In Todays World God Still Speaks
1 Samuel 3:1-34The Lord Calls Samuel1 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God,[a] and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’” Ist Samuel 3:1-14 You see the only way that we will get to the fullness of God is if we listen to the voice of God. And He uses anointed people to deliver His word. If we are going to go to anyone let it be someone that can help us and not deceive us with beautiful words. Someone who is experienced at listening to God’s voice. Someone who has heard from God and has made the right decisions in their own lives. This is the type of person that can bring you a word from God. We see this in Samuel’s case that God placed Eli by His side to teach him. Eli was a prophet of God who was experienced at listening to God’s voice. Samuel was also growing physically and spiritually in his relationship with God and so must we if we want to be able to hear his voice clearly. ” IT IS TIME TO GROW UP ” Some people think that every voice they hear is God. Always jumping around from church to church and from one place to another to get a word from God when all they have to do is look in their bible and the answer is there. You do not have to go too far, it’s in front of you !!! WHEN DO WE HEAR GOD TALKING TO US? #1. When our hearts are tender. Remember when you gave your heart to Jesus?, You were like a little child and all you wanted to do was to be with him and talk to Him and to hear His voice. Your heart was tender and you could hear God talking. #2. When we are in His service. Samuel had dedicated all his life to serving the Lord, therefore, He was a great candidate for hearing the voice of God. #3. When we become totally dependent on God. He could have used Eli to speak to Samuel but God wanted to teach Samuel to depend on Him alone. #4. When there is a need. God said in Samuel 2:35; “I have chosen someone else to be my priest, someone who will be faithful and obey”. Eli and his sons were not doing what God required so God was preparing Samuel when we seek him. The Bible says that if we seek Him, WE WILL FIND HIM. We are saved because we sought after Him. God instructs us time and time again to approach and seek God. SEEK HIM WITH THY HEART, IF THOU SEEK HIM, HE WILL BE FOUND, IF THOU WOULDEST SEEK UNTO GOD, and on and on HE IS NOT SO FAR THAT WE CANNOT REACH HIM OR HEAR HIS VOICE.