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Closertothe Heart of God

Near To The Heart of God
David:Acts 13: 14-23..God said of David:“A man after mine Own heart..”
Father-JesseBrothers-(7) Eliab;Abinadab,Shammah, 4 unnamedothers(I Sam. 16:1-11)The most authoritative source for David's wives is1 Chronicles 3,which lists David's descendants for 30 generations. This source names7 wives:AhinoamofJezreel,Abigaithe Carmel,Maachahthe daughter of KingTalmaiofGeshur,Haggith,Abital,Eglah, andBathsheba the daughter ofAmmiel.
David’s Children
1. 1 daughter- Tamar2. 19 Sons:Amnon; Daniel; Absalom;Adonijah;Shephatiah;Ithream;Shammua;Shobab;Nathan; Solomon; Ibhar;Elishua;Eliphelet;Nogah; Nepheg;Japhia;Elishama;Eliada;ElipheletSons born to his concubines not listed.
King David was a man of contrasts.He was single-minded committed to God, yet guiltyOf some of the most serious sins recorded in the O.T.David lived a frustrating life.a) Frustrated in the shadow of his brothersb) Constantly on the run from vengeful King Saul.c) Almost constant warfare to defend the kingdomd) He was a real military conqueror, but he could notConquer himself!
1. King David became friends, like brothers, withSaul’s son Jonathan, setting a model of friendship thatEveryone can learn from. I Sam.18:1ff2. King David is included in the “Faith Hall of Fame”In Heb.11:323. David was an ancestor of JesusChrist,livingsome1,000 years beforeJesus.Jesuswas oftenCalled “the Son of David.”. 2 Sam. 7:12-16;Mtt. 14. God called David a man after his own heart. Acts 13:22
A Heart for God Prepares Us to be Used by GodIn I Sam. 13:14 the bible states that God “sought outA man after his own heart” to be King.Saul simply was not that man!When Samuel came to the house of Jesse to anointA king to replace Saul, Samuel thought that Eliab, theOldest would be made king! God said no. I Sam. 16:7We can learn that it takes a heart prepared to serveGod!.Out of your heart…Matt. 15:19-20Serve God from a good heart. Rom. 6:16-18
God helps us to do what we must do to serve Him.God gave David strength to serve Him.Cf. Phil. 4:13 Where does our strength come from?Heb. 13:5-6 I will never leave thee….Prov. 3:5-6..Even Peter, who denied Jesus, was restored to thelove of the Master. He preached the first Gospelsermon. (Acts 2:36-41)
It is better to Fear God than to be Nine Feet tall.Goliath was a giant… probably 9 feettall.Butwhom had you rather be in that battle: ! DavidHad great faith to fight for God.When we walk with God, and do Hiswill..wecan walk through the valley of the shadow of deathwithout being afraid.(Remember Bro. Matt Burnssermon last Sunday night on Psalm 23)
Yet
David allowed one night of lust withBathsheba andIt had disastrous consequences in his life. 2 Sam. 11:1ff
Sin Can Bring Horrible Consequences, butSin Can Be forgiven…My sin is ever beforeme. “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sinisever before me.”Psalm 51:3David admitted his sin. 2 Sam. 12:13I have sinnedAgainst the Lord. “I have”…. He had hurt the Living God…and he was sorry for That. He admitted and confessed his sins. “I have sinned” I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just toForgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us from allunrighteousness.”Hecould tell you the sorrow that went with the punishment for his sins.
ISamuel 16:7 ..Lord looks on the heartI Sam. 17:50..So David triumphed over the Philistine withA sling and a stoneI Sam. 30:6 ..David was greatlydistressed..mentalked ofStoninghim..hefound strength in the Lord his God2 Sam. 12:12-13.David said to Nathan: I have sinned againstThe Lord.Psalm 23:6..and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever..
How do weget closerto God?
Heb. 10:22-2522Let usdraw near with a true heartinfull assurance of faith, havingourheartssprinkled from an evil conscience, andour bodies washed with pure water.23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
Relax -Focus your mind on God (Col. 3:2)Read- Listen to God Speak ( Psa.85:8..”I willhear what God the Lord will speak..)Reflect- Think about the reading (Psalm 19:14)“Let the words of my mouth and the meditationOf myheart,beacceptable ..Record- Write down important thoughts, questions, observations from your readingMemorize : Psalm 119:11Request- Spend time in prayer (I Thess. 5:17)
Lord, I’m coming home
Remember the Prodigal Son.Lk. 15:17 And when he cameTo himself…He was ready then to go home!
Let’s all of us get closer to God!
Nearer My God ToThee 450Near to the Heart of God447Closerto Thee.. Near to thy side! 102Nearer, Still Nearer 436Nearer the Cross 439

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