Drafted from 2012-02-03
As they (the women) danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands." <1Sa 18:7>
In Samuel 18, Saul could not overcome when women liked David more than him. He also could not take it when people famed David more than him. Finally, David was more successful in battles than Saul could ever imagined, as he executed tasks more skillfully, beyond what he could even do (Saul thought he could kill David with 100 foreskins of Philistines, but David killed even 200).
Why does Saul have jealousy out of comparison? Which leads him to no peace, fear, and which caused him to try all agendas to bring David down. The matter is about his values. Saul valued women, fame and success more than anyone in the first place. At first, he was just a simple person in the tribe of Benjamin. When Samuel called him to be the king of Israel, he became able to prophesy by the Holy Spirit. He tried to confirm the promise of God by becoming quiet even though people doubted him how he could be a king of Israel. But I am thinking, he probably felt hurt, and was never healed at that point in time; and his heart might have said, “One day, the Lord will show it to them that the Lord has anointed me.” Keeping this in his heart, the more success he gained, the more he could not handle the pride that can destroy a person. Was he zealous? He held on to the responsibility of the role of a king of Israel that the Lord has entrusted from Samuel to him, so much so he wanted to lead Israel to seek the favor of the Lord and lead Israel to victory. He confessed that he feared the people more than he wanted to lead the people. This, he was totally correct, but he kept this guilt in him, and was never in a state to find Samuel to knock on his door with a continually contrite heart.
Evil spirits came into Saul. The way religions try is coax the evil spirits is by comforting the dead (so they could give peace and bring more than ordinary blessings to the living). The way religions try is to purify their unclean minds and rid of all unluckiness.
But God never gives religion. He gave only the revelation of Jesus Christ. God tells us not to communicate with the dead. In truth, the spirits of the dead are not really the spirits of the dead, and it is not about luck but God’s predestination.
This evil spirit also tempted David, but he recognized his choosing by blood, grace and anointing, and not his own worth, and he retaliated against the evil spirit of deceit and untruth, “How can I kill the anointed one of the Lord?”
Where the non-gospel ways are bounded by conditions, situations and the process, so that they cannot see the works of God, only through Jesus Christ can one receive the eternal promise, and test and approve the perfect will of God in all things, and so, receive the Spirit of Truth. Where non-gospel ways give people wearier and heavier burdens, only through Jesus Christ can we be counseled and be victorious by the Counselor Holy Spirit.
Yet, what does it mean by Jesus Christ? This is the most important thing in this message. Do you believe that the Lord Jesus, Who is the Lord Creator, the One who leads the whole history and plans your whole life, is in you? What is meant by believing is not a courageous act of commitment, but it means taking yourself as Today’s Jesus. God has the greatest plan in your life; your problems are not because of comparisons, but because you do not believe that Jesus Christ is in you in God-planned special and unique way.
John 5:17 “… My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
Do you believe that the Father God is at work in you even to this very day, and that you are working with Him? How do you know that you are coworking with God?
John 5:19 “… the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
And this means even to obey even till death. This is not by courage, but by an understanding even by the most timid person that it is simpler to choose Christ the narrow path than the wide path.
And how do you know that you are following God with nothing biased in your own way?
John 5:36 “…For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing —testify that the Father has sent me.”
You do not need to have successful consequences to prove that you are filled with the Holy Spirit. You do not need other people to tell you that you are full of the Holy Spirit because even Jesus Christ was not honored in His own hometown with all His preaching and miracles. And even Noah had no one believing him even though he preached for 120 years. But if you have life and authority that cannot come from that of mere men… if you cannot stop speaking what you have heard and seen what others have not… You know that you are Holy Spirit filled.
There is no need to compare. Those who have will be given more, and those who do not have, even what he has will be taken away. However, those who keep on having the heart that is cut to the hearts over and over again, they will continue to have the best of good soil in their hearts to yield a hundred, sixty or thirty times of what was sown.
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