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August 2, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 18

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 18:28-29- When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and how much his daughter Michal loved him, Saul became even more afraid of him, and he remained David’s enemy for the rest of his life.

Observations- At every turn Saul became more and more threatened by David's success. His son, Jonathan, was David's best friend. The people of Israel were far more impressed by David's military exploits than by Saul's. Then his daughter, Michal, fell in love with David and married him. Saul hated David (and would seek to kill him many times) simply because he was good and others thought more highly of him. 

Application- It's sad (even pathetic) that King Saul was so personally threatened by who David was and all that he did. When we give free rein to the power of resentment and envy in our lives, we truly unleash a green eyed monster that winds up destroying God's good work in us. King Solomon, David's son observed, "...most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind." (Ecclesiastes 4:4) It's impossible for us to cooperate with God in the process of sanctification if we cling to resentment and envy. They must die for God's good work to make a home in us.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for this warning through Saul about the dangers of envy and resentment. Help me to celebrate with those who rejoice when You are at work in and through them. Don't let me ever feel threatened by the successes of others, especially when they give You the glory. I will choose to humble myself before You and be grateful for others who serve You so well, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

Blowing out the other person's candle won't make yours shine brighter,

Pastor Jamie

 

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S.O.A.P August 2, 2017

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August 2, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 17:32-58

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 17:39b-40- “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

Observations- Saul, wanting to help David prepare for the battle with Goliath, attempted to outfit young, scrawny David in the typical attire of an Israelite warrior of the day. It was too much. Not only didn't it fit properly, but it wasn't in line with his gifts and graces to engage the tough battle ahead. David humbly declined the offer of what clearly wouldn't help him in the fight, and took up what he knew best- 5 smooth stones and and a sling. Using the way God had wired him would prove to be enough for David to defeat the giant. 

Application- Goliath was evil and brutal. Saul was reluctant and anxious. David was comfortable in his own skin and strategic about the best ways for him to defeat the giant with the gifts God had given him. When we step into a new position to which God has called us we can never "wear anyone else's shoes;" instead we can only wear the shoes that are the right fit for us. As you grow closer to God, He is already uniquely preparing you to face your giants in battle with just the right weapons for who you are in Christ. 

Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1886-1960) Grant, O Father, that I may go about this day's business with an ever-present remembrance of the great traditions wherein I stand and the great cloud of witnesses which at all times surround me, that thereby I may be kept from evil ways and inspired to high endeavor. So keep me until evening in the might of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. 

"If God is for us, who can ever be against us?" (Romans 8:31b),

Pastor Jamie

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