Every Thought Captive to Messiah


A Monument for Himself

1 Samuel 15-16

H - "And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it was told Samuel, 'Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal.'" - 1 Samuel 15:12

E - God commanded Saul to wipe out the Amalekites, but Saul has kept alive Agag, the king of the Amalekites, as well as the best of the Amalekites' sheep and cattle. On the way back from battle, Saul sets up a monument. It is difficult to know whether the monument is to himself or to God. Regardless, he has not fully obeyed God's command with regard to his mission. For this reason, God will remove him from being king.

A - Father, am I fully following your specific commands to me? Have I gotten sidetracked from my mission in any way? Am I setting up a monument to myself rather than carrying out your mission? Am I fearing people and obeying their voice? Am I making excuses like Saul?

R - "You do tend to set up little monuments to yourself. In the secret depths of your heart, you still have pride remaining, pride in your own spiritual accomplishments. Come back to my specific commands and mission for you. Remember why I brought you to New Zealand. Come back to the vision I gave you at the beginning. Listen to me and obey right away. Spend more time in personal prayer with me. Don't be a fake or a flake. Come talk with me in the prayer closet. Then you will know what I want you to do."

P - Father, the theme right now is that I need to be praying more with you. Instead of always being with people, I need to be with you. Forgive me for my spiritual pride. Destroy the monuments I have set up to myself. Help me to exactly fulfil the specific mission you have given me.

- Jeff Coleman


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