| 25 April 2013 |



Samuel took a flask of olive oil, poured it on Saul’s head, kissed
him, and said, “The Lord has anointed you to be ruler of his people
Israel. You will rule his people and save them from all their enemies.
This will be the sign that the Lord has anointed you to be ruler of
his people. When you leave me today, two men will be at Rachel’s
grave on the border of Benjamin at Zelzah. They’ll tell you,
‘We’ve found the donkeys you went looking for. Your father no
longer cares about them. Instead, he’s worried about you. He keeps
asking, “What can I do to find my son?” ’ Keep going until you
come to the oak tree at Tabor. There you will find three men on their
way to worship God at Bethel: One will be carrying three young goats,
one will be carrying three loaves of bread, and one will be carrying a
full wineskin. They will greet you and give you two loaves of bread,
which you should accept from them. After that, you will come to the
hill of God, where the Philistines have a military post. When you
arrive at the city, you will meet a group of prophets prophesying as
they come from the worship site. They will be led by men playing a
harp, a tambourine, a flute, and a lyre. Then the Lord’s Spirit will
come over you. You will be a different person while you prophesy with
them. When these signs happen to you, do what you must, because God is
with you. Go ahead of me to Gilgal. Then I will come to sacrifice
burnt offerings and make fellowship offerings. Wait seven days until I
come to tell you what to do.” (1 Samuel 10:1-8 GWT)


“The Lord’s Spirit will come upon you. You will be a different person.

A true encounter with the Spirit of God causes us to evaluate who we
are, in the face of who He is. A true encounter with the Spirit of God
has to change the way we see ourselves, our God, and the world around

At this point, Saul didn’t yet know what that meant exactly. He still
had to experience this new version of Himself. His journey was only
just beginning. But already, there was a prophecy over his life that
things would change


Take a few minutes to think about your life before you encountered the
Spirit of God. How different was the way you thought? The way you
spoke? The way you acted? This exercise will do two things. Firstly,
it will give you a measuring stick for yourself in relation to the way
God had changed your life. If your life hasn’t changed much, it
probably means you haven’t fully surrendered to God. Secondly, it
gives us an opportunity to praise Him for what He has done! Today,
celebrate that change. Celebrate the the “old has gone, the new has


Father thank you for the change you have brought to my life. Thank you
for your faithfulness in giving me a new hope! Please help me to grow
in the areas where I still need to surrender. For your glory, amen.

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