God is the one who for the sake of his good pleasure energizes you, giving you both the desire and the power to act.
It would reflect a serious lack of love and trust for us to make decisions without taking God’s will into consideration. Once in the days of Samuel, Israel was badly defeated in battle by the Philistines. God’s people were in dire need of help and protection. What did they do? “Let us take the ark of Jehovah’s covenant with us from Shiloh, so that it may be with us and save us from the hand of our enemies,” they decided. The outcome? “The slaughter was very great; on Israel’s side, 30,000 foot soldiers fell. Moreover, the Ark of God was captured.” (1 Sam. 4:2-4, 10, 11) It might have seemed that in taking the Ark with them, the Israelites were looking to Jehovah for help. Really, though, they had not sought Jehovah’s direction; they were following their own ideas, and the result was disastrous.
Song 125 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“When Jehovah Forgives, Does He Forget?”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
Bible Reading: (4 min. or less) Eze 20:1-12
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call: (2 min. or less) 1Jo 5:19
—Teach the Truth. Lay the groundwork for a return visit.
Talk: (6 min. or less) w16.05 32
—Theme: How Can the Congregation Express Its Joy When an Announcement Is Made That Someone Has Been Reinstated?
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Young People Ask
—How Can I Deal With My Mistakes?: (5 min.) Discussion of the article “Young People Ask —How Can I Deal With My Mistakes?” Begin by playing the audio recording of the section “What Would You Do?”
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) kr chap. 15 ¶9-17
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 33 and Prayer