No More Forgiveness

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S-cripture:

1 Samuel 15:35

Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.

O-bservation:

This is a sad commentary on the life of King Saul. In chapter 11 of this book, he was made King over Israel. In chapter 12, the Prophet Samuel scolded the people of Israel for having demanded a King. In chapter 13, Saul sinned by offering a burnt offering that was reserved only for Priests. In chapter 14, he made a decree that involved having his son Jonathan executed for a crime Jonathan didn't know was a crime. Consequently, no one in the country followed the King's decree and Jonathan's life was spared. Now, here in chapter 15, King Saul sinned by not having Agag, the King of the Amalekites, killed. Samuel had to do it and God regretted having made Saul King of Israel. Samuel never visited Saul again, though he prayed and mourned over him till the day he (Samuel) died.

A-pplication:

God wasn't suggesting that He (GOD) had made a mistake when He made Saul King. No! God regretted that Saul refused to change. Saul was so attractive and such a valiant warrior, but he refused to "Get It!" Someone once said, "Stupid Is as Stupid Does!" An earthly King is NOT God. He's just a man with authority, and when he continues to operate as God, in time, there's just ... "No More Forgiveness" for that. Eventually, we are all called to grow up and do the will of God. Thankfully today, because of Jesus, there is even GRACE for us "Hard Headed Folks."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I don't want to go my own way today. I want Your will to be my PURPOSE for living. Amen
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Know Your Boundaries

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S-cripture:

1 Samuel 13:9

So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering.

O-bservation:

Saul had only recently been anointed as the first KING in Israel's history. The Prophet Samuel, who had led the nation, stepped aside from his position as leader but maintained his position as High Priest of Israel. Immediately after Samuel handed over the reigns of leadership to Saul, Saul in turn offered a burnt offering to the Lord as though he were the King and Priest of Israel. Because of this unconscionable act, God’s judgment came on Saul.

A-pplication:

Just because you excel at one thing doesn't mean you excel at everything. Just because God has anointed you for one specific ministry, doesn't mean He has anointed you for every kind of ministry. Perhaps it's true that Saul had not had enough training for his position as King. But what he did by offering a burnt offering to the Lord was strictly forbidden for anyone outside of the "House of Levi," and in particular "The Priest." Saul was a powerful fighter and farmer from the house of Benjamin. Unfortunately, Saul never did grasp his BOUNDARIES as King. He continually moved into arenas that were not called for. Because of his actions, his lineage ended on his watch. Imagine a King with no one to succeed him because of God's judgment. The one thing we can all learn from King Saul's failure is ... "Know Your Boundaries!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I ask that You would help me stay focused on the Giftings and Ministry You have blessed me in. Amen
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His Own

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S-cripture:

1 Samuel 12:22

For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.

O-bservation:

This was part of the farewell speech given by the Prophet Samuel to the People of Israel. In this speech, he reaffirms the fact that God will never reject the Israelites, because He is pleased to call them "His Own."

A-pplication:

Like the Israelites of old, we "Followers of Jesus," better known as "The Church," have been grafted into this same promise God gave them. This of course happened through the marvelous sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross and His physical resurrection from the grave three days later. Because of this indescribable gift, God is pleased to call us "His Own." Oh yes, we have all failed. We have all sinned and come up short of God's glory. But in spite of all of our failures, mess-ups, rebellions, stupid mistakes, and even "Oops I did it agains," God Still Loves Us! And even though His heart breaks like any father of a wayward child, at the end of the day our Father in heaven is pleased to call us ... "His Own!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I am amazed You still love me. After all my failures You still care for me and call me "Your Own." I'm just amazed. Amen
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Friendship

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S-cripture:

1 Samuel 20:4 Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.”

O-bservation:

David, prior to becoming King of Israel, was regularly running for his life from King Saul. Saul's son Jonathon was David’s best friend. They had such a "Friendship" that Jonathon said to David, "I'm willing to do whatever it is you need me to do."

A-pplication:

Everywhere I go I find young adults in need of "Friendship." It's not that they're weak at finding friends, it's that they don't trust anyone. Here were two young men on opposite ends of life and experience. One was a King's son who was being deposed by God from his position, and the other was the man God had chosen to take his place. Perhaps never before in history were there two men more destined to hate each other, who instead found the common bond of Friendship. Wouldn't it be wonderful if, instead of finding reasons to find fault with each other, we could start by saying, "Whatever you need me to do for you, I'll do it." Those words are a bridge to any "Friendship."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I have NO friend like You. So this AM let me start my day by saying,  "Whatever You need me to do, I'll do for You today.” Amen
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Sometimes Only A Man Of God Will Do

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S-cripture:

1 Samuel 15:33b And Samuel put Agag to death before the Lord at Gilgal.

O-bservation:

The Lord, through the prophet Samuel, had commanded King Saul to destroy all of the Amalekites including their king. Saul spared the life of King Agag. When Samuel found out he told him the Kingdom had been taken from him, then Samuel slew King Agag!

A-pplication:

Imagine the prophet and priest of Israel, Samuel, killing an enemy king. You would have thought that King Saul would have obeyed God, but instead he was afraid of what his people might think if he killed the enemy king. For that disobedience, Saul lost his kingdom. But Agag had still escaped death. Samuel, in a fit of righteous indignation, slew King Agag in front of all of the leaders of Israel. When the leader of the country is rebellious toward the living God, and is afraid to obey the command of the Lord, "Sometimes Only A Man of God Will do!" Samuel didn't know who to trust anymore, so he took matters into his own hand and obeyed the Lord.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to be a Man of God who people can trust to stand for You. Help me be that man! Amen
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