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1 Samuel 15

Even the best of us must look at ourselves in the mirror once in a while to see an honest reflection of the person we really are

Through this series, we wanted to give an honest look at our behaviours —behaviours that we do not recognize are actually symptoms of a much deeper and hidden problem. In the end, to know that the root of an excuse is blaming internal failings on external circumstances.

We are very good at lying to ourselves.
We are so good at it that often we don’t even realize ourselves doing it.
But more importantly, we don’t call the lies we tell ourselves lies; we dignify them and call them, reasons. Then we justify our actions because we have our reasons.
We disguise our excuses as reasons.

When making excuses becomes a habit, 
the lies and excuses will become your king.

In the Old Testament, Saul was such a person.
In 1 Samuel 15, Saul was charged by The LORD to destroy the Amalekites because of their mistreatment against the Israelites when they came out of Egypt.
Saul thought he obeyed The LORD.
But he didn’t realize his wanting to please the people actually caused him to disobey The LORD when he didn’t follow God’s instruction to the word.
In the end, because of his repeated disobedience against The LORD, God removed the line of kingship from him.

Learning from Saul, we must diligently follow these four steps:

Step 1 — catch ourselves making the excuses.
Step 2 — have the people around you tell you when you do make those excuses
Step 3 — identify & name the root cause of our action
Step 4 — choosing to obey God

Partial obedience is still disobedience.
Partial listening is still defiance

Don’t make the mistake Saul did.
Don’t let your lame excuses ruin your entire life. 
If you can’t see you are wrong, you will be wrong your entire life.