January 17, 2020
This message is a continuation of yesterday’s message.
2. For too long we have been conditioned by enemy to become ‘blind and deaf spiritually’, we often need to be guided or helped to be able to interact – see and hear God personally
1 Samuel 3:1-4, 7-10 (NASB) Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord before Eli. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well), and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was, that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, “Here I am.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. So the Lord called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli discerned that the Lord was calling the boy. And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”
Little Samuel lived in a time when leaders who were supposed to be God’s mouth for His people yet had never received His message for a long time. Samuel himself never knew that God could speak or interact directly to His people! But Samuel had the heart of a servant that actually had the thirst and hunger of the reality of God: Samuel sneaked into the most holy place, where the ark of God was usually kept.
The word to be ‘GOD’S SERVANT’ is written in the Hebrew word: Shârath, which means: Be present as a worshiper, to be a servant, waiting for orders. This is the attitude of heart that we have to build in our lives before God begins to build interaction with us.
When God starts to bring us to interact with Him, He usually uses these things:
1) The voice of conscience,
2) An impression or spiritual feeling,
3) Through Bible verses that suddenly come across in the mind,
4) There is a specific word or sentence that keeps speaking strongly in our hearts,
5) There is a ‘part of event’ that keeps appearing in our minds or memories,
6) Through a dream,
7) Through a vision,
8) Through a prophecy,
9) Through the function of knowing,
10) Through an extraordinary supernatural events – we can hear God’s voice audibly, experience the visit of angels, our spirits are taken to the spirit realm and many more.
Learn to give an appropriate responses because all of things above show that God is willing to interact with us. #ILoveGod
This message will still continue tomorrow.
Ps. Steven Augustinus