1 Samuel 14:1-23

1 Samuel 14:1-23

1 Samuel 14:7 I will follow God heart and soulVintage message from August 9, 1998.

There are times we begin to fear. There are times we begin to doubt. But, you know, if we put our trust in God, if we put our trust in the One Who is truly leading us, …if we will tell God, “I am with You heart and soul,” we will begin to see amazing things happen in our life. But, you know, that’s a hard statement to make because we don’t know what’s coming. We don’t know what we’re facing… What is the one thing that God wants to do with our faith? He wants to challenge our faith more than anything. He wants us to grow to a place of trusting Him in all things… But understand, the more difficult the situation, the more difficult the challenge, the more possible it is that God wants you to step into it because then it’s not you, it’s Him. It’s His victory. It’s not my victory. And I don’t know what challenges you’re facing today. Each of us faces different challenges… What are the challenges that we are facing today? I don’t care how hard it looks, how challenging it may be — the more challenging, the more God wants to develop your faith. The more God wants you to trust Him because then He can prove Himself powerful. You know, if it’s too easy and I can do it (and if I can do it, anybody can do it), how does God get the glory for that? God sometimes wants to do things that are so impossible, that the only thing we can do is stop and stare in awe up to heaven and say, “That was God!”

…God wants to deal with each and every one of us on an individual basis. He wants each of us to have a commitment to Him that says, let’s step out and trust Him… What overwhelming challenge do you have to face once you leave this building? …It’s not going to do you any good to run and hide from it. It’s not going to do you any good to complain about it… People easily abandon the Lord when things get tough, but we have to be a people who will never abandon the Lord no matter how tough it is… I don’t care what’s out there. I’m going to put my faith and my trust in God. The harder, the better…

This is the other thing we have to understand: that when we step out in faith, people see our faith. People see the victory that God begins to have because of us…but the challenge will be there, for people around you will say, “Don’t give God all the credit. I mean, after all, you did something.” …Well, the fact is, I’ve done nothing! God does not need me. God only uses me because He loves me, and He can do this job, He can do any one of our jobs, He can do any victory within this world without us…

Do you want to see great victories in your life? Do you want to see God do major things through you? Then be available and allow Him to use you. Know that He doesn’t need to use you. He can, and He wants to. If we will make ourselves available. That’s where we need to find ourselves. In the place of saying to ourselves, “I will follow God heart and soul. It’s His victory, not mine. The tougher, the better, because the tougher, the greater the victory for God, the greater the testimony. I can then stand up and say, You know that only God could have done this!” We don’t want to be anywhere else, because when we take the credit to ourselves, when we put ourself on a pedestal, when we have men looking at who we are and what we do, then when we fall, it hurts desperately. And God will cause us to fall because God wants the victory, God wants the credit, and God wants our faith in Him.

Pastor Dave Elkins