Presentation on theme: "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."— Presentation transcript:
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?
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)
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)
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
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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