And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Love drives believers to serve in specific, practical areas of life.
A clear contrast exists between Saul’s arrogance and unbelief and Jonathan’s faith in God and obedience to His Word.
Hear, Heed, and Practice the Voice (Word) of God
Unlike his father Saul, Jonathan’s faith in God is evident in his behavior.
A consideration of the death of Jesus Christ and its implications for mankind.
Saul’s impatience demonstrates the fruit of his unbelief, disobedience, and idolatry of self.
To return to the Old Covenant way is based on fear and terror as it was at Sinai for Moses and his generation. Today, we must press on to the future, to the bright and sure foundation of our faith, based on the Person of Christ.
There will be many difficulties in one’s life of faith. Only as we run the race according to Scripture will we finish strong in the faith
God provides all the necessary resources to equip us to serve Him and please Him.
No matter what is going on in our lives, God is there. He knows our situation and has the ability to help us grow; we need to look to Him.
Through divine chastening comes spiritual growth that results in maturity for us and glory for God
God uses the choices of man to providentially work all things out according to His sovereign will.
We have been armed with abundant witnesses and incentive to live a life of faith, if we diligently gaze upon the One who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus of Nazareth!
The Israelites wasted an opportunity to trust God and see Him work because they wanted a king like all the other nations.
God’s people, in all ages, exercised faith (trust) in Him, resulting in sometimes great victories, while at other times, terrible physical losses. However, the one constant was their faith in God.
Although Samuel was a godly prophet and judge, his actions played a part in Israel’s desire to be like all the other nations.
The sure hope of Christ’s bodily resurrection permeates both the OT and NT Scriptures. As NT believers today, we celebrate the truth that “Christ” arose on the third day, after His crucifixion. Death has been conquered.
First Samuel 7 describes the prerequisites of true revival for those who have wandered away from fellowship with God.
The apostle Paul sets forth the meaning and importance of the Lord’s Supper.
Even Moses, the great Law-giver of Israel, recognized that a life pleasing to God meant one must live “by faith!”
God’s “heavy hand” will rest on those who say “no” to Him, yet every person has an opportunity to avoid this reality.
Samuel, Hophni, and Phinehas had a similar upbringing but took completely different paths in life. Their attitude toward God made all the difference!
Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph each demonstrated trust in the true and living God and what He promised for them individually and God’s people corporately.
A clear contrast existed between Hannah’s approach to distress and the Israelites’ approach. One brought victory and the other brought defeat.
The days in which we live are the good old days for us. This is the appointed time for each of us to learn and appreciate what it means to live by faith.