Category: 1 Samuel

Final Week! Good Morning Guys Resources {1 Samuel 26-31}

Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through 1 Samuel! I pray your past week of study was beneficial to your growth in your relationship with Christ. This is our last week of our study through 1 Samuel! It has been a blessing to study God’s word alongside of you all.

Our next study will begin on Monday, March 13th in the Gospel of Luke.

We have a Luke Journal available if you’d like to have a guide to assist you in your study.

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I’ll post more details about this study soon.

Now back to 1 Samuel.  If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day.  Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for my weekly blog post.

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday: 1 Samuel 26

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 27

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 28

Thursday: 1 Samuel 29

Friday: 1 Samuel 30-31

The Reflection Questions for the Week

Chapter 26-Monday

David trusted that God would reward his righteousness and faithfulness.

Do you trust that God will honor your faithfulness and how have you seen this in your life?

 

Chapter 27-Tuesday

David was discouraged and said in his heart, he was about to die – even though God had promised deliverance.

What we say in our hearts has incredible power to influence our choices. In what ways has your heart discouraged you in the past?

 

Chapter 28-Wednesday

God was silent when Saul called on him because he had not been following God’s revealed will for him.

Have you gone through a time of silence from God when you were living disobediently?

 

Chapter 29 -Thursday

David was in a bad place.  He had no home and was trying to live in both worlds.

Have you ever been in a place where you had too much of the world in you to be at peace with God and too much of God in you, to be at peace with the world?  What helped you to stop straddling the fence?

 

Chapter 30-31-Friday

Chapter 30

God, rich in mercy and grace, heard David’s cries for help and strengthened him.

God hears the cries of His people.  Do you need more strength for today?  Call out to God now. Write your prayer below.

Chapter 31

The account of Saul dying is sad, but sadder yet is the fact that Saul knew the previous day he would die and yet he did not repent or cry out to God.

Many tend to think that they will live as they want now and get right with God later in life.  Later never comes. Is there something you need to make right with God? Don’t wait – do it now.

 

The Verses of the Day

Monday:

The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness.

1 Samuel 26:23

 

Tuesday: 

Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish.

1 Samuel 27:1

  Wednesday: 

When Saul inquired of the Lordthe Lord did not answer him.

1 Samuel 28:6

 

Thursday:

So David set out with his men early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 29:11

 

 

Friday:

David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

1 Samuel 30:6

 

Thus Saul died.

1 Samuel 31:6

 

 

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Johnathan

Good Morning Guys Resources {1 Samuel 21-25}

Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through 1 Samuel! I pray your past week of study was beneficial to your growth in your relationship with Christ.

If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day.  Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for my weekly blog post.

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday: 1 Samuel 21

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 22

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 23

Thursday: 1 Samuel 24

Friday: 1 Samuel 25

The Reflection Questions for the Week

Chapter 21-Monday

Just because we are following the Lord, it does not mean we will not have difficult times.

In Psalm 56:3, David said: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  What are you afraid of today and how can you trust God more?

 

Chapter 22-Tuesday

David couldn’t go home, or go see Samuel or Jonathan, and he couldn’t go to the house of the Lord.  In a humble cave he found refuge.

How is God your refuge and safe place, in times of discouragement

 

Chapter 23-Wednesday

Jonathan could not rescue David, but he could strengthen him.

Is there someone in your life who is in an inescapable trial?  You may not be able to rescue them, but how can you strengthen them today?

 

Chapter 24 -Thursday

Rather than taking matters into his own hands, David trusted God to judge and avenge him against Saul.

What situation in your life, do you need to trust yourself less and trust God more?

 

Chapter 25-Friday

There is a great contrast between Abigail and her husband Nabal.  Abigail was god-fearing, gentle and humble despite being stuck in a mismatched marriage.

Are you stuck in a relationship that is mismatched perhaps with a boss, co-worker, family member or spouse?  How can you remain gentle and humble in this difficult situation?

The Verses of the Day

Monday:

David took these words to heart and was much afraid.

1 Samuel 21:12

Tuesday:  

David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam.

1 Samuel 22:1

 Wednesday: 

Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God.

1 Samuel 23:16

Thursday:  

May the Lord judge between me and you, may the Lord avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you.

1 Samuel 24:12

Friday:

The name of the man was Nabal,and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved.

1 Samuel 25:3

 

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Johnathan

Good Morning Guys Resources {1 Samuel 16-20}

Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through 1 Samuel! I pray your past week of study was beneficial to your growth in your relationship with Christ.

If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day.  Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for my weekly blog post.

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday: 1 Samuel 16

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 17

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 18

Thursday: 1 Samuel 19

Friday: 1 Samuel 20

The Reflection Questions for the Week

Chapter 16-Monday

Even Samuel, a godly man, was judging who should be king based on outward appearances.

God does not see what man sees. God sees everyone’s hearts. Tell of a time when you wrongly judged someone based on their outward appearance.  What did you learn from this experience?

 

Chapter 17-Tuesday

David contrasted Goliath’s weapons with the name of the Lord God.  David was bold, not in his own strength but in God’s.

In what area of your life do you need to be reminded that the battle belongs to the Lord?

 

Chapter 18-Wednesday

As the firstborn son of Saul, Jonathan would have been the heir to the throne, yet he had no jealousy of David.

Jealousy divides.  Do you struggle with jealousy in any of your friendships?   Confess this sin today.

 

Chapter 19 -Thursday 

From this point until the day Saul died, David was a fugitive on the run for 20 years. What Saul meant for evil, God meant for good.  God was making David into a man of God.

How has God used a difficult situation in your life for good?

 

Chapter 20-Friday

God took David on his journey alone, to teach him a greater dependence on Him.

When have you gone through a time of learning greater dependence on God? How did it prepare you for your future trials?

 

The Verses of the Day

Monday:

For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7

Tuesday:  

You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 

1 Samuel 17:45

 Wednesday:

The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

1 Samuel 18:1

Thursday:  

Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he eluded Saul, so that he struck the spear into the wall. And David fled and escaped that night.

1 Samuel 19:10

Friday:

Go in peace.

1 Samuel 20:42

 

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I’ll see you back here on Wednesday for our weekly blog post.

Johnathan

Good Morning Guys Resources {1 Samuel 11-15}

Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through 1 Samuel! I pray your past week of study was beneficial to your growth in your relationship with Christ.

If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day.  Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for my weekly blog post.

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday: 1 Samuel 11

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 12

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 13

Thursday: 1 Samuel 14

Friday: 1 Samuel 15

The Reflection Questions for the Week

 

 

Chapter 11-Monday

Though Israel was scared, they feared disobeying God more than they feared their enemies.

Who do you tend to fear more, God or man? Why?

Chapter 12-Tuesday

Samuel reminded Israel to serve God faithfully because God had done great things for them.

What great things has God done for you and how does that motivate you to serve God more?

Chapter 13-Wednesday

Saul had a heart that reflected Israel’s heart rather than God’s. A man after God’s own heart, honors God above all.

God is still looking for men and women who honor him first.  How is your heart today?

Chapter 14 -Thursday

Jonathan knew the odds were against him but he believed with the help of God, he could have victory.

The only thing that hinders God is unbelief.  Have you made God too small in your life? In what area do you need to trust God more?

Chapter 15-Friday

Saul’s sacrifices meant little because he had a disobedient heart.

Have you ever been tempted to give money or serve God rather than obey Him?  How is this type of relationship with God empty?

 

The Verses of the Day

Monday: Then the dread of the Lord fell upon the people.

1 Samuel 11:7

Tuesday:  Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.

1 Samuel 12:24

 Wednesday: The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.

1 Samuel 13:14

Thursday:  Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.

1 Samuel 14:6

Friday: To obey is better than sacrifice.

1 Samuel 15:22

 

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Johnathan

Good Morning Guys Resources {1 Samuel 6-10}

Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through 1 Samuel! I pray your first week was beneficial to your growth in your relationship with Christ.

If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day.  Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for my weekly blog post.

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday: 1 Samuel 6

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 7

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 8

Thursday: 1 Samuel 9

Friday: 1 Samuel 10

The Reflection Questions for the Week

Chapter 6-Monday

We live in a culture that tends to treat God casually rather than holy.  At times, we lean more towards grace than obedience or towards our feelings rather than letting God’s Word have the final say.

How have you seen this around you?  How can we live differently?

Chapter 7-Tuesday

Israel had strayed from serving God and needed a change of heart.

Are there any areas where your heart has secretly gone astray?  How can you redirect your heart today?

Chapter 8-Wednesday

Israel wanted a king so they could be like the other nations.  When we take our eyes off of God’s Word, we too can be influenced by the world’s trends.

In what ways have you seen the church tempted to follow the world’s ways over God’s?

Chapter 9-Thursday

God chose someone that the world would have overlooked to become the king of Israel.  

How does this encourage you to see that God does not choose those he uses based on status, wealth or background?

Chapter 10-Friday

The rejection of the Lord made no sense.  Why would anyone reject the one who had saved them?

Sometimes we act like the Israelites and we try to solve our problems on our own.  Tell of a time when you have struggled with this.

The Verses of the Day

Monday: Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God?

1 Samuel 6:20

Tuesday: Direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only.

1 Samuel 7:3

Wednesday: And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

1 Samuel 8:7

Thursday: Saul answered, “Am I not a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel? And is not my clan the humblest of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin?

1 Samuel 9:21

Friday: You have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’

1 Samuel 10:19

 

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Johnathan

It’s Time to Begin {Intro & Resources for 1 Samuel 1-5}

Welcome!

Today we begin our study in the book of 1 Samuel.  If you don’t have your optional Journal yet, I want to encourage you to pull out a notebook and use it to write out your thoughts and reflections on this week’s study.

Inside the journal it teaches you how to use the SOAK method to study the Bible.  This is how the method works:

  • S – The S stands for Scripture – Read the chapter for the day.   Then choose 1-2 verses and write them out word for word. (There is no right or wrong choice – just let the Holy Spirit guide you.)
  • O – The O stands for Observation – Look at the verse or verses you wrote out. Write 1 or 2 observations. What stands out to you? What do you learn about the character of God from these verses? Is there a promise, command or teaching?
  • A – The A stands for Application – Personalize the verses. What is God saying to you?   How can you apply them to your life?   Are there any changes you need to make or an action to take?
  • K – The K stands for Kneeling in Prayer – Pause, kneel and pray. Confess any sin God has revealed to you today. Praise God for His word. Pray the passage over your own life or someone you love. Ask God to help you live out your applications.

The goal is to SOAK God’s word into your heart everyday and let it transform your life, renew your mind and create a deeper intimacy with God.

Let’s take a look at the book of the Bible we are about to study.

The Book of 1 Samuel Overview

The book of 1 Samuel is about the lives of Samuel, Saul and David. As the book of Judges ends, we find there was no king in Israel and everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes. Israel was at a spiritual low point, as their priesthood and judges were corrupt.

Israel desired to be like the other nations and so they demanded to have a King. So God gave Israel what they wanted and Samuel anointed Saul as King. Through a series of bad choices and disobedience of God’s will, Saul ended up rejected by God. A new king was chosen, David, a man after God’s own heart. After David defeated a giant named Goliath, Saul grew jealous of David and sought to kill him.

While David was on the run from Saul, twice he had the opportunity to take Saul’s life but instead he honored the king. In the end, Saul tragically died while on the battlefield fighting the Philistines.

Author: Unknown; some possible writers are Nathan and Gad

Date: about 930 BC

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Outline:

  • The days of Samuel before the monarchy (1-7)
  • Israel demands a king and the Monarchy begins (8-12)
  • The reign and rejection of King Saul (13-15)
  • The fall of Saul and the rise of David (16-31)

Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan

Monday – 1 Samuel 1

Tuesday – 1 Samuel  2

Wednesday – 1 Samuel 3

Thursday – 1 Samuel 4

Friday – 1 Samuel 5

The Reflection Questions for the Week

{These questions are included inside the journal .  If you do not have the journal, I encourage you to reflect on these questions and answer them in your notebook.}

Chapter 1:

Hannah poured her soul out before the Lord passionately, in silent prayer.

Who or what is on your heart today that needs your fervent prayers?  Pause now and silently lay your requests before the Lord.

 

Chapter 2:

After God answered Hannah’s prayers for a son, she praised God and was full of thanksgiving.

Take a moment and share a praise.  What prayer request has God answered for you?  

Chapter 3:

God called Samuel three times before Samuel recognized God’s voice.

 We must be listening to God, as we read His Word.  Share a verse or passage of scripture that means a lot to you because God has clearly spoken to you through it.

 

Chapter 4:

Israel expected a victory because the ark was with them but their disobedience led to defeat.

God is always with you and wants to give you victory but sin holds us back.  Confess here below, any sin that is holding you back today.

 

Chapter 5:

False gods will always fail before the One True God!  One day every knee will bow to Him.

How does this bring you comfort to see the power of your God displayed in 1 Samuel 5?

 

The Verses of the Day

Monday:

Go in peace.

1 Samuel 1:17

 

Tuesday:

There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:2

 

Wednesday:

Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.
1 Samuel 3:9

 

Thursday: 

As soon as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded.

1 Samuel 4:5

 

Friday:

Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. 

 And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord.
1 Samuel 5:2,3

 

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I’ll see you back here this Wednesday as we go deeper into God’s Word together.

Johnathan

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Introducing Our New Winter 2017 Study!

Welcome!  It’s time to introduce our new Winter 2017 Bible Study.  We will be going through the book of 1 Samuel together.

We are reading through the Bible – one chapter a day – 5 days a week.  Every Monday, we’ll kick off the week with free resources and accountability here on the blog and on Fridays, I’ll be here to wrap-up our week in the Word, with a devotional.  If you want to join in, I encourage you to purchase a Journal on Amazon. The link is below!

We’ll be starting in the book of 1 Samuel Monday, January 9th.

The {optional} Good Morning Guys 1 Samuel Journal
is available now exclusively on Amazon.

I’ll be back here after the holidays to give you more details and free resources to help you in your study.

Until then, I encourage you to subscribe in the sidebar so you don’t miss a post and follow me out on Instagram at GuysInTheWord.

I hope you’ll join us in the new year as we grow in Christ! Have a wonderful, Christ-filled Christmas and remember that the real reason we celebrate is because of our great salvation in Jesus Christ.

Johnathan

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