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Session 16

It’s not too late to change

Read: 1 Samuel 12

“I told you so” moments are no fun if you are on the receiving end. We see one of these moments in 1 Samuel when the Israelites come to terms with how they have sinned. Samuel warned the people many times to turn from their ways, but they did not listen to him.

At this point, Samuel could have told the Israelites it was too late, or fussed at them for not heeding his warnings. But, he didn’t. Samuel’s words to the Israelites are overflowing with grace. He acknowledges that they are correct in realizing their sin but makes it clear that they are to move forward in grace instead of standing still in guilt.

God does not abandon us when we make mistakes. God finds happiness in taking care of His children. He is not looking for opportunities to make us suffer for the wrong things we do. Instead, He lovingly corrects us the way Samuel corrected Israel.

God does not abandon us when we make mistakes.

Even when we run from God, He remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). When we turn from our sins and come back to God, He accepts us with open arms and gracious instruction.

Samuel told the Israelites not to turn back to the idols they had previously worshipped because the idols could not help or rescue them. God asks us not to go in certain directions because He knows what is best for us, and He knows true salvation comes from Jesus, not idols. Just as a shepherd wants to protect his sheep, God wants to protect those who belong to Him (Isaiah 40:11).

Samuel shows us a wonderful picture of grace and conviction. Grace says, “I forgive you,” and conviction says, “ What you did was wrong, let’s go this direction now.”

Reflect:

  • What is one way God has shown you grace when you didn't deserve it?
  • Is there any sin you need to ask forgiveness for, turn away from, and then move forward?
  • Is there anyone you need to show grace to today?

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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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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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When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

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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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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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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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When revenge kills

When revenge kills

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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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How to get your next big thing

How to get your next big thing

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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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