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Beloved: David | Pastor Josiah Elias

“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud

to guide them on their way and by night a pillar of fire to

give them light, that they could travel by day or night.”

Exodus 13:21 (NIV)

Joel Munoz read this verse to the congregation to remind us that He is El Roi, the God who

sees, and Jehovah Jireh, the LORD who provides. The Israelites were journeying to the

Promised Land, and the LORD was guiding them. They just had to follow His guidance.

Pastor Josiah Elias stated,”His passionate love has so propelled Him towards you; He’d

stop at nothing to get your heart.” The words “passionate love” and “propelled” are so

powerful. “Propel” in the Merriam Webster Dictionary is defined as “to drive forward…by means

of a force that imparts motion.” The LORD is not sauntering, strolling or meandering towards

you. Your Abba Father is crazy about you. With power He is moving towards you. Pastor Josiah

advised us to personalize this point-The LORD passionately loves you. His perfect love is

unchanging and unlike our human, fickle love. God’s love is a radical love for you. So what do

we do with the Lord’s mighty love?

First, we need to understand that “A hallmark to our identity is that I’m dearly loved.”

1 John 4:14 states “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as

Savior of the world.” (NKJV) John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His

only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting

life.” (NKJV) Both verses confirm the fact of His incredible love for us lowly, sinful humans.

“God wrapped His love in flesh” and sent His only Son to redeem us.

Second, “Love gave to save.” How can the Savior, the Son of God, sacrifice His perfect life for

ours? He came to save! 1 John 4:15-16 explains

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God,

God abides in him, and he in God.

And we have known and believed the love that God

has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love

abides in God, and God in him.”

Satan tries to pervert what true love is, and he tries to distract people with sex, power, job, or

pleasure. but they are weak second, third, and fourth substitutes. “Perfect love casts our fear”

1 John 4:18 and since “God is love” as stated in 1 John 4:16, God casts out that fear. Sex,

power, jobs, and pleasure can not cast out fear only LOVE, Jesus, can. Pastor prayed to the

LORD to please “silence the voice of satan that deceives.”

Then Pastor Josiah explained how the Israelites wanted to be like the surrounding nations. They

wanted a human king. Even though Samuel the prophet warned them of the shortcomings of

having a king, they still demanded a king. 1 Samuel 8-13 details the choosing of Saul as king all

the way to Saul’s disobedience to the LORD. Samuel was appalled at Saul’s actions.

“How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed.”You have not kept

the command the LORD your God gave you. Had you

kept it, the LORD would have established your kingdom

over Israel forever.” 1 Samuel 13:13 (NLT)

God reigns supreme. Saul needed to follow the LORD, but Saul allowed his ego and the bounty

from the battles to influence his decisions. Half hearted obedience is no obedience.” Saul

heard but he did not obey, which contrasted with a key point in last week’s sermon; that was to

“hear and obey.”

In 1 Samuel 15, we learn Saul even was going to build a monument to his successes instead of

honoring the LORD Almighty. Samuel admonished Saul (and us) in 1 Samuel 15:22 “What is

more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his

voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice.” The LORD wants us to have a lifestyle of

obedience, a life style of hunger for the LORD, and a lifestyle of generosity. At church we get to

celebrate together for how we lived out there. May our lives reflect His love, patience and


However, Saul pleaded with Samuel to go with him so that he would look good in front of the

people. Saul cared more about people’s view of him than of God’s view. In 1 Samuel 15:30 Saul

stated, “ I know I have sinned. But please, at least honor me before the elders of my

people and before Israel by coming back with me so that I may worship the LORD your

God.” Saul did not say our God but “your God.” That is a telling pronoun in that Saul did not

worship the God that Samuel did. Samuel opposed the appearance of righteousness and

refused to return with Saul. From Saul’s life we learn “Don’t just appear to be right with God;

actually be right with God!”

Samuel never met with Saul again, but he mourned for him. Mourning is a part of life, and we

need to grieve when there is a death of a life, a relationship, or a major change. We need to

avoid getting stuck in the past though, or as Pastor Kip said,”Don’t camp in the land of sorrow.”

If we are not careful, we will allow yesterday’s pain to paralyze our future. Therefore, when the

time is right, we need to move out of the grieving stage. “It is easier to turn a car when it is

moving forward.”

Then the LORD spoke.

“You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him

as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem.

Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one

of his sons to be my king.” 1 Samuel 16:1 (NLT)

Samuel heard and obeyed the LORD. We can learn from his example of hearing and obeying.

For when he went to Bethlehem the leaders and elders came trembling to meet him. The

presence of the LORD in Samuel’s life was evident. “People full of the Holy Spirit will always

steward a reverence for God.” Samuel carried God with him. Have you ever radiated God?

Have been His reflection? Do you bring Christ with you wherever you go? As a child of the

living God, He is in you.

As Samuel met Jesse’s sons, he evaluated whom would be the next king. Would it be the

tallest, strongest, most accomplished, or the most intellectual? The Lord advised Samuel in

1 Samuel 16:7

“Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him.

The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People

judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Though the exterior in this world is emphasized, God is more concerned about the heart and

where it is turned. “Spend your efforts investing in the inward appearance before God

rather than the outward appearance before man.”

Jesse had not included his youngest son in the king contest, and Samuel asked for the

youngest son’s attendance. David, the shepherd and youngest of all the sons, joined the family

and was chosen to be Israel’s king.

“So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel

took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed

David with oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully

upon David from that day on.” 1 Samuel 16:13

David means “beloved”-greatly loved. Saul means “desired.“ The people desired Saul, but David

was beloved. The LORD “chooses one marked with Beloved identity.”

I’m His beloved. I am greatly loved. “If you believe anything about yourself that disagrees

with being His beloved…it needs to change.” Matthew 12:18 “Look at my Servant, whom I

have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me.”(NLT)

He loves you so much He came to earth as a man. He loves you so much He went to the cross

for you. He loves you so much He gave His Spirit to you. Break anything that disagrees with the

Beloved identity. As your understanding goes, your heart follows.

Thus, Beloved, you are the daughter or son of the King who loves you so much He sent His only

Son to die for you. May that incredible fact live in your mind, heart and soul so that you

can be salt and light in this sad world.


Sept 3-5:30 video on prayer

6:00 FC prayer night

Sept 10-6:00 Volunteer Appreciation Night luau

Sept 22-LB potluck, worship and Meet to Swap

Sept 29-Men’s Core meeting night

Submitted by

Larry and Annette Linthicum

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