Revive Us Again to Remain loyal to God’s Kingdom

  • Revive Us Again to Remain loyal to God’s Kingdom
    2 Samuel 13: 1-22; 18: 5-14
  • Introduction
    • A look at the theme: Revive us again
    • We want to examine the sub-theme Revive us again to remain loyalty to God’s Kingdom
    • Some of us have left our first love for Christ and our loyalty to Christ and his church appears to be waning
    • Loyalty is defined as the unwavering devotion to a person or thing
    • It can also be defined as the willingness to make an investment or personal sacrifice to strengthen a relationship.
    • Loyalty should however not be confused with longevity or years of experience.
    • This morning we will examine why people become disloyal to the kingdom and why we have to remain loyal
    • We will look at some of the things that can make one disloyal to the Kingdom of God
    • Disloyalty is the little fox that spoils the vine in ministries, organizations and relationships.
    • Ignorance of its effect brings down years of labour.
    • Disloyalty eats like cankerworm and some people are even ignorant of the fact that they are under attack by this dangerous spirit.
    • It should be noted that only people who are conversant with the dealings of an organization can be disloyal to it.
    • Another definition of disloyalty is deserting one’s allegiance.
    • The Bible calls it the loss of first love.
    • When the excitement and joy of the love you first had for someone or something dies or becomes lukewarm, then disloyalty has crept in.
    • People become disloyal for various reasons.
    • Disloyal people are not born disloyal, something leads to it.
    • In the story read to us today, we see several developments going on in the text because Ammon broke trust and did something that was unacceptable to his family
    • He raped his half-sister that resulted in complicated developments within their family and the administration of his father’s kingdom
    • Absalom killed Ammon his brother in return in (2 Sam 13: 23)
    • He then fled from his father’s house to be on his own and later plotted to take over David’s kingdom
    • For a person or a group of people to become disloyal, one or some of the following have or are taking place
    • It should be noted that disloyalty is a process!
    • It is appropriate to discuss these stages leading to disloyalty because most people are unaware, they are becoming disloyal.
  • STAGE 1 —Independent Spirit. (2 Samuel 18:5, 14)
    • This is the first stage of disloyalty that must be vigorously attacked and dealt with.
    • This is the place where a person belonging to a group, association, firm or ministry develops an autonomous attitude or behaviour against the laid down rules of the organisation.
    • When a loyal person suddenly develops an attitude of an independent spirit, disloyalty is beginning
    • As soon as Absalom killed his brother Amnon, he fled and started an independent lifestyle
    • He later returned to Jerusalem and conspired to take over David’s kingdom that resulted in David fleeing from his own son
    • Absalom by the advice of Ahithophel pursued David
    • Joab had been entrusted with the care and protection of Amnon by his father David.
    • David told Joab “Protect the young man Absalom for my sake” 18:12
    • However, when Joab came to a place where Absalom’s head was caught between tree branches, he killed him despite protest from the other soldiers
    • The stage of an independence spirit is the first sign of disloyalty
    • This is the stage the devil deceives a lot of people to make independent decisions.
    • This is the time when people think they are of age and do not need to be submissive to others in anyway.
    • They feel they are intelligent beings capable of making decisions best known to them.
    • This spirit invades marriages, relationships, ministries, homes, offices etc.
    • Wives beware of this spirit. It breeds the lack of submission to your husbands.
    • This is when the worker feels he knows more than his head of department or the associate thinks he has better leadership styles than the senior pastor.
    • The independent spirit is displayed when one does what is opposed to the instruction given by a superior.
    • It should be noted that remaining under the blessing or a covering of a spiritual parent, church or any organisation demands absolute trust and obedience to the laid down rules.
    • One cannot afford to do things independent of the group one belongs.
    • Joab chose to do what he taught was right in his own eyes by killing the son of the king.
    • Noted that independent spirit is betrayal of one’s commitment.
  • STAGE 2 —  Hurt and Offence (2 Sam 13: 22)
    • Loyalty should not only be from bottom to the top but also from top to bottom.
    • Leadership must be loyal to the people and the people to their leaders.
    • Offence could be a result of hidden hurt.
    • People who hold hurt and pain in their hearts by refusing to let go are most often the recipient of the spirit of offence.
    • 2 Sam 13:22 Absalom was hurt and offended by the actions of his brother Ammon but never said a word
    • Proverbs 18:19 – A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
    • When people are hurt or offended, their level of devotion and commitment to the vision is likely to drop drastically.
    • And as hurting people hurt, offended people spread offence.
    • Note that people will hurt and offend you, but you don’t have to hold on to the offence.
    • The way to handle offence is by not taking it personal.
    • When people go out of their way to hurt your feelings and offend you choose not to take offence because the value of God’s anointing on your life is too precious to allow the devil to drag you down.
    • The easiest way to lose God’s anointing is by taking offence or causing offence.
    • The Bible states that offences will come but woe unto him that brings offence.
    • So, avoid breeding offence and stop hurting people.
    • If someone tells you, you’ve hurt them, make a sincere apology because if you don’t it’s a seed and you will reap it later.
    • Disloyalty thrives in an atmosphere of offence and hurt so never give place to the devil.
    • We should be very careful of becoming victims of offence.
    • Some Church members are angry with each other because of past dealings.
    • People who have been wounded want to also do the same to others.
    • Sometimes Church members are angry with leadership because they want more from them
    • Offence breeds disloyalty if not cut off.
  • STAGE 3  –Passivity (Indifference, Non-Participation) • 2 Samuel 13:23
  •  And it came to pass, after two full years, that Absalom had sheep shearers in Baal Hazor, which is near Ephraim; so Absalom invited all the king’s sons.
    • Offence leads to passivity, indifference, withdrawal from other people.
    • People become uninvolved and unnecessarily withdrawn when they have been hurt; they become passive.
    • In the passive stage, they entertain and breed disloyal thoughts.
    • This is the stage where people hold back and plan things not in line with the word of God.
    • Absalom used this period of withdrawal to plan how to kill his brother Amnon and how to take over his father’s kingdom
    • It should be noted that people at this stage claim passivity helps them keep sane; invariably, it makes them entertain unholy desires and thoughts.
    • Come out of that closet of passivity if you want to remain loyal to the kingdom
  • STAGE 4  –Critical Spirit
    • This is the point where people develop critical views about everything and everyone.
    • Critical of leadership and subordinates.
    • In 2 Sam 15 Absalom provides himself with chariots and horses and had people to follow him
    • He started doing this to make the king unpopular
    • At this stage of disloyalty faults are magnified and everything seems unacceptable.
    • This is the point where people want others to follow their line of thought in bringing out faults in others.
    • This is where gossip groups are formed to bring down existing structures.
    • It’s time to stand firm in your commitment to God and man.
    • If you have found yourself joining gossip groups and plotting conspiracies, you are moving into the stage of disloyalty
  • STAGE 5 –Ignorance, Carnality and Spiritual immaturity
    1 Corinthians 3:3 – For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
    • In 2 Sam 18: 9f Absalom was riding a mule and the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s head got caught in the tree
    • Despite all the pride and self-importance of Absalom, he was immature in jungle warfare
    • Spiritual immaturity is another cause of disloyalty.
    • Most of the time, young and unsuspecting Christians are the victims of this deception because they have not built up their personal conviction regarding God’s Word.
    • They are easily excited, and they fall for anything labelled ‘God’.
    • Be aware that you can be a Christian for several years and still be immature.
    • It is by your fruit that we will know if you are mature and not by the years of salvation or carrying the Bible around
    • Matthew 18:6 It takes one to make one.
    • Some of the people leading people in disloyalty are not even aware of the terrible consequences involved.
    • If people look up to you be careful that you are not a bad influence on them regarding their loyalty to God.
    • The reason why people sometimes fall prey to the wolves that peddle disloyalty is because of low self-esteem.
    • When you have low self-esteem, you could easily be manipulated.
    • Know who you are in Christ and focus on him
  • Conclusion
    • Are these stages to disloyalty gradually eating into your life?
    • Return to the place of your first love and live to glorify your God and him alone
    • If TBC is going to uphold her prominence, we need to maintain our loyalty as member and leaders to one another and Christ.
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