1 Samuel Chapter 27 – 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: 10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites.

O: David does a U-turn in his life. We just saw his faithfulness to God protecting him with Saul in the last chapter and now we see David’s heart has doubt.

A: This is the battle with every saved Christian. The heart of the flesh and the heart of the spirit. How many times does the flesh win out instead of the Spirit?

Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Folks, we need to be dead to our flesh and worldly sins and live in humbleness and comfort in the Spirit. Because we are in a constant battle with flesh and spirit, many times we focus on the flesh without even thinking twice about it because we want immediate relief or action.

Romans 17:14-25 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Many times the flesh wins out over the Lord’s desires for us. Just as it did with David, he lies to himself, Achish and God.

K: Lord, let my spirit win over my flesh when I am weak and weary and forget not to lean on you and wait upon you. 2 Samuel 22: 23 “God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.”

May you not lean unto your own understanding but search the Word of our living God. 

1 Samuel – Chapter 26 My Study Notes

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

David trusted that God would reward his righteousness and faithfulness.

Do you trust that God will honor your faithfulness and how have you seen this in your life?

S: David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

O: Once again we are reminded of David’s faithfulness to the Lord. Here we see once again God’s will and his timing. Vengeance is mine and I will repay it, says the Lord found in Romans 12:17-21. Upon digging into the word: David Guzik writes: David’s greater Son, Jesus, showed us how to refuse to pursue the right thing the wrong way. Jesus rejected Satan’s shortcut to the cross (Luke 4:5-8). Jesus never did miracles just to promote Himself (John 6:30-33). Jesus went the way of the cross instead. Jesus shows us that God’s way may be more difficult – but it is always better.

A: It’s difficult at times to wait but in the end our blessings will be so much more if we focus on God and his word.

K: Lord, keep me still in times of waiting. Keep me focused on your word to help me through the times I am to wait for you, as I know in my heart I will be blessed by remaining faithful to your ways.

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

1 Samuel Chapter 25 – My Study Notes

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

• God’s work did not die when Samuel dies. He does not depend on just one person to do his will.
• Samuel’s heritage lived on as we read in:

1 Chronicles 9:22 – All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office.

 

2 Chronicles 35:18 – And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

 

Psalm 99:6 – Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

 

Jeremiah 15:1 – Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.

and

Hebrews 11:33 – Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

• Nabal riches – reminds us material riches make walking in the Lord harder
• Shearing sheep in Carmel: this was harvest time for sheep ranchers which was a time of celebration by feasting and sharing the lavishness with others
• Nabal means fool. It is not known if the name was given or earned
• Abigail – a woman of good understanding and beautiful. There are only two other women who are given this much praise in the bible:

***Rachel (Genesis 29:7) And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.

and

***Esther (Esther 2:7) And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

 
• David protected Nabal’s flock for a long time
• David did right by politely reminding Nabal of the traditions surrounding harvest time
• Nabal provoked David by making it seem as if he didn’t know who he was
• David was ready to fight but is not responding to the way God would have wanted
-When we are insulted we are reminded the Lord wants us to bear it with love and kindness and not return with evil or revenge
• If your recall, David responds to Saul with kindness and which is pleasing to God
And lastly: We would need to seek forgiveness of our sins less often if we would seek the LORD more diligently to be kept from sin to begin with.

“There is no way of keeping out the fire of sin except by having the fire of grace blazing within the spirit. We must fight fire with fire.” (Spurgeon)

May you search the Word of the living God and lean not unto your own understanding. 

 

1 Samuel Chapter 24 – 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: 12 The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

Rather than taking matters into his own hands, David trusted God to judge and avenge him against Saul.

What situation in your life, do you need to trust yourself less and trust God more?

 

Digging into the word of God and found this by David Guzik Sometimes, when we have a promise from God, we think we are justified in sinning to pursue that promise. This is always wrong.

A husband may say, “God has promised me abundant life according to John 10:10. God wants me to have fullness of joy according to Psalm 16:11. I can’t have abundant life or fullness of joy being married to my wife, so I am going to leave her because I have found someone who does give me fullness of joy and abundant life. Thank you LORD for Your promise!” This is always sin. God will fulfill His promises, but He will do it His way, and do it righteously.

Instead, we need to be like Abraham, who obeyed God even when it seemed to be at the expense of God’s promise, willing to sacrifice the son of promise (Genesis 22). Even more, we need to be like Jesus, who didn’t take Satan’s offer to “win back the world” at the expense of obedience (Luke 4:5-8).

Luke 4:5-8 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

May you not lean unto your own understanding but search the Word of the living God. 

1 Samuel 23 – 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 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. and 4 Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

O: Here we clearly see God’s promise to David. David asked – shall I go and then again he inquired.

A: When we ask and inquire of the Lord, do we heed to his promise?

K: Father God, you are a gracious and loving God. You shower us with mercy every day. When I ask and inquire allow my heart to know you keep your promises. David had a faithful heart and followed your word even though he was endangered. Lord, I want this heart too. I want to follow you even if it means I am in danger.

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

1 Samuel 15 – My Study Notes

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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 9 – My study notes

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SOAK – Scripture, Observe, Application and Kneel

I was digging into this deeper and found this interesting take on chapter 9 from the study guide KJV Blue Letter Bible resource. Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost: Look at how God opens one of the most important chapters of Israel’s history! A king will be led to the throne by three lost donkeys! We have no idea how God will use the seemingly normal – and annoying – circumstances of life.

i. There are two mistakes people make regarding God’s guidance through circumstances. One mistake is to think every event of our lives is heavy with meaning from God. This is wrong, because though nothing happens by accident, not everything happens for a great purpose. The second mistake is to ignore the moving of God in our lives through circumstances. God wanted to use this situation to guide Saul, and God will often use circumstances in our lives the same way. We need to trust in God’s goodness and in His ability to make all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).

S: 3 And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. 12: And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:

O: God used the donkeys to bring Saul to the right place at the right time with Samuel. Three separate circumstances were used to draw the will of God to be done.

A: Many times I don’t understand why something happened to me or why I wasn’t answered the way I wanted to be but yet here we see clearly God’s will is what controls our situations as long as we wait, watch and listen. There could have been so many what if’s — the donkeys went to another place, Saul didn’t go after the donkeys or Samuel wasn’t even going to be there at the same time as Saul.

K: Thank you for the what ifs in my life, as I know I have been on many paths leading to where I am finally finding you in my heart, in my ways and in my thoughts. Finally finding the church which has allowed me to grow spiritually and as a Christian. You have blessed me more than I could have ever deserved and for this I am thankful.

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

Where do you find happiness?

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Why is it that pleasure offers no lasting happiness in the long term?

 

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

May times we view pleasure as offering long lasting joy but most times this is very temporary.

James 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

 

Our joy, fulfillment and lasting pleasure comes from having a heart for Jesus.  Having a personal relationship with God will never leave you empty and wanting for more.

 

Psalm 16:11Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there is pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

May you continue to search for your happiness with Jesus and know he will never let you down.