Deuteronomy 4:9 (NLT) “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NLT) “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves whole-heartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NLT) Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.
Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Matthew 11:28 (ESV) Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (ESV) “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days…”
Proverbs 14:12 (ESV) There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Deuteronomy 31:7-8 (ESV) Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Psalm 139:7-12 (NLT) I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.
John 15:4 (NIV) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
1 Samuel 15:13-23 (NLT2) 13Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the LORD bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the LORD’s command!” 14“Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded. 15“It’s true that the army spared the best of the sheep, goats, and cattle,” Saul admitted. “But they are going to sacrifice them to the LORD your God. We have destroyed everything else.” 16Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! Listen to what the LORD told me last night!” “What did he tell you?” Saul asked. 17And Samuel told him… 18“The LORD sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ 19Why haven’t you obeyed the LORD? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the LORD’s sight?” 20“But I did obey the LORD,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. 21Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.” 22But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 23Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”
John 14:15 (CEV) Jesus said to his disciples: If you love me, you will do as I command.
Luke 6:45 (NLT2) What you say flows from what is in your heart.
How does looking back at specific things God has done in your life help you to look forward?
Share with your small group or write in your journal about a time when you could see how God had directed events or situations that brought about a positive end or success for you.
Reread Deuteronomy 30:19-20. How can you live out the verbs of verse 20? Would this be difficult? How does God help you?
Practice praying the scripture using Psalm 139:7-12. Write out or speak out a prayer to God thanking him for how he is always with you and has never left you alone, and never will.
Pastor Shane laid out three declarative statements. If you chose to use these as a plan for 2021, what would your New Year’s Resolutions look like? What specific steps would you take? What reminders would you set up for yourself to follow through on each of these? Make your plan today and share it with a friend who’ll hold you accountable to your goal.
Reread 1 Samuel 15:13-33. Look closely at what God told Samuel to do and what he actually did; look also at his justification of the difference. When have you done this? When have you ‘sort of’ followed God’s plan or direction, but not really? What does ‘obedience is better than sacrifice’ mean in your life today? Why is love tied to obedience (John 14:15)? How does obedience tie to giving God his place as King in your life?
Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.
With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.