Remember How You Used To Be? – 8/16/20 AM

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Remember How You Used to Be?

1 Samuel 15:17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

Intro:  

               A. Saul’s Prominent Attributes

Saul was actually not a small person. He was actually bigger than everybody else. The Bible mentions it twice.

See I Sam. 9:2; 10:23

  • 1 Samuel 9:2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
  • 1 Samuel 10:23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

               B. Saul’s Personal Assessment

But in spite of his stature; in spite of the fact that he was a choice young man; a goodlier person than all the children of Israel, Saul was a man of humility and low self-esteem.

SEE I Sam. 9:21

  • 20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father’s house?
  • 21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

               C. Saul’s Prideful Arrogance

Samuel reminded him of how he used to be.

How that his position, his prominence, his practices had allowed pride into his heart.

He had also chosen to assume the position of the man of God (13:9)

Saul spared Agag. (15:9)

Samuel confronted Saul about his pride and arrogance in 15:17

There were a few things about Saul that you find that stood out about him when “he was little in his own sight…”

  • LITTLE: young, small, insignificant, unimportant

What Samuel was saying was, “REMEMBER HOW YOU USED TO BE?”

Let’s look at a few things that stand out about Saul when he first started out – when he was little in his own sight…

I. He was Searching for the Lost – 9:3

I can’t help but notice that over time, people lose their burden for seeing the lost brought to Christ.

They want to do something more important; more prominent; more advanced.

I started knocking on doors when I was about 7 years old. I am now 47.

For 40 years, I have faithfully and consistently been searching for the lost.

I never want to lose sight of my responsibility to go seek and find the lost and bring them home.

II. He was Sensitive to the Lord

  • 1 Samuel 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

This is the same Spirit of the Lord that is working in our lives today.

This is not another Holy Spirit.

This is the same Holy Spirit that we find in Genesis 1 with a desire to “make man in our image”.

God still wants to make us into his image.

The Holy Spirit still wants to turn you and I into “another man”.

Notice verse 9:

  • I Sam. 10:9 And it was [so], that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.

Remember How You Used to Be?

Remember when you used to crawl into the altar every service and beg God to change your heart?

To break your heart; to work in your heart; to take away that old heart and give you a clean, sanctified heart?

Notice verse 10 and 11:

  • 10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
  • 11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What [is] this [that] is come unto the son of Kish? [Is] Saul also among the prophets?

Other people noticed the change in him.

All that knew him beforetime saw that…

Remember How You Used to Be?

Remember when your love for Jesus was so strong you didn’t care what other people had to say?

The problem with a lot of Christians today is they are worried about what other people will say.

  • Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

FEAR: anxiety; care

III. He was Surrounded by the Likeminded

  • 1 Samuel 10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.

The common denominator was their hearts.

The common bond was God had touched them.

It doesn’t say this band of men had common interest.

It doesn’t say this band of men were related.

It doesn’t say this band of men were the same age.

It doesn’t say this band of men pulled for the same ball team.

The common bond was every one of these men’s hearts had been touched by God.

Because he was surrounded by men whose hearts God had touched, it helped him not get in the flesh.

SEE verse 27.

  • 27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.

He was confronted with Satanic opposition and adversity.

               A. Notice their Doubts – how shall this man save us?

               B. Notice their Despising – and they despised him

               C. Notice their Disrespect – and brought him no presents.

Watch Saul’s reaction: But he held his peace.

It helps when you are surrounded by people whose hearts God has touched.

Many Christians today think they are spiritual enough to hobnob with the unsaved.

They think they are mature enough to hang out with carnal, unsaved, unseparated people

They aren’t!