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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)

1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)

February 2015 - February 2017

It is from the words of a young David in 1 Samuel 17:37, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”, that we derive the central theme for this study of 1st and 2nd Samuel, THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’s.
We all face overwhelming circumstances in our life and the only thing that can give us strength to overcome those horrific circumstances is a realization that it is not by our might or power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the only way that we can overcome and address the challenges that we have in life.

Note: Classes in this series are arranged with the most recent class appearing first.

Video DVDs of these lessons can be ordered here and here.

To view all video Bible studies in the 1st and 2nd Samuel series, click here.

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www.deanbibleministries.org/podcasts/2015-12samuel.xml
 
Tue, Feb 14, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1 & Psalm 57:2-11
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 32 secs

Over and over in the Bible we are told to trust God. How do we do that? Listen to this lesson to hear four things we need to do to start down the path of relying on God for everything. See that we must switch our thinking from focusing on our problems to God’s loving kindnesses by reading in the Psalms about God’s wonderful works as expressed through His names. When we truly trust God we can rest and relax because we know that God has a plan and He’s carrying it out and we have nothing to fear.

During this class Dr. Dean mentioned a new book authored by Dr. Thomas Ice called The Case for Zionism: Why Christians Should Support Israel.

Tue, Feb 07, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1 & Psalm 57:1
Duration: 59 mins 43 secs
Who do you go to when you have a problem? Listen to this lesson to see that God wants us to cry out to Him in times of trouble. See how David called to God for mercy when he was being pursued by his enemies. See that we need to know God’s promises so we can claim them and can present our cases before God. Hear ways that we can learn to be like David and pray about all our needs. In times of trouble relax in God as baby birds rest in the care of their mother's wings.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:6-10 & Psalm 52:1-9
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 15 secs
How do you try to solve problems in your life? Listen to this lesson to learn that you need to turn to God and ask for His help when you are facing troubles and adversities. Hear how David was facing a very evil man who was boasting and seemed all-powerful. Find out that God will not allow this man to prosper for long. When you find yourself being mistreated unfairly by someone, turn this problem over to God and He will judge, break down, and destroy your tormentor and be a blessing to those who are doing what is right.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:10-15 & Psalm 56:5-13
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 14 secs
Have you ever wished that you didn’t need to fear anything because someone more powerful than all your troubles had your back? Listen to this lesson to learn that David explains how God is that One and He cares for you. See that faith conquers fear when our faith is in God. Find out some of the ways we suffer from our enemies by their plans and verbal abuse. In times of trouble remember that we are never alone because God pays very close attention to all of our heartaches.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:10-15 & Psalm 56
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 5 secs
Have you ever been in what looked like a hopeless situation with no way out? Listen to this lesson to hear about a time when David was pressed on all sides but he turned to God and cried out to be rescued. He trusted God’s mercy instead of giving in to his fears. See that in our prayers we need to remind God what we know about Him and how He has promised to help us. Understand it’s not that our fears go away. We can learn to live above fear and let God’s Word change our focus. In times like this turn to the Psalms for maximum peace and joy.
Tue, Jan 10, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1-23
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 35 secs
Did you ever have a temper tantrum or throw a pity party when things around you were falling apart and not going your way? Listen to this lesson to learn that all Christians are given tests by God to prepare them spiritually to rule and reign with Christ someday. See how David handled the unjust circumstances he was facing in contrast to King Saul who became angry and murderous. See one example of legitimate civil disobedience and another of a man who obeys the king and kills the priests. When you find yourself in disaster situations, see it as an opportunity to apply God’s promises and to grow spiritually.
Tue, Jan 03, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:1-15 & Psalm 34
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 46 secs
What frightens you? Lack of money? Loss of health? Someone you love or yourself dying? Listen to this lesson to learn that the only fear we should have is fear of the Lord. See that we either fear our circumstances or we fear God. See that when we fear God we are taking refuge in Him for protection. Hear nine principles of fearing the Lord and how it always includes submission to His authority and leads to honor and wisdom and happiness.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:1-15 & Psalm 34
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 50 secs
Why do believers go through suffering and difficulty? Listen to this lesson to learn three main reasons and how Psalm 34 provides the answers we need. See several different words used to show how God protects and delivers us. Find out that God watches us and is always aware of what is going on in our life and has made provision for us. Learn what the vehicle for exercising the faith-rest drill is.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:1-15 & Psalm 34
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 7 secs

What should you do when you’re in a desperate circumstance? Listen to this lesson to see that first we should take our problem to the Lord. David shows us how we are to focus on God rather than our problems. See what it means that God is good and how we can taste and see that He is good. Learn what it means to bless God which is parallel to praising God. If you want to have joy instead of fear in life, praising God and hearing how He has the solution to all our problems is the answer.

Dr. Dean mentioned the 2017 Bible Reading Challenge during tonight's class. If you're up to the challenge, you can download it here.

Tue, Dec 13, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:1-15 & Psalm 34
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 33 secs
Maybe you’ll never be fleeing from an angry king who wants to kill you like David was in this Bible chapter but there are lessons here you can apply to your own life. See that in Psalm 34 we get insight into what David is thinking. Hear four things about people testing and its purpose. Learn that the many aspects of fear is the basic sin but that “fear of the Lord” gives us confidence. When we face problems in our life, we can learn the importance of wisdom as we handle people testing.