Thursday, May 30, 2013

1 Samuel 1,2 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 1
God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). Hannah went to the temple to pray and weep before the Lord. (v.10) God uses different things to draw us close to Him. If Hannah had children already, she probably wouldn't have been there, waiting on God. Always let the circumstances of life draw us closer to God. 2). God used Hannah to bring Samuel into the world to help Eli and the Hebrew people. (v.20) Eli had accused Hannah of being drunk. Yet God used Hannah to bring help to Eli. Sometimes, God will use the most unlikely things to help us in our times of need, an answer our prayers.

1 Samuel 2
God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). He will turn things around. (v.4,5) The warrior might be strong now, but God will break his bow. Those who stumbled will be armed with strength. The hungry will be fed while those who had food will go hungry. God will take care of His people and reward those who worship Him with a humble heart. 2). God oversees the course of life. (v.6,7) The same God rules over life and death, poverty and wealth, humility and honor. All things find their beginnings in God and His plan. We must look to Him for all things, the source of life. 3). God is in charge of our foundation. (v.8,9) He put the earth in its' place; He rules over every place that we set our feet. He will take the righteous to high place, and the wicked to places of ruin. 4). God is the strength of our lives. (v.10) He empowers His kings, His anointed, His ambassadors on this earth. Whenever we are strong, it is because God has given us His power.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

1 Samuel 25 - Notes on God's Character

1 Samuel 25
God's Character

GOD’S CHARACTER - 1). Abigail told David that God would throw his enemies away from him ‘as from the pocket of a sling’ (v.29) This is undoubtedly a reference to David’s exploit over Goliath, killing the giant with a simple slingshot as a young boy. Once again, God reminded David of what He had done for him in the past, so David would cling to Him for his future. God wasn’t about to let David fail needlessly, as Saul had. 2). Nabal died after ten days of being in a coma. (v.38) He came to that place because he was so stressed when his wife told him how she had saved his life. He didn’t realize how horrible he had become. God punished him for his mistreatment of David and his evil, prideful attitude. This is a good example of how God corrected someone because of their bad attitude. 3). God took care of David’s business. (v.39,40) David was stopped from attacking Nabal on his own. When he obeyed and walked away, God fought David’s battle for him, punishing Nabal and giving Abigail to David as a faithful wife. God had also given David another wife as well, which was common in the culture at that time. God was building David up, fighting his battle, preparing His next King. 4). God also saved Abigail from a difficult life as well. (v.41,42) He corrected her husband with death, and set her free from that destructive, abusive relationship. He gave her a union with David, His man with a heart after God. God delivered her and gave her a second chance. We serve the God of second chances.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

1 Samuel 22,23 - Notes on God's Character

1 Samuel 22
God's Character

GOD'S CHARACTER - 1). God sent the prophet Gad to David in the cave. (v.5) David had his family and an army, now he has a man of God to help him follow God's plans. David would know that God was still overseeing his life after this events. God took care of David, and was faithful to him in the wilderness. 2). God had David in a well known cave, and then He moved him to a well known forest. These were probably beautiful, remote places, not seen by too many people. God took David to glorious places to encourage him with the beauty of His creation as he got time alone with God.

1 Samuel 23
God's Character

GOD'S CHARACTER - God told David to attack the Philistines two different times. (v.4) After the first time, David heard his men's concerns and came to inquire of God again. God could have been frustrated with apparent lack of faith, but instead, he was patient with his new leader and the new army and gently reinforced what He had already ordered. God is patient with us and our lack of faith. It's OK to double check when it comes to being completely sure about what God has said.

GOD'S CHARACTER - God protected David from King Saul. (v.14) Everyday, King Saul went out to look for David, but God kept him hidden. God wasn't going to let King Saul kill his pick for the next King, and it was God the sheltered David in the desert and the strongholds of the wilderness. No one knew the secret places of God's creation like God Himself, and He directed David to the places that would conceal him best.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

1 Samuel 18,19 - Notes on God's Character

1 Samuel 18
God's Character

GOD'S CHARACTER - God sent an evil spirit to torment Saul. (v.10) Normally, we would assume that an evil spirit was brought on by our enemy, the devil. But God sent this creature of disruption. God has authority over all things, even things in the dark realm; everything surrenders to His desires.

1 Samuel 19
God's Character

GOD'S CHARACTER - 1). God protected David when he was with Samuel. (v.23) When Saul sent men or came himself, God took over and had them prophecy. There are times when God has us in powerful moments and He won't let anything disrupt us in that time. 2). God is sovereign. (v.23) God sent an evil spirit to torment King Saul. Later in the same chapter, he fell upon Saul and had him prophecying. He had the power to bring him low and bring him high, and He did them both. God is totally in control. We must trust Him in the valleys and on the mountains; at all times of our lives.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

1 Samuel 16,17 - Notes on God's Character

1 Samuel 16
God's Character

GOD'S CHARACTER - 1). God gave Samuel His plans one step at a time. (v.3) He told him to have a sacrifice with Jesse, and anoint the person God indicated at that time. God could have told Samuel his name right then, but He made him wait. He wanted Samuel to stay dependent upon Him, and protected him from failure in his highly emotional state. 2). God selected David and had Samuel anoint him as the next king. (v.13) He wasn't the biggest, strongest, prettiest - but God knew that He was the one. God can see into the real heart of things, things that we can't see. He believes in the unbelievables.

VERSES 14-23
GOD'S CHARACTER - God had taken his Spirit from Saul and sent an evil spirit to torment him. (v.14) God has sovereignty over all things and even commanded an enemy spirit to do His will. If God can control the actions of His enemies in such a way, how much more can He affect our ways.

1 Samuel 17
God's Character

VERSES 1- 58
GOD'S CHARACTER - 1). God had saved David from the lion and the bear. (v.37) David knew that God would continue to save him from Goliath as well. With God, David was not the underdog, even though he was probably smaller than the shield bearer, let alone Goliath. When we serve God, we are always in the palm of His hand and nothing can touch us without His approval. There is no enemy too big for God to take down to protect us. 2). David told Goliath that God would him over to David. (v.46) He knew that if he won, it would be because of God. God controls all things, and nothing is allowed in creation without his approval. 3). The Israelites plundered the Philstine camp. (v.53,54) David took Goliath's weapons for his own spoils of war. God rewarded Israel and David for their courage and bravery. When we step up for God, He will remember.