Preaching, and Teaching, and Notes

Our Blog is sent out with our hope that it will remind, instruct, and encourage Christians in God’s Word.
And we pray for God to speak to you from them….”to attend the reading, and preaching of His Word”. To help, encourage, enlighten the path that we are walking in.

The Voice of God.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

It is not reading , or seeing,(although that may be the means); but “hearing” the word of God, that increases our faith.
If we do not “hear” His Word to us personally, then the scriptures, and messages, and even personal testimonies, will do us little good.
They may make us more knowledgable, it is true. Unfortunately, unless the knowledge becomes personal to us; to lead us closer to Christ; it just bounces around in our head.
But, if we “hear” His Word to us personally,(and this can be though Scriptures, messages, and personal testimonies) then the Holy Spirit uses it like a double-edged sword….to divide in us, what is of Him and what is of us.

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
When we “hear” the Voice of God in our spirits, our faith is increased, and we believe to obedience. (It is interesting to note how many times the Lord Jesus exhorts the people to “hear.” Eight times He cries out : “he that hath ears to hear, let him hear”; in the gospels.)
This can be the reality of our walk with Christ Jesus.
Our Adversary, the Devil, as a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8), would frighten or tempt us away from following the Lord.
He tries to get you to concentrate on the circumstances surrounding some problem:
To look at what others are saying about this situation; Or to see things the way the world looks at them, or the results that could come from it.
But this is to seek a remedy for the symptoms of our disease, only.
When what we need is the Physician of our souls to speak to us and give us directions; for the problem itself.

As an example we will talk about Samuel.( 1 Samuel 1:11, 20-28) As a child, given to the Lord by his Mother, Hannah. She had asked for him from the Lord, and had given him to the Lord, and he became a helper to Eli, who was the High Priest. Eli was old and his eyes were growing dim, so Samuel would help him.
One night as they lay in the Holy Place, to “order the lamp”(Exodus 27:21), so the light would not go out; the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel, who had not heard God’s Voice before, thought it was Eli calling him.(Maybe he needed for him to go get something). So he went to Eli, “Here am I”. But Eli , half asleep said, “What? Go back to sleep, I did not call you”. Twice more this happened, Until, Eli realized that the Lord was calling Samuel.
(Two things to notice: Samuel’s diligence. To keep going to Eli, when he thought he called him.
And that Eli must have realized that the Lord speaking to Samuel, and not to him, was something important. And Eli wanted to encourage any who the Lord had called.)

1 Samuel 3:7-10 “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord revealed unto him. 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. 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 laid down in his place. And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.”
Samuel was uncertain of the results; Yet certain of the instructions; So when called again, Samuel answered, “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth”
Samuel hadn’t chosen God; God had chosen Samuel, as He chooses all His servants; By calling them to hear and obey Him.
But then Samuel, having heard what the Lord told him, he also chose to obey.
1 Samuel 3:16, 18
“The Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.”
“And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemth him good.”

God called Samuel to His light. So, God calls us to the light of His Word…to hear His Voice.
In the situations of our lives,(yes, I use this phrase a lot, because Christianity is very practical…it is for where we live), He wants to guide us in them, through them, in His Light, by His Voice.
How He speaks to us, matters not. He speaks to us through His Word. He speaks to us through gentle or strong impression. But He does speak. He is not silent.
He will show us His Will.
John 7:17 (Living New Testament) “If any man really determines to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God or whether it is merely my own.”

Hosea 6:3 “Then shall we know, if we follow on the know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

Hebrews 13:5, 8
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.”
All these verses speak about God’s faithfulness to us.
Let us, will to hear Him; and will to Obey Him, and His Word to us.
He is still calling His servants on, to follow Him.

Will you come to the light He is shining for you in His Word?
And say, Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth?
Will you obey His call to follow Him ?
You may not know what is ahead; But you can know, He has prepared every step for you in it….with Him.

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