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“Lord help us to guide our children in Your way.” <>< Dona (04/17/20)

Please read I Samuel 8 through 10. 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.

Later in I Samuel 8 like Eli’s sons, Samuel’s sons chose to behave inappropriately.  They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. Samuel’s sons were not fit to lead Israel (verses 1-5). 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord was it possible that Samuel was a bad parent?

Something to think about

From my Bible notes: We must be careful not to blame ourselves for the sins of our children. Parenthood is an awesome responsibility and nothing is more important than molding and shaping our children’s lives, but once they become adults we are no longer able to control their behavior.

Something to experience

If our grown children are not following the Lord we need to realize we can’t control them any longer.  And if we’re blaming ourselves we need to stop. And ask God to change them from the inside out.  On the other hand, if we have young children at home we need to ask God to help us raise them up in the way they should go so when they are older they will not depart from following after the Lord (Proverbs 22:6). We need to give all our children – young or old – to the Lord.

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In I Samuel 9 Samuel and Saul met.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord Samuel and Saul’s meeting was no chance encounter. 

Something to think about

Often we think that events just happened to us, but as we learn from this story about Saul, God may use common occurrences to lead us where He wants us to go. 

Something to experience

It is important to evaluate all situations as potential “divine appointments” designed to shape our lives.

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In I Samuel 10 Samuel anoints Saul as king.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord the Holy Spirit came upon Saul in power and caused him to prophesy (verse 10).

Something to think about

From my Bible notes: Throughout the Old Testament, God’s Spirit “came upon” a person so that God could use them for great acts.  This was not always a permanent, abiding influence.

Something to experience

We too can be influenced by the Holy Spirit.  But the Holy Spirit doesn’t just come upon us, the Holy Spirit indwells us, lives in us (I John 4:13).

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Prayer

Lord help us to forgive ourselves and ask for Your forgiveness if we have neglected raising our children by Your instructions (Matthew 3:2).  Lord if we still have young children at home, please help us to raising them up according to Your standards (Proverbs 22:6).  Lord I pray we will seek to recognize and obey You in all areas of our life (Psalm 119:88).  I pray Your Holy Spirit will indwell us and teach us to do all You instruct us to do (I John 4:13). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

“Lord may Your Holy Spirit dwell in each of us.” <>< Dona