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Session 5

Only God can judge me

Read: 1 Samuel 2:22-36

How often have you responded to a friend’s rebuke with this phrase: “Only God can judge me”?

If we knew what we were asking when we ask for God’s judgment, we might think twice before ignoring the warnings of a parent or friend.

Eli’s sons let evil abound under their leadership. And in the end, it proved disastrous for the entire family. Eli warned his sons to stop sleeping with women and stealing from the Lord’s offerings. But nothing changed, and eventually, God pronounced judgment on Eli’s family.

Nothing tells God we think lightly of Him like the refusal to deal with sin.

Eli and his sons had been given a great opportunity and squandered it. In 1 Samuel 2:30, God says, "I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me."

Like Eli’s sons, we often ignore others’ warnings and continue on toward disaster. Nothing tells God we think lightly of Him like the refusal to deal with sin. God's patience is not the same as His permission. God is loving, but He is also just. He will not let sin go unpunished forever.

Jesus warned us that "to whom much was given, of him much will be required..." (Luke 12:48). When we ask Jesus into our lives, we become like Eli’s sons — recipients of a position we did not earn or deserve.

God is patient with us when we sin. But if we want to avoid God’s punishment, we have to be willing to accept His discipline and correction.

Reflect:

  • Are you using your responsibilities and opportunities you’ve been given?
  • Do you take correction seriously? Why or why not?
  • What are some ways you can steer away from disaster if you’re headed in the wrong direction?

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When hope seems unattainable

When hope seems unattainable

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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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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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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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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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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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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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