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Session 28

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

Read: 1 Samuel 19

1 Samuel 19 tells of a guy with a serious lifestyle problem. Saul was jealous and not able to control his emotions—to the point of intending to kill David...more than once. The more David served and brought benefit to the king, the more the king despised him. Sometimes, the consequences of our actions aren’t logical. We do what we think is right, only to suffer because of it. David needed help.

First, the king’s son, Jonathan, intervened with his father and tried to reason with the murderous king. For a moment, in 1 Samuel 19:6, Saul relented saying, “As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be put to death.”

God steps in for us in the form of family, friends, and others who care about us.

Soon, another war called David to fight for his king. David performed so well in battle that Saul returned to his jealousy and tried to kill David (1 Samuel 19:10). So, David’s wife, Michal, intervened, and David escaped.

Later, Saul and his men were overcome by the “Spirit of God,” changing them from deadly attackers to people shouting prophecy—even the king himself (1 Samuel 19:18-24).

David was doing the right thing but getting nowhere with the king. He needed help. God stepped in through Jonathan, then Michal, then through His own Spirit. Likewise, God steps in for us in the form of family, friends, and others who care about us...and, sometimes, through a supernatural miracle only explained by His direct action.

Reflect:

  • What is one area where you need God’s help?  
  • Who do you go to when you need help?

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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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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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How do I know if God’s calling me?

How do I know if God’s calling me?

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Ask this when fighting a losing battle

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

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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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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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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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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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