09 Feb 1 Samuel 15:24-34; Hebrews 10:36
24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice. 25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.” 26 But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” 27 As Samuel turned to go, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore. 28 So Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you. 29 Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” 30 Then he said, “I have sinned; but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, that I may worship the Lord your God.” 31 So Samuel went back following Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.
32 Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag, the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.” 33 But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, but Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul.
36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
Sometimes we must do things that aren’t easy to do. Today, I want to call you to death in the name of the Lord. Obey God’s will for your life and put to death anything that is keeping you from intimacy with God. In 1 Samuel 15, King Saul has been commanded, after defeating the Amalekites, to totally destroy everything including the king whose name was Agag. Saul disobeyed and spared the best of the livestock, lied and said to offer them to God. He even spared good old Agag. So, God sent Samuel, His prophet to make things right. He told king Saul that because he rejected the word of the Lord, God rejected him as king of Israel. Samuel then put Agag to death before the Lord. We must put to death the person we have made of ourselves and allow God to create a new self for us that glows with the glory of God. Put to death the disobedience and sin and unbelief and receive God’s extraordinary power. Then, when the devil comes to tempt, or circumstances get bad, or a trial comes to your door, you will have the weapons to fight and the victory is already yours.