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Here I Am

  • He ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; for you called me." He said, "I didn't call. Lie down again." He went and lay down. Yahweh called yet again, "Samuel!" Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; for you called me." He answered, "I didn't call, my son. Lie down again." Now Samuel didn't yet know Yahweh, neither was Yahweh's word yet revealed to him. 1 Samuel 3:5'7 WEB.

    The flickering of the lamp still lit the room where young Samuel was sleeping. He was now about twelve years old and was serving at the temple. That was the night the Lord began to speak to him. He called Samuel, and Samuel thought it was the high priest Eli calling him, so he ran to his room. After this happened three times, Eli perceived the Lord was trying to speak to Samuel, so he told him to go lie down and if the Lord called to him again to say, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."

    Interestingly, the high priest of Israel was sleeping just a few doors down, but the Lord chose to speak to young Samuel instead. We like to talk to those at the top when we want something done. Yet, God will often go the other way and start at the bottom. When the "leaders" no longer listen, He will speak to someone else. It's not your position in the church that determines if the Lord will talk to you. If that were the case, then the Lord would have spoken to the high priest Eli that night instead of Samuel, the little servant boy. God looks at the heart, the inner person (1Samuel 16:7).

    I once heard a preacher say that God will never speak to you about those "in authority" over you. Then he reminded us that God killed those who spoke against Moses. He was trying to stop gossip about the leadership in the local church, but that's not sound biblical teaching. It's a delusion to think God is your pet and will only speak to who you permit. God speaks to whoever He wants to without getting our permission. He has always done so, and He always will.

    While the preacher told us this, young Samuel immediately came to my mind. Then David, Amos, and Jeremiah. The list goes on and on. The Lord told Samuel what He planned to do to the high priest Eli and his family. It wasn't good for them.

    Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul (1 Samuel 18:12). Amos was a shepherd and took care of fig trees when God told him to prophesy to the high priest Amaziah (Amos 7:14). Jeremiah was just a youth when the Lord began to speak to him, and he sent him to prophesy to the kings of the land (Jeremiah 1:6).

    Will the Lord speak to you today? Absolutely. He told us, "My sheep hear My voice" (John 10:27). Remember that God will never contradict scripture, but He will correct our understanding of it. He will also confirm His word in multiple ways, so you know that it's Him. Let us be like Samuel, speak Lord, for your servant is listening.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am listening today. Please speak to me in a way that I understand and confirm Your word to me. I want to walk closer with You, to know You and Your ways better. Break me out of whatever is holding me back. Here I am, Lord, use me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: FAAD group members (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) today is"Feel Good Friday!". This event is about lifting up each other up! We all have times when we are weak, but together, we can get through it! We invite you to share anything that may have prompted a good feeling in your heart today. Even if you're having a bad day, perhaps look to encouraging scriptures, prayers or thoughts, and testimonies of God's work. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to help, all are welcome to join!: FAAD Group:


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen, Keep me close to your side Father.
May 20
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I am listening today. Please speak to me in a way that I understand and confirm Your word to me. I want to walk closer with You, to know You and Your ways better. Break me out of whatever is holding me back. Here I am, Lord, use me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
May 20
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, here I am, speak to me in a way that I understand, use me for the benefit of Your Kingdom, in Your Holy name I pray, amen. 

May 20
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

May 20
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

May 20
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

May 20
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen.

May 20
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen

May 20
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Here i am Lord, speak to me and help me to understand what you want me to do and be, Amen 

May 20
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: May 20

Amen.  Heavenly Father, Speak to me Lord. I am listening for Your voice.  Thank You for all blessings. AMEN

May 20
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Dear Lord, thank you for your many blessings and answers to prayers.

Thank you for your gift of your Son, Jesus.

Thank you for your Word.

Amen!

May 20
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!

May 20
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Speak Lord from I am listening. Amen 

May 20
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

May 20
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Lord 

May 20
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen , Amen !!!

May 20
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks, Pastor Dion, for the reminder to listen! Lord, find me listening and obedient. Amen

 

May 20
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Heavenly Father thank You for all Your blessings and care for me and our family, I m listening to Your word while You speak to me in a way I can understand. Here I'm, lead me and use me Lord to  do what You want me to do and be. I humbly pray this in Jesus Christ name, Amen. 

Awesome devotional Pastor, thank you and Sylvia for teaching us about the word. God bless you both, Amen. 

May 20
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Guide us Lord,lead us to do your will. In Jesus name we ask, Amen.

May 20
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Hello my Pastor,  thank you for the devotional today. 

I hope all is well with you and the family? 

May 20
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen, use me Lord Jesus!

May 20
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen 

May 20
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

I hear the Lord speak to me. Not so much in a voice, but through the Holy Spirit and the conviction of my heart. I know when I am doing something wrong. I immediately feel the Lord telling me He is not pleased. Thank you Pastor for this devotional. God bless and keep you and Sylvia. 

May 20
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

May 22