MAN UP BIBLE Series
Living a Life that CountsLESSON ONE
The Real World
A few years back on a trip from Colorado to Kansas Ronda and I stopped off at Dodge City. We went up to Boot Hill and saw Old Joe. His Tombstone read, “ Here lies old Joe. He died with his boots on.” At the end of the grave were a set of boot toes sticking up the in ground. King David has an Epitaph found in Acts 13:22: “ I have found David, son of Jesse a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do.”That is what I want God to say about me. How do I get there? What is the process ? That is what this MAN UP Bible Series will be all about. Being a Man after God’s own heart. But as I look at David’s life and his actions I do not see perfection. In fact it appears to be just the opposite. This is the reality of a man. So much good is possible. So the real question is: Are you ready to be all God wants you to be?
The Real Word
JEREMIAH 5: 1- 95 “Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem,look around and consider,search through her squares.If you can find but one personwho deals honestly and seeks the truth,I will forgive this city.2Although they say, ‘As surely as theLordlives,’still they are swearing falsely.”3Lord, do not your eyes look for truth?You struck them, but they felt no pain;you crushed them, but they refused correction.They made their faces harder than stoneand refused to repent.4I thought, “These are only the poor;they are foolish,for they do not know the way of theLord,the requirements of their God.5So I will go to the leadersand speak to them;surely they know the way of theLord,the requirements of their God.”But with one accord they too had broken off the yokeand torn off the bonds.6Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them,a wolf from the desert will ravage them,a leopard will lie in wait near their townsto tear to pieces any who venture out,for their rebellion is greatand their backslidings many.7“Why should I forgive you?Your children have forsaken meand sworn by gods that are not gods.I supplied all their needs,yet they committed adulteryand thronged to the houses of prostitutes.8They are well-fed, lusty stallions,each neighing for another man’s wife.9Should I not punish them for this?”declares theLord.“Should I not avenge myself
PSALM 51Havemercy on me, O God,according to your unfailing love;according to your great compassionblot out my transgressions.2Wash away all my iniquityand cleanse me from my sin.3For I know my transgressions,and my sin is always before me.4Against you, you only, have I sinnedand done what is evil in your sight;so you are right in your verdictand justified when you judge.5Surely I was sinful at birth,sinful from the time my mother conceived me.6Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;you taught me wisdom in that secret place.7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.8Let me hear joy and gladness;let the bones you have crushed rejoice.9Hide your face from my sinsand blot out all my iniquity.10Create in me a pure heart, O God,and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11Do not cast me from your presenceor take your Holy Spirit from me.12Restore to me the joy of your salvationand grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,so that sinners will turn back to you.14Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,you who are God my Savior,and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.15Open my lips, Lord,and my mouth will declare your praise.16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.17My sacrifice, O God, is[b]a broken spirit;a broken and contrite heartyou, God, will not despise.18May it please you to prosper Zion,to build up the walls of Jerusalem.19Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,in burnt offerings offered whole;then bulls will be offered on your altar.
What is Your Heart’s Desire?Write your own inscription on your tombstone: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________When God looks at your life what does He see?
What can we learn from the life of David?Shed the blood of thousands – I Chron. 22 :8He was an Adulterer – 2 Sam 11: 4He Murdered – 2 Sam. 11: 5 -17A poor father – 2 Sam 13: 15 – 18How can God call him “ A man after God’s own heart?”Are you a Man after God’s Heart?
Time to Close
So… What is the real answer to this quest to be a Man after God’s own heart? It is found in God’s grace! David by his actions did not deserve God’s blessing. But in his heart he has a longing to follow and please God. I know that is true for those of us who will walk together through this study of David’s life. Want some proof? John Newton -Writer of the hymn , “Amazing Grace” … The wretch that is mentioned in the first verse is him… A slave trader.. At his dead he is quoted as shouting out … My memory is gone but I remember two things .. I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior. No matter how bad your past has been… Your future is so very Amazing… All because of Grace!Time to MAN UP!