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Session 10

How to walk forward in faith

Read: 1 Samuel 7

Fear is a real emotion all of us feel from time to time. No one is perfectly brave at every moment of their lives. Fear can be particularly strong when we are facing an unknown future or when something unexpected happens to us. Being afraid often leads us to believe the Lord has abandoned us in our current circumstances, leaving us weak and vulnerable.

In 1 Samuel 7, Samuel assembles the nation of Israel in a field in Mizpah. While the people were gathered, an enemy nation, the Philistines, gets word all the Israelites are gathered in an open field, completely vulnerable to attack. When the Israelites heard of the Philistines advancing toward them, "they were afraid” (1 Samuel 7:7).

Our trust in the Lord will grow if we will cry out to God and walk forward in faith.

Even so, the Israelites begged Samuel to call out to God for them (1 Samuel 7:8). Armed with Samuel’s prayers, the Israelites moved forward in the battle against the Philistines, even though they were afraid (1 Samuel 7:11).

We are not promised a life without fear, but Jesus does promise to hear us when we pray (Psalm 34:17) and to be with us as we walk through life (Hebrews 13:5). We can move forward in faith, in spite of any fear we may be facing, knowing we are never meant to face any battle alone.

The battles we face in life may not get easier, but our trust in the Lord will grow if we will cry out to God and walk forward in faith.  

Reflect:

  • Is there any part of your life where you feel particularly fearful?
  • What is one thing you can do today to move ahead in faith knowing the Lord is with you?

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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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Disobedience always has consequences

Disobedience always has consequences

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