1 Kings 2:1-46

1 Kings 2:1-46

1 Kings 2:3Vintage message from December 5, 1999. (Damaged tape which produced gaps near the end of the message.)

How many times have we been in trouble? We’ve done something wrong and we’ve got ourself in trouble. Where do we flee? “Oh, God! You’ve got to help me this time! I promise, I’ll be a good boy. I won’t do it again!…” And I fear, so often, that we, even as believers, will start living a lifestyle that is contrary to God’s Word, and we get in trouble, and when we’re caught, we flee to the altar. Now, of course, it’s not such a bad thing to flee to the altar, because we do know that God is loving and forgiving… We will oftentimes beg mercy, [and] God grants us mercy…

God oftentimes reveals to us who are enemies are. You know who our deadliest enemy is? My deadliest enemy, and I believe your deadliest enemy that needs to be dealt with is the flesh. It’s not Satan. It’s not the world. Satan can sit back and laugh and relax and tempt all he wants, but do you know the reason we fall…, that we disobey God, that we go against the commands, that we go against the very promises that we made to God, is because our flesh gets the better of us. We have been filled with the Spirit. We have been given a spirit that can and should be in communion with God. God’s Holy Spirit has been given to us [so] that we can have close communion with God, but our flesh is still very much alive, even though we’re told to bury that flesh…

I’m telling you, there are enemies that need to be dealt with. Predominantly the enemy of your own flesh, because your flesh will get the better of you. If you are not in God’s Word, if you are not in that place of prayer before the Lord, if you’re not in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, you are giving place to your flesh. You are giving room for your flesh to come back and attack and haunt you. And I have seen so many brothers and sisters in the Lord, who have fallen away because they’ve given in to the desires, the lusts of their flesh. There are other enemies, but of less importance. Satan, the world, yeah, their enemies. They’re out there. The world will lure us, try to tempt us, but it’s our flesh that gives in. It’s our flesh that takes over. It’s our flesh that tries to sit on that throne, that throne that belongs to the Son of David [Jesus]. If you’ve received Jesus in your life, you’ve placed Him on a throne, and you’ve made promises to that throne…

And understand something. As much as God loves us, as much as He shows us mercy and gives us grace, He allows, He allows for there to be consequences to the actions we take in our flesh. He does not stop those consequences. He does not protect us from those consequences… God is far more concerned about the spirit that dwells in us than He is about this flesh. And He’ll let us suffer. He’ll let us go through hard times to get our attention.

Pastor Dave Elkins