Astronauts spend many years preparing themselves for their launch to space. Athletes and sportsmen too, spend many hours in training before they qualify for major competitions. The simple truth is this, we need a great amount of preparation before we can step into our God-given assignments. If we work with the Holy Spirit during the season of preparation, we can be ready for our ‘promotion’. God prepares those He promotes. In this sermon, we look at David’s life before he became the king of Israel and learn to respond the same way he did towards God’s preparation journey for him,
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WHAT WOULD YOU DO
David was a little shepherd tending to his sheep and subsequently a servant in King Saul’s court for a long time before he assumed the most important title in the nation of Israel. Even Jesus, the greatest example of a leader in all of history, began his life in the middle of nowhere, sleeping in a straw-filled feeding trough. Yet despite those humble beginnings—or perhaps because of them—biblical leaders were able to do great things through their obedience to God and his call (or purpose) for their life.
There were years of consistent obedience before big things happened, and that’s a trait we’ve lost sight of in this day and age. Many feel like they should be overnight success stories, but they fail to realize that their character needs maturing first in order to handle the success. Godly character is built intentionally over time, and the Bible helps us remember that.
What is the Holy Spirit requiring of you? Do you need to repent for having a bad attitude towards an assignment from God or harbouring anger towards someone? Or have you been running on your own power, especially in things you have been doing for a while? The Holy Spirit is nudging you to surrender to Him? God’s assignments must be done God’s way.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV