1 Samuel 11
Notes on Sin
SIN - The people wanted to kill the men who had spoken against King Saul. (v.12,13) Saul wouldn't allow it. Sometimes, we follow major events with moments of weakness. The enemy would love to get us to fail right after we just expected a great victory. The miracle isn't just the great act from God, but our faithfulness following it as well.
1 Samuel 12
Notes on Sin
SIN - 1). The people of Israel forgot about their dependence on God. (v.9) He let their enemies triumph over them because they acted like they didn't need Him anymore. When we try to do things on our own power without God's help, we will heading toward disaster. 2). The people of Israel said no to God. (v.12) God's gift of strong leaders wasn't good enough for them; they wanted a king. Whenever we say no to God, we put ourselves in a position to fail. Saying no to God is as if we are saying no to success. 3). God punished the people because they asked for a King. (v.17,18) He sent a huge storm that destroyed their wheat harvest. The people were not content to do things God's way, so He punished them for being rebellious. 4). Samuel commanded them not to turn away after useless idols. (v.21) In their search for rescue, the people could have succumbed to any possible means for relief. Samuel reminded them that the only true source of salvation is in God and God alone. All other forms of 'help' are only temporary and leave us just as bad as we were before. God is the ultimate Savior, able to help us in every situation. 5). Sin sweeps us away. (v.25) When we continue in sin, it becomes a tidal wave that carries us into confusion and destruction. The persistance of sin only increases our problems and distances us from God.