by Jeff Strite

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Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
Jeff Strite
1 Samuel 24:1-24:22

OPEN: The first words that a child says always seem so cute. Brad's baby daughter's first word was "Wow!" Other children learn to say "mommy" or "daddy." But there is a word that children learn to say that's not quite so cute. Do you know what it is? That's right: "No!"
As they grow older we might overhear them say to an older brother or sister "You're not my boss."
In the teen years they'll say things like "I can't wait until I get grown, so I can do what I want to do."

There are those who believe that we never quite grow out of that attitude. It seems that there is something deep down inside all of us that wants to say: "You can't tell me what to do! It's my life and I want to do what I want!"

ILLUS: A department head aboard a Navy vessel became concerned about one of his senior enlisted men (a true story). The enlisted man was a superb technician, but he had a problem showing respect to his superiors and made it obvious he didn't like taking orders.
The department head took the seaman aside and suggested the man try something that had worked for him. 'Whenever an officer gives you a directive that you think is stupid, just say 'Yes, Sir.' But in your mind, think 'You're an idiot!' Will this work for you?"
The seaman looked at him, smiled broadly… and then replied: "Yes, sir!"

APPLY: Now that enlisted man had a problem.
In the military, there's not much room for a rebellious attitude.
In the military, you follow orders… or you suffer the consequences.

Rebelliousness is not acceptable to the military
And rebelliousness is not acceptable to God either

God tells us that there are consequences for a rebellious attitude
Psalms 68:6 "God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land."

Repeatedly, throughout Scripture we read of HOW we're to respond to people in ...

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