(v.6-"And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not...")-(v.15-"God is departed from me, and answereth me no more!").........(Psalm 66:18-"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.")
(Hebrews 12:16-17-"Lest there be any fornicator or profane person as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that AFTERWARD, when he WOULD HAVE INHERITED the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.")
DANIEL opened his windows towards Jerusalem and prayed EVERY DAY!
DAVID prayed at evening, morning, and at noon EVERY DAY!
ELIJAH prayed for a drought that lasted 3 1/2 years, then prayed AGAIN for rain!
THE APOSTLES prayed for 10 days in an upper room on Mt. Zion!
PAUL & SILAS prayed, and the prisoners heard them...then an earthquake!
JOB prayed in his trials until he HEARD FROM GOD YEARS LATER!!!!
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU HAVE HEARD FROM GOD???
*WE NEED TO HEAR FROM GOD BECAUSE OF OUR:
We are told here that the Philistines pitched in Shunem! The name "Shunem" means "their SLEEP"! In the midst of Saul's spiritual slumber, the devil moved in and set up camp!!!-(Gay & Lesbians/Lot....Liquor by the drink.....The Lottery which prays upon the poor and ignorant!!!)
(James 4:4-"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be the friend of the world is the ENEMY OF GOD.")
*AMERICA NEEDS TO HEAR FROM GOD!!!- (2 Chron. 7:14-"If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and PRAY...")
This is no time for noodle-backed sissys!!! We need to stand bold and unafraid in these last days for God and the right! (turn-Hebrews 11:33-39)
DAVID faced his fears/Goliath......NOAH faced his fears/BOAT.....MOSES faced his fears/EGYPT & RED SEA......STEPHEN faced his fears/STONED.....JESUS CHRIST faced his fears/GETHSEMENE and ENDURED THE CROSS!!!
(Hebrews 12:3-"For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye become weary and faint in your minds.").......(Psalm 61:2-"When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.")
If you are not living in fear now, you one day will be! A bomb could be detonated that plunges the planet into world war! Or, the doctor could wag his head and say, "There's nothing I can do"! You could loose an important job, or the love of your life in a broken relationship!.........THE QUESTION IS WILL YOU BE ABLE TO CONTACT GOD WHEN YOUR WORLD FLYS APART???-(Spare tire mentality!)
(Luke 23:29-30-"For Behold, THE DAYS ARE COMING, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bare.....Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, FALL ON US, and to the hills, COVER US!")
(3)-BACKSLIDING HABITS!-(v.3, 7)
When Samuel is (supposedly) summons back from the dead, he reminds Saul of his failure to obey God in his battle with Amelek-(He spared Agag and his cows!...There needs to be a cow-killing among God's people!)(Some would not cross Jordan into Canaan because of their PET COWS!!!)
In chapter 26, king Saul said he had sinned and was sorry for the 3rd or 4th time for the SAME SIN!!! He would chase David, then promise to never do it again....then he would chase David, and promise not to do it again!!!! DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
Speaking of the word "FAMILIAR", Saul had rid the land of witches and wizards only to later BACKSLIDE into it himself! He arrives at the town of "En-Dor" (which means, "of the age" or "eyes of the generation"!). NOW HE FINDS HIMSELF IN A POSITION TO WHERE HE CANNOT HEAR GOD'S VOICE no matter what he tries!!!-(Are you ENDORS or OUTDOORS?)
(Prov. 14:14-"The BACKSLIDER in heart shall be filled with his own ways: but a good man shall be satisfied FROM HIMSELF.")
(Jere. 3:12-"Return thou backsliding Israel saith the Lord, and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you.")-(Hosea 14:4-"I will heal their backsliding.")
Saul is a prime example of what happens when a believer turns away from the Lord. When a saint becomes SO WORLDLY THAT THEY ARE NO HEAVENLY GOOD, God turns them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh!
(1 Corin. 5:5-"He will deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.")
(4)-PACIFYING COMFORTS!-(v.23, 25)
We are guilty of telling each other, "IT WILL BE ALRIGHT".....but the truth is, it is NEVER ALRIGHT to walk away from God! Saul had turned to the world and the Devil when he found it difficult to hear from the Lord!!! WHO DO YOU TURN TO??? HAVE YOU HEARD FROM GOD LATELY???
*There is a song, "How long has it been since you talked to the Lord, and told him your hearts hidden secrets"!!! (Jere. 33:3-"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.")