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Hearing the Call
Series: Experiencing the Call of God
1 Samuel 3:1-18
Many of you are familiar with the idea that we must follow God wherever He leads us. However, it is altogether a different thing when you have been called to follow God where He is leading you. When the pressure is on us we have a decision to make. Will we in fact follow God where He leads us or are we happy right where we are at.
Three things must happen when God calls us to do something for Him.
1. We must HEAR the call of God
2. We must ACCEPT the call of God
3. We must FOLLOW the call of God.
This will be a three part sermon series entitled "Experiencing the Call of God" and today we are going to focus on the first thing that must happen when we God calls and that is we must HEAR the call of God.
When I think about Old Testament characters I think of Moses, Aaron, Samuel, Saul, David, and many others that had some similar and some different experiences. In the Old Testament prophets would come and tell you that you were being called as in the case of King Saul and many other kings.
At other occasions people had visions that revealed the direction God wanted them to go like Peter going to the house of Cornelius and proclaiming the gospel to Gentiles.
At other times there were audible voices from angels and even from God Himself. Such occasions were when Joshua took the place of Moses and when Abraham was handpicked to go from Ur to the land of Canaan and settle in Haran.
There are those who wrestled with God's call like Jacob.
However, eventually they had to hear, accept, and follow the call of God. I can tell you that I am grateful they made that choice aren't you? If they would have stayed where they were at the plan of God to provide leadership for Israel and to pave a path for the Jesus Christ our Messiah.
I can only say that I hope you and I are ready to hear and obey the call of God when He calls on us to do something ...
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