Who’s Running Your World
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts , as in the provocation.
Psalm 95:7-8 KJV
7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your heart , as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
Revelation 22:17 KJV
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Genesis 7:16 KJV
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
1st Samuel chapter
18  and I’m going to read a few verses out of Colossians chapter number 1. And I know you reverence and love the Word of God; I want to ask you to stand, but do take heed this morning to the Holy Spirit. I’m probably preaching to mostly saved folk this morning, I look around I believe everybody is saved, but if you’re here and unsaved, and the Holy Ghost puts that desire in you to get saved, you better come today. “To day if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” [quoted Hebrews 3:15, which is quoting Psalm 95:7-8] because you don’t have the promise of tomorrow about getting saved. You see it’s not a whensoever gospel, it’s a whosoever will. Whosoever will let him come and drink the water of life freely [paraphrasing Revelation 22:17]. Jesus said, “To day if you will hear his voice, harden not your heart” [referring back to Hebrews 3:7]. There’s plenty of people in the bible that waited too late, and asked God and it was too late. When Noah [God] shut the door ark, nobody else could get in.
Colossians 1:12-14 KJV
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
And so in Colossians chapter number 1, while you found your place over in 1st Samuel chapter number
18 , I want to read a couples of verses here beginning in verse number 12. “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers” that word meet means qualified, as Bill said this morning in Sunday school class, because of your confession in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ you’ve been justified, and since you’ve been justified and its God who justifies you, Amen that’s something that God does, you can’t do it. God has to do it. God has declared you right, the Holy Ghost has put you into the family of God and now you’re in the body of Christ, and thank God you’re in the local body, the church, but since your one of His “we are meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints” And we all have an inheritance this morning awaiting on us. “of the saints in light:” In light. “Who hath delivered us” and I’ve got a note scribbled down here in my bible, and it’s just my personal note. It encourages me when I come across this scripture. That little word “us” right there Bro. Charles, I put my name above it. Who hath delivered Robert, Amen? Have you been delivered? “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” [quoted Colossians 1:12-14].
1 Samuel 15:22-23 KJV22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Now let’s go over the book of 1st Samuel 15 verses 22 through 23. You have heard this verse, I hope you’ve read it, but in 1st Samuel 15, let’s put in at verse number 22. “And Samuel said,” now remember now Samuel was the son of Hannah, after the book of Judges. It’s very important, when you read your bible, to know where you are, and who God is talking to in the situation there. And Hannah had the child Samuel, remember Hannah asked for that child, remember that? She was barren, and she prayed, and God heard her. Yet the preacher didn’t hear her praying; remember that story, [about] Eli, but God heard her and he will hear you if you call him, Amen? He told Jeremiah, “call unto me and I will answer thee, and I will show thee great and might things” [quoting Jeremiah 33:3]. And so Hannah had this child, and she said God if you’ll give me a son, I’ll dedicate him back to you, and that’s exactly what she did. She brought little Samuel down there, and left him, if you’ll have it, at the local church with the pastor and those in charge and it was a time of apostasy, a time when most of the preachers had walked away from God and was serving their own selfish lusts, and the pastor Eli wouldn’t do anything about it. God held him accountable, as well as He’s going to hold everyone accountable, amen? Every one of us is going to give an account unto God, but you see Hannah did leave Samuel down there to them men, she left him in the hands of God, Amen, and so God will have somebody to help. If you’re seeking help, God will make sure there is somebody is there to help, Amen? Even if it’s God himself, and that’s what he done for Samuel, remember Samuel went to sleep that night, and God spoke to him three times, remember that story? So Samuel grows up, he’s the first prophet, and the first priest in Israel and everybody knew that Samuel was the man of God, everybody knew that what Samuel said came from God, and that he was God’s representative to them folks. So here’s Samuel, he’s doing his work as God has called him to do, Israel starts their rebellion, and so they said they want a king like everybody else. We want a king to fight our battles. Now, when you start looking for someone to other folks to fight your battles you’re getting ready to get in trouble, Amen? So we come down here to chapter number 15, Samuel disobeys God, willingly disobeys God. Verse 22, “And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?” Now remember what he’s asking them here. “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” To know what God’s asked you to do, or what God’s showing you to do, from the Word of God, is better than you bringing all your sacrifices, I mean that’s not saying that your sacrifices are not any good. What God is telling them here; when you bring your sacrifices make sure they come from your heart, Amen, because God looks on the heart first. The next verse, rebellion, verse 23 “for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” Did you hear that? It’s as the sin of witchcraft. We talk about it, the witches, and folks turning against God, and sinners doing what they’re doing, but when we don’t obey God it’s just as bad. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” And so Samuel goes on to tell him, “Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being King. And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.” That reminds me of what happened when Jesus went in and stood before Pilate, remember? Pilate was willing to hear the people’s voice instead of God’s voice right in front of him, Amen.
I want to preach just a few minutes here on “Who’s Running Your World” Who’s running your life, your world? Here in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel, basically and there’s a lot of great preaching there, but in 1st and 2nd Samuel let’s just narrow it down and say that really 1st and 2nd Samuel are books about a kingdom of God that’s working wanting to manifest itself here on the earth. And the story, there are 2 kings in these books, and these 2 kings are going to reign, but only one can sit on the throne. Are you with me so far? The one is Saul and because of Saul, Israel wanted a King; Samuel thought they had rejected him. He went and cried to the Lord about it and God said Samuel they haven’t rejected you, they’ve rejected me and my words. You gave them a king Samuel. And so the crowd gathered and there was one man in the crowd that stood taller than anybody else, and so they said we want him to be our king, and that was Saul. Now one thing that a lot of people forget about Saul is that was as long as Saul obeyed the Lord as king, God blessed him; but most of the time Saul lived in rebellion. But if you’ll notice in your bible, I believe if you go back here to 1st Samuel chapter number 16, there it is, 1st Samuel Chapter number 16 look here in verse number 9. “The Jesse made Shammah to pass by” his seventh son, “And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chose these.” Do you know what I’m talking about here? Everybody know? Shake your head or something, Amen.
“And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down til he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel too the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.” [1 Samuel 16:9-13]
Now notice, here we have little David because of Saul’s rebellion God chose another king, God chose the king, and it was David. Now David is anointed king right here. The oil has been put on him. God said he’s the one. My friend can I say this morning that when you and I were saved by the grace of God, boy, I’m thankful this morning that God didn’t leave me a sinner. When Adam sinned, and you know the story there, we are all sinners by birth. We’re all sinners by nature, but I thank God, Bro. Jim, that God didn’t leave us in that situation. That God intervened and sent another king so to speak, and when you get saved there’s another king, if you’ll have it, moves into your life, Amen. So there you got the warfare of the flesh and the spirit. When you get saved, there is a warfare that begins. You don’t have that until you get saved. That’s one good way to know you are saved is if you got a warfare going on there, between your flesh, and what the Lord wants you to do.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Proverbs 4:23 KJV
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Matthew 12:34 KJV
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Notice some things here about Saul and David. I was looking at this, the bible says, now remember, the bible says in Colossians 1 of our reading that we have been translated into the kingdom of his dear Son, and God wants to manifest himself in your life, and because the flesh is against God, and the flesh is contrary to God. God will manifest himself through that new king that’s in your life. I’m talking about the Holy Ghost. I’m talking that new creature. I’m talking about what God’s done in there. Bible said, “He is a new creature” in Christ. “Old things are passed away” [2 Corinthians 5:17] [pullquote] I’ve got news for you, until Lord steps off the throne and calls us out of here, we’re going to be battling with that Saul until he comes. We’re going to be battling until he comes.
But who’s running your world? Who’s sitting on the throne of your life so to speak? Inside your rib cage there’s a battle going on, Amen. Now let’s look at a few things here. Bible said in Proverbs chapter number 4 I believe its 23, it said, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” [Proverbs 4:23]. All things of life come from the heart. Remember Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” [Matthew 12:34]. And so Jesus told them Pharisees, that religious crowd. He said why, why, do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not those things which I say [paraphrasing Luke 6:46]
Amen. Hey, we’re all guilty in some point of our lives, and so the bible goes on to say in the book of Proverbs “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death” [Proverbs 16:25]. Notice this morning, here they had a king, Israel had. They’re a kingdom now. They’re a nation of people. They have a priest, and the Lord, he intercedes when the priest prays for them. Now listen, they have a king, they have a priest, and they have the Word of God. Don’t we have the same this morning? I’m telling you, I’m more this morning, than a child of the king; I’m a son of God, Amen. Lord have mercy. We have our Jesus, the great high priest, sitting on the right hand of the father; we have the Word of God and we still have this same conflict going on of two kings in our lives.
Two kings, they also had the philistines and other enemies to deal with. They’ve got the flesh; we’ve got the flesh. They had giants to deal with; they had rebellion to deal with. We’ve all got them things to deal with, everybody I know trying to live for God is dealing with something. Whether it be their health, whether it be their habits, whether it be their homes, everybody’s dealing with something. And you know people say, well you know such and such there just having such a hard time. Welcome to the family, everybody’s having it. I mean everybody’s got things their dealing with. But God had sent a man. Boy, I’m glad that 2,000 years ago there was a man named Jesus Christ that came to rule in people’s lives. Lord have mercy.
I want to look at a few things here. Look in 1st Samuel chapter 16 verses 14 through 23, I find some interesting things about these two kings. First of all, I find in their first meeting, Bro. Ernie that old Saul, Saul was grieved, Saul was guilty, in other words, Saul’s soul was troubled.
. . . More to come soon