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Dear Bros in Christ,

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Brothers in Christ, this weekly encouragement is sent and meant to be an encouragement to all and to build up and edify in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oikodome means "Builder". The Lord has put this on my heart to send out
a monthly Iron Man Oikodome {oy-kod-om-ay'} to build up and encourage the men who love and follow Jesus Christ in their walk with Him.
Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness."
PRAYER REQUESTS: If you have any prayer requests please send them and I will send them out to the bros for prayer, if privacy is needed I will send in a discreet way.


So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD,
because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a
medium for guidance. But [he] did not inquire of the LORD; therefore He killed
him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse. [1Chronicles 10:1314 NKJV]
Bros looks to me like God really desired for Saul to keep the word of the Lord and inquire of
the Lord. Can you imagine if your kids went next door to ask for guidance instead of coming to
you for guidance. We as His kids ought to come to the Lord for guidance and go nowhere
else, but lets be honest how many have sought a friend or other resource before inquiring of
the Lord. Why is God the last one we consult in any given situation and usually we wait until
it turns into a catastrophe before we call upon Him Saul probably is not that much different
than most of us in this regard, which ought not to be, but I think most of us are guilty of this
if we are honest with ourselves and God.
Saul didnt wait for Samuel to offer a sacrifice up to the Lord; he prepared and presented it
himself. So when Samuel arrived he had this to say: And Samuel said to Saul, "You have done
foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded
you. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. [1Samuel
13:13 NKJV] This is how he lost the kingdom by not being faithful to keep the Word of the
Lord. Also Saul was told to go and attack Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have, and
do not spare them, do not spare one human or one animal. But again Saul said the people
that went with him wanted to save the best of the animals to sacrifice to the Lord your God in
Gilgal. God did not tell them to do this but to destroy all, not some, but all! You ever partly
obey God and then blame someone else when you are in charge and accountable?
Saul inquired of the Lord and when the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or Urim or
by the prophets. Saul inquired of a medium and this is also how Saul lost the kingdom and
brought his own death sentence on himself Through disobedience, not waiting on the Lord
for His answer nor keeping the Word of God. Saul did not obey the voice of the Lord, nor
execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day.
Bros it would seem to me that it is better to inquire of the Lord and wait on the Lord. When we
try to do things our way it never turns out good and it never pleases God. Better to be faithful
to the Lord and trust Him and wait for His reply and timing for all things. Big lessons to be
learned from Sauls lack of obedience and big consequences to be paid for fooling around with
mediums and not doing what Gods word tells us to do. It is always better to do it Gods way, He
is the Master, He is the Creator, He knows what He is doing, unlike us, this isnt His first
rodeo, and He really loves us and knows what is best for each of us-amen!
Daniel Wright

Proverbs 27:17
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