King Saul: An Example of Double-Mindedness

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded (James 4: 8 NASB).

BACKGROUND:  Samuel was the last of the judges.  The people wanted a king instead of a judge because the surrounding nations were governed by kings.  God tells Samuel that the people have not rejected him; they have rejected God.  God directs Samuel to anoint Saul, a humble man, as king.  In I Samuel 10: 10 , The Spirit of God comes upon Saul and he prophecies. But once he becomes king, Saul disobeys God by assuming the role of priest and offering sacrifices–something that only Samuel is commissioned to do. Clearly, Saul is NOT a man after God’s own heart.  This is first but not the last time that Saul disobeys God.

English: Saul Tries To Kill David; as in 1 Sam...
English: Saul Tries To Kill David; as in 1 Samuel 18:5-16; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Enter David.  God directs Samuel to anoint David as Saul’s predecessor.  David kills Goliath and earns favor with King Saul.  But when Saul hears the women shout, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands” (1 Samuel 18: 7 KJV).  Saul become insanely jealous, and starts pursuing David with the intent to kill him. When David repeatedly proves his loyalty to King Saul,  the latter laments and promises to leave David alone.  But Saul cannot be trusted.  He keeps pursuing David.  Saul is double-minded.

After the prophet Samuel dies, King Saul is lost because he has no one to consult. Afraid to fight the Philistines, he seeks a spirit medium to conjure up Samuel for advice.  This occurs after Saul has  banished mediums from his kingdom.  Consulting the “Witch of Endor” is the last straw–Saul’s final act of disobedience, which results in his death.  (See Deuteronomy 18: 9-13 and I Chronicles 10: 13.)

Saul and the Witch of Endor
Saul and the Witch of Endor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


To obey is better than sacrifice (I Samuel 15: 22b KJV).

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry (I Samuel 15: 23a KJV).

And also the Glory of Israel [God] will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind (I Samuel 15: 29 NASB).

For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart (I Samuel 16: 7b).

When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations.  There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.  For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you (Deuteronomy 18: 9-12 NASB).

Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented and buried him in Ramah his own city.  And Saul had removed from the land those who were mediums and spiritists (I Samuel 28: 3 NASB).

When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly.  When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets.  Then Saul said to his servants, Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.  And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at Endor.”  I Samuel 28: 5-7 NASB).

So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it; (I Chronicles 10: 13 KJV).


Rest vs. Chasing After the Wind

According to Job 33: 14-17, God speaks to us in dreams and seals our instructions.  I’ve had explicit God-given dreams but NOT when I’m up half the night working on a project.  Last night when I got in bed after 2 a.m., I picked up a copy of DREAM LANGUAGE by James W. and Michal Ann Goll.  My eyes focused on the following Bible verse: One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind  (Ecclesiastes 4: 6 NASB).

If you tend to be a night owl like I am, heredity may be a factor but so is a lack of self-disciple.  I often start something late at night and don’t want to stop until I finish it.  From now on, I intend to put Ecclesiastes 4: 6 reminders on my refrigerator, smart phone, and computer.  If you can identity with this post, join me in getting more rest.  Why chase after the wind?

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God Doesn’t Want You to Be Anxious

English: An anxious person
English: An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of  him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to  pass (Psalm 37: 7 KJV).

Be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4: 6a NASB).

Trust in the LORD and do good (Psalm 37: 3a KJV).

Wait on the LORD and keep his way (Psalm 37: 34a KJV).

And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat; nor for your body as to what you shall put on” (Luke 12: 22 NASB).

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life span?” (Luke 12: 25 NASB).

“But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Luke 12: 31 KJV).

10 Benefits fo Genuine Worship/ Part 2

Praise and worship are key to having a closer walk with the LORD through Jesus. When we worship God and love Him with all of our hearts, He shows up.

Walter Bright

Every opportunity we have to meet with and worship God is an opportunity for God
to release into our lives all of His goodness. When He shows up, he comes with
healing, deliverance, and power.

Worship releases God’s promise

I remember hearing an old preacher many years ago saying the following… “praise is the plow that prepares the heart for the planting of the promises of God.” – Psalm 103:1-5 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Sometimes, before there is a healing, a deliverance, a releasing of love and mercy or the comforting presence…

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