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Sub-Title: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Rebel’s Crown: Pastor Tunde Bakare
Text: Psalm 68:1-6, Matthew 12:43-45
Give Thanks – A Bible Study.
The bible encourages us to give thanks always for all things to God the father in the name of Jesus Christ Ephesians 5:20.
It states clearly in 1 Thessalonians 5: 15-18 to also give thanks every time in everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.
The will of God is that in everything you give thanks in Christ Jesus.
Except you are a sanctified and matured believer, it will be very difficult to give thanks to God for all things and in everything.
It is only faith that can sing through the days of sorrow.
Many deny God and faith the moment things are not going as expected.
To give thank to God for all things requires that we walk with God in four specific ways:
i) We must walk in love.
ii) We must love people.
iii) Serve God
iv) Serve people.
There is no way you love God and love people and serve God and serve people that anything will break you down without God showing up. He will never abandon you Ephesians 5:1-2.
You cannot know God outside of love.
The first walk is walking in God and with God. Walking in God is walking in love.
The second walk is walking in light. This happens when you do not approve what is evil as good.
The converse is a walk-in darkness Ephesians 5: 8-14.
Note that you cannot walk in light except you love God and you love the brethren 1 John 1:5-7, 1 John 2:3-11.
The similarity between love and light can be seen in 1 John 4:7-21.
If you are going to give thanks to God for all things you must walk in love, you must walk in light and you must walk in wisdom Ephesians 5: 15-20.
When you mature in God, you walk in light, you walk with Him and you walk with the brethren and when things happen that you do not expect, it will be so easy to give thanks for all things.
This is because your walks have prepared you to be able to give thanks for all things having known that all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and who have been called according to His purpose.
We are to give thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is when we tap into His ability and grace that we are able to walk through storms and challenges.
This is because Jesus is God’s unspeakable and indescribable gift 2 Corinthians 9:15.
If you are not prepared in your heart to give thanks in all situations, you will not be able to do so.
Let grief not rub you of you joy.
If Satan cannot steal your joy, he cannot keep your goods.
If God gave Jesus to you what else will He withhold from you?
He will give you all things along with Christ.
Your journey with God begins with salvation.
When you are saved then you can walk with Him in love, in light and in wisdom.
You must be saved first.
After salvation comes spiritual maturity.
It takes sanctification for you to thank God in everything.
You must be set apart to hear confidential whispers.
To be set apart is to be sanctified to hear classified information and know how to keep them.
What it takes to be able to thank God in everything
1 Thessalonians 5:14-18:
• When you do not quench the Spirit
• When you do not defy prophecies
• When you test all things and hold fast to what is good
• When you abstain from every form of evil
• When you present yourself unto God to be able to do His works in you
• When you have grace
The message examined the miserable life King Saul lived due to his rebellion, stubbornness, and idolatrous practices towards God.
The texts for the message – Psalm 68:1-6 and Matthew 12:43-45 validate that the rebellious and demon have the same habitation.
The two scriptures capture ten consequences of King Saul’s rebellious, stubbornness and idolatrous practices towards God, how they affected him and those around him.
The 10 Consequences of Rebellion, Stubbornness, and Idolatrous Practices.
1. King Saul was tormented off and on by evil spirit from the Lord for his rebellion 1 Samuel 16:14-15
2. The evil spirit that tormented him turned what was meant for his good to evil as he became envious of David. The praise song and jubilation of the women who ascribed the killing of thousands of Philistines to king Saul and ten thousand to David did not go down well with him 1 Samuel 18: 6-16.
If he had known the truth of the word of God that says one of you will chase a thousand and two of you ten thousand, he would have celebrated and rejoiced that God had bought someone to him to multiply his efforts and extend the frontiers of his kingdom, but he was envious of David. If your mentor becomes your tormentor behave yourself wisely 1 Samuel 18:15.
3. It became so bad for Saul that every time David did exploits for God it provoked a distressing spirit in Saul to torment and push him to attack David 1 Samuel 19: 8-10.
4. Saul ordered Michal his daughter who is David’s wife to kill David 1 Samuel 19: 11-17.
5. Saul used his own hand to tear his royal robe as he pursued David to the homestead of Prophet Samuel where he prophesied laying naked on the ground 1 Samuel 19:18-24.
6. Saul in his anger called his own biological son – Jonathan the son of a perverse and rebellious woman. He cast a spear at Jonathan to kill him 1 Samuel 20: 24-34.
7. King Saul who started humbly ended up so power drunk that he ordered the mass killing of the priests of God and their families 1 Samuel 22:11-23.
8. On two different occasions he judged himself and declared David victorious 1 Samuel 24: 16-22, 1Samuel 26: 17-25
9. Saul the anointed king ended up on the laps of the witch of Endor justifying what he had once condemned and outlawed 1 Samuel 28:3-10. Saul is a case study of pathetic end of a man to whom God had revealed His purpose, plan and will only to find himself operating under closed heaven.
A man who dined with Prophet Samuel ended up having communion with demon as he ate the fattest cow prepared by the witch of Endor. You cannot eat from the table of the Lord at the same time eat from the table of demon. Divination should not be confused with revelation 2 Samuel 1: 19-21
10. If Saul biography were written the title would read – The life and times of King Saul’s 40years of mystery and torment due to off and on mental illness 1Samuel 16:23, 1 Samuel 18:6-11.
May God forbid that you live like King Saul.