Lord, What Are You Saying to Me?
I Samuel 3:1-10
1.In this familiar passage of Scripture we find young Samuel living with Eli the priest. You will remember that Hannah had given her child, Samuel, to the service of the Lord.
2. In our story in (vs.3), the Bible says that Samuel had gone to sleep. Soon after he had gone to sleep, he heard the voice of God speak to him, "Samuel, Samuel." Samuel thought it was Eli, and went and asked him if he had called him.
a. This happened three times before Eli realized it was God speaking to the boy. In (vs.8) it says, he "perceived the Lord had called the child."
b. In (vs.9), he said to Samuel, "if He speaks again, answer by saying, "Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth."
3. How many times in life have we felt that the Lord was speaking to us? Maybe an unexplainable event had taken place. Maybe there was a severe illness or the loss of an income. We couldn't quite understand what the Lord was doing, but it brought us to question, "Lord, what are you saying to me?"
a. It's at that point God has our attention, and is also at that point we need to say, "Speak, Lord, for they servant heareth."
4. This morning I want to give you a brief few thoughts to our outline, as we consider the message, "Lord, what are You saying to me?"
I. THERE MAY BE TIMES WHEN WE SHOULD ASK, "IS THIS GOD SPEAKING TO ME?'
1. Samuel thought Eli had called him: In (vv. 3, 4), we read, "The Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 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.
2. Not all impressions we receive are from God
A. Sometimes the impressions we perceive to be from the Lord come from self, rather than from God. These can be thoughts or things WE desire to do or not do.
1. They are self-imposed, self-conceived... we begin to dwell on these things until they are indelibly fi ...
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