True Repentance

June 14:2018

And as Samuel turned around to go away, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore. So Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbour of yours, who is better than you. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.” Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord your God.
1 Samuel 15:27-30 (NKJV)

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King Saul had gone to battle with the Amalekites. He was instructed by God to destroy all living things - humans and animals - and not to take spoils of war from the battle. God promised him total victory. Saul, however, decided to spare the life of the King of Amalek and keep the very best animals and spoils of war from the defeated territory. Following his disobedience of the divine instruction, he was confronted by Prophet Samuel. The prophet informed him that because he had rejected God's word, God had also rejected him as the king of Israel!

What Saul did next was simply shocking! He acknowledged his sin but was more concerned about how he would look or be perceived by his elders. To 'cover up' his sin, he asked Samuel to accompany him back to the elders, as if it was business as usual! Saul was more concerned about what men thought than he was about repenting of his sin; he did not give God the worship or obedience due Him. He remained unrepentant when God brought his act of unfaithfulness to his attention. The consequence for Saul was the end of his kingship.

You should be mindful to keep your heart tender toward God's correction and direction. Partial obedience is rebellion to the Lord; it is also veiled pride. God resists the proud and lifts those that are humble and obedient to him.

Beloved, in all you do, always give God the first place, best place and highest place! Honour him always and He will surely honour you in return.


Additional Scripture Reference(s): Deuteronomy 11 Psalm 95

Prayer & Confession of Faith

Dear Lord, all that I have been and ever will be, is by Your grace and the leading of Your Holy Spirit. I will obey You in every aspect of my life and yearn for the things that concern You. Amen.

One Year Bible Reading: Hebrews 2

december 2018


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