Bible Study & Devotional
Written by: Torrie Slaughter
Guiding Scripture:1 Samuel 18:10-11 ‘The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. ‘
Have you ever met a person who is governed by multiple sources? (I’m not speaking of mental illness here as I am not a physician.) Many people suffer from indecisiveness. A fear that if they make the wrong decision, it will affect their…popularity or worse, their financial security.
Fame or the idea of being influential is seductive. We can easily fall victim to the lure of its attractive snare because who doesn’t want to command attention simply by entering a room.
In today’s passages of 1 Samuel, we read Saul’s broken promises( 1 Samuel 17:25, 1 Samuel 19:6) and jealousy prevail (1 Samuel 18:5). Something he does not acknowledge. His behavior is noticeable in contrast to David’s as he remains humble (1 Samuel 18:18). I have been the victim and the aggressor, which convicted my spirit of seeking the Lord’s healing balm.
Double-mindedness is a curse of the enemy and is a source of great confusion. Chaos abounds when leaders chose to follow their feelings and not the truth.
It isn’t enough to just say what we will do; we must follow through with action. For David to complete God’s work, he had to run and hide. Think about that for a moment. There may be something you have to walk away from that would otherwise grow and flourish under your leadership. But the evil spirits that invade those in your immediate circle may prevent victory.
Don’t be discouraged! (1 Samuel 18:12)
Keep God as your Ultimate Guide and follow His command. Never apologize for doing what He led you to do. It may require leaving areas and forging a different path, but ultimately the power of God will not leave those He has entrusted to build His kingdom.
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional.
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1 Samuel 18:5-19:24, John 8:31-59, Psalm 112:1-10, Proverbs 15:12-14