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1 Pursuing God’s Heart: Losing Crutches I Samuel 18:17 – 21:15

2 BIG IDEA: Pursuing God’s Heart means living _____ - _______ ! Open Handed

3 A Good ________ Position

4 The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of the Saul’s officers, and his name became well known. 18:30

5 Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him. But an evil spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the harp, Saul tried to pin him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape. 19:8-10

6 A Secure ______ Family

7 Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it he was pleased. “I will give her to him,” he thought, “so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” 18:20-21

8 Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.” So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped. 19:11

9 Saul said to Michal, “Why did you deceive me like this and send my enemy away so that he escaped?” Michal told him, “He said to me, ‘Let me get away. Why should I kill you?’” 19:17

10 A Wise __________ Counselor

11 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19:18

12 Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah… 20:1

13 A Best ______ Friend

14 “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?” 20:1

15 “You father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.” 20:3

16 Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town. 20:42

17 His _______ Dignity

18 “The king charged me with a certain matter and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about your mission and your instructions.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.” 21:2-3

19 “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s business was urgent.” The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.” 21: 8-9

20 His ___________ Self-respect

21 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: “ ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?”

22 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the door of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard. 21:10-13

23 BIG IDEA: Pursuing God’s Heart means living open - handed!

24 Crutches can become __________ for the Lord substitutes

25 “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

26 Crutches keep us looking __________ horizontal

27 Crutches give us only __________ ______ Temporary relief

28 “Before the Lord God made man upon the earth He first prepared for him by creating a world of useful and pleasant things for his sustenance and delight. In the Genesis account of the creation these are called simply “things.”

29 They were made for man’s uses, but they were meant always to be external to the man and subservient to him. In the deep heart of the man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come. Within him was God; without, a thousand gifts which God had showered upon him…

30 But sin has introduced complications and has made those very gifts of God a potential source of ruin to the soul. Our woes began when God was forced out of His central shrine and “things” were allowed to enter. Within the human heart “things” have taken over.” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

31 “Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come.

32 Please root from my heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou may enter and dwell there without a rival…” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

33 BIG IDEA: Pursuing God’s Heart means living open - handed!

34 “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21

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