Pastor Mike Harlan
June 9, 2013
1 Samuel 16:1-13 (NJKV)

“Found People Find People”

1 Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”….6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab [firstborn] and said, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before Him!” 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
- 1 Sam. 16:1,6-7 (NKJV)

“PREPARATION MEETS OPORTUNITY”

1. YOU DON'T SIGN UP TO SERVE, YOU ARE CALLED TO SERVE.

22 I have FOUND my servant David. I have ANOINTED him with my holy oil. 21 I will steady him and I will make him strong. 22 His enemy will not get the best of him nor will the wicked overpower him 23 I will beat down his adversaries before him and destroyed those who hate him. - Psalms 89:20-23 (NLT)

• FOUND – You Were Far Away Christ
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. - Psalm 40:2 (NLT)

• CHOSEN – Called Out
If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. John 15:19 (NKJV)

• ANOINTED – Set apart for ministry in Christ’s name
21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NKJV)

2. SET YOUR AFFECTION ON THE HOUSE OF GOD

Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver
-1 Chronicles 29:3 (NKJV)

“If your AFFECTION is not for the House,
You’ll be an Infection in the House!”

16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” 18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head [pillow], set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. – Genesis 28:16-18 (NKJV)

3. DON’T HAVE A “BACK-FIELD” MENTALITY
10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not CHOSEN these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”
- 1 Samuel 16:10-11 (NKJV)

“WHEN IT’S YOUR TIME, IT’S YOUR TURN!”

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