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1 Samuel

1 Samuel 1:12-15 (4/27/17)

Bad Dad • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* We get a glimpse of the type of person Eli was and why maybe he was not a good father. * He rebuked a woman who didn’t need to be rebuked * He assumed something about a person that didn’t line up with reality and in haste rebuked her before he questioned her. * This shows his willingness to act without thinking. * On the flip side, we see later on that he didn’t rebuke his sons even though they needed to be rebuked. * Son on the one hand he rebuked someone who didn’t deserve it because he judged by outward appearance, but on the other hand he refused to rebuke someone who did deserve it because he didn’t have the courage to confront. * Hannah was an easy target - his sons were not.

1 Samuel 1:24 (4/26/18)

Quantify • April 26, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* The best thing a young entrepreneur can do is quantify how much is enough. * You need a plan to: * 1) Quantify your hours. * When you get to a certain point financially will you use that money to buy your time back? * At what point do you stop working 70 hours a week and cut it to 30? * 2) Quantify your income. * When you get to a certain point financially will you increase what you give in tithe? * The goal is to get to a point where you give away more than you take home. * Hannah shows us how to do this. * It was her idea to give her son away after he was weaned. * She got to keep him for a few years, but then she let him go. * She didn’t keep holding on. * This worked out for her with 500% ROI (1 Samuel 2:21).

1 Samuel 2:1 (4/27/17)

The Secret to Joy • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* If we’re not experiencing joy in our lives, we need to re-joy (rejoice). * How do we do this? * By being willing to give back to God what He has given to us. * The moment we give something back to God we will experience a joy that can be found in no other way. * Notice Hannah - she was filled with joy after she was willing to give him back to God - her one and only son. * She ended up having 5 kids in his place, which is a 500% return. * Are you experiencing joy in your life? * If not, then you need to re-joy by giving back what God has given you!

1 Samuel 2:21 (5/8/14)

500% Return • May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers

Hannah prayed for one son and God gave him to her. She was willing to give him back to God. Hannah then praised God for his ossum mighty power, not mentioning her son or petitioning for more (1 Sam 2:1-10). God was moved by her thanksgiving and praise and gave her a 500% return on her investment! She ended up with 5 kids!

1 Samuel 2:29 (5/8/14)

You're Fat! • May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers

Eli's sons were bad - they were very irreverant toward God and indulgent toward their appetites. Eli did not punish them nor raise them with the proper discipline. Why? Because Eli indulged his appetite too - he couldn't stop eating! How did God respond? He called Eli FAT! Oh Snap!!! It's as if God said, "You've not only indulged your own appetite but you've taught your sons to do the same!" What parents do in moderation kids will do in excess. Eli indulged in food and his sons indulged in women. Eli rebuked his own sons in the same way he rebuked his own appeite - gently. The appetite test - "how often to you give in to your craving for anything?"

1 Samuel 3:9 (5/8/14)

Readiness • May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers

When God called to Samuel He didn't tell him Who He was - He was teaching him to recognize His voice. Samuel knew someone was speaking but he didn't recognize that it was God. Eli didn't ask Samuel to put a cot next to him - he told him to go back to his place! Two interesting points about how Samuel had his first conversation with God: 1) He was in his proper place. When we are in our "place," the spot God has put us, we are in position to hear and see God! Wherever you are in life, BE ALL THERE! 2) He was now "ready" to hear God's voice. The first two times Samuel was in the proper place but he wasn't READY. The third time he was 1) in his proper place, 2) ready to hear God's voice.

1 Samuel 3:9-10 (5/8/13)

Be Ready, In Your Place • May 8, 2013 • Benham Brothers

Samuel was In His Place when God showed up He didn't make a cot by Eli so he could interpret He was "ready" to hear God's voice The first three times he wasn't ready, but the final time he was Being Ready - you will hear God and you will recognize the enemy - you won't be caught off-guard

1 Samuel 4 & 7 (4/24/15)

Two Different Battles • April 24, 2015 • Benham Brothers

1 Sam 4 - the Israelites went out in the own ambition to throw off the yoke of the Philistines. They didn't ask God and they didn't lead with repentance. They saw God's ark as a good luck charm. They were more devoted to God's symbol than His actual presence. A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong. 1 Sam 7 - Samuel encouraged them to do three things: 1) Return to the Lord. 2) Remove false gods. 3) Serve God alone. This time the Philistines came against them. When we seek to live for God the enemy will come and attack. All we have to do is keep our eyes on Jesus and not let our worldly ambition take the lead.

1 Samuel 4:3 (5/8/14)

Bringing God to you • May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers

The Israelites went out to fight the Philistines, but there were many problems with this: 1) They didn't first consult God and ask Him if they should go. 2) They looked at the ark as a rabbit's foot for good luck. It worked for Moses so it will work for them. Their goal was to beat the Philistines, not to honor God. They focused on the purpose of God and not the person of God. 3) They brought the ark to them instead of going to it. God was specific that the ark was to stay in Shiloh and they were to go to it. We must NOT move our own direction and try to bring God along. We must move His direction and follow Him - that's the only way we'll have His presence.

1 Samuel 4:21 (5/14/15)

Ichabod to Ebenezer • May 14, 2015 • Benham Brothers

The glory of God has departed from our nation (Ichabod). We get His glory by true repentance (Ebenezer)

1 Samuel 9:3 (4/25/19)

Find The Donkeys • April 25, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* Regardless of how Saul’s life turned out, the principles we see in his early life are powerful. * His dad had a problem and sent him to do a menial task - find the donkeys. * Saul did it, even though he could’ve easily complained or told his dad to send someone else. * Walking in obedience to his dad put him in the way of his destiny. * If Saul didn’t go he would’ve missed his fateful meeting with Samuel. * He had no clue his life would change forever, but his faithfulness to obey paved the way for God blessing his future. * vs 10:1 - would Saul have ever imagined his trip would end this way? * vs 10:6 - the path to transformation is found in obedience.

1 Samuel 6:19 (4/26/18)

Holiness • April 26, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* When these men looked upon holiness with an eye of curiosity they were killed. * This is a good example for men today. * God made a woman’s body holy. * If we look upon her with an eye of curiosity fueled by lust it results in death. * The only naked body a man should ever see is his wife’s. * If we look upon her with an eye of surrender fueled by love it results in life. * The question for men today is this - how do you respond when you see holiness in the form of a woman’s body? * If you’re walking through the mall and it’s there in the window for you to see, do you look away (as Noah’s two sons did) or do you look toward? * It’s all about protecting holiness.

1 Samuel 10:9 (4/25/19)

A New Heart • April 25, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* God knows our hearts and can change them as we walk in obedience to Him. * As you’re faithful in what God has given you to do today He will give you your desires for tomorrow. * God changed Saul’s heart - he wasn’t worried about farming or his dad’s donkeys or anything like that anymore. * He was overcome by the plight of Israel and God’s plan for deliverance. * The same thing happened with me and David.

1 Samuel 11:6-15 (4/27/17)

Anger • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* vs 6 - Anger is an emotion with a purpose. * Righteous anger is a very good thing. * Notice what happened in this verse - Saul got angry as a result of the spirit of God coming upon him. * God wanted Saul to do something about the enemy and He motivated him through anger. * What’s the difference between good anger and bad? * Righteous anger comes with a zeal to defend God’s honor. * Unrighteous anger comes with a zeal to defend our own. * vs 15 - Saul was the king, but he had not been indoctrinated into the kingship. * But when he acted in anger on behalf of the Israelites and in the power of God there was an authority shift that took place. * Everyone now recognized Saul’s place as king over Israel. * There’s an authority shift going on in culture right now. * Those who will receive it are those who have the warrior spirit - a righteous anger to defend the honor of the Lord. * Just as Saul recognized the enemy and dealt with them, so the true warrior does the same.

1 Samuel 13:3-4 (4/25/19)

Bad Leader • April 25, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* Saul made a classic mistake as a leader that showed he was a bad leader. * His son attacked the Philistine outpost. * But the news alert Saul crafted was that “he” attacked it. * The best running backs in the NFL give credit to their lineman. * This was the beginning of Saul’s downfall. * Up to this point Saul prophesied, stood boldly, and led the people to victory. * Now, because he had a few victories under his belt, he started to find his identity in winning and being the best. * He began to focus on building his own kingdom and personal brand rather than God’s. * vs 8-11 - the result of Saul trying to build his own brand ultimately lead the people to run away from him. * So, in order to keep them around, he ended up crossing God’s boundaries. * He did this because he was trying to keep his platform. * Pastors today who want to keep their congregations around and their brands in tact put themselves in a position to cross God’s boundaries in other areas because they have lost their wisdom.

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