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Session 21

How do you know who to trust?

Read: 2 Samuel 15:1-12

Do you know someone who will say one thing but do another? It can be pretty annoying. Whether it’s doing your fair share of a school or work project or keeping a promise to a friend, people that are trustworthy are always appreciated. But, we live in a culture where people don’t always practice what they preach, and many times Christians are no different. 

In 2 Samuel 15, Absalom is outside the city gate trying to trick and win people over with his outward appearance and personality. He lied and sweet-talked his way into the Israelites’ hearts, while his true motives remained hidden. He said all the right things, but was dishonoring his own father.

We are all human, and we all like getting what we want, so it is no surprise that we have to fight the temptation to use our charisma to get our way and things that benefit us and our own selfish wants. But we are called to be better than that! 

 It’s wise to weigh other people’s character and their true motives before placing our trust in them.

This common temptation means we should also be careful about who we trust. It’s wise to weigh other people’s character and their true motives before placing our trust in them. Do their actions match their words? Does what they are doing appear right, but when we look a little deeper it’s actually wrong — as with Absalom? 

When we take the time to examine others' intentions, as well our own intentions, we open the door to real relationships that will last. And God can take healthy relationships full of integrity and use them to show us His love and draw us closer to Him. 

Reflect:

  • Do people know the real you, or do you use a fake personality or “wall” to win people over? Can people see God through you when you do that?
  • Is there something you need to do to be honest about who you are?
  • Is there anyone you should re-think about putting your trust in?

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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