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Session 13

Come out of the shadows

Read: 2 Samuel 9

Mephibosheth is born into a wealthy and prominent family with a future that is secured. This grandson of King Saul and son of Jonathan is in line to be the King of Israel. 

But his royal destiny crumbles before it gets started. At age 5, and in the span of one day, both his father and grandfather die in battle and he is permanently crippled (2 Samuel 4:4). Stripped of his destiny and his life now in danger, the would-be king flees his home and lives a marginalized life in the shadows. 

What Mephibosheth doesn't know is that a royal future is still intact and waiting for him. King David seeks him out, invites him to live in the palace and thus fulfills his promise to honor Jonathan's family. 

God seeks us out and offers us forgiveness of sins and a place in heaven.

David’s invitation to Mephibosheth is a beautiful picture of the invitation God gives to us. God seeks us out and offers us forgiveness of sins and a place in heaven. Our own broken lives may make us feel unworthy or even afraid to approach God. But just like David fulfilled his promise to honor Jonathan’s family, God fulfills His promise to honor those who put their trust in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10). 

A greater reception than the one David gave Mephibosheth waits for all who receive God’s gifts through trusting in Jesus—not because we deserve it, but because of God’s promise (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Reflect

  • Has there been a moment when you have stepped out of the shadows into a relationship with Jesus? If not, you can do it today.
  • The Bible is full of God's promises for those who have a relationship with Him. Is there a promise that you need to cling to today?
  • Reading the Bible daily helps us to remember God’s promises to us. What is one step you can take to commit to reading the Bible every day?

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1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

Your words can ease the tension

Your words can ease the tension

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29

Is God your last resort?

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

God’s character revealed

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