Offense: God is the Judge Jesus is Lord
Proverbs 6:16-19 AMP
16 These six things the Lord hates;
Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him:
17 A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that creates wicked plans,
Feet that run swiftly to evil,
19 A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths],
And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.
1. Offended people build walls: The process.
A. Self-preservation – To protect my rights.
B. Now it’s about me not God.
C. Deception now sets in.
D. Out of Gods will.
E. Now I’m doing the will of the devil. You finish the story.
F. Gods will: 1 Corinthians 6:7, Philippians 2:3, Matthew 5:44, Romans 12:14-21
1 Corinthians 6:7
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
Romans 12:14-21 AMP
14 Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them].
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself.
17 Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.
2. God often puts us in uncomfortable places to equip, fortify, mature and develop character in us for what He has called us to do. I hear God saying: the pressure-stop running.
3. The word on the street is: I will stay in my church, marriage, family, job, friends as long as there is no problems and I’m treated to my expectation. The problem is when we say I, we take God out, when life has got to be about God and His will for my life. Understanding God’s authority for my life.
A. Church: But God has set in the body (church) as it pleases Him. (I Corinthians 12:18)
B. Marriage: The two have become one and what God has joined together let no man separate. (Mark 10:8-9)
C. Family, Job: Children do not correct fathers, but fathers correct and instruct. We only have authority to operate at the level God has given us and placed us. People on our own level, we only have the right to love and encourage.
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. 2 Honor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise— 3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may have a long life on the earth.
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with respect for authority, and with a sincere heart [seeking to please them], as [service] to Christ— 6 not in the way of eye-service [working only when someone is watching you and only] to please men, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart; 7 rendering service with goodwill, as to the Lord, and not [only] to men, 8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive this back from the Lord,
D. David understood authority.
(I Samuel 24:6-15)
6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he [is] the anointed of the LORD.
7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on [his] way.
8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and [some] bade [me] kill thee: but [mine eye] spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he [is] the LORD’S anointed.
11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that [there is] neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.
E. Why did Saul mistreat David?
F. What was David thinking?
G. Why did God put David in that situation?
H. God test our hearts to see if we will do it God’s way or ours. Will we judge, or will we allow God space, that they either repent and God restores, or God judges.
I. It is righteous for God to avenge his servants. It is unrighteous for God’s servants to avenge themselves.
J. Saul built his own kingdom. David built God’s kingdom because he chose to do it God’s way.
4. Three deadly Christian sins:
B. Pride and arrogance
C. Offence and unforgiveness