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.  

Verse for Sunday’s followers

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Isaiah 25:4

“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”

King James Version (KJV)

Are you experiencing trials and hardship?  Are you wanting desperately to feel like you are wanted loved and are important in life?

Then it’s time to seek the Lord!  May you turn to our Father God and ask him to be your refuge from your storms in life.