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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For July 10, 2021
Stranger Then Fiction

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

1 Samuel 9:15-27 KJV
15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.
18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.
20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?
21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.
23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.
24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
26 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.
27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

My husband had a medical emergency this morning those wondering why so late. He will be okay.

When God begins to move in a person's life for a particular call it may sound stranger then fiction. And I use those words not in disrespect, but in the reality of the call of God for kings, prophets and for a particular task such as building something design completely by God for a purpose and so forth. God has a specific calling on a person life that calling may come as a surprise of delight or a bewilderment and unsurerity. In truth the preparation for a task might be seen as well I not worthy, or I am trained to do as asked. For Saul he came to seek the prophet to find where his father's donkeys(asses) were. Found himself treated as royality by the Prophet Samuel who even prepared a special spot for him to sit and eat with him and his friends. Saul was not worthy of the position and comfronted Samuel about it, asking him why he gave him honor. Samuel instead serve him, giving him the chiefest place to sit with thirty other people. He then after the meal Samuel would talk to Saul upon the roof of his house. The next after awaking Saul and send Saul's servanst on ahead said he was going to shew him the word of God. The word gave him about his calling.

If prophetic message is to be given to individual then God has spoken directly to the prophet to share with a particular message for a purpose. Today we do not see this type of event every day. Yet if it happens, you will know it is from God even if you a little confused, befuddled and maybe a little curious about what spoken or shown. If we were to read the whole prophetic experience of Saul calling we find he would prophecise himself with the prophets, after being anointed by Samuel and if we go a step further he refrained from telling his family about the experience, until he is found hidding among crates because Samuel is now telling Israel about God's choice for King is Saul.

God is preparing Saul through the exchange of a prophet, to the call to hunt for his father's donkeys and using even Samuel prophetic knowledge to teach Saul of his calling to be king. God's Spirit would come upon Saul to prophecised. These events seem unbelievable, but then when God calls you first to salvation, and then to the journey of faith, one begins to learn the true reality of God is far greater then our understanding. His call, his preparation is beyond our comphrension. It like having someone help you cook that understands what you need before you ask. Jesus when he rode the donkey into Jerusalem for the Triumphal entry, had his disciples go fetch the donkey as prepared by God's Spirit to untie, to say it is for our Lord and the man who own the donkey saying go ahead take the donkey. The preparation can only be bu God's Spirit of the tribute of palm branches waving and laying down in the road as Jesus passed by riding on a donkey. There was no practice of the event, but a call to obey.

If you never experience the Holy Spirit preparation you are missing something unique, and when your in the presents of God you will know it. The choice of man is to obey the Holy Spirit or to hid among the crates, To obey the prophet who had a special meal in his honor already prepared, had to have given Saul goose bumps, maybe a little unsure. Because Saul by rank of family and custom felt he was not worthy of his calling, and yet he was because of the anointing and call of God on his life. I included in scripture for the continual scripture the one concerning the calling out of Saul among the crates. Even Saul was unprepared in his human mind to grasp all God was doing in his life, and yet it was becoming a reality before the Prophets, the children of Israel and his family.

Seldom does ministers speak of this call, but they too experience their own call and vision from God for their work. Each minister, king, leader has a special call from God if they will yield to God in their calling and anointing. Just because you might not of experience does not mean it not real. Take a look closely at Saul's reaction. he see himself unworthy, that enough of a humble beginning that would soon change to pride and one's own need to reject God's commands in his life.

One more verse is useful in the New Testament making sure of election and calling before standing up to the plate so to speak. Allow God to be the preparer and not you being the planner of God's design for your call.

Dear Heavenly Father, help each of your child be humble to their call, to remain in the humility. Help those you call to understand the uniqueness of being called as first your child and then to the work that will give you glory and honor. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: 2 Peter 1:10-12 KJV
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

Romans 9:11 KJV
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

1 Samuel 10:17-27 KJV
17 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;
18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:
19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.
20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.
22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.
23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.
24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.
26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.
27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.


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