Is There an Agag in Your Life?
- Date: August 24, 2015
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “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? ” (1 Samuel 15:17)
- From Sin Of Idolatry
One thing we do know for sure is that His return is imminent! At any moment, the trumpet of God can sound. "I wish we'd all been ready. There is no time to change your mind. The Son has come and you've been left behind." [Larry Norman, 1969] Admonish one another that the day does not come upon us unawares. We're not children of darkness; we're children of light. We're very clear of this age that we're in. What kind of urgency are we living our lives in? Are we provoking our husbands and our wives? Are we planning more for the return of the Lord or are we planning more for the remodeling of the house? I don't care if you're remodeling your house. That's not the point. What's got your heart? We can lie to ourselves, but some things become pretty clear here. We can justify ourselves and say, "Oh no, I was obedient." The prophet will say, "What's that bleating of sheep that I hear in my ears?" "Oh Pastor, amen! I've given it all. That doesn't have my heart." What's that bleating of sheep in the spirit? What is that which we hear? Is it a life of total obedience or is it a life where we thought about the circumstances and had a better plan? Keeping Agag alive was a better plan. "It will help me more. This is what will meet my needs at the moment. This is what's most beneficial to me at this moment. I know that's what God commanded, but you know, as I got here and I'm the guy on the ground-surely this is the better way to do it. After all, that was written 1,500 years ago and that doesn't apply to America." Heaven and earth will pass away. His Word will not pass away! There's not going to change one jot or one tittle. "He that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17)!
Is there an Agag in your life? Is life too busy and too loud that you couldn't hear the sheep bleating if you needed to? We've got so many things around, we forgot about the sheep. We've got a herd of camels and donkeys and wedges of gold and Babylonian garments. I wonder how many idols we really have in here with us. I wonder if the Holy Ghost just pulled them all out and put them up here, what would we have up here? What do you think? The eyes of the Lord are searching and He is looking for some people in which He can show Himself mighty. I believe that we're a people who want that, but we've got to get rid of some baggage. I believe that it starts right here. Your response to that should not be, "Amen, Pastor." It should start with you. You ought to be saying, "No, it needs to start right here with me, because I'm the chief of sinners." What do you think? As the prophet comes into our midst, as the Word of God comes into our midst and challenges us, what's our response going to be? Saul said,-making an excuse-"Well, you see, the people…" (1 Samuel 15:15). How many of us look at our problems and find it so easy to say, "They," or, "Her," or, "Him?" "The woman Thou gavest me." The response of the prophet to the king was in verse 17, "When you were little in your own eyes, I could use you." How do we find ourselves?
The greatest contributor to idolatry is overvaluing ourselves, of thinking that we deserve these things or thinking that we can handle these things. "I'm bigger than idolatry. I'm stronger than leaven. I'm wiser than the Word of God. I'm holier than everybody else here." "When you were little in your own eyes, I could use you." We know the story here. The tragedy of deception and tragedy of idolatry is this, verse 20. Saul's response to Samuel was, "I've obeyed the Word. Samuel, what's your problem? I did the Word. I'm doing the Word. Do you want me to quote you a couple of chapters? I've gone the way which the Lord has sent me." Then we see the excuses in verse 21 and blaming others again. Samuel's response was this, in verse 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. 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..."