Series: Best of Series: Different Messages from Various Series'
Title: Learning the Language or Living the Life – Part 5
“Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you.’” 1 Samuel 17:37
It can be quite easy to obtain the form and speak the language of faith, but lose the substance of our spiritual lives. Through the tragic fall of King Saul and the triumphant rise of David, Charles Price teaches how spiritual reality is the means to victory when lived in utter dependence on God, not just in the bigger areas of our lives but in the day to day responsibilities.
Before God had placed Saul on the throne, He had raised up judges to lead His people, but the Israelites no longer wanted to live under a theocracy. Like surrounding nations, they wanted a monarchy and demanded their own king. At their persistence, God gave them Saul as the first king of Israel. The Holy Spirit came upon him in power, and God had given him victory in his first battle over the Ammonites. Saul’s primary role was as a military leader. In 1Samuel 9:16, God said, “He will deliver my people from the hand of the Philistines.” Saul is then told, “Do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you” (10:17). For forty years, Saul reigned on the throne, but never received the victory. 1 Samuel 14:52 says, “All the days of Saul there was bitter war with the Philistines.” Why had God not given Saul the victory He had promised?
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