The difference between bad and great leaders is not appearance or experience. David pled with God to not take his Spirit (Ps ) from him. Consider three differences in leadership between David and Saul: In the face of Philistine blasphemies, David was incited with zeal for the Lord: “He was stirred to the depths with concern for the glory of God.” David’s zeal was not for personal success but for God’s glory. Saul discouraged young leaders like David (to not fight Goliath) because he was threatened by their leadership.God uses the unexpected, unimpressive, and inexperienced to accomplish remarkable things. We’re told that the Spirit rushed upon David, while the Spirit departed from Saul. The problem wasn’t that Saul lacked vision for what David could become; it was that he feared what David could become.
Like the public school dress code, the world has low standards and expectations for dating and marriage.
The truth is that some of the world's standards are down right immoral. By age 17, almost 60% of boys and girls have had intimate relations. By age 18, 40% of the teen-age girls, who attend conservative, evangelical churches admit to having lost their virginity (Our personal experience has been that it is no longer uncommon for girls, who graduated from a Christian School, to conceive out of wedlock). By age 20, 4 out of 5 unmarried males, and 3 out of 5 unmarried females admit to having premarital sex. By adulthood, 1 out of 4 will seek treatment for a sexually transmitted disease. In 1986 the Cincinnati public school board reported that I out of ll girls in the public school was pregnant and that in the next three school years, 1 out of 4 would be.
David drove an evil spirit from Saul with the sound of his lyre. Are we passionately pursuing God’s glory or our own glory in how we lead?
Saul was driven by an evil spirit and died a crazed, God-forsaken man. Are we hiding out in our tents, our libraries, our offices, or are we incited with zeal for the Lord to pursue his glory through leadership, work, discipleship and mission?
How you deal with it will make a major difference in the quality of your life and your service for the Lord as long as you live.
The Biblical convictions, or lack of them, which you develop now to deal with the opposite sex will have farreaching consequences.
Saul hid out in his tent when Goliath taunted the Israelites. Saul tried to manage and control everyone around him.
David stood up for his people and his God and defeated Goliath. He relied on bribes to get others to fight Goliath ().
When I use the term world, let me explain to you what I mean in a Biblical context. That means that I out of 4 girls who started school in 1986 will be pregnant by 1989.
When something is not of God, that is, it is not approved in the Bible by word, principle or example, it is of the world. When I say "world " I mean the fallen, social system governed by Satan "The god of this world..." (II Cor. Although dating may eventually lead to marriage, it is not intended to lead directly to marriage.
4:4), which appeals to the flesh and works on principles that are opposed to God. The main motive behind dating is some kind of sexual stimulation and satisfaction.