond preaching to them.
The Word is called the Sword of the Spirit. If you are going to use the Sword of the Spirit to kill so that God can raise and bring to life you must be close.
You must live before them to see clearly in you that there is no guile and no religious hypocrisy.
Definition of Iniquity
This can be found in Isaiah 14:12-17.
Psalm 8 gives an insight into the relationship of God with man.
Lucifer knowing this coveted the position of God and desired to have attention.
Thus Lucifer’s will conflicted with the Will of God. Iniquity is the conflict of your will with the Will of God.
King Saul As Case Study
The reason why Israel wanted a King was to judge them and fight their battles – desire to be like other Nations.
God told Samuel the implications of their demand, 1 Samuel 9:15-16.
Whereas God knew Saul would reign for 40 years and afflict Israel, He heeded their call and gave them a king.
Thereafter iniquity came on trial.
God had earlier in Exodus 17:8-16 declared to utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek and have war with them from generation to generation.
By their demand the people have impliedly taken away God’s authority, reign and rulership and gave them to their king – Saul.
Subsequently God instructed king Saul to go to war with Amalek, through Samuel, 1 Samuel 15.
It should be noted God would have fought with Amalek but now the people’s choice, Saul found himself in the middle of cross fire – the Will of God, and the conflicting will of the people.
As that conflict took Lucifer from his place of operation and brought him down so it happened to Saul too.
Call To Repentance.
-Repent and turn from your transgression so that iniquity will not be your ruin.
-Turn this day and live.
-Pray that God will cause your will to be in alignment with His.
-If both to will and do of His good pleasure are His, if we don’t do both iniquity; else, we shall be our ruin.
John 7:16-18, explains how we can know that we have come into alignment.
-Our responsibility is to be willing to do His Will.
-If a man wills to do His will, he will understand the principle of what God’s will is and receive grace to do it.
For further studies:
Isaiah Chapters 1 and 2.