Someone said yesterday’s fire is today’s ash. We need to have the fire today. Giving less importance to myself just like Saul when he had become king. 1 Samuel 15:11: I regret that I have made Saul king. God wants us to admit our sin wholeheartedly. God loves honest people.
1. Saul did not own responsibility of his wrong.
2. Saul acted very religious.
3. Saul sought honor and wanted to preserve his dignity when he was caught.
1 Samuel 15:22: To obey is better than sacrifice. Rebellion is like witchcraft and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Saul rejected the Lord, He has rejected you from being king.
It is not enough to have a good beginning, we need to have a good finish.
2 Tim 4:7,8: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;
Matthew 25:20,21: Well done good and faithful slave. Faithful in a few things.
1 Cor 10:12: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.
1 Tim 1:19,20: keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.
Pride of Saul. Saul honored himself.
He justified himself. He sought honor for himself.
Heb 6:4-6: Once enlightened and then fallen away, it impossible to renew them again to repentance, as they again crucify to themselves the Son of God. Not condemnation but knowing the seriousness of sin. David’s attitude was different, he admitted his sin.
Hebrews 6:11,12: And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Luke 8:14: The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
Aroma that is released when we are crushed, is it a stinking smell or a nice aroma that comes out which will be smelt by others who come near us. Branch needs to be connected to the tree in order to bear fruit.
Does God regret making me? Genesis 6:6: Noah was well pleasing to God. David was pleasing to God. Jesus did not come to condemn me but to make me righteous by the blood of Jesus.