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Lesson 165 - THE RISE AND FALL OF OLD KING SAUL (PART 2)
He started out a simple and humble man whom God chose to use and bless. Practice these important points and never forget them. You’ll see why...

Lessons And Warnings For Christian Leaders continued

 

What a lesson I learn from the life of King Saul. He started out a simple and humble man whom God chose to use and bless. This is Part 2 of Saul’s rise to King of Israel. Practice these important points and never forget them. You’ll see why in our last two lessons concerning the rise and fall of old King Saul.

 

6. Saul did not covet chief positions (I Samuel 10:22). How many other young men, knowing they were about to be given preeminent positions, would have pushed themselves into the place of prominence. Instead, tall, handsome, humble Saul hid himself from those who were looking to make him the leader. Always remember that a true leader is not a “lord of all” but a “servant of all.”

7. Saul was given trustworthy and faithful people with whom to serve (I Samuel 10:26). God honored Saul’s beginning in every way by making sure this first king of Israel would be given a godly start surrounded by good men. Develop godly relationships with trustworthy people. Iron sharpens iron.

8. Saul remained deaf to false criticism (I Samuel 10:27). What man anointed as king would have endured “worthless fellows” despising and criticizing him? Yet Saul did not seek his own vengeance but “held his peace”. Never hold a grudge. Be quick to forgive. Remember how God forgives you.

9. Saul shared the position of leadership with others (I Samuel 11:7). Again, Saul’s tender humility stands out when he orders a reluctant nation into righteous combat. Rather than doing it in his own name, Saul brings Samuel the prophet also into a place of significance. Always look to credit others for your successes.

10. Saul held no bitterness when dishonored (I Samuel 11:13). Though evil and worthless men had scorned the new king, a crime punishable by death, Saul gave God credit for bringing deliverance to Israel and refused to execute judgment upon those who had dishonored him. Live in I Corinthians 13—“is not easily provoked”—and the Lord Jesus will help you and me to love our enemies and pray they will experience a new life in Christ.

 

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