About This Project
At one time or another, whether we are newly saved or long-time Christians, we have all been weak. We want our lives to grow stronger but what does that really mean and how can we accomplish it? It is at the times when we are at our weakest that God is the strongest! The secret to Christian growth is learning to hold loosely to the things of this life so we can learn to move with God. Remember at every level there’s another devil. This podcast will study 2 Samuel 3 and the impact that King David’s life choices of taking multiple wives and fathering multiple heirs are having on the Kingdom of Israel and his own personal life. We’ll also take a look at the latest in Cancel Culture news with Bill Maher’s commentary on China, the currently canceled Dr. Seuss, Winston Marshall, JK Rowlings, Oklahoma!, Gina Carano, and Mr. Potato Head as well as examine Cancel Culture’s impact on the Christian community with the contrasting ideas of the presently incarcerated Pastor James Coates and Pastor Andy Stanley. We are obsessed with canceling those who should not be canceled and not canceling those who should be canceled. We have to pray for revival and ask God to send His Spirit into our churches and bring us back to Himself.
Key Verse: 2 Samuel 3:39 (NIV84)
And today, though I am the anointed king,
I am WEAK, and these sons of Zeruiah are
too strong for me. May the Lord repay the
evildoer according to his evil deeds!”
Theme: At every level there’s another devil
Scriptures Studied: 1 Peter 5:8; 1 Corinthians 16:13 ; Jeremiah 23:16-17; Jeremiah 23:18-20; Matthew 5:13-16; 1 John 4:4; 2 Corinthians 4:4 ; 2 Samuel 3 ; Galatians 5:17; Deuteronomy 17:17 ; Proverbs 14:12; Genesis 9:6 ; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Job 1:21; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ; John 15:5 ; Philippians 4:13
- The story of Jeremiah
- Abner’s slaying of Asahel during the Battle of Gibeon
- The many wives and heirs of King David: Jezreel and Amnon, Abigail and Kileab, Maakah (“the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur) and Absalom, Haggith and Adonijah, Abital and Shephatiah, Eglah and Ithream, and his first wife, Michal.
- In 2 Samuel 3:25, “going out” (motsa) + “coming in” (mabo) = making war
- In 2 Samuel 3:39, “gentle” (rak) = weak
Points to Note:
Reminder, the story of Saul & David is Our Story:
- Saul: [Kingdoms of this world] Self-Centered, Demanding, Disobedient to God, Seeks His Own Glory
- David: [Kingdom of God] Other-Centered, Giving/Self-Sacrificing, Obedient to God, Seeks the Glory of God
Kingdom of Saul | Self-Absorbed and Insecure | Passing Away
- Every moment is about himself
- Everyone is suspect
- Everyone is a threat
- Willing to kill for his kingdom
- Estranged from everyone he loved
- On the road to self-destruction
Kingdom of David | Self-Less & Dependent on God | Arriving
- Wounded by the Lord
- Made useful to those wounded in the world
- Contrite, Compassionate, and Hungry for God
- Made ready to serve others
- David represents new life in Christ; Saul represents old life in the flesh
- Paul can be considered the “David” of the New Testament
The Devil loves: Division Destruction Disorder
THE STRUGGLES OF CHRISTIAN GROWTH:
- The TEMPTATION to do what the world would do in order to establish our lives. (David’s multiple wives & sons)
- The STRUGGLE to hold on to what we have acquired or been given in life. (David’s political maneuverings).
- A SENSE that we are ultimately too weak for all of this. (David’s response to Joab).
GOD’S GRACE IS ENOUGH:
- The grace of God’s voice – speaking to us about what He’s doing in the midst of our struggle.
- The grace of unanswered prayer – wherein you are weakened by some measure of the world so that you rely not on your own strength but on the Lord’s.
- The grace of God’s strength – that comes upon us when we stop struggling to keep our kingdom alive and well.
Recognize the Following:
- Secular kingdoms encouraged the marrying of many women in order to secure a number of heirs. This is contrary to God’s instruction given in Deuteronomy 17:17.
- The way that David treated women did not make him strong; it made him weak. Contrary to what much of the secular world believes, Christianity empowers and encourages the respect of women.
- Sleeping with the king’s concubine was the same as usurping the throne in ancient times.
- Christians get weak when they listen to the ways of the world instead of the ways of God.
- David failed in his duties to be a righteous king, command respect, and execute justice in his kingdom for the murder of Abner by Joab.
- TRUTH: We CANNOT see the consequences of our disobedience today. That is why we must learn to TRUST God in our obedience today.
- If you are feeling weak: rejoice. God has brought you to a place where you have to rely on Him more than ever before or more than you have in a long time.
- Even though Paul the Apostle failed many times and was given a “thorn”, he was strong because he believed God’s power is made perfect in weakness.
Questions to Consider:
- What is keeping you from growing stronger?
- Do you feel like going back to your “old ways” or find yourself listening to what the world is saying?
- Do you find yourself asking what the Church can do for you instead of what part you can play in sharing the Gospel with others?
- Are you obsessing about the “prosperous” season you have left and trying to hold on to things that are “gone”?
- Are you able to rejoice in your weakness and rest in the strength and instruction of God?
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