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“May the Holy Spirit guide you.” <>< Dona (04/20/20)

Please read I Samuel 11 through 13.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In I Samuel 11:6 the Spirit of God came upon Saul in power.  And Saul burned with anger at the news that the Ammonites were threatening the Israelites.  

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord You can channel our anger in a positive way.

Something to think about

From my Bible notes: Saul was angered by the Ammonites’ threat to humiliate and mistreat his fellow Israelites.  The Holy Spirit used Saul’s anger to bring justice and freedom.

Something to experience

When injustice or sin makes us angry, we need to ask God how we can channel that anger in constructive ways to help bring about a positive change.   Right now both Democrats and Republicans are getting angry about what the other party says and does.  I believe praying for those we disagree with would help more than doing or saying something in retaliation. 

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In I Samuel 12:23 Samuel seemed to indicate that when he failed to pray for others he was sinning.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord prayer is so important.  We should pray and we should encourage others to pray.

Something to think about

Samuel spoke of two of our responsibilities as God’s people.  We should pray consistently for others (Ephesians 6:18) and we should teach others the right way to God (II Timothy 2:2). 

Something to experience

We may disagree with others, but we shouldn’t stop praying for them. We need to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17).

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In I Samuel 13:4 Saul took credit for what God had accomplished.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord pride had crept into Saul’s life.

Something to think about

By taking credit for the accomplishments of others Saul allowed pride to come into his life.

Something to experience

When we notice pride coming into our lives, we need to take immediate steps and give credit where credit is due.  Most times the credit is all God’s.  As we face problems and temptations, we need to focus our attention on God and His resources.  We need to trust Him to help us (Romans 8:31-37).

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Prayer

Lord I pray we will seek to be at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).  Remind us to pray for those with whom we disagree (Matthew 5:44).  Lord thank You for giving us both the blessing and the responsibility of prayer (Ephesians 6:18). Lord I pray we will teach one another Your way (II Timothy 2:2). I pray we will be persistent in seeking Your Presence (I Thessalonians 5:17). Lord I pray we will humble acknowledge all that You give us.  I pray we will trust You (Romans 8:31-37).

“May we humble ourselves before the Lord.” <>< Dona