Nov. 22, 2016

Integrity or Insanity? - Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, Saul has allowed fear, insecurity, jealousy and wrath to overtake his spirit and dominate his thinking. Anytime a thought or feeling that is not of God sweeps across your mind, make sure the wind of the Holy Ghost blows it away from you. Don't allow the enemy's negativity to settle in your mind, heart or spirit. The enemy has nothing helpful to say. Don't listen to him.

In the verses noted in Part 1 (I Samuel 20:27-31) notice how Saul refers to David as 'the son of Jesse'. Saul is so filled with hatred that he can't even say David's name. Saul attempts to minimize David in the minds of other people.

I Samuel 22:7 NIV He said to them, “Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?

This is another of Saul's feeble attempts to discredit David and turn the people against him. Saul implies that if David becomes the ruler over Israel he won't treat them well, provide sufficient employment or reward them adequatly for their service or loyalty. The enemy always tries to rope more people into his noose. Ultimately, he will be destroyed and so will all those who follow him.

I Samuel 22:8 NIV "Is that why you have all conspired against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is concerned about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today.”

If the devil can't sway a person by other means he will try to shame them or guilt them onto his team. Godly leaders do not use ungodly tactics to control or persuade people. Saul, under demonic influence, attempts to make the people feel like they owe him their allegiance. He accuses them of being part of an undercover plan of Jonathan (his son) and David to deceive him. Half truths, whole lies and ungodly coercion are not characteristics of integrity. Saul chose insanity over integrity. What have you chosen?

I Samuel 22:9 NIV But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul’s officials, said, “I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub at Nob."

I Samuel 22:10 NIV "Ahimelek inquired of the Lord for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”

Here Saul finally gets a convert to slither over into his camp. There is always a rat lurking around trying to gain undeserved favor from the wrong person. Favor that can't be tampered with only comes from God. He is the one we should seek to please. If a person promotes you, they can also demote you. If God exalts you, no one can reverse His hand of blessing on your life.

 

Doeg referred to David the same way Saul did: 'the son of Jesse'. Many times the devil wants to remind people of where they came from instead of recognizing how far they have come and where thy are going. If the enemy can keep people tied to the past, he hopes to delay, distort or destroy their future. The devil wanted to refer to David's humble beginnings to keep the focus off of his glorious future. Saul's continual reference to David as the 'son of Jesse' was an attempt to highlight his seemingly insignificant assignment as a sheperd boy. Saul wanted to shine the spotlight on the obvious disregard for David by his father and his brothers. None of the males in David's family regarded him as a pertinent person in the history of Israel or even in their own family. Saul was insecure and afraid and he sought to spread those poisons to all the people around him. This practice is a demonic tactic.

I Samuel 22:13 NIV Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?”

As is typical of demonic influences, Saul challenges and attacks spiritual authority. He makes false accusations of disloyalty and conspiracy against the priest Ahimelek. Saul summoned the priests to what could have been a spiritually enriching encounter. But because Saul's heart was dark and his mind deranged the outcome was vastly different from anything positive or calming.

The enemy loves to stir up trouble and create chaos where there should be peace. Be aware of his schemes and allow the Holy Spirit to operate through you as an  agent of Power, Peace and Wisdom at all times.