Sunday, March 10, 2024

March 10, 2024

The Philistines decided to take on Saul and Israel while David lived among them. They feared fighting against David more than Saul, so this was the perfect opportunity for them to defeat Israel. Achish sought out David to help, but David was vague in answering him. Because of the lie he told him about fighting in some cities in Judah, Achish probably thought he would fight against his own people.

Saul trembled in fear of the Philistines because God was no longer with him. His inquiries of God went unanswered; Samuel was dead, the Urim was gone, and God no longer communicated to him by prophets or in his dreams. Saul decided to consult a witch to get answers. However, he had killed all of them, but his servants knew of one in Endor who had escaped his edict. Saul went to her in disguise, but the woman feared him, especially after realizing it was Saul. However, he insisted that she conjure up Samuel. We know who she brought up wasn't Samuel because this was part of the devil's work. The fake Samuel told Saul that he would lose to the Philistines and that he and his sons would die in battle. 

When people can't get what they want from God, they sometimes sell their souls to the devil. I saw a video of Katy Perry, who grew up in the Christian faith, saying she wanted to be the next big Christian artist, but when that didn't happen as quickly as she had hoped, she said she made a deal with the devil. We have to understand that Jesus expects us to leave everything behind to follow him, so it's apparent that she didn't and never was a Christ follower; otherwise, she wouldn't have denied Jesus and sold her soul to the devil. Be careful of your casual encounters with evil; even if it's for entertainment, it's wrong and could cost you everything. Turn your heart toward Jesus and never look back. 

And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. 1 Samuel 28:5-6

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