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Lessons from 1 Samuel 3 about how we hear from God 1.Why should we listen? 2.What stops us from hearing? 3.How might we listen better? 4.How do we know.

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2 Lessons from 1 Samuel 3 about how we hear from God 1.Why should we listen? 2.What stops us from hearing? 3.How might we listen better? 4.How do we know what we’re hearing is from God?

3 1. Why should we listen? When we listen and obey we... – Find that God will ‘let none of our words fall to the ground’(v.19) – Exercise a prophetic ministry (v.20) – See God! (v.21)

4 What stops us from hearing? 1.God’s not speaking at this time (‘in those days the word of the LORD was rare’ v.1) 2.God’s already spoken we’ve not responded yet (‘...everything I spoke against...’ v.12) 3.God is speaking we’re just not listening properly (‘he ran to Eli...’ v. 5)

5 How might we listen better? We need to be in the right place – In the service of God (v.1) – In the presence of God (v.3) – Within the purposes of God

6 How do we know what we’re hearing is from God? Some checks and balances: – Running with the grain of the Word (v. 12) Does it agree with scripture? (Acts 17:11) – Repeated for emphasis (vs. 4, 6, 8) Have you heard it more than once? – Received through various channels (Eli had had this message through his conscience (2:22-25); random ‘man of God’ (2:27-36); and finally through the boy Samuel in chp 3) Have you heard it from several different sources? – Recognised and confirmed by others (v. 18, 20) Do your trusted friends think this sounds like God?


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