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14er: Mountain Of Failure: 1 Samuel 13:10-15, 15:12&35, 2 Samuel12:13-14

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Three Self Examination Questions

1. Do I make excuses or do I take responsibility?

Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”
1 Samuel 13:10-12 (NLT)

2. Do I ignore correction or ignite change?

Samuel then left Gilgal and went on his way, but the rest of the troops went with Saul to meet the army. They went up from Gilgal to Gibeah in the land of Benjamin.
1 Samuel 13:15 (NLT)

3. Do I bow up Or bow down?

Samuel then left Gilgal and went on his way, but the rest of the troops went with Saul to meet the army. They went up from Gilgal to Gibeah in the land of Benjamin. When Saul counted the men who were still with him, he found only 600 were left!
1 Samuel 13:15 (NLT)

Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. “
1 Samuel 15:1-3 (NIV)

Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”
1 Samuel 15:12 (NIV)

And Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to someone else—one who is better than you. And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!”Then Saul pleaded again, “I know I have sinned. But please, at least honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel by coming back with me so that I may worship the lord your God.”
1 Samuel 15:28-30 (NLT)

Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the lord was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel.
1 Samuel 15:35 (NLT)

Three Evidences of True Repentance

1. I come clean with God.

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.”
2 Samuel 12:13 (NIV)

Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Psalm 51:9-10 (NLT)

2. I accept the consequences of my actions.

Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the LORD by doing this, your child will die.
2 Samuel 12:14 (NLT)

3. I embrace God’s forgiveness and keep moving.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Psalm 51:12 (NLT)

Three Applications For A Heart Of Repentance

1. Your biggest sin is not too big for God’s forgiveness.

And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the LORD. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
Jeremiah 31:34 (NLT)

2. What you have done is not who you are.

3. You can’t change your past but you can change your future.