All services are now in church in addition to live streaming. Come join us this Sunday
morning at 9:30am for Sunday School, 10:30 morning worship and 6:30pm evening worship.

When You are at the End of Your Rope

Series: Topical

When You are at the End of Your Rope

August 22, 2021 | Gary Jackson

Passage: 1 Samuel 30:1-20

1 Samuel 30:1-20 (KJV) 1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.

3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. 8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. 9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed. 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water; 12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick. 14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire. 15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.

16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. 17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled. 18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. 19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all. 20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil.

Intro

 

“And it came to Pass” Trials, troubles, hardships come to pass in everyone’s life – Troubles are NOT unto YOU!

Troubles that effect you and those you love! They can take you to despair beyond description. What do I do and where do I turn??

 

Psalms 61:1-4 (KJV) 1 Hear my cry, O God;

attend unto my prayer.

2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:

lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3 For thou hast been a shelter for me,

and a strong tower from the enemy.

4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever:

I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

 

  1. David Encouraged Himself

 

  1. Don’t depend on others – those that loved him, followed him, served him wanted to STONE HIM

 

  1. DO depend on the LORD

         Proverbs 3:5-7 (KJV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not       unto thine own          understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he     shall direct thy paths.

         7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

                  Jehovah is the one Name of God that has Compounds

                 

                  Jehovah-Jireh  - The Lord provides

 

                  Jehovah – Rapha – The Lord that heals

 

                  Jehovah Nissi – The Lord our Banner (victory in Battle)

  1. David Enquired

 

Prayer  – What is your prayer life Like

 

         A.. ASKING

                  - Do you regularly go to Prayer for direction?

                  (It is normal to go for need and request but not so regular we go for                         daily direction)

 

 

  1. Listening

                           - Word

                           Psalms 119:105 (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,

                           and a light unto my path.

                           - Holy Spirit

                           Isaiah 30:20-21 (KJV) 20 And though the Lord give you the bread                               of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers                                 be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy                             teachers: 21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,

                           This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and                               when ye turn to the left.

 

III. David Pursued – pursued tells us of the intensity of the Effort

 

  1. Energy – no feeble attempt

         Psalms 86:12 (KJV) 12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart:

         and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

 

         Psalm 111:1 (KJV) 1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

 

 

  1. Enlisted others

         9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him,

 

  1. Endured He was not discouraged of delay when others grew faint

         for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go      over the brook Besor.

        

         2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I   have kept the faith:

 

 

Series Information

Paul's favorite church may have well been the church at Philippi. He shares three things that are encouraging to him and should be part of our life. He first give Thanks - there is always reason for the child of God to give thanks. Secondly he prayers. We must always pray one for another. Three Paul is confident that God will complete the good work He has started in our life.

Other sermons in the series

May 27, 2020

Standing Together

Paul encourages the church at Philppi to stand together. Paul knew the...

June 07, 2020

Life Is a Vapor

How as Christians do we respond to a society that has lost their mind?...

July 05, 2020

Secrets Doubts

What did John reject? What was John’s reason? What was Jesus...

August 02, 2020

Worldviews

There is no doubt that America is reaping the consequences of decades...

August 05, 2020

We Believe the Bible

Tonight, we are clarifying 2 areas of where the Bible stands. One is...

August 09, 2020

Summer Sing

Ephesians 5:19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs...

November 01, 2020

Blessing of Giving

We show we are truly God's children when we give like God gives.

November 04, 2020

God is in Control

How should we respond to the National election of uncertainly and...

November 29, 2020

Seeking Wisdom

Acknowledging our need for wisdom, Choosing wisdom and Seeking it early...

December 06, 2020

When was Jesus Born

Many have debated the exact day of Jesus birth. Scholars disagree some...

December 06, 2020

Teen Christmas Service

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and...

December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve Service

The nativity of Jesus, nativity of Christ, birth of Christ or birth of...

December 27, 2020

First Things First

Through the prophet, Haggai, the post-exilic Israelites are encouraged...

January 20, 2021

Failure at Ai

The Promised Land represents and describes the Christian life...

February 28, 2021

Moving Forward

As we look to the future, may we emulate the prophet Elisha in his...

March 07, 2021

Role of a Pastor

What is the Pastor's role and responsibility. What should a church...

March 28, 2021

Easter Musical 2021

Friendship Church choir sings out the testimonies of those who...

April 04, 2021

Have You Seen Jesus ?

There were over 500 witnesses that saw Jesus after His resurrection...

May 02, 2021

Teen Service Part 1

The teens took the opportunity to share some of the presentations they...

May 09, 2021

Honoring Mothers

Mother's Day today is more important than ever. Society says a home can...

May 09, 2021

Teen Service Part 2

The teens took the opportunity to share some of the presentations they...

May 23, 2021

Strength in weakness

Our strength comes from God when we choose to rely on Him as our source...