8. Stepping Out

In Your Bible Read This

1 Samuel chapters 9 and 10

Here Is Your Memory Verse

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4.12

Afterwards Talk About This

Have you ever got yourself into trouble by saying too much, too quickly and to the wrong people. Tell each other what happened, and what you will do next time.

Something To Do Before Next Time

Which man of God are you serving and being guided by. Go and commit yourself to him, tell him of your willingness, look after him and invite his prophetic ministry in your life.

Written Diploma Work

Write one page explaining the qualities you would look for in a man or woman of God who you could happily submit to.

Meditate On This Verse

1 Corinthians 6.12-13

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Pray For China – 1, 215,000,000 people, 20% of all mankind

Massive revival in some areas, great resistance in others

Be sure to teach this lesson to others.Always pray and prepare well adding your own verses and stories to bring it to life.

Is Something Missing In Life?

For Saul it was only lost donkeys, but looking for them started Saul on a journey to the throne of Israel. 1 Samuel 9,3

Saul Knew His Father's Voice

Saul obeyed his instructions, as we must also listen, hear and obey our Father’s voice.

Are You Getting Nowhere?

Even in obedience Saul made no progress, and he was about to go back home. 9, 4-5. This happens when people sense the call of God but do not know what to do. Happily the servant knew a way forward straight into God's blessing, 9.6, and by following the same spiritual trail you can also build on your initial call from God and move into your destiny. Here are the steps ~

Begin By Serving A Man Of God

The servant said, "Let's go to the man of God, perhaps he will show us the way to take." 9.6

Joshua first served Moses. Elisha first served Elijah. Timothy first served Paul. Then later on they were given their own ministry.

Live under his eye and under his prophetic anointing and don't leave, until God sends you, and even then maintain a life-long friendship. He may often have a word from God for you. 9,15,16. Notice that they took a gift to him, because as Jesus said, "Wherever your treasure is that is where your heart is." Matthew 6.21.

Where Is The Man Of God For You?

A genuine man of God may be difficult to find, even Saul did not recognise Samuel immediately. 11, 18. Maybe Samuel didn't have the religious robes, charismatic personality or expensive clothing that Saul perhaps wrongly expected? Let God, not your eyes guide you to your father in the faith.

Expect Some Surprises From God

Always remember that God's ways and thoughts are different to ours. Isaiah 55, 8-9, so keep on submitting to the call of God, even if he shocks you. 1 Samuel 9,20-21; Jer 1.7, 1 Sam 16.7; 1 Cor. 1.27

Begin To Eagerly Seek God

For His Provision

In Jesus all that you need has already been reserved for you, Jesus has gone ahead of you, Matthew 26,32. Notice that the leg, the priests portion had already been set aside for Saul, and it has for you as well, 9. 23,24

For Prophetic Revelation

Revelation knowledge, supernatural guidance and divine interventions are what you need over and above all natural understanding. 9.27; Galatians 2.2, Acts 16,6-10.

For His Anointing

This is the indispensable spiritual enabling that accompanies the calling. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit. See 10.1 and Acts 1.8

For His Chosen Destiny For You

Just as Saul was anointed as the leader over his inheritance, 10.1, God also has a destiny for you to reach, maybe over a lifetime. Always remember your call, in difficult times you will need that reassurance. Jeremiah 1.5

Now Embrace God's Dealings

Whatever else you learn in the School of the Holy Spirit, there are three lessons that are absolutely fundamental for every future leader. 1 Samuel 10, 2-6; Romans 6, 3-8.

Death To Self

Saul was sent to Rachel's tomb which speaks of death, John 12.24, Luke 9.23.

Inner Changes

Then Saul was sent to the oak of Tabor which is the legendary site of Christ's transfiguration. This speaks of inner changes brought about by God. Notice also the lesson of humility and learning how to graciously receive on the way.

New Resurrection Life

Finally Saul was sent to Gibeah, the hill of God which speaks of ascent into new life and becoming a different person. 10,6. He found people to be with and a place to express his spiritual gifts. Notice that the enemy Philistines were there as well, because as much as God attests his call the enemy will also contest it.

Live In The Wisdom Of God

Wisdom can mean patience. Saul was told to wait until "these signs are fulfilled." 10,7; Proverbs 8.12. Until then take care with what you say and who you tell, 10,15.

Joseph in Genesis 36, 6-9 went wrong because he spoke too soon.

What would have happened to Mary had she gone and told everyone what the angel said to her? Instead she went to the one person who would understand what had happened. Luke 1, 26-45

Allow God to spiritually and naturally confirm your call before trying to lead anyone else. 1 Sam. 10, 20-23; 11.15.

Never Do What Saul Did Later!

Wisdom is learning lessons from history. Saul fell and never recovered.

Saul didn't obey the man of God and lost his friendship and support.

He took provision from men.

He received direction from men.

He lived in the flesh not in the Spirit.

He lost his anointing and his destiny.1 Samuel 13-16.

God gave him a great start to ministry. He knew what to do but he became proud, self-confident and did the very opposite to all the ways God taught him as a youth. Sadly, he became filled with demons and died in loneliness, defeat and suicide to be replaced by David.

To Close Pray for the World's Most Unreached Peoples by Name

Taken from the Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List these people have no church and as yet no cell, church or mission has committed themselves to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.

Pakistan

People Name Language Population
Shumashti Shumashti 14,000
Turkmen (Turkoman) Turkmen 10,000
Vlax Rom Gypsy (Arhagar) Romani, Vlach 14,000
Wanetsi Waneci 90,000
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