The Man and His Heart Transformed

Text:            1 Samuel 10:1-13, “Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance? When you have departed from me today, you will find two men by Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. And now your father has ceased caring about the donkeys and is worrying about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?” ’ Then you shall go on forward from there and come to the terebinth tree of Tabor. There three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine. And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall receive from their hands. After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you. You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.”  So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. And it happened, when all who knew him formerly saw that he indeed prophesied among the prophets, that the people said to one another, “What is this that has come upon the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” Then a man from there answered and said, “But who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” And when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place.”  nkj

Let’s look at Saul’s journey of transformation and how it relates to our own.

He encounters a man of God who speaks into his life. 

Almost every testimony of believers starts with someone who knows the Lord telling someone who doesn’t.  We need to hear it and we need to share the Word of God and who He is in our lives with others.

He believes what the man tells him and moves forward.

God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.  When we receive the truth in our hearts and believe it, God starts the life long work of transformation. 

The transformation had begun, but it didn’t stop there.  He then comes across a few groups of God’s followers who speak and sing about God.  We too must be in contact with others who will speak to us about the Lord and share more of His word with us.  We call that church and fellowship!

He allows the Holy Spirit to touch him, and he has changed.

Samuel told him what would happen:  “the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.”  This is true for all who will follow God in that the SPIRIT of God comes and dwells within us and we become a new person!  Our life is changed, headed in a different direction with a new focus.  The Bible says it this way: “Behold all things are made new.  The old has gone, the new has come.”

This is all possible because “God is with you.” Not only did Samuel say it, but the New Testament tells us the same.  “Don’t you know that you are the temples of the Holy Spirit?”  With God Himself abiding in us, how could we NOT be different.

The Holy Spirit begins to use him.

the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. 11 And it happened, when all who knew him formerly saw that he indeed prophesied among the prophets, that the people said to one another, “What is this that has come upon the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”

When God makes a change, people notice the difference.  The change was so radical in Saul that people who knew him thought that he was actually a prophet.  Saul WASN’T a prophet, but when the Lord touched him, amazing things began to happen.  Likewise, when He touches us, amazing things happen.

Saul did prophesy.  God used him mightily to rule Israel for about 40 years according to the book of Acts.  God saves, keeps, satisfies, and has a plan for us to serve Him in the kingdom.  Soooo many ways.  He also has a plan for each and every one of us to serve in His kingdom.  We may not be a King, a pastor or an evangelis, or maybe we will, but we are saved with a purpose in God’s mind.  He WILL use us if we simply submit to His Holy Spirit.

Even though he’s used by God he still goes to God’s house.

“when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place.”  The high place was where they worshiped and received instructions from the priests, prophets etc.  Saul knew that he needed to be in the presence of Samuel to have a better understanding and relationship with the Lord.  The Spirit touching Saul and changing him did not mean that he didn’t need the place of worship anymore.

In the same way, just because the Spirit uses you doesn’t mean you can forget about going to church. You may experience the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, but don’t forget the One behind it all.  Being in the presence of God with a mature leader and others who are seeking is important.  It is so important that the Bible tells us:  “don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves together.”

WE need one another – each one contributes to the function and completeness of the body, and each one can sharpen one.  When we forget this, trouble slowly begins.

This is where Saul started to lose it.  He was being used by God to lead Israel and deliver them from their enemies.  He was used a lot for many years but he forgot to listen to Him who sent him and to do what He said.  The voice of the mature leader wasn’t what he wanted to hear. There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end of that way leads to death.  Trust NOT in your own understanding.  In ALL your ways acknowledge the Lord and HE will make your paths straight.

Saul wanted it to be HIS way, in HIS timing – that isn’t how God works.  Saul was more afraid of how man would feel or react than of how God would feel and react.  In the New Testament, Jesus reminds us not to fear those who can only kill the body and then do no more.  He tells us to rather fear Him who after the body is dead has the power to send the soul to hell.  Saul spent less time going to God’s place and learning how to fit into God’s plan and more time trying to get God to fit into his plan.

Remember that transformation is an ongoing process that started with God touching you.  The only way for it to continue is to remain in contact with God through prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship.  IF we stop the process, disaster awaits.

Don’t stop the process.

God Loves you

 

It is time for us to BE TRANSFORMED by turning our lives over to God through faith in Jesus Christ.  We need to read His word, believe it, and ask Him to work it out in us through His Holy Spirit.

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