Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
PVTD vs NVTD- A snapshot of David and Saul.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Don’t take your life lightly. God is using you to be a light to the world, but with your volition you can be a life of darkness. Use your TTT to bring the light of Christ to the world; not to be selfish but selfless.
It is your responsibility to rule the kingdom that God has given you by following His commands and ordinances.
You may not think that you rule a kingdom, but you do. Every believer’s life is a kingdom, of which the believer has been graciously elected king by God.
The Lord was David’s King, and so did David know that he was the Lord’s servant, but David ruled the kingdom of Israel.
Israel is a picture of the believer’s soul. Israel was a kingdom and so is your soul.
In all of Israel’s history we see the nation being blessed at times and being cursed at times. This all depended on the spiritual state of the nation and never on overt circumstances.
With PVTD Saul’s kingdom would have been established forever, but because of his NVTD his kingdom will not endure.
With PVTD the Church-age believer’s kingdom (life) will be blessed above and beyond what he could think, forever. But with NVTD his kingdom will be stripped naked, yet he shall be saved, but with resurrection body only.
1CO 3:14-15 If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.
The prophecy by Samuel concerning Saul’s demise was only due to Saul’s NVTD.
You can be quite prophetic in your own life because you have been given the signs by the convicting ministry of God the HS.
2CO 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!
Through repeated NVTD Saul was a man who lived in fear when faced with adversity.
Faced with the same situation, David was a man who lived in courage. The difference was PVTD.
The believer in the Church-age that has PVTD will face the Goliaths of life with courage and not with fear.
2TI 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
ROM 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
Saul’s army scattered before the battle. Saul’s NVTD led to his inability to be a good leader and none wanted to stand by him. This is akin to the lack of true fellowship for the believer who is NVTD.
David on the other hand had a strong and devoted army.
Even when David lost his kingdom at the hands of the Absalom revolution his mighty men never left his side. In fact, they loved him so much that they continued to risk their lives to honor him.
2SA 23:16 So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord;
The Church-age believer with PVTD will be of the same mind with others in the local assembly that also have spiritual momentum.
PHI 2:2 Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
Phm 6 - all genuine fellowship with believers is based on metabolized doctrine and virtue.
Saul had a miserable life of defeat and fear.
On the contrary, David had an abundant life of victory.
The Church-age believer, who becomes a winner through PVTD, is promised the eternal reward of privilege for his abundant life of victory.
REV 2:7 To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
Saul’s family was cursed by association.
David’s family was blessed by association.
1CH 22:9 Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
The winner Church-age believer will have the greatest comfort that his family will be blessed by association; they shall not be hurt by the second death.
REV 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
Saul’s eternal legacy was that of a man who chose independence from God. 1CH 10:13-14 So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, and did not inquire of the Lord.
On the contrary, David’s eternal legacy is the greatest that could be given, “A man after My own heart (kata mou kardia).”
ACT 13:22 And after He had removed him [Saul], He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.”
For all of eternity the winner Church-age believer will be given a white stone, which represents the fulfillment of his election, and a new title will be written upon it.
REV 2:17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.”
If Saul had PVTD his kingdom would have endured forever like David’s has, but because of his NVTD his kingdom shall not endure.
As for David he was promised a kingdom that will endure forever.
In like manner, the winner Church-age believer is given an established kingdom as he is granted authority over the nations.
REV 2:26 “And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations;”
Saul experienced defeat on the battlefield after his reversionism was in full swing.
On the contrary, although David did not win every fight, he was often victorious on the battlefield and as always, his victory came from the Lord.
The winner Church-age believer is awarded Battlefield Royalty: the order of the Morning Star.
The winner believer, through the power of God, will rout the KOD, and because of his great humility, he will, like David, give all the credit to the Lord.
REV 2:26-29 “And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Saul lived a life in shame and embarrassment.
On the contrary, David lived a life in honor and integrity that resulted from his incredible humility.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.