Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BBS...Discussion and Link up


Chapter 4
A Heart That Obeys

What meant the most to you from this chapter or offered you the greatest challenge or inspired you deeply?
Let God lead you on His path and to do the right thing.

This time look up the word "obedient." To crystalize its meaning in your mind and heart, write the definition out as simply as you can here.
Obedient: obeying or willing to obey

What specific instructions and promise did Samuel give to Saul in 1 Samuel 10:8?
Go down ahead of him to Gilgal and he would surely come down and sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. But wait seven days until I come and tell you what you are to do.

Seven days later, what happened (see 1 Samuel 13:8-9)?
Saul's men began to scatter and he offered up the burnt offerings.

When Samuel finally arrived and asked Saul, "What have you done?" how did Saul answer in verses 11-12? (Or, put another way, how many excuses did he give and how many different people did he blame?)
When I saw that the MEN were scattering and that YOU did not come at the set time. He thought the PHILISTINES will come down against me and I have not sought the Lord's favor. So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offerings.

What was Samuel's assessment of Saul's disobedience, and what was the result (verses 13-14?)
Saul acted foolishly,You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Now your kingdom will not endure and the Lord has sought  out a man after his own heart and appointed him as leader of his people.

What were Samuel's direct instructions to Saul (verse 3)? (If you think this command sounds harsh, look at Exodus 17:8-16)
Go attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them.

What did Saul do (1 Samuel 15:7-9)?
Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur,to the east of Egypt.

When Samuel arrived (verse 12) and ask Saul, " this bleating of the sheep in my ears..?" (verse 14), how did Saul answer in verse 15? (Or, put another way how many excuses did he give and how many different people did he blame this time?)
The soliders brought them from the Amalekites and they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God.

Again, what was Samuel's assessment of Saul's disobedience, and what was the result (verses 21-23)?
The soliders took sheep and cattle that should have been utterly destroyed.So since Saul disobeyed and rejected the word of the Lord,he has rejected you as king.

Write out a personal prayer of commitment to make yours a walk in obedience. You may want to use a separate piece of paper.
Lord, guide my life on the right path and to be obedient and to always confide in you,so I know that I'm doing the right thing.

Concentrate on doing what is right --- What warning does James 4:17 give?
Anyone,who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it,sins

Cease doing what is wrong ---What is the instruction of Proverbs 16:17?
the highway of the upright avoids evil,he who guards his way guards his life.

Confess any wrong --- What does 1 John 1:8-9 teach us?
Calling a sin a sin,by doing so you train your heart to be more responsive to God's convicting Spirit. The sooner we confess,the better

Clear up things with others --- What does Matthew 5:23-24 exhort?
Settle matters quickly

Continue on as soon as possible --- What principles do Philippians 3:13-14 give us?
to be forgetting those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead pressing toward the goal to the upward called of Jesus Christ.

Read 1 Peter 2:1 and begin a list of heart attitudes and behaviors that hinder growing a heart of obedience. Which, if any, are hindering the growth of your heart?

Read Ephesians 4:25-32 and Colossians 3:5-9 and then add to your list those actions and attitudes that need pruning. Again, what do you need to prune from your heart? Be Specific.
Angry.bitterness and hate

Now focus on the positive and consider cultivating what is necessary for growth. Read 1 Peter 2:2, Ephesians 4:15-32, and Colossians 3:1-17, and list those heart attitudes and behaviors that enrich your life as a Christian. What one or two areas would you like to cultivate?
patience,forgiving and being thankful
This chapter was even better than than the last one....guess they are going to get better and better each time...can't wait!!!!!
After reading this chapter I feel so good about developing a obedient heart and walking the path God wants me to walk.

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