I am blessed with a phenomenal Pastor, Rev. Ben Weeks. It is always amazing to me to have a man who is so in tune with God.
Sunday afternoon service here in Douglas he preached from 2 Samuel 3:1, 6 & 12:
1-Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.
6-And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.
12-And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee.
One thing we need to understand as Christians is that there will always be a struggle between the House of Saul (Flesh) and the House of David (Spirit).
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
The Spirit will never be on the same side as the flesh. The spiritual conflict within the Christian involves his total being as he struggles to determine whether he will wholly surrender to the inclinations of the flesh or the sinful nature and return to the dominion of sin, or whether he will yield to the demands of the Spirit and continue under the dominion of the Lord.
The House of Saul was getting weaker and weaker, but the House of David was getting stronger and stronger.
When Abner was aligned with the House of Saul he gave it everything he had within him. He fought as hard as he knew to fight.
In Chapter 2, we read of the servants of David and the servants of Saul meeting by the pool of Gibeon. Abner suggested to Joab that the young men arise and play before them. Twelve young men from each side met and all were slain.
Never be mistaken, if you live too long in the House of Saul, the games you play will lead to your defeat.
Abner left the scene running with Asahel, the brother of Joab running behind him. Asahel was "as light of foot as a wild roe" and quickly overtook Abner. Abner warned him to turn aside saying "wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?
But Asahel would not stop. It was then that Abner took the "hinder end of the spear" and with more force than he probably intended, he smote Asahel under the fifth rib and he fell dead, his death on Abner's hands.
The two sides then met in battle. In the end the House of David lost 19 men, the House of Saul; 360.
When you stay too long in the House of Saul, you will get involved deeper than you ever intended.
Abner was accused of taking Saul's concubine named Rizpah during the midst of the war between the House of Saul and the House of David. This was the turning point for Abner.
2 Samuel 3:8 ...Am I a dog's head, which against Judah do show kindness this day unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethern, and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest me today with a fault concerning this woman?
Do not be fooled. You may align yourself to the House of Saul, you may give it your all and all, but the flesh will always turn against you.
When you stay to long in the House of Saul, the accusations will be more than you can live with.
Abner approached David through messengers saying; "Whose is the land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold my hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee."
Let me join with you, Abner said.
2 Samuel 3:13 And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but one thing I require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first bring Michal Saul's daughter, when thou comest to see my face.
To align yourself with the King, you have to bring him what he wants.
I have known men, good men, and women, good women who spent too much time in the house of Saul, too much time seeking after fleshly pursuits.
Oh, it may start out innocent, small, but it never stays that way. And one day becomes two and two become three. Suddenly you realize this innocent game that you started out with has become deadly.
And you are NEVER the only one affected. That "little thing" becomes something more, and that something more becomes something more, and before you know exactly when it happened you have become involved in something more than you ever imagined.
And you are doing things that you would have NEVER done ordinarily and caused untold damage to those around you: your parents, your friends, your spouse, your children.
Then the time comes when you come face to face with how far you are from where you started. It would be easy for someone to believe the worst in you as you stand face to face with the voice of your accusers, and harder to deflect the accusations in light of all you have become.
But you can gain an audience with the King. And the voices of the past can be silenced simply by bringing the King what He wants.
You have lived your life of sin with everything you have. Doesn't He deserve the same?
He is waiting for you to bring Him His bride...
That bride that has been washed by the blood, now without one spot or wrinkle.
It's not too late for you to switch sides in the battle. It's not too late to come to the winning side.
I have made up my mind that I won't spend one more day in the House of Saul, because as I tarry there my strength leaves me, I get weaker and weaker and weaker.
I want to dwell in the House of David for the rest of my days. It's a simple choice that is worth whatever cost.
**Thank You, Jesus for my Watchman on the Wall. Thank You for instruction and the Word of Truth. You ARE my King."