April 11, 2019: SOAP #3416:   1Samuel 11-12; 1Chronicales 1; 2Corinthians 11 Scripture:  1Samuel (NIV) 12:20 “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD but serve the LORD with all your heart. Observation:   Samuel had presented Saul as king and now he was stepping […]

April 11, 2019: SOAP #3416:   1Samuel 11-12; 1Chronicales 1; 2Corinthians 11

Scripture:  1Samuel (NIV) 12:20 “Do not beafraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do notturn away from the LORD but serve the LORD with all your heart.

Observation:   Samuelhad presented Saul as king and now he was stepping out of leadership.  They had rejected the idea of God being theirking and wanted a king as the other nations. Samuel had tried to discourage them, but they insisted, and God choseSaul to be their king.  Samuel admonishedthem 'not to turn away from the LORD but serve the LORD with all your heart.'

Serving God should mean that I serve God the way He likes to be served.  To please God, my service must come from myheart.  It is not just outward actions;it is a heart matter. 

Application:   No onelike to be served by someone who goes behind their back and complains about howterrible it is to serve them. 

As a New Testament believer, 'serving the LORD with all my heart' should beeasy to understand.  To do something forthe Lord, then complain about it under my breath is foolish.  After all, He lives in my heart.  He knows my thoughts.  Without a doubt, God is worthy of joyous,willing, whole-hearted service! 

Prayer:  Lord, I want you to know that it is mypleasure to serve you.  And I want othersto know that it is my pleasure to serve you. Amen

Pastor Leon
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