Offense – Wandering with no root
1. Offended people may not kill like Cain but often do the same with their mouth.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof
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.
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
1 Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
3. Immature people say: I will stay in my church, marriage, family, job, friends as long as there is no problems and I’m treated to my expectations.
4 Understanding God’s authority for my life.
A. Church: But God has set in the body (church) as it pleases Him.
1 Corinthians 12:18
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him
B. Marriage: The two have become one and what God has joined together let no man separate.
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
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.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are [your] masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free.
D. David understood Gods authority.
1 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 allowed God space, that they either repent and God restore or God judge.
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 build God’s kingdom because David chose to do it God’s way.
4. Joy and peace must lead our life.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands