The Beat of a Different Drum Part 3: Marching To A Different Beat
Acts 13:22 (MSG) God removed Saul from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: “I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.”
1 Samuel 17:8-46 (NET) Goliath stood and called to Israel’s troops . . . , “Choose for yourselves a man so he may come down to me! If he is able to fight with me and strike me down, we will become your servants. But if I prevail against him and strike him down, you will become our servants and will serve us.” Then the Philistine said, “I defy Israel’s troops this day . . . !” When Saul and all the Israelites heard these words of the Philistine, they were upset and very afraid . . . . 16 For forty days the Philistine approached every morning and evening and took his position . . . . 23 David heard it . . . . 26 “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he defies the armies of the living God . . . ?” 28 When David’s oldest brother Eliab heard him speaking to the men, he became angry with David and said, “Why have you come down here? To whom did you entrust those few sheep in the desert? I am familiar with your pride and deceit! . . . . 45 David replied to the Philistine, “You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin. But I am coming against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel’s armies, whom you have defied! 46 This very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand! I will strike you down and cut off your head. This day I will give the corpses of the Philistine army to the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land. Then all the land will realize that Israel has a God and all this assembly will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves! For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will deliver you into our hand.”
When you march to the beat of God’s drum the limits and boundaries of life get removed. You’re not limited to the natural.
2 Kings 6:1-6 (TLB) One day the seminary students came to Elisha and told him, “As you can see, our dormitory is too small. Tell us, as our president, whether we can build a new one down beside the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs.” “All right,” he told them, “go ahead.” “Please, sir, come with us,” someone suggested. “I will,” he said. When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees; but as one of them was chopping, his axhead fell into the river. “Oh, sir,” he cried, “it was borrowed!” “Where did it fall?” the prophet asked. The youth showed him the place, and Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water; and the axhead rose to the surface and floated! “Grab it,” Elisha said to him; and he did.
How would we have responded to this situation?
- Naturally? Trying to fix it on our own? Less of God.
- Supernaturally? Inviting God into it? More of God.
THE DETERMINING FACTOR
Romans 8:5 (ESV) For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Our heart will beat to whatever drum we set our mind on.
Romans 8:6 (ESV) To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Galatians 5:16-18 (ESV) I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Psalms 26:2-3 (MSG) Examine me, God, from head to foot . . . . Make sure I’m fit inside and out. So I never lose sight of your love, But keep in step with you, never missing a beat.