Based on the sermon below, here are 10 Quick “Life Applications” to God’s Rejection of Saul:
1) When God chooses you, you’re obligated to Him, not free to go your own way.
Has God choosen you to be his child? If so, then you’re obligated to listen and follow Him and not go your own way.
2) All Nations answer to the LORD even those who don’t acknowledge Him.
That would include the United States of America. Barack Obama says we are not a Christian nation, maybe we’re not (at least now anyways) that does not mean we’re not accountable to God on how we listen and obey Him. Whether you know the true God or you don’t know the true God, ultimately, God is your judge.
3) Incomplete, partial or half-hearted obedience is really idolatry and satanic.
That’s what the devil want’s you to do. Obey a little bit of this and little bit of that, but not that. When you’re making yourself god or the people you’re trying to please your god, it’s idolatry.
4) Pride, self-glorification over giving glory to God, leads to a fall.
When you get prideful and you think your the boss of your own life, you’re coming to a point where God is going to humble you.
5) You cannot fool God with your excuses and explanations for disobedience.
In other words, don’t try to pass it off by blaming others. You can’t play the victim with God. He doesn’t buy it.
6) We must listen carefully and follow God’s word.
When God speaks to you, pay attention and follow it exactly.
7) Fear God’s wrath over man’s disapproval.
Your goal in this life is not to make everyone else happy, your goal (job) is to make God happy on where you stand. Be God pleasers not men pleasures.
8) Monitor your heart not apprearances and perceptions.
Everyone’s concern about how they look, am I popular. Live before God. Live before an audience of One, the One in Heaven.
9) God’s word is your marching orders. Pay attention!
God’s word the Bible are your marching orders. Pay attention and follow Him.
10) True faith leads to genuite repentance and submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
True faith comes before God and say’s: I have sinned and I need your forgiveness. I’m sorry about the distance I’ve created between us.
Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy[a] all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.
Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves[b] and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.