THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Ten

Heart and Soul | 1 Samuel 14

1 Samuel 13:17 - Three raiding parties soon left the camp of the Philistines. One went north toward Ophrah in the land of Shual, 18 another went west to Beth-horon, and the third moved toward the border above the valley of Zeboim near the wilderness. 19 There were no blacksmiths in the land of Israel in those days. The Philistines wouldn’t allow them for fear they would make swords and spears for the Hebrews. 20 So whenever the Israelites needed to sharpen their plowshares, picks, axes, or sickles, ] they had to take them to a Philistine blacksmith. 21 The charges were as follows: a quarter of an ounce of silver for sharpening a plowshare or a pick, and an eighth of an ounce for sharpening an ax or making the point of an ox goad. 22 So on the day of the battle none of the people of Israel had a sword or spear, except for Saul and Jonathan. 23 The pass at Micmash had meanwhile been secured by a contingent of the Philistine army.

1 Samuel 14:1-15 - One day Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on, let’s go over to where the Philistines have their outpost.” But Jonathan did not tell his father what he was doing. 
2 Meanwhile, Saul and his 600 men were camped on the outskirts of Gibeah, around the pomegranate tree at Migron. 3 Among Saul’s men was Ahijah the priest, who was wearing the ephod, the priestly vest. Ahijah was the son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the Lord who had served at Shiloh. No one realized that Jonathan had left the Israelite camp. 4 To reach the Philistine outpost, Jonathan had to go down between two rocky cliffs that were called Bozez and Seneh. 5 The cliff on the north was in front of Micmash, and the one on the south was in front of Geba. 6 “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” 7 “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.” 8 “All right, then,” Jonathan told him. “We will cross over and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Stay where you are or we’ll kill you,’ then we will stop and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come on up and fight,’ then we will go up. That will be the Lord’s sign that he will help us defeat them.” 11 When the Philistines saw them coming, they shouted, “Look! The Hebrews are crawling out of their holes!” 12 Then the men from the outpost shouted to Jonathan, “Come on up here, and we’ll teach you a lesson!” “Come on, climb right behind me,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “for the Lord will help us defeat them!” 13 So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer killed those who came behind them. 14 They killed some twenty men in all, and their bodies were scattered over about half an acre. 15 Suddenly, panic broke out in the Philistine army, both in the camp and in the field, including even the outposts and raiding parties. And just then an earthquake struck, and everyone was terrified.

I. This is Saul’s first Contest with the philistines but not his last

A. He fights with them all his life

V47 Now when Saul had secured his grasp on Israel’s throne, he fought against his enemies in every direction—against Moab, Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. And wherever he turned, he was victorious. 48 He performed great deeds and conquered the Amalekites, saving Israel from all those who had plundered them.
  • He has great success but he was never able to completely conquer the philistines.
  • It all started with 2 guys. His son and his armor bearer.

B. Jonathan was a man of great faith

  • The difference between him and his father was what his faith was in. Jonathan’s faith was in God and Saul placed his faith in religiosity.

C. God has called us all to battle

Matthew 28:18-20 - Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
  • We have our orders.  Make disciples, baptize them, and teach them.
  • At A Fresh Wind, we cut out the flowery speech. We embrace the responsibility to lead others to new life and new possibilities.

Jonathan knew what he was there for. Even if his dad was locked in indecision. He said while you guys strategize I’m just going to do it!

II. Faith in action

A. Lets go up.

1 Samuel 14:6 - “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” 7 “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.

  • Jonathan's faith in God is great B. His faith was contagious
  • He didn’t demand that his armor bearer go. He could have. 
  • The armor bears answer was awesome. It is a phrase we have used since this time. I’m with you heart and soul.
Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
  • Jonathan's faith wasn’t in the righteousness of their cause. His confidence was in God.

C. Is your faith contagious?

  • When is the last time someone said to you. I’m with you heart and soul?
  • Dynamic faith. A life that inspires others to faith in Christ
  • Here is the key to having faith that inspires others. You put it into action.

>>> The truth is this faith in the Lord’s great power can be the catalyst for his saving intervention. Jim Cymbala is the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City. He started when the had a few members and met in a broken building in an area of Brooklyn sometimes called one of America’s meanest neighborhoods, now numbers in the thousands. He describes in his book Fresh Wind and Fresh Fire how he saw serious trouble with his daughter, but saw God work miraculously in her life. Cymbala writes in this inspiring story, 

Let us never accept the excuse that God cannot work in our situation, . . . that our particular people are too rich, or too poor, . . . too inner-city or too suburban, . . . too traditional or too avant-garde. That kind of thinking is never found in the Word of God. . . . We can see God do things just as he did in the book of Acts since he has never changed.

His faith inspires me!

III. All heart and no soul

A. We all want a mentor

  • It is great to have someone to inspire to a higher level of faith.
  • I have had a couple men in my life that affected me that way.
  • They helped me cast aside fear and step out in faith. Like them, I have seen how this faith in the Lord’s great power can be the catalyst for his saving intervention

Where a verse like…

Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Becomes applicable and not just wishful thinking.

Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you. –George Mueller

>>> What happens when we don’t have one?

B. I need someone to encourage my encouragement

1 Samuel 30:6 - And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke 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.

  • I must encourage myself in the Lord.  When I feel like I am all alone and I know I should act and I have the heart the knowledge the intellect but just don’t have the soul.
  • Jonathans armor bearer was in it all the way. Heart and soul. He was fired up. Jonathans faith inspired him. Sometimes I am in intellectually and logically but I can’t get my emotions up to wear it’s fun.
  • I know my duty! I know my orders! I just don’t feel like it

C. How do I encourage myself In the Lord

  1. Rest
    • You need a sabbath a day where you can recharge and let your soul recuperate
  2. Prayer
    • You need to up your prayer game
  3. Sing
    • We need to put great words of faith on our lips
  4. Listen
    • Romans 10:17 - So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
    • Music, uplifting songs, Sermons or speeches, Look into a mirror and say the things to yourself that God says about you. Quote great scripture aloud.
  5. Choose happiness
    • It is so much easier for your soul to be into something when you are happy.
    • Philippians 4:8-9  - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Summary:

So much of Christians bad decisions are based on just being tired. They change churches, change friends, and change ministry looking for some passion! I want to feel it. Listen to me. The orders at a new church are the same as your old church. The mission at the new ministry is the same mission as the old one. It is time for you to step up to the next level. To encourage yourself in the Lord. You need to be in Heart and soul. Not just heart!  You do this and you will have a dynamic faith that will inspire others to new life!