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Session 36

How to prevent regret

Read: 1 Samuel 26

Have you ever made a decision you regretted? Maybe it was last minute. Maybe it was a split-second decision. Maybe you experienced the consequences of the saying, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.”

If we don’t determine what our decision is going to be before we get in the moment, then we’re probably going to make a poor choice.

In 1 Samuel 26, David found himself in a compromising situation. He had to decide whether he wanted to follow God and not kill King Saul, or follow what his men were telling him to do and take it upon himself to take the throne.

Decisions made in the moment are usually moments we end up regretting.

This was David’s second opportunity to kill Saul (1 Samuel 24). The circumstances and the people around David would have made killing Saul seem like the obvious choice. But David knew that God commanded otherwise. Before the situation presented itself, David had already determined in his mind what he was going to do.

Maybe you’ve heard the advice that if you don’t stand for something, then you will fall for anything. If we don’t determine what we are going to stand for before situations present themselves, we will likely end up falling under the peer pressure.

The strongest moral decisions are the ones we make before temptation strikes. Decisions made in the moment are usually moments we end up regretting.

If we were in David’s shoes, would we be more likely to respond like David or David’s men? To be able to say, “no” to that level of temptation, like David, we have to commit ahead of time to putting God’s commands first—even if it means going against our friends.

Reflect:

  • What is one decision you have made in the moment? Did you determine to follow God or follow the peer pressure? What were the results?
  • Have you made up your mind what you are going to stand for? If not, what do you need to do today to determine what you stand for so you can be prepared when temptation comes?

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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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