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A Changed Heart

1 Samuel 10:9

As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.

profileIn a recent episode of Chicago Fire – one of my favorite TV shows – Captain Boden – like some men – had a hard time proposing to his girlfriend – Donna Robins. He had all the legal and logical reasons they should get married – mainly because they have a child coming together. This of course was not what Donna wanted to hear. She rejected his proposal.

After talking to Peter Mills in a one-on-one – man-to-man – Mills told the captain in no mixed words that wasn’t telling Donna what she wanted and needed to hear – that he loved her and couldn’t envision living without her. Captain Bolden – later in the episode – came to Donna’s school and as she was taking her class outside – he proposed again – in his dress uniform and with all the right words. She accepted.

One might say he had a change of heart. He saw things in a different light. He came to his senses.

Samuel was telling Saul a number of things that would happen in his life. Here is today’s passage in partial context. 1 Samuel 10:1–10 – 1 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?  2 When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?” ’ “Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them. “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you. “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.” As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. 10 When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying.

Sunday I mentioned that God loves our obedience – but more important that doing the right thing – God loves our heart turned toward Him – doing things for the right reasons. A changed heart for Christ allows the Holy Spirit to work in us, through us, and in spite of us. As God acted after Saul’s heart was changed – God will work in our lives as well when our heart is changed.

John Wesley – the founder of the Methodist Church – had his heart changed (strangely warmed) at Aldersgate and he was never the same. God can warm our hearts – change our hearts as well – if we would open up to Him.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 13, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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