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We want a king to be our leader, just like all the other nations. Samuel was upset to hear them say they wanted a king, so he prayed about it. The LORD answered: Samuel, do everything they want you to do. For I am really the one they have rejected as their king.

-1 Samuel 8:5-7

Election #1:  Israel’s decision of whether would be their .

The people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We must have a king over us.

 -1 Samuel 8:19

A child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

 -Isaiah 9:6

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

-John 18:36

Election #2:  Would the Jews choose for the release of ?

In your relationships with one another, you must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to grasp. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

 -Philippians 2:5-8

Election #3:  Who would God choose to be given the highest ?

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 -Philippians 2:9-11

Election #4:  The election that takes place in my .  Will I choose ?

Choose this day whom you will serve?

 -Joshua 24:15

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. How is this election season impacting you mentally, emotionally and spiritually?

2. How did this message help you to see rulers and elections in a different way?

3. Who is the leader of your life?  If you say Jesus, is that reflected in how you live and how you vote?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?