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Session 12

What is the secret to success?

Read: 2 Samuel 8

The old farmer was frustrated with his new-fangled saw, and there was no way he could cut two cords of wood a day as promised.

“This saw is broke!” he exclaimed as he sat it on the counter, demanding a refund. The puzzled store owner applied the choke and pulled on the handle and the chainsaw roared to life.

We are designed by God to depend on His great power. 

“What’s that?” asked the old farmer. He had been operating the saw the entire time without the use of the engine. Just as a chainsaw is designed to be used with the engine running, we are designed by God to depend on His great power.

Before defeating Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, David tells him, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands...for the battle is the Lord’s.” In 2 Samuel 8, we continue to see David’s reliance on God’s power in his successful military pursuits. He knew that God’s power was greater than his own and that his success was not because he was great, but because his God was great.

As absurd as it seems to use a chainsaw without the power of the engine, we often try to control the circumstances of our lives without relying on God. Our power is limited while His power is limitless. God wants us to rely on Him in all areas of our life so that His power can be felt by us and seen by others. Let’s turn our lives and daily circumstances over to God and let His power create our success.

Reflect:

  • What area of your life are you reluctant to turn over to God?
  • Why do you feel you are so resistant to relinquish control to Him?
  • Pray and ask God today to help you resist relying on your own strength and to trust His power in your daily life. What is one thing you need to do to give God control of that area?

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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