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Daddy, Can We Get A Puppy?

Selfishness Desires Self-deceived

Source: "God Looks at the Heart: A Study of First Samuel," FLEX Adult Bible Study Curriculum by Glenn Newton

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Contributed By: Glenn Newton | Date Posted: 2016-03-21

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:

Author: Glenn Newton
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ILLUSTRATION

If you are a parent, you’ve heard these words before: “Mommy, Daddy, can we get a puppy?” And, if you are smart, you responded with the following: “You know puppies are a lot of trouble. You would have to walk it at least three times a day and make sure it is fed. You would have to bathe it at least twice a week and brush it every day. You would also have to train it and take it outside to use the bathroom. And if it ever poo-poo’s or tee-tee’s in the house, it would be your responsibility to clean it up.”

Although the above lecture is normally used as a doggie deterrent, most children respond by saying, “I don’t care. I wouldn’t mind doing all that as long as I had a puppy!” So we break down and buy the puppy, and a month later we are stuck feeding, walking and cleaning up after it. The exasperated child says, “I just didn’t know how much work it would be!”

APPLICATION

In chapter 8 of I Samuel, we find an aging Samuel and a demanding Israelite nation that was much like a child demanding a puppy of his parents. But instead of a puppy, Israel was demanding a king. Samuel attempted to warn them. Paraphrased, he said, “You know kings are a lot of trouble. He will take your sons and turn them into soldiers. He will take your daughters and make them cook for him. And much of the food they will be cooking will be food he has taken from you. Also, if he wants to, he will take your servants and animals and make them his. He will treat you so badly that it will make you cry out in regret.”  

Yet just like a child wanting a puppy, they replied, “We don’t care. We wouldn’t mind all that as long as we had a king.” Although Samuel couldn’t have made it any clearer, they could not see through their own selfishness to the negative result that would come from their request. The fact is that when we are being completely selfish, no amount of good reasoning will help us see things differently. We become blinded by our own desires.

The difficult thing about a heart of selfishness is that it is hard to detect. We think we are being reasonable, justified, or even optimistic, when in reality we are blinded by our own wants.

Unending Wishes

God's Will Desires New Birth

Source: "The Value of Wisdom: Let's Make A Deal," a sermon delivered by Pastor Tim White to the First Baptist Church of Eula - Clyde, Texas

Contributed By: Vince Erins | Date Posted: 2013-09-20

Scripture: James 4:2 ; 1 John 5:14

Author: Tim White
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ILLUSTRATION

When I was a boy, my family played a wishing game. My dad would ask me and my siblings if given one wish, what would it be? Every time my brother or one of my sisters thought of a better wish than mine, I would change my wish to match theirs. Then one day my dad unplugged all the fun by coming up with what we determined to be the greatest wish ever. He said, "I wish that every wish that I wish would come true."


The unending wish! One wish that grants all other wishes! That would be the greatest wish of all!

Through the years, however, I have contemplated how tragic being granted such a wish could have been. For instance, my fifth grade teacher would have exploded right in front of the whole class! The school bully would have come upon a tragic end to teach all other bullies a lesson. I would have been a murderer . . . a rich, greedy, spoiled murderer.
 
No wonder James warned us, "You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions" (James 4:2-3). Somehow, without ever having met me, the Apostle James knew of the wickedness that lived in my heart.
 
*By Pastor Tim White of the First Baptist Church of Eula - Clyde, Texas. Story paraphrased and condensed.

APPLICATION

There is something even better than being granted an unending wish, and it's given to every believer in Christ. It's called the "new birth" and it imparts to us the capacity to actually desire what God desires. To wish what He wishes, and to receive the answer to those wishes forever and ever.

In contrast to the wishes born of our sin nature, the new birth leads to constructive wishes born of the Spirit, and to desires of the heart that result in healthier relationships and happier more meaningful lives. Not an exploding teacher among them!

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (1 John 5:14).

Illustration Exchange

Staying Hungry

Communion Spiritual Growth Desires

Source: Personal Experience

Contributed By: Ken McIntosh | Date Posted: 2013-04-16

Scripture: Matthew 5:6

Author: Ken McIntosh
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ILLUSTRATION

I was sitting together with a young man who was receiving his first communion, when the communion trays were passed to us. He took the wafer and then drank from the small cup.  After a few seconds of silence, he leaned over to me and whispered, "It kind of makes you hungry!"

APPLICATION

Without realizing it, that young man had offered a wonderful communion meditation. Ironically, participating in the Lord's Supper does kind of make you hungry -- hungry for more and more of God. It's a hunger that keeps bringing us back again and again and again to the Lord's Table.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied" (Matthew 5:6). 

Rumors of Another World

Desires Heaven Spirituality

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2011-08-14

Author: Philip Yancey
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Dying to Make His Son Happy

Fatherhood Desires Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-06-14

Scripture: Luke 11:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scientists Discover Whole-Body Regeneration Switch

Resurrection Easter Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-04-18

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Philippians 3:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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No Better Hope Than Heaven

Heaven Hope Resurrection

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-08-14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; 2 Corinthians 5:4

Author: Rod Crowell / Illustration Exchange
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A Passion for Barney

Passion Influence Evangelism

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-02-20

Scripture: John 1:45 ; John 4:29

Author: Rob Tucker
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How Dare God!

Arrogance Grace Expectations

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-07-19

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Letting Go Of Your Expectations

Expectations Church/Body of Christ God's Sovereignty

Contributed By: Janet Malone | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Author: Janet Malone
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