DON’T BE A FAILURE KING
Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-31
“1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.
5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.
6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,
11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.
13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.
14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.
17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?
20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.
26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.
27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
28 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.
29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.
31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.
32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.
33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.
35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless, Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.” 1 Samuel 15:1-35
Biblically, everyone is created in the image and likeness of God [Genesis 1:26]. We are all born to rule and to reign. Every child of God is a king and queen, but not everybody maintains the position of being a king or a queen. One thing is for God to ordained, chosen and anointed you to be a great man or woman of your generation, and it is another thing for you to maintain the position of greatness in the presence of God.
King Saul was chosen and anointed as the first King over Israel, but Saul himself couldn’t uphold the position because of his attitudes and actions. Saul knew that the king he became was a grace of God that makes it happens. In human view, he was not qualified according to Saul;
“And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?” 1 Samuel 9:21
That’s why we should all know that any position we are in is by the grace of God. Be a church leader, choir leader, youth leader, elders, bandleader, etc. it is the grace of God that makes it possible for you to be there.
Saul did not desire to be a failure king, but his actions lead to a failure without remedy. No one desire to be a failure, but our deeds, actions and attitudes had led many to be a victim of permanent failure.
King Saul is an example of a child of God that do not possess the ethics, attitudes and moral needed to keep his position forever. He was elected as a King over the people of God, speak in tongues, etc. but he ends up in failure without remedy.
THE CONDUCTS OF SAUL THAT LED TO HIS FAILURE:
- God told King Saul what to do, but Saul partially does it not in fullness. Half obedience is disobedience. 1 Samuel 15:23
- Saul feared men – 1 Samuel 15:24
- Saul obeyed the voice of the people but rejected the voice of God – 1 Samuel 15:24
- Saul proved himself righteously but he acted foolishly – 1 Samuel 15:13
- Stealing and took away Unbelievers properties – 1 Samuel 15:9, 15, 21
- He never allows himself to be humble and repentance is nothing to him.
- Saul believe in human honour – 1 Samuel 15:30
“Then he [Saul] said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.”
Millions of people in the world today are Saul of their generation, they spare small sin in their heart. They killed sin like stealing, fornication, but they retain evil deeds like hatred, unforgiving and malice in their heart. Many so-called believers today are practising evil and involved in an atrocity that is more than king Saul deeds. They only bear Christian names, but they are among the people that are using human blood as a sacrifice to attain a position, using human parts to be rich and using human beings to get fame. They forget that SIN is a SIN and there is a NO different consequence for sin. The result of SIN is the judgment and wrath of God.
Once you engage yourself in any sin whatever the name is called, you MUST face the wrath of God unless you REPENT and FORSAKE all your sins. You must run away from adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like (Galatians 5:19-21). Anyone who does such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Remember, the consequences of ALL SINS are the same. Repent and forsake sin is the ONLY solution to reign with God in heaven.
Confess and forsake your sins such as adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, smoking, stealing, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, lying, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Galatians 5:19-21, Luke 13:3-5.
Prayer against failure
- My God and my Lord, I confess all my sins unto you, forgive and wash me clean in the Blood of Jesus.
- Every seed of bad deeds, be uprooted in my life, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, release the power of holy living upon me, in the name of Jesus
- Father, I destroy every seed of sin planted in my life with your Blood in the name of Jesus.
- I am set free from every sin that hinders me to progress to my glorious destination in the name of Jesus.
- Every power of the flesh working against my spiritual growth, die by the Blood and fire of God in Jesus name
- I will NOT be a failure king in the name of Jesus.
- I refuse and reject to be a failure Christian in the name of Jesus.
- Any agenda of the enemy set against my promotion, be scattered by the thunder of God.
- I claim and possess the Spirit of obedience to the words of God, the voice of God and things of God in the name of Jesus.
- Father, deliver me from any bad character in my life, in the name of Jesus.
- By fire by thunder, I break every satanic assignment program against my ministry, in the name of Jesus.
- I’m a king, I will not fail and fall by the grace of God, in the name of Jesus.