1 Samuel 21 – My Study Notes

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

 

S:2 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

O: Here we see David is afraid. Not only is David afraid for his life but he is afraid the truth will end up getting him killed thus he lies. Instead of going into the tabernacle and telling the truth he lies.

A: I can recall several times out of fear I have lied. David forgot so very quickly he had just trusted in the Lord fully in defeating Goliath. Now he is afraid and lies and this will create problems as we will read soon in another chapter. Fear can be crippling and lead us to forget the many times God has been right by our side the entire step or process.

K: Father help me to remember all the times you have been with me and held me and gave me the strength when I thought I was alone. Remind me to not let fear guide me in the wrong direction. Continue to protect my words so they are pleasing to you and are words not of fear but of truth.

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

1 Samuel Chapter 7 – My study notes

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I am using the SOAK method for studying the book of 1 Samuel.  S: scripture O: observation A: application and K: kneel in prayer

S: 2 And when it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that this time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD. 16: And he went from year to year in the circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places. O: The ark was with them for along time however, they still did not feel any closer to the Lord. Things still were not right and they couldn’t really understand why. They thought

O: The ark was with them for a long time however, they still did not feel any closer to the Lord. Things still were not right and they couldn’t really understand why. They thought having the ark back was going to make everything alright but this was not the case. The hearts of Israel was not where it needed to be. They had more faith in the ark then they did by humbling and repenting to the Lord. I notice Samuel’s faith in prayer and for the people to turn back to God and repent of their sins. Samuel did this from year to year since he knew man will always sin and will always need to remember to turn back to God.

A: As a Christian, I was saved and born again in the late 70’s. As the years went by, I slide back away from God and then tragedy happened. I lost my husband and unborn child in my early 20’s. I went back to the Lord again but it was only for a short period of time. I faltered many times but never lost my faith I just found myself still lost. I went to several churches and just couldn’t find the piece I was missing in my life. Then in 2011, I had a surgery which went bad and at one point, I told my mother, I saw heaven. I don’t remember it and so wish I did but knew God had plans for me and I needed to find out how to get closer to him. This is when I started to read the bible more. At first, it was just by subject areas and then I met my future husband (to be) of today and he took me to his church. A bible believing teaching church and I felt at home. I felt I had found what I had been missing. I decided to read the entire bible that year. I am now on my third time of reading it from start to finish. It is now that I am seeing the rewards. It is now that I am understanding God’s blessings and it is now that I want to encourage others to have and find what I was seeking. Like those of Isreal, my heart was not where it needed to be I needed to humble myself and allow God to take control without looking back or second guessing.

K: Father God, you know my heart and you know I want to be like Samuel faithful in my walk and faithful in sharing your love for not only me but for everyone. I want to be able to go from year to year being your servant and doing your will. I want to be a shining light for others who maybe in darkness. Thank you for allowing me to finish my work here on earth. I look forward to serving you for as long as you want me here. Amen

1 Samuel 6 -My study notes

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S: 6:6 – Wherefore, then do ye harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed.

 

 

Word definition- wrought: performed or guided and harden: made unfeeling or conform in wickedness.

O: Why do we see others or ourselves harden our hearts? The Philistines saw the results of God and how he dealt with those who did not believe he was the only true God.( I dug into Proverbs 18:5 and read: It is not accept the person of wicked to overthrow the righteous in judgement.) But how many times do we watch and participate in what we know is not pleasing to God?

A: I need to know the difference of what is pleasing to God and what man wants pleasing to him. By studying the word of God, I have a set of standards to live by; and know are pleasing to him. By being in God’s word everyday, I can keep myself away from temptation and keep my focus on him.

K: Father God, I come before you today to help me keep in your word everyday. I know I am busy and feel pulled in many directions but allow the Holy Spirit to nudge me to make time to be in your word everyday. I know by doing this I will be kept from temptation and keep my focus on you and what is pleasing in your sight. Thank you Lord, for giving us your word to have a set of standards which we can use and live by. Amen

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

1 Samuel 2 – My study notes

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1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

 

Using the SOAK method to study the book of 1 Samuel. S – scripture, O – observance, A – application to my life today and K – Kneel before the Lord.

 

S: 2 There is none holy as the Lord; for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our god. (Verse mapping – Rock: Psalm 18 1:2 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my tower.

O: When the Lord is our life, our Rock and our salvation we will not go wrong. It’s when we don’t have God in our life or take our eyes off him, we stray and will do what we want and the world wants instead of his perfect way for us.

A: God warns us many times and shows us the commandments to live by and follow. We are to walk with him and keep our eyes focused on him.

K: Father God, Thank you for being my Rock and holding me up when I am weak. Thank you for your word in order for me to have a set of standards to obey and to follow. Please help me stayed focused on Jesus. Thank you for my blessings. Amen.

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

Tuesday’s Needle in a Haystack

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James 1:2-3

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Who wins when you are tempted?

Websters Dictionary 1828

TEMPTA’TION, noun The act of tempting; enticement to evil by arguments, by flattery, or by the offer of some real or apparent good.

When the devil had ended all the temptation he departed from him for a season. Luke 4:13

Luke 4:13

“And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”

1. Solicitation of the passions; enticements to evil proceeding from the prospect of pleasure or advantage.

2. The state of being tempted or enticed to evil. When by human weakness you are led into temptation resort to prayer for relief.

3. Trial.

Lead us not into temptation

4. That which is presented to the mind as an inducement to evil.

Dare to be great without a guilty crown,

View it, and lay the bright temptation down.

5. In colloquial language, an allurement to any thing indifferent, or even good.

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

Rest Assured

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What do you do when adversary comes into your life?

Sunday was a day to think about my trials and tribulations in which I have experienced, since the first day I can remember as a child.

How do you react when life gets hard and confusing and just plain old bumpy ruts which seem to not have an end in sight?

Would I react as Job did when he was faced with his trials? Job lost all he had including his ten children. We read in Job 1:20-22

Job 1:20

“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,”

Job 1:21

“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Job 1:22

“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

King James Version (KJV)

I listen intently to the sermon and heard how Job loses his own health and was faced with adversity. Job worshiped God, Job blessed God and Job sinned not.

Could I or would I have done this if I was faced with Job’s adversities.?  Have I done this when faced with my own trials and tribulations?  Have I remained faithful?

I was 19 when I married my husband.  I was told I might not be able to have children due to female problems. So, we decided to try and after thinking it was not going to happen, I got a knock on the door.

I was up all night worried and frightened as my husband had not come home.  I tried his friends, his parents, places he might have stopped.  One hour, two hours, four hours and daylight was breaking, where could he be and why hadn’t he called me.

The knock was a police officer and my husband’s best friend. I was told in what seemed like slow motion, “you’re husband got in an accident and is dead”.  The next hours, day and minutes just didn’t add up in my mind; and the day went by with funeral details and expenses and family holding me and crying and sobbing and pain, so much emotional pain. My head hurt, my eyes felt swollen from the tears and I felt so nauseated I could barely breathe.  My body was in so much pain it was numb. I couldn’t think about anything but everything.  The thoughts and questions were so many and so many were unanswered.

A week past and I still felt so drained, so emotional and so out of control I ended up at the doctors to be told, “you are pregnant”. I sobbed so hard I am sure the entire office heard and felt my a sense of an unknown. I cried tears of sadness and tears of joy. I knew at that moment it was the child  we both wanted so very desperately; and had thought it was not going to happen as it had been a year long of trying and waiting and disappointment results each month.  My husband longed for his own child.  He already had a nephew and loved him like his very own. I knew he was going to make a marvelous father.

The morning sickness was excruciating and I found if I could just vomit, I was able to make it to work and get my mind off death and morning sickness. Though I was still mourning over the loss of my husband, I had some hope with the child inside of me.  We had already talked about a boy being named Dustin Scott and a girl was to be named Darcy Lee.  Perhaps, I could find happiness in spite of all the sadness.  I continued through the motions of life and then a severe pain hit me with cramping and sick to my stomach.  I made it to the bathroom to see blood.  My heart started racing and I thought please Lord please don’t take my child too.  I carried my small wonder of life for 2 and 1/2 months and then the Lord wanted this child home with him.  My heart sunk deeper and my energy felt depleted. I felt so very helpless and so very alone.

I was a saved child of God but I only had a small amount of milk from the Lord due to my own lack of understanding. I prayed and tried to find comfort but just didn’t know how to go about it. I didn’t have anyone as a role model or didn’t understand how I could help myself at the time. I just continued to go through the motions of life.

Looking back at this chapter in my life, I have a lot of I wish and I would have but it wasn’t and didn’t.  I do know if I hadn’t gone through this and so much more trials and tribulations I would not be where I am at – reading the Word and being feed meat everyday.

As a Christian, milk can only allow you to grow so far.  It’s the meat that allows you to blossom and find God’s love, grace, mercy and strength to endure all of lives trials and tribulations.

I want for others to know without God and his word for us I could have never endured the trials and tribulations that have come into my life and I pray I will be able to let others know I have kept the faith.  As read in:

2 Timothy 4:7

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

Written in memory of: James Scott Coates

Remember

Remember

About 1.3 million Americans lost lives fighting,
For freedoms worth rewriting.

It started with the Civil War 1861 to 1865,
those many soldiers lost their lives.

Stones were decorated with love and care,
Tears rolled down and end with prayer.

About 70 million people have lost their lives for following God,
even today many fear the swiftness of the sword or a firing squad.

Joseph, Moses, Daniel were a few,
William Tyndale burned to death for translating the bible into English too.

Stones were decorated with love and care,
Tears rolled down and end with prayer.

How many people mocked the forgiver sent for you and me,
Ridiculed and laughed at for all to see.

Then the stone was rolled away,
to give a chance to be forgiven today.

Stones are decorated with love and care,
Tears roll down and end with prayer.

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