Why do great men of God fall away?

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This is not original content of wiserthansolomon.wordpress.com. This is an excerpt from a sermon by Pastor Binyam of Baltimore, MD.

We have heard the stores. God is using someone mightily one day, and before we know it they are caught up in a scandal. We see the posters and posts on social media about so and so being invited to minister at this and that conference, and a year later we don’t hear about that person anymore. God’s anointing doesn’t expire, so why do this great Men & women of God’s ministry seem to end abruptly?

Pastor Binyam had a few pointers.

1 Samuel 15:3, 2 Samuel 1:17-23

  1. Not removing things from their lives.

As we see in 1 Samuel 15, Saul was a king and was anointed by God. God asked him to remove and completely rid somethings. Well actually some people. The Amalekites.

“Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalek nation—men, women, babies, little children, oxen, sheep, camels, and donkeys.” – 1 Samuel 15:3(TLB)

There was no room for interpretation in the instructions. It was Go & Completely Destroy. Saul had other plans though.

However, Saul and his men kept the best of the sheep and oxen and the fattest of the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.” – 1 Samuel 15:9(TLB)

When God asks you to get rid of things in your life, how do you react? Do you obey immediately and completely or do you, like, Saul only get rid of the things that don’t mean much to you. Do you keep the best (meaning those things you have attachment to, or you value highly but God is not approving of) for yourself?

Get rid of any sin from your life now! God sees 100 miles ahead down the road and knows what will bring your destruction. Completely destroy and deal with the little sins now and make sure you are completely obedient to God! Repent from the things you have entertained in your privacy when no one is there to see you, but God. What you have entertained today in your privacy will be public knowledge tomorrow. Repent and remove sin from your life completely.

  1. They forsake God after their anointing

“After David had consulted with all of his army officers, he addressed the assembled men of Israel as follows: …. And let us bring back the Ark of our God, for we have been neglecting it ever since Saul became king.” – 1 chronicles 13:1-3(TLB)

We see David seeking to bring the Ark of the Covenant. He also makes the statement: for we have been neglecting it ever since Saul became king. Saul neglected the Ark of God after he became king. He neglected God after he was anointed. This led to his demise. Saul reigned around 42 years as king in Israel, but spent only 2 of those walking with God.

Don’t forsake God after your anointing or your blessing.

“For my people have done two evil things: They have forsaken me, the Fountain of living waters; and they have built for themselves broken cisterns that can’t hold water!” – Jeremiah 2:13(TLB)

  1. Seeking the Honor of men

Then Saul pleaded again, “I have sinned; but oh, at least honor me before the leaders and before my people by going with me to worship the Lord your God.” – 1 Samuel 15:30(TLB)

As we see in this verse, when Saul was confronted by the prophet Samuel about disobeying God, he was primarily concerned about being honored before the leaders and the people. He said the reason he didn’t obey in the first place was because he was afraid of the people.

“…Yes, I have disobeyed your instructions and the command of the Lord, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.” –  1 Samuel 15:24(TLB)

“No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the only God!” – John 5:44(TLB)

  1. Jealousy and Pride

“6 But something had happened when the victorious Israeli army was returning home after David had killed Goliath. Women came out from all the towns along the way to celebrate and to cheer for King Saul, and were singing and dancing for joy with tambourines and cymbals.

7 However, this was their song: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands!”

8 Of course Saul was very angry. “What’s this?” he said to himself. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!”

9 So from that time on King Saul kept a jealous watch on David.” 1 Samuel 18: 6-9(TLB)

King Saul became Jealous of David and we can see that an evil spirit began to torment him from that day forward. Does it bother you when God blesses another person? Are you glad when God opens up ministry/business/relational opportunities for a friend? Or do you get jealous and angry thinking it should have been you. We have to be careful because that opens up doors for the enemy to attack us and ruins our relationship with God.

“And Samuel told him, “When you didn’t think much of yourself, God made you king of Israel.” 1 Samuel 15:17(TLB)

We can see here the prophet Samuel having to remind Saul God made him a King from nothing. Saul didn’t think much of himself before, but now he has been filled with pride because he is a king.

Do blessings and promotions fill your heart with pride & arrogance? Or do you always remember from where God brought you and give the glory back to him?

“Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18(TLB)

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Heavenly Father, I know every good and perfect gift comes from you Lord. Anything good that I have my health, my family, my education, my friends; I know you are the source of it all. Lord, I repent if I have been filled with pride and arrogance, in the seasons you have blessed me. Lord, you said, “Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” I want to be gentle and lowly in heart Lord. I ask that your Holy Spirit would highlight pride, jealousy, seeking the praise of men, hidden and un-confessed sin and disobedience in my life, so I can get rid of it completely. Be honored & glorified in my life Abba! In Jesus’ name! Amen!

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