2 Samuel 23:1-39

2 Samuel 23:1-39

2 Samuel 23:8Vintage message from October 31, 1999.

One of the things that I believe God calls us to the most is knowing who we are, where we’re at in Him. And just because we’ve walked right with the Lord in our younger years does not necessarily mean that we’re going to walk right with the Lord as we get older. It’s a daily evaluation. A daily checking our hearts against His Word. Daily getting into His Word to find out if our hearts are right… He wants people who seek Him in honest, loving relationship… It’s about seeking Him to know Him better; to communicate back and forth. Do you realize that when you’re communicating with Him, speaking with Him, [that] He’s speaking to you. God speaks to our hearts, God speaks to our minds, and sometimes He even speaks to our ears…but all of us, if we’ll take the time, will hear God… But you need to develop a life in prayer. A life in prayer that says that I’m not praying to God, but I am communicating with my Friend. I am communicating with the One Who loves me and cares for me and will meet my needs…

Understand, our lives are not about us. Our lives are about Him, and what relationship we have with Him. One day all of this is going to burn… The things of this earth do not matter. God has given us the challenge of being born into this world to encounter all that there is that this world has to offer, to encounter all that there is that our flesh would desire, but still come to the end of our life and say, “You are Lord and God over me. I receive You and the One that I will bow to. I receive You into my life. Be my Lord and be my Savior. Salvation only comes from You…”

Jesus came to bring to us a love relationship that is beyond measure, beyond understanding. He wants relationship with us. He wants us to understand salvation comes from His hand, and all that we can be, comes from His hand. I am what I am today because God saved me…

Are you willing to make a stand for God, even when everybody else is fleeing? Even when everybody else has abandoned their position? …Are you willing to take a stand and say, “I don’t care who’s fleeing. I am the person who loves God! I have received Jesus in. I’m His vessel. If He wants to use me, let Him use me.” Are you willing to take that stand, no matter who’s fleeing around you? This is what God is looking for. This is what God calls might men. Men who do not look at the people around them and what they’re doing… It doesn’t matter what they’re doing. What matters is what are you doing? How are you representing God? How are you living your life, and trusting what God can do through you?…

He’s called us because of our relationship with and through the power of His Holy Spirit. He’s called us to a place of restraint, a place of love, a place of caring, even when there is no rhyme or reason why we should care, He’s called us to it. How did He tell the disciples that they would be known in this world as His disciples? By their love. By how they dealt with one another. By the restraint that the power of God’s Holy Spirit could bring to them… He’s called us to be mighty men. He’s called us to stand firm for Him.

Pastor Dave Elkins