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    Dec 06, 2020

    The Tale of 2 Hearts

    Passage: 1 Samuel

    Preacher: Inga Hasse

    Series: Renewing Our Spiritual Passion

    Keywords: david, hearts, spiritual renewal, eliab

    Summary:

    When it comes to spiritual renewal, we have lots of choices to make about the kind of heart we develop. This message looks at two different hearts--Eliab's vs. David's...and the difference it makes to spiritual renewal and handling life's problems.

    Detail:

    A Tale of Two Hearts:  David’s vs Eliab’s

    I Samuel 16-17

    Inga Hasse

    The Scripture presents for us the difference between two types of hearts, one that God can bless with power and renewal and the other that He can't.  Here is the latter first.

    1. God refused Eliab because of his heart

    1.Samuel 16:6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.”7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

    What was the different to David’s heart?

    1. Eliab listened to Goliath words instead to God’s word.

    1.Samuel 17: 8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”

    When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

    Where do we have Goliath today?

    What do we fear today?

    Eliab type hearts try to find the truth and the help in the internet, from scientists, doctors, politicians. There is a huge digital world and this world creates its own truth and own reality! If we listen to this world and believe it, we nurture our Eliab heart.

    1. Eliab heart and the magnifying glass

    1.Samuel 17--4) And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six[1] cubits[2] and a span. 5) He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels[3] of bronze. 6) And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7) The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him. 8) He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9) If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”

    The Eliab heart focus on the problems, thinking if you know more about the problem than you will conquer it. The opposite is the result: The Problems becomes bigger and bigger, like Goliath. You find out you can’t overcome it, it overcomes you!

    1. Eliab’s heart refuses the divine truth

    1 Samuel 17: 28--Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”

    If you are full of fear, the divine truth is a threat for you!

    DAVID'S HEART:

    1. David’s heart always sees through the eyes of GOD!

    1 Samuel 17:26--And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” …. 32) And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

    The David heart not only KNOWS that his God is bigger and stronger than anything; the David heart always acts out of this truth!

    1. David heart sees through the rearview mirror

    1 Samuel 17: 34--But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35) I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36) Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37) And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

    Eliab vs. David

    While the Eliab heart is counting the details of the problem, the David heart thinks about all the big experiences and victories with God in the past. And not only their own experiences, but the wonderful experiences in the Bible! In our Christian past! This builds up faith!

    1. The David heart refuses human security in order to keep the trust on God alone

    1 Samuel 17: 38--Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, 39) and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.  40) Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.

    While the Eliab heart in the big storm is trying to keep the boot in track, the David heart recognize, that human security doesn’t help. But to experience the power of God, the David heart is ready to go all in… 100%., take the total risk to do so, do what God is telling you to do and step out of the boat on the water.

    What does that mean in your life right now?

    Where are you depending on human security?

    How could you leave it behind to obey what God has for you?

    1. The David heart proclaims the divine truth

    1 Samuel 17: 4--And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44) The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”  45) Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  46) This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47) and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”

    Eliab: Human weapons

    David: The weapons of the Spirit.  Don’t tell God how big your problems are, but tell your problems, how big our God is!

    Where do you have the Eliab heart, and how could you replace it with the David heart?