Good Morning Warrior!
It’s The Lord’s Day, Hallelujah!
Word for the Day:
“To Be Full of Self is to be Empty of God”
Text: 1Samuel 15:9
“But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”
This axiom of To Be Full of Self is to be Empty of God,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning. This is the life we lived as an unbeliever, and this is the life that king Saul was living now.
In his worship of himself, Saul was full of himself and empty of God. In his pride Saul let king Agag live, perhaps as “a personal trophy” of his victory. This sin of direct disobedience was imitated by his soldiers by “selectively” destroying the worthless animals and sparing the best animals for themselves! Oh see how deadly this virus of pride and self-worship spreads throughout an army; when people are full of themselves and empty of God?
This disobedience was only the “tip of the iceberg;” the root of pride was much larger under the surface, unseen physically.
Oh my fellow Warrior, Beware of pride’s deceitfulness, that will begin filling you with your self-interests only, and begin emptying you of God’s presence…..
Saul was warned before to repent of his self-Will and he refused. God is so patient that He warns Saul again, and again Saul refuses to repent.
The Bible says:
“He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”(Prov.29:1).
This was Saul’s judgement. God would use the next 25 years to prepare His Choice for the King of Israel, King David; and God would use the wickedness of king Saul as part of this process of preparation.
How did this happen to Saul? Slowly! He began as a common son from the smallest tribe in Israel, “small in his own eyes.”(1Samuel 9:21 & 1Samuel 15:17).
But then he became “big in his own eyes” as pride grew up in his hardened heart.
Saul forgot where he came from; humble beginnings, when he was empty of himself and full of the awe and wonder of God. That’s where we all come from. We are all common earthen vessels breathing the breath of God and having a heart that beats 4100 times an hour by the spark from the finger of God - every day. Without God, you and I are common dirt!
In other words, we all wear “a dirt suit;” (Gen.2:7) and that makes each of us a dirt bag.
Saul forgot where he came from, and so can you and I.
So our lesson from Saul’s life is to not forget where we came from - common dirt! Nothing to be proud of. Without God that’s all we are. We need to Rehearse and Remember Where We Came From, so we don’t forget!
But when we meet Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we now get to carry Him as Our Treasure, in our “dirt bag;” and we become a “holy dirt bag” with a “Holy Treasure” in you and I.
Aaaah Yes, now we are being emptied of our self by daily presenting our body as a living sacrifice to God - and as we are being Emptied of our self-will we are also being Filled with God and His Will for our Life.
So the Faithful and Obedient Warrior is in the Process of Being Emptied more and more every day of our self-will and at the same time we are being filled more and more with God and His Will for our Life!
We Are In The Process Of Being Emptied of Our Self-Will and at the same time we are Being Filled With God and His Will for our Life! Wow! What a Life! Ooooh Rah!
Warrior at your side,
Jesus and Billy