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An Army of Rejects

Scripture Passage: 
1 Samuel 22:1-2
Attached audio files: 

Introduction

Have you ever stopped and pondered why God would save you?  or How He could use you to do something?  Do you ever get a desire to do something for Him and then you remember who you are and all of the things that you need to straighten up before He would use you?  Have you ever said to yourself, “I’ll serve the Lord when I….”?  Though it is true that there are some things in life that we must correct before we can serve in higher capacities, many a saint of God has let opportunity after opportunity pass with the excuse of their own insufficiency.  The story of David’s soldiers ought to encourage you to serve now. 

  1. The Struggles of David’s Soldiers (1 Samuel 22:2
    1. Distressed
    2. Debt
    3. Discontented 
  2. The Strengths of David’s Soldiers 
    1. Unity – “gathered themselves unto him” (1 Samuel 22:2)
    2. Obedience to the Command of the Captain
      1. Go to Keilah (1 Samuel 23:1-5)
      2. Let Saul live (1 Samuel 24:7)
    3. Recruiters
      1. About 400 (1 Samuel 22:2)
      2. About 600 (1 Samuel 23:13)
    4. Faithfulness – you don’t read of any leaving except by death
    5. Those who stayed by the stuff (1 Samuel 25:13)
      1. To faint to fight anymore (1 Samuel 30:10)
      2. Saluted by David (1 Samuel 30:21
  3. The Success of David’s Soldiers 
    1.  In Battle
      1. The Philistines (1 Samuel 23:1-5)
      2. King Saul
        1. 1 Samuel 24:1-7
        2. 1 Samuel 26:1-10
      3. The Amalekites (1 Samuel 30:1-5; 8-20)
    2. In Character
      1. They were fighting the “battles of the Lord” (1 Samuel 25:28)
      2. They had taken on the heart of their captain (2 Samuel 1:11-12

Conclusion

When a man goes fishing he looks for keepers.  He may say, “oh well that one is too small” or there may be some other problem and he will throw it back.  Our Lord is not so for when He goes fishing He sees the problem but says I’ll keep it anyway.  Christ did not save you to exclude you from serving Him.  I know you’ve got problems, you know you’ve got problems and He knows you’ve got problems.  Serve Him anyway.  The battles that you go through and the time spent close to the captain will transform you into an incredible soldier.  What are you waiting for?  Serve Him.

Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 28:17

A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.