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Session 13

You can be forever changed

Read: 1 Samuel 10

Change is a part of life. Some of us thrive when change happens. For others, change produces anxiety and stress. But no matter how we respond to change, one thing always holds true. When God is involved, we are always changed for the better.

In 1 Samuel 10, Samuel informs Saul that he will be Israel's next king. When the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul, he became a new person. This doesn’t mean Saul got a new hairstyle or a new, more muscular body. For Saul to step into his calling, he had to be transformed from the inside out. Saul’s heart was changed, and he was enabled, through God's Spirit, to do what God asked him to do.  

We can do whatever God sets before us because He lives with us.

An interesting thing occurred after Saul received the Spirit of God. The Bible says Saul's friends who knew him before almost didn’t recognize him. They asked questions about what happened. The change in Saul was evident to all who knew him.

The same thing is true for us. When we surrender our lives to Jesus, people notice. Think of it this way: imagine our world as a dark room. Jesus, the light of the world, is now a part of us. The Spirit of the Lord in us is like a bright shining light in the dark. It’s hard to miss.

The difference between our transformation and Saul's is that once God's Spirit never leaves us. Often in the Old Testament, the Spirit of the Lord temporarily empowered people. When we ask Jesus into our lives, we become new people forever. We find hope, security, and freedom when we are sold out to Jesus. The Lord sets us free, gives us purpose, and through His Spirit enables us to do what He has called us to do. We can do whatever God sets before us because He is with us.

Reflect:

  • Have you asked Jesus into your life?
  • Maybe you are already a Christian. Is there an area of your life you are struggling with and need to surrender to Jesus? What is it?
  • Has God called you to do something, but you haven’t done it yet? What step can you take this week to be obedient to God’s direction?

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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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