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“May you experience God’s victory in every battle you face.” (04/21/20)

Please read I Samuel 14 through 15.  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 14:1-14 Jonathan and his armor bearer attacked the Philistines.

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord Jonathan trusted You to give the victory and he acted on his trust in You to defeat the Philistines.

Something to think about

Because they trusted God, Jonathan and his armor bearer were able to attack the huge Philistine army.  They knew the size of the Philistine army would not restrict God’s ability to help them.  God honored the faith and brave action of these two men with a tremendous victory.

Something to experience

With God there are always enough resources to resist the pressures and win the battle.  If God has called you to action, then bravely commit what resources you have to God and rely upon Him to lead you to victory.  Are there steps you feel God is leading you to take?  What’s holding you back? Perhaps those few steps are all you need to experience victory.

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In I Samuel 14:15-52 Saul was successful in his battles against many of Israel’s enemies.

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord even though Saul disobeyed You, You still gave him victory.

Something to think about

Sometimes ungodly people win battles.  Victory is neither guaranteed nor limited to the righteous.  God provides according to His will.  God might have given Saul success in battle for the sake of Israel’s people. All is in God’s timing.

Something to experience

You and I should commit our ways to God and trust Him with the outcome. 

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In I Samuel 15 the Lord was grieved that He had made Saul king.

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord Saul grieved You by how he acted.

Something to think about

God was truly sorrowful, truly sad. God doesn’t make errors (see Genesis 6:5-7).   But I believe God did change his attitude toward Saul when Saul turned away from God and didn’t carry out God’s instructions (see I Samuel 15:10-11). 

Something to experience

Don’t be the kind of person who is dishonest and lies to make yourself look better before others. God knows your heart.  And eventually you will be found out by those around you. Honesty is still the best policy.

Prayer

Lord I pray You will give us the wisdom, the words and the actions to resist every enemy we face (Luke 21:15).  Lord I pray we will submit to Your authority (James 4:7). Lord I pray we will put on the armor You’ve given us so we can resist and firmly stand our ground in every battle (Ephesians 6:13).  Thank You for the resources you provide for us.  I pray when You call us to action that we will bravely commit all You’ve provided (II Corinthians 5:19). I pray we will rely on You to lead us to victory.  I pray we will commit our ways to You and trust You with the outcome (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Lord I pray we will incline our heart to Your Word.  I pray we will not seek dishonest gain and we will not envy those who do (Psalm 119:36). Lord I pray our heart will be steadfast and confident as we praise You (Psalm 57:7).  I pray in thought, word or action we will be truthful (Philippians 1:9-11). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May your thoughts, words and deeds all line up with God’s will.” <>< Dona