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Life Group Questions

1.  Pastor Paul stated, "There is no divine operation without Satanic opposition."  Have you experienced this statement playing out in your life?  Share about this with your Life Group.

2.  How will you stay out of "Panic Palace" as you move from victory to victory?

3.  What do you have a tendency to funciton in: fear or faith?
Like David, have you or do you:  

  • Run in desperation?
  • Resort to dishonesty?
  • Receive the Father's discipline?

4.  We know that failing miserably doesn't make you a miserable failure.  How do you handle God's hurting seasons?

5.  So far, what is the most important thing you have received during this series?

Sermon Notes

Training In The University of Adversity

Romans 5:17
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

The HIGHER the TASK the HARDER the TRAINING.

There is no divine operation without satanic opposition.

I Samuel 16:13-15
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him. 15 Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you.

3 Lessons

#1 No Spiritual Accomplishment Of Yesterday Can Protect Us From Serious Defeat Tomorrow

 

I Samuel 19:18
Now David fled and escaped and came to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth.

I Samuel 20:1
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?” 

I Samuel 21:10
Then David arose and fled that day from Saul, and went to Achish king of Gath.

Where do Most people run?
-The Panic palace
The moment we think we stand, based upon past blessing, victories and usefulness, we are ready for a fall.

#2 Even Spirit-Anointed People Can Fail If They Begin To Function Out Of Fear Rather Than Faith.

I Samuel 21:11-13
11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of this one as they danced, saying,
‘Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands’?” 12 David took these words to heart and greatly feared Achish king of Gath. 13 So he disguised his sanity before them, and acted insanely in their hands, and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down into his beard.

What happens when we begin to function out of FEAR?

-Running in Desperation
--F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real)
-Resorting to Dishonesty
-Receiving the Discipline

#3 Failing Miserable Doesn’t Make One A Miserable Failure

 

Psalm 34
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

In Psalm 34 we see that David learned 3 thing!!!
-He sought the Lord’s help for his life.
-He saw the Lord’s hand upon his life.
-He submitted to the Lord’s handling of his life.