1 Samuel 18 My Study Notes


S.O.A.K method  Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer

S: 1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul.

O: Jonathan was knit to the soul of David (knit: to unite closely) Jonathan and David were around the same age, perhaps 5 years apart, they were both bold and they both loved and served the Lord. (we read about Jonathan is chapter 14 and in verse 6 – how he was both bold and loved and served the Lord. *****And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few). Jonathan knew the heart of David after David spoke of the Lord. They both had the same heart and therefore, Jonathan chose David to be his friend. Because of this, there was no jealousy between them. I think it’s important to remember there is a clear difference between the jealousy of God and the jealousy of man. As we know in the ten commandments: You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me (Exodus 20:4,5). God’s jealousy is a holy jealousy. Man’s jealousy is a desire to seek something more than the desire to seek God or move with envy.

A: I think it’s very important as a Christian to allow God to pick your friends. You want friends with a heart who follows the Lord. As long as you seek to be like Christ and follow the Lord, then jealousy won’t be a part of your life.

K: Father, please give me a heart which seeks after you and friends in my life who feel the same way.

May you continue to search the word of the living God and not lean unto your own understanding. 

1 Samuel 17- My Study Notes


Today from the S.O.A.K. method.

David contrasted Goliath’s weapons with the name of the Lord God. David was bold, not in his own strength but in God’s.

In what area of your life do you need to be reminded that the battle belongs to the Lord?

1 Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

The Spirit of the LORD really can give us courage. When we are dismayed and greatly afraid, it isn’t the work of the Spirit of the LORD. God wants to give us a holy boldness and courage, not in ourselves, but in Him. My reading this morning….thoughts to ponder.

Thoughts to ponder….do we allow the Lord to prepare our fights? I have to admit I am not sure if I really truly have ever done this. Perhaps a time or two but certainly not as often as I should. Help me Lord.

May you continue to search the word of the living God and not lean unto your own understanding.

1 Samuel 16 – My Study Notes


S.O.A.K. method – Scripture, Observe, Application and Kneel.  Good Morning Girls – Courtney Joseph


S: 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

O: Out of all the brothers it was David who was anointed. I find it interesting David’s father did not even mention him and only presented all brothers but David.  I like how we can see easily where David got his heart from with some further digging into the word. We find this out 2 times in Psalms and once in 2 Timothy. Psalm 86:16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. and Psalm 116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. 2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. All three of these scriptures point to David’s mother.

A: This certainly reminds me of how I learned at an early age about God – from my Grandmother. She would send cards, letters, and books from time to time and would always state: Smile God loves you and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. I love how God uses his word to teach us how we should raise our children.

K: Father God, remind me to keep an open heart to my daughter so she understands the love I feel for you. If you grant me with grandchildren, please Lord, let me instill the love I have for you into their precious hearts as well. All praise and glory to you for giving us the word for standards to live by and follow.

May you continue to search the living word of God and not lean unto your own understanding. 

1 Samuel 15 – My Study Notes


S.O.A.K. method – Scripture, Observe, Application and Kneel

S: 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.

O: Not only does Saul disobey God but he lies to Samuel.

A: What a picture of the world we live in today. Time and time again, we don’t want to look different or make waves and yet this is exactly what God wants from us, total obedience.

K: Lord, my lack of obedience has certainly turned my life upside down and around. It’s time I completely 100% obey your commandments. Help me, Lord, to stay accountable. Prick my heart when you know, I know, I am not obeying you.

May you continue to search the word of our living God and not lean unto your own understanding.  

1 Samuel 14 – My Study Notes


S. O. A. K.  Method = Scripture, Observe, Application and Kneel

S: Now it happened one day that Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison that is on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.

O: one day – just a day not a special day or an out of the ordinary day just one day which Jonathan decided to step out on faith. On that day Jonathan trusted God to win the victory.

A: Have I trusted in God for my victories? Do I allow God to use me for his will? Have I stepped out in faith when I am afraid and feel alone?

K: Father God, I want to give you all praise and glory to all victories you have blessed me with, even if I don’t see them as victories. I want you to use me as a servant to allow others to have victories in their lives as well. Thank you for using just an ordinary day and a faithful man who trusted you to allow him to have victory. So many of us, think we have to be a certain mold or aren’t good enough to get victories in our lives but the truth is you only want us to humble ourselves to be faithful servants to you and you will give us many victories and blessings in our lives. Thank you Lord and use my heart to do your will.