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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Is God Speaking To You

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

1 Samuel 3:1-11 KJV
(1) And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
(2) And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
(3) And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
(4) That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
(5) And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
(6) And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
(7) Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
(8) And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
(9) Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
(10) And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
(11) And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

Is God speaking to you is the title of today lesson. Samuel a small boy laying down at night and hears his name called. He had been dedicated to God, by his mother who had longed for a child, and he was now living in the temple with the Priest Eli. Samuel duty was to help Eli in the temple and so when he heard his name called, he assumed it was Eli calling him. After the third time of waking Eli, Eli told Samuel to say yes Lord your servant is listening.

There only been certain key factors of what God has spoken to people in scripture. Main thing God spoke to people about was for them to stay true, to love and obey Him or face judgment. Yet God told people to do many different things. Ezekiel was told to lay on his side for so many days preaching the word of God, Noah was told to build ark. Moses was told to lead Israel out of Egypt, and Paul was asked by Jesus why He persecuted the church. God main instruction never changed in scripture but the things he had man do was not all the same, yet every account would lead to some type of victory, leadership, or protection for the one God spoke too.

Today to say you hear from God might sound strange to some, but to the church world it is not. To say I felt lead by the Spirit to do such and such is not strange. Yet to be truly lead by God, then things would have to go as God spoke to you about them. God told Joseph to take Mary and Jesus and go to Egypt for their protection. God spoke to Samuel in the same chapter I posted that he was sending judgment to Eli family because of his two wicked sons. Yet the only thing posted is how God first spoke to Samuel.

How God first spoke to Samuel is a much need to know by the believer. God spoke to Noah, Abraham, Paul, John, and more through out scripture. It is not a feeling but audible voice. If we hear from God to do something, then we need to obey God. Yet me telling you to obey God and you obeying God might be different all together. See scripture does not talk about God speaking everyday to people, only at certain times for a purpose. Yet believers claim is we talk to God everyday. Moses is one recorded of probably daily communication with God at least in the wilderness. Yet God did not address the need to bring Israel home, til Moses was in his thirties. God does not speak a lot sometimes, yet when He does it for a purpose. Godís Spirit maybe present, but His direction is not always is whether it or not some thing is a sin, or whether something is okay by Godís laws. If the Spirit says no, then one needs to turn away from what God says no Yet it simpler then that. If what we are about to do will harm someone else then it is wrong. If it is to help and show compassion it is right. If our desire is meet without harming someone is it wrong. Only if it goes against Godís command. There is a fine line between right and what is wrong sometimes, Yet Godís way should be the dividing line.

God speaks to you, be prepare to listen. Be prepared to obey. God desire good for you and not harm. God desires to change your life for good. He did not raise up people to turn away from them, but He expects compliance to His will and respect of His will. Even the devil has to obey, but he has no respect for God. To obey God is better then sacrifice. Samuel first obedience came when he listened to Eli, and said Lord your servant is listening. He was just a lad then, but it would be the beginning of a journey that would last Him through two kings of Israel. His call was to be a minister in Godís army. We are all called to ministry in Godís army, yet where we are called to serve is different for each believer. Many places and avenues in which to serve God in. Yet the key thing is to listen to what God has to say and obey his instruction when He has special need of you. Learn to listen is first. To obey God in how one lives is our second call of duty as a believer.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to learn to listen to your voice and your word. Help us to obey you despite our human desire not to always obey. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Psalms 85:8 KJV
(8) I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

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