How To Ruin Your Life • Part 2

Saul had amazing potential to do great things for God, to live a life that really mattered. The problem was, like so many people, even though he had great potential from God, he continued to make self-destructive decisions again and again.  He was a man full of incredible potential for God, but he never reached it, he wasted his life because of the destructive choices that he made. It is easy to look at Saul and ask, “What was he thinking?” but God placed his story in the Bible to warn us not to follow his destructive path. He placed Saul here to teach us how not ruin your life.

1. What was your biggest takeaway from this weekend’s message?

2. Read 1 Samuel 14:24-45.

3. Can you relate to Saul trying to control his circumstances when he felt out of control? Do you ever use anger to try and take control of a situation?

4. Saul’s external conflicts were the direct result of his internal conflicts that had worked their way to the surface.  How have you seen this play out in your life?

5. Do you ever find yourself focusing on the motivations and behaviors of the people around you? Why is it so much easier to believe that our problems are the result of others and not ourselves?

6. Is there a situation going on in your life where God is using conflict to point out an area where you are struggling to surrender to Him?

7. What does dealing with what’s inside you, and not just who’s around you look like practically for you this week?  How can the group pray for you as you move into these areas of conflict?