Lighthouse Leader Study Guide

Date: May 14, 2017

Series: The kings & the King: A Study of 1 Samuel

1 Samuel 27-29

This Week’s Printable Resources:

Overview of this Lesson

This week’s text begins with the simple words, “Then David said to himself…” Simple words. Profound effect. This sentence begins a 16-month sojourn into the enemy camp. Rather than protecting and providing safety for farmers and families in small towns like he did in Chapter 25, David and his men raid and pillage villages, killing every man, woman, and child in the village in order to cover their tracks.

How did this happen?

We will examine the context of this week’s text and we will see how David’s life during this 16-month period of time parallels that of a Carnal Christian. We will also look at the power of self-talk (“David said to himself…”) and how our own self-talk shapes our very character.

Memory Verse for This Week

Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.” – 1 Samuel 27:1

This Week’s Core Virtue

Faithfulness (Proverbs 3:3-4): I have established a good name with God and with others based on my long-term loyalty to those relationships.

This Week’s Take Home Truth

“We live under the subtle sovereignty and powerful providence of God, and through it he prepares his people and brings about his purposes. Period. Regardless. So trust his promises, not man’s successful—or failed—plans.”


1.  Who has the greatest influence on your physical health, emotions, etc.?

2.  What does it mean when someone says they “talked themselves off the ledge”?

3.  Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

Make sure you ask this question this week. It gives people the opportunity to discuss questions or issues that come up beyond the written questions. People’s responses can often lead into one of the questions in the “Digging Deeper” section. Also, some weeks this question will result in a lot of discussion, other weeks, not so much.

Read the Text (1 Samuel 27-29)

It appears that few things are going David’s way. In reality, however, God is actually accomplishing much more than meets the eye, both internally and externally. Understand more about how God prepares his people in this fourth and final message from 1 Samuel 21-29. Read 1 Samuel 27-29.

NOTE: this lesson will focus primarily on 1 Samuel 27 & 29.


Digging Deeper

In this section, feel free to develop your own questions to help guide your group’s discussion. Below are some suggestions. Remember, if you are hearing from everyone in your group, chances are you won’t have to time to discuss every question. You may start with one that catches your attention so you don’t run out of time. For example, it’s not odd to start with Question #6, then go to Question #5 and if you have time come back to Question #4.

4.  Briefly summarize what is happening to David in 1 Samuel 27-29.

Still running for his life from Saul and Saul’s army, David and his 600-man militia and their families flee to the land of the Philistines. There David creates an alliance with Prince Achish, the son of the King of Gath. In exchange for this alliance, Achish gives David and his men the city of Ziklag, which is where they live for the next 16 months.

David begins a life of deception and destruction. During this time he raids the villages of several neighboring nations who are neither the enemy or ally of Philistia. At the same time, David is reporting to Achish that he is raiding Israeli villages to earn Achish’s trust. (Israel is the sworn enemy of Philistia.) David’s deception works and Achish begins to view David as a strong and valuable ally in their on-going war with Israel. Unfortunately, to cover his lie, David is killing every man, woman, and child in the villages he plunders so there are no witnesses to his deception.

As this period of deception comes to an end, David is faced with a no-win choice. The Philistines are gathering and preparing for war with Israel. Achish sees David as a valuable asset in the coming fight with Israel and forces David and his men to join his army. David is now faced with the impossible choice of breaking his alliance with the Philistines or actually fighting against Israel and Saul, the Lord’s anointed.

Thankfully for David, the other Philistine kings are not as trusting of David as Achish and refuse to allow David to fight in their army. Consequently, Achish orders David to return to Ziklag, away from Jezreel, where the battle with Israel is to take place.

5.  At the start of this sojourn into the enemy camp, David is listening to the wrong voice. Who is David listening to?

As if to underscore the humanistic foundation of the next few chapters, the writer of 1 Samuel begins this account with the words, “Then David said to himself…”

As before, when David gained a great military victory over Goliath, he is here coming from a time of great personal victory. Providentially, God used the wise and timely counsel of Abigail to keep David from murdering the foolish farmer, Nabal. Then David again demonstrated his strong trust in God when he refused to take Saul’s life even though it appeared the Lord had delivered Saul into David’s hand, and David’s men were eager to kill Saul. David recognized clearly it was wrong to do. He stood on his principles and earned the respect of his men and even of Saul, who blessed him for his strength and commitment to the Lord. Even though Saul blesses David, he is still determined to kill David.

Tired of being the man on the run, David enters a period of discouragement. Instead of turning to God, David let’s his tiredness and fear overwhelm him. 1 Samuel 27:1 tells us exactly what David was thinking: “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines.”

Dale Ralph David aptly captures the impact of David’s self-talk:

David is convinced that he himself will be “swept away” by Saul if he does not exit Israel. It is a revealing reverse. Contrary to Yahweh’s record of protection, contrary to Yahweh’s promise via Jonathan and Abigail, David is certain he will now be swept away. I do not mean this in a detached way, as if I were saying, “Why didn’t he read J. I. Packer’s Knowing God and make the right decision?” No, I realize it is too easy to be a spectator of the biblical text, and, yes, David was under severe pressures here, yet at this point he looks to Philistia rather than to Yahweh as his security.[1]

6.  Some see David’s life in Ziklag as a parallel to the Carnal Christian. What are the similarities?

David’s trust is clearly not in God during his 16 months in Ziklag. In fact, David makes no reference to God in 1 Samuel 27-29. There are no psalms written by David during this period of his life. He is away from God literally and physically, choosing to live in the enemy camp rather than in the land of Israel.

Chuck Swindoll makes the connection between this time in David’s life and a Carnal Christian:

What a picture this is of a Christian who deliberately opts for carnality. We don’t hear much about the carnal Christian, do we? We hear a lot about the lost person who’s never met Jesus Christ. We hear a great deal about the saved person who’s walking in victory. But not much is said about the believer who chooses to disobey God and operate in the flesh. David, at this point in his life, is a clear illustration of a man who is a believer on the inside, but on the outside he looks just like a nonbeliever because of the way he’s living his life.[2]

What is a Carnal Christian? J. Vernon McGee provides an excellent descriptions:

How can we identify the carnal Christian? It is the Christian who is using the weak arm of the flesh. He uses carnal methods to obtain spiritual goals.

The Greek word for carnal is sarkikos, which means “fleshly.” In Latin and French the word carna means “sensual.” We get our word carnival from two words, carne vale, which means “farewell flesh.” You see, carnival was something they had before the season of Lent. During Lent they would practice farewell to the flesh with certain denials of pleasure to the flesh; so just before Lent they would gorge and gourmandize the flesh, get drunk, satisfy and satiate the flesh in every possible way. Then they would be able to do without such things during Lent! An example of this is the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. That literally means “fat Tuesday” and refers to the Tuesday before Lent begins.

Paul described folk like this when he used the expression, “… whose God is their belly …” (Phil. 3:19). You say, “Oh, that’s crude.” I agree with you; it is crude. But the thing it speaks about is even more crude. This would be an apt description of a lot of folk. Their motto is: Do what comes naturally. Let the flesh have its way.[3]

7.  How do our thoughts guide our emotions and our actions?

David wasn’t unique when it comes to self-talk (v. 1). We all carry on conversations in our mind, and these thoughts are powerful in a positive way and powerful in a negative way.

We can see from this week’s text how David’s self-talk caused him to conclude that Saul was going to kill him and that he had no choice but to run into the enemy camp.

What is self-talk? Quite simply, it’s the thoughts you tell yourself. In his book, A Better Way to Think, H. Norman Wright tell us that a “fast talker” can speak up to 200 words a minute, but we can listen to and process more than 1300 words per minute. Throughout the day, and many times in the night, our mind is active mulling over problems and opportunities, weighing decisions that are approaching, reviewing conversations from the past or rehearsing conversations in the future, considering relationship interaction, and so much more. Our thoughts frame everything we do, every relationship, even our self-image.

Proverbs 23:6 puts it succinctly when it tells us that as a man thinks, so is he.

Do you want to know how to improve your life dramatically? Watch how you talk to yourself. You may learn that you are without question the harshest critic of yourself. You may hear words like “worthless” and “stupid” and “ugly” and “dumb” flying through your mind at a rapid pace.

It’s natural for us to often react negatively to ourselves when we do something stupid. You may even verbally say to yourself, “that was sure stupid.” But what happens when you’re not doing something obviously stupid? What words do you use then to talk to yourself?

For example, you are driving home from work and you see a display sign advertising graduate degrees available online through Iowa State University. You may drive past and think nothing more about it, or you may reactively think to yourself, “ha, I could never get a graduate degree, I’m too stupid. I’ll never get out of this dead-end job.”

That little conversation with yourself repeated multiple times per day (or per hour) clearly will shape your self-perception. Norman Wright states,

The truth is, the content of your thoughts matters a lot. You see, our thoughts can limit who we are and what we become, or they can act as the catalyst prompting us forward in our lives. Our thoughts influence our character, shape our attitudes, determine our behaviors, affect our spirituality, and even influence the immune system, says author, educator, and psychologist Archibald Hart. “Your thinking determines whether you will be happy or sad most of the time.”[4]

David allowed negative self-talk to influence his decision to leave Israel and hide in Philistia. As a result, he brought with him 600 households to also live in Philistia and in order to feed and care for all of these people, his men went from protecting people (cf. 1 Samuel 25) to becoming a violent, destructive force raiding, killing and pillaging innocent people. All because “David said to himself…”

8.  What steps can we take to base our thoughts on faith and not on fear?

You can control your thoughts, and your thoughts control you. Let the words of that sentence sink in a bit. If there are people in your Lighthouse who struggle with worry, fear, anxiety, depression, etc., then there are people who need to work to change their self-talk.

Here are some steps to help people begin to gain control of their self-talk:

  1. Review the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Listeners” found at the end of this lesson. Your group members will have these seven habits listed in their handout.
  2. Pay attention and watch for “hot thoughts.” According to Wright, “hot thoughts usually take the reality of a situation out of the realm of being reality. By using language that isn’t accurate or precise, we distort our thinking.” We see a “hot thought” enter David’s thinking this week (“Saul is going to kill me…”) This thought wasn’t accurate and flew in the face of what God had told David through a broad assortment of people, from Samuel, to Jonathan, to Abigail, to Saul. Yet, David let this “hot thought” take root and control his response.
  3. Learn to identify and destroy toxic thoughts. Toxic thoughts are false beliefs that have taken root in the soil of your character and now define either in part or in whole who you are. These false beliefs were probably sown during childhood and repeated often to the point you now believe it to be true. Single words may define these false beliefs: stupid, dumb, lazy, weak. Norman Wright provides four questions to help identify and begin to deal with toxic thoughts:
    • What major false belief do I want to eliminate? (Example: I probably have no chance at getting that job I want.)
    • What evidence can I discover that makes my idea false? (Example: My résumé shows I’m well qualified. I have interviewed well in the past, and have landed jobs I wanted.)
    • If what I want doesn’t occur (getting the job) or the undesirable does happen, what’s the worst outcome? (Example: I will be disappointed, but there will be other opportunities. It won’t bring terrible consequences. I still have another job that brings in the money I need to cover my bills. I will be able to handle the disappointment.)
    • If what I want doesn’t occur, or if the undesirable thing does occur, what satisfying things could I do as an alternative? (Example: I could focus on working toward advancement at my current job. I could ask the interviewer what I could do to improve my chances in the future. I could use this experience to rely more upon God and seek his will for the right job. I can thank him for closing this door, and trust that it was the best for me at this time.)
  4. Let the Word of God speak into your life. Norman Wright states,

The Bible promises the believer a sound, well-balanced mind. In 2 Timothy, Paul writes, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control” (1:7 AMP, emphasis added).

Scriptural teaching about our thoughts is not just informative; it’s encouraging—and potentially life changing. Memorizing and dwelling upon this Scripture can help bring order to your thought life and, as a result, improve your relationships, health, and happiness.

Imagine the impact if we countered every thought about being scattered, divided, and fragmented with this forceful self-talk: “Stop—that’s not true!”[5]

Included at the end of this week’s lesson is an index of topics with related Scriptures that will prove helpful in combating negative self-talk.

Concluding Thoughts

These questions are given to prompt both reflection and learning on a personal level, and should likely be completed individually and apart from your regular group time.

9.  Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, what’s the most important thing to remember?

10.  In her book, The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk, Shelly Beach encourages readers to follow “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Listeners” to bring a healthy, positive, biblical focus to the thoughts that race through our mind on a moment-by-moment basis. Take time this week to let these habits filter your thinking.

  1. Learn to be a student of your own heart as you observe yourself.
  2. Think in terms of life change.
  3. Prepare for a marathon as you reshape lifelong patterns of thinking.
  4. Commit to the disciplines of self-examination, reflection, and prayer.
  5. Find an accountability partner.
  6. Rely upon Scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit to convict, speak, and transform.
  7. Learn the power of positive praise.

Scripture References to Common Needs

Abiding: Psalm 119:15–16, Psalm 119:105, John 15:1–4, John 15:7, Colossians 3:15–17, James 4:8, 1 John 2:24–25, 1 John 3:6

Access to God: 2 Samuel 22:7, Psalm 4:3, Psalm 28:6–7, Psalm 34:4–7, Psalm 120:1, John 14:13–14, Hebrews 4:16, James 5:16, 1 Peter 3:12, Matthew 7:7–8

Adoration: 1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalm 46:10–11, Psalm 48:1, Psalm 95:6, Psalm 100:4–5, Psalm 108:1–5, Psalm 117:1–2, Romans 14:11, 2 Corinthians 1:3

Anger: Psalm 30:5, Psalm 145:8, Proverbs 14:7, Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 16:23, Proverbs 19:11, Proverbs 22:24–25, Ecclesiastes 4:31–32, Colossians 3:21

Answered Prayer: Psalm 91:15–16, Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7–8, Matthew 7:11, Matthew 18:19–20, John 14:13–14, Ephesians 3:20–21, 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews 11:6, James 1:5–6, James 5:16, 1 John 3:22

Attitudes: Proverbs 4:23, Micah 6:8, Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:22–23, Ephesians 4:31–32, Ephesians 5:1–2, Philippians 2:5–8, Philippians 2:14

Blessing: Psalm 1:1–3, Psalm 112:1–3, Matthew 7:7–8, 1 Corinthians 2:9–10, Ephesians 1:3, Ephesians 3:20–21, Philippians 4:19

Brokenness: Psalm 34:18–19, Psalm 51:1, 6, 9, 10, 12–13, 17, John 15:5, Philippians 4:13, James 4:6–7, 10

Comfort: Psalm 18:2, Psalm 37:39, Psalm 46:1–3, Psalm 55:22, Psalm 119:50, Isaiah 49:13, Matthew 11:28, John 14:16, John 14:26, John 16:33, 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17

Commitment and Endurance: Psalm 37:3–7, Matthew 10:32, Matthew 10:38–39, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 10:35–36, Hebrews 11:6, Hebrews 12:1–2, James 4:7–8, James 5:11

Compassion: Psalm 86:15, Micah 6:8, Zechariah 7:9–10, Matthew 9:36, Galatians 6:1–2, Hebrews 4:14–15, 1 Peter 3:8

Contentment: Proverbs 3:6, Isaiah 26:3–4, John 14:27, Romans 8:28, Philippians 4:6–7, Philippians 4:11, Philippians 4:13, 1 Timothy 6:6–8, Hebrews 13:5

Courage: Deuteronomy 3:5–6, Psalm 27:14, Psalm 31:24, Isaiah 40:29, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 43:1, Isaiah 54:17, Romans 6:37–39, Hebrews 10:22–23, I John 4:18

Death: Psalm 23:4, Psalm 48:14, Psalm 49:15, Psalm 73:26, Proverbs 14:32, Isaiah 25:8, Romans 8:38–39, 1 Corinthians 15:55, 2 Corinthians 4:16, Hebrews 2:14–15

Deliverance, Protection, and Help: 2 Samuel 22:2–4, Psalm 34:4–6, Psalm 46:1–2, Psalm 50:14–15, Jeremiah 29:12–14, Joel 2:32, Romans 8:37, Philippians 4:13, 19, 1 John 3:22, Jude 24–25

Discernment: John 15:14–15, Romans 8:6, 1 Corinthians 2:14–15

Discipleship: Psalm 119:105, Luke 9:23–24, John 13:34–35, John 15:8, John 15:10–12, Colossians 3:16–17, 2 Timothy 2:15

Discipline: 1 Kings 8:61, Psalm 25:4, John 14:15, 1 Corinthians 10:4–5, Hebrews 12:6–8, James 1:22

Enemies: Deuteronomy 20:4, Psalm 27:5–6, Psalm 37:40, Psalm 60:12, Proverbs 16:7, Isaiah 54:17

Eternal Life: John 6:47, John 11:25–26, 1 Corinthians 15:51–54, John 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17, 1 John 5:13, 1 John 2:25, Revelation 7:15–17

Evangelism: Luke 15:4–7, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, 2 Peter 3:9

Faith: Matthew 11:22–24, Matthew 17:20, Luke 1:37, John 15:7, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 3:20, Ephesians 6:16, Philippians 4:19, Colossians 2:6–7, Hebrews 11:1, 6, 1 John 5:4

Fear: Psalm 46:1, Proverbs 1:33, Proverbs 3:24–26, Isaiah 41:14, Matthew 10:28, Mark 4:40, Luke 12:32, John 14:27, Romans 8:15, 2 Timothy 1:7

Forgiveness: Matthew 5:44–45, Matthew 6:12, Matthew 6:14–15, Mark 11:25–26, Luke 6:35–37, Luke 7:47, John 3:16, Romans 12:20, Ephesians 1:6–7, 1 John 1:9, 1 John 4:19–21

Future: Psalm 23:4, Psalm 23:6, Proverbs 3:5–6, Matthew 6:34, John 11:25, John 14:1–3, 1 John 5:11

Giving: Psalm 41:1–2, Proverbs 11:24–25, Matthew 6:1–4, Matthew 6:19–21, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:7, 1 Timothy 6:17–18

Gossip: Leviticus 19:16, Psalm 34:13, Psalm 52:2, Proverbs 11:9, Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 18:8, Proverbs 20:19, Proverbs 25:23, Proverbs 26:20–22

Growth: Psalm 92:12, Ephesians 3:16–17, Ephesians 4:14–15, Philippians 1:6, Philippians 1:9–10, Colossians 3:16, 1 Peter 2:2–3

Guidance: Joshua 1:8, Psalm 73:23–24, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 6:22–23, Proverbs 16:9, Isaiah 30:21, Romans 8:14, 2 Peter 1:4

Guilt: Psalm 103:11–13, Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 55:7, Jeremiah 31:34, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 1:7, 9, 1 John 2:12, 1 John 3:19–20

Healing: Psalm 30:2, Psalm 103:3, Psalm 107:20, Psalm 147:3, Matthew 9:35, James 5:14–15, 3 John 2

Heaven: Matthew 5:10, 12, John 14:1–3, John 14:6, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 1 Corinthians 13:12, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:4

Help in Trouble: Job 5:19, Job 8:20–21, Psalm 9:9, Psalm 22:24, Psalm 31:23, Psalm 32:7, Psalm 37:39, Psalm 71:20, Psalm 91:10–11, Psalm 146:8

Honesty: Leviticus 19:11, Deuteronomy 25:15–16, Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 16:8, Proverbs 20:10, 23, Micah 6:10–12, Colossians 3:9–10, 1 Thessalonians 4:6–7

Hope: Psalm 42:11, Psalm 71:5, 14, Jeremiah 17:7, Zechariah 9:12, Romans 4:18, Romans 5:5, Romans 15:13, Hebrews 6:18–19, 1 Peter 1:13

Humility: Psalm 10:17, Proverbs 16:19, Matthew 18:4, Matthew 23:12, Luke 14:11, Philippians 2:3, James 4:6, James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:5–7

Identity: Psalm 139, Zephaniah 3:17, John 1:9–12a, Romans 5:7–8, Romans 8:16–17a, 1 Corinthians 2:9b, Galatians 3:26, Galatians 4:6–7, Ephesans 1:11–12, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, James 1:18, 1 John 3:1a

Jealousy: Deuteronomy 5:21, Psalm 10:3, Psalm 37:7, Proverbs 3:31, Proverbs 14:30, Proverbs 27:4, 1 Corinthians 10:24, Galatians 5:26, James 3:14, 16, James 4:5

Joy and Happiness: Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 45:7–8, Psalm118:24, Proverbs 15:13, John 15:11–12, Romans 8:28

Kindness: Nehemiah 9:17, Romans 12:9–21, Galatians 5:22–23

Life: Psalm 90:12–13, John 3:16, John 10:10, Romans 6:23, Galatians 2:20, 1 John 5:12, Revelation 2:10

Loneliness: Genesis 28:15, Psalm 40:17, Isaiah 43:4, Isaiah 58:9, John 14:16, 2 Corinthians 6:18, Colossians 2:10

Love: John 3:16–17, Romans 5:8, Romans 8:38–39, Romans 13:10, 1 Corinthians 12:31, 1 Corinthians 13:1–13, Galatians 5:14, 1 John 4:7–8, 1 John 4:18

Lust: Proverbs 6:25–29, Matthew 5:27–28, 2 Timothy 2:22, James 4:1–4, James 4:7–8, 1 Peter 1:14–16, 1 Peter 2:11, 1 John 2:16–17

Lying: Leviticus 19:12, Deuteronomy 19:16–19, Proverbs 14:5, Proverbs 19:5, 9, Proverbs 24:28, Proverbs 25:18, Revelation 21:8

Meekness: Psalm 22:26, Psalm 25:9, Psalm 37:11, Proverbs 15:1, Isaiah 11:4, Isaiah 29:19, Zephaniah 2:3, Matthew 5:5, 1 Peter 3:4

Mercy: 1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 36:7–10, Psalm 51:1, Psalm 103:17, Micah 6:8

Money: Job 5:15–16, Psalm 9:18, Psalm 12:5, Proverbs 11:28, Proverbs 23:4–5, Proverbs 28:20, Ecclesiastes 4:6, Ecclesiastes 5:12–14

Obedience: Deuteronomy 11:26–28, Deuteronomy 13:4, Isaiah 1:19, Micah 6:8, John 14:15, John 14:21, John 14:23, Romans 12:1–2, Hebrews 5:8–9

Patience: Psalm 37:7–9, Psalm 40:1–3, Psalm 62:5–6, Romans 15:5, Hebrews 6:12, Hebrews 10:36–37, 2 Peter 1:6

Peace: Psalm 29:11, Psalm 119:165, Isaiah 26:3, John 14:27, Romans 5:1, Romans 8:28, Galatians 5:22, Philippians 4:6–7

Power and Might: Psalm 119:11, Matthew 28:18, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:37, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 3:16, 20, Ephesians 6:10–11, Philippians 2:9, Philippians 4:13, Colossians 1:11–12, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:4, Revelation 4:11

Prayer: Psalm 34:17, Psalm 65:2, Psalm 55:17, Psalm 145:18–19, Proverbs 15:29, Isaiah 30:19, Isaiah 65:24, Matthew 6:6–8, Matthew 7:1, John 14:13–14, John 15:7, James 5:16, 1 John 3:22

Presence of God: Exodus 33:14, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 46:1, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5–6

Pride: Psalm 119:21, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 21:4, Proverbs 26:12, Proverbs 28:25–26, Mark 9:35, Luke 16:15, John 5:44, 2 Corinthians 10:17–18

Prosperity: Psalm 1:3, Psalm 92:14, Jeremiah 31:12, John 15:1–5, 2 Peter 1:8

Protection: Job 11:18–19, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 91:9–10, Psalm 112:7, Proverbs 3:24, Proverbs 18:10, 1 Peter 3:13

Repentance: John 3:16, Acts 3:19, Romans 2:4, 2 Corinthians 7:9–10, Timothy 2:24–26, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 1:9

Righteousness: Psalm 5:8, Psalm 23:3, Psalm 84:11, Proverbs 12:2, Isaiah 3:10, Matthew 6:33, 1 Corinthians 1:30

Salvation: John 1:12–13, John 3:3–7, Romans 5:15, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:5, Colossians 2:13, 1 Timothy 2:3–4, 1 Timothy 4:9–10, Titus 3:4–6, 1 John 2:1–2

Self-Control: Matthew 5:39–41, Matthew 16:24–26, Luke 18:29–30, Romans 8:12–13, Galatians 5:22–24, Titus 2:11–12, 1 Peter 1:13, 2 Peter 1:4–8

Sexual Sin: 1 Corinthians 1:8–9, 1 Corinthians 6:13–15, 1 Corinthians 6:18–20, 1 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Corinthians 7:37, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4, James 1:13–15, 2 Peter 2:9

Shame: Psalm 119:1–6, Romans 5:1–5, Romans 10:11, 2 Timothy 1:12, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 4:16

Sound Mind: Isaiah 41:10, 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, Philippians 4:6–8, 2 Timothy 1:7

Strength: Psalm 27:1, Psalm 28:7, Psalm 84:5, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 3:16–17, Philippians 4:13

Success, Prosperity, and Provision: Joshua 1:7–8, Psalm 91:15–16, Ecclesiastes 10:10, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 7:7–8, 11, Philippians 4:19

Temptation: Psalm 119:11, Matthew 4:4–11, Matthew 26:41, Luke 22:40, 1 Corinthians 10:12–13

Thanksgiving: Deuteronomy 3:24, Psalm 92:1, Psalm 100:3–4, Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 139:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

Trust: Psalm 23:4, Psalm 112:7, Proverbs 3:5–6, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Corinthians 3:4–6, 1 Timothy 6:17–18

Truth: Psalm 51:5–10, Psalm 91:4, Proverbs 23:23, John 8:32, John 14:6, Ephesians 4:15, 25

Understanding: Job 32:8, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 111:10, Psalm 119:27, Psalm 119:33–34, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 4:5–7

Victory: 1 Corinthians 15:54–58, 1 John 5:4–5

Wisdom: Proverbs 8:14, Proverbs 16:22, 1 Corinthians 2:14–15, James 1:5

Word of God: Deuteronomy 11:18, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 119:130, Proverbs 6:23, John 5:39, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:12, 1 Peter 1:12, 1 Peter 1:25, 1 Peter 2:2, 2 Timothy 3:15–16, Revelation 1:3

Worry: Psalm 9:9–10, Psalm 32:7, Psalm 46:1–3, Psalm 91:15, Isaiah 32:17, Jeremiah 17:8, Luke 10:41–42, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 4:8–9, Philippians 4:6–7, Philippians 4:19


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  2. Charles R. Swindoll, David: A Man of Passion and Destiny (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997).
  3. J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary: The Epistles (1 Corinthians), electronic ed., vol. 44 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991), 42.
  4. H. Norman Wright, A Better Way to Think (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011).
  5. H. Norman Wright, A Better Way to Think (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011).