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Session 38

How to get your next big thing

Read: 1 Samuel 28

High school. College. Marriage. Babies. Buying a house. The big promotion with a raise. What is your next big thing?

Sometimes, we wonder why God doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers for more—more instruction, more leadership, more responsibility, more romance—and instead of patiently waiting and seeking more of Him, we do what we think is best.

Acting out of desperation almost always leads us to sin.

Acting out of desperation almost always leads us to sin.

Intimidated by the size of the Philistine army, Saul asked the Lord for help. When Saul didn’t get an answer, he consulted a medium—something God strictly forbids (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). God didn’t answer Saul’s appeals for help, because, as Samuel points out, Saul had not been obedient with what God had already given him (1 Samuel 28:16-19). God calls us to be faithful with what we have, and to steward it well, before He can trust us with more (Luke 16:10).

When we wonder why God doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers, it’s tempting to give into desperation and take matters into our own hands, like Saul did. But, following Jesus happens one step at a time. God is good, and His timing and ways—which are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9)—are perfect.

Instead of rushing to get to the next big thing, let’s stop for a minute and remember that being obedient in the little things will bring us to the big things God places in our hearts. Let’s not miss what God has for us right now trying to get to our next big thing.

Reflect:

  • Can you think of a time when you tried to take matters into your own hands when God didn’t answer you, or answer the way you wanted? What was the outcome?
  • What is the last next step God gave you? Have you done it?
  • What is one way you can be obedient to what God has already called you to while you are waiting to go where He is taking you?


If you need help figuring out your next step, start here, or visit the Next Steps Area at your campus on Sunday.


1

When hope seems unattainable

When hope seems unattainable

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2

What if your kids aren’t really yours?

What if your kids aren’t really yours?

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3

Miracles are more than moments

Miracles are more than moments

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4

But God, I don’t want to

But God, I don’t want to

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5

Only God can judge me

Only God can judge me

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6

How do I know if God’s calling me?

How do I know if God’s calling me?

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7

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

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8

Kill your idol, before it kills you

Kill your idol, before it kills you

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9

Repentance is more than being sorry

Repentance is more than being sorry

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10

How to walk forward in faith

How to walk forward in faith

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11

Do you blend in?

Do you blend in?

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12

Coincidence? I think not.

Coincidence? I think not.

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13

You can be forever changed

You can be forever changed

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14

When what god asks feels impossible

When what god asks feels impossible

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15

Not all anger is sinful

Not all anger is sinful

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16

It’s not too late to change

It’s not too late to change

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17

When impatience wins

When impatience wins

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18

Who can you count on?

Who can you count on?

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19

Bite your tongue

Bite your tongue

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20

“But God, what if I did this?”

“But God, what if I did this?”

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21

No more excuses

No more excuses

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22

You can’t unsee this

You can’t unsee this

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23

I don’t want to be here anymore

I don’t want to be here anymore

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24

The long road to an overnight success

The long road to an overnight success

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25

Overcoming overwhelming obstacles

Overcoming overwhelming obstacles

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26

The danger of jealousy

The danger of jealousy

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27

Why do my motives even matter?

Why do my motives even matter?

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28

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

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29

How to choose between competing loyalties

How to choose between competing loyalties

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30

How to have joy in hard times

How to have joy in hard times

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31

I never thought I’d do that

I never thought I’d do that

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32

Is opportunity a sign of God’s approval?

Is opportunity a sign of God’s approval?

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33

When you want revenge

When you want revenge

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34

Have you ever forgotten to say thank you?

Have you ever forgotten to say thank you?

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35

When revenge kills

When revenge kills

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36

How to prevent regret

How to prevent regret

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37

Between a rock and a hard place?

Between a rock and a hard place?

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38

How to get your next big thing

How to get your next big thing

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39

What happens when your plans fall apart?

What happens when your plans fall apart?

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40

Who to blame when things go wrong

Who to blame when things go wrong

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41

Disobedience always has consequences

Disobedience always has consequences

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