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The Familiar Voice

  • Eli perceived that Yahweh had called the child. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, 'Go, lie down. It shall be, if he calls you, that you shall say, 'Speak, Yahweh; for your servant hears.' ' So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Yahweh came, and stood, and called as at other times, 'Samuel! Samuel!' Then Samuel said, 'Speak; for your servant hears.' 1 Samuel 3:8-10 WEB

    Samuel was just a young boy laying on his bed, when God called his name. He got up and ran to his elder, Eli. Waking the man, Samuel said, 'Here I am' for he thought that it was Eli who had called him. The Lord called to Samuel three times. Each time, Samuel did the same thing, waking Eli up with "Here I am".

    Eli, after being disturbed for the third time, told Samuel to go lie back down. He instructed the boy to say: 'Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.', if He called again. Samuel did as Eli instructed, and the Lord told him many things that were soon going to change in Israel. Something important to note about this, is that Samuel thought that the voice of the Lord that he heard speaking, was that of Eli, his mentor.

    In my own life, I have often found that the Lord will speak to me through a familiar voice. It may be something that a mentor or a pastor once said to me, a teaching, or a song that comes back to my remembrance at the right time. It can be easy to miss, and we may not recognize that it is the Lord speaking to us, until things start to change. You may feel that you are just remembering something. Later when looking back, it is easy to see that it was indeed Him.

    'But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.' (John 14:26).

    During your day, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and listen for that small 'familiar' voice. We have all heard it, but most of us do not recognize Him. That voice that is nudging you to do the right thing, that is the one. It just may be that the Lord wants to tell you some things, and a timely word from the Holy Spirit, changes everything.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please speak to me in a way that I understand and teach me to know when it is You. I really want to know Your voice and to follow You closer. I want to walk with You, and talk with You today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, if you would like to participate, Thursdays at our "Ladies in Distress" group is "Thankful Thursday"! You are invited to join in and share with the group about how God has blessed you! Here is the link Ladies in Distress


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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

November 2, 2017
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Wesley Cox
Wesley Cox

My morning dose of light, sanity, hope, and peace before going to work. I pray, Lord, that You help me cling to your word throughout the day, that You walk with me and help me be a light to my patients today. Guide me to fullfill the good works you have started in me, Jesus.

 

November 2, 2017
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

November 2, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God

November 2, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen....help me to listen to your voice oh Lord, my God!!

 

November 2, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

God can and will speak in so many ways. God has been at this for thousands of years and He knows the best way to speak with you. Hearing His voice audioably can shake you a little. 

November 2, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

November 2, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

November 2, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen. I will listen.

November 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,please speak to me and let me understand. I love you Jesus.

November 2, 2017
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Amen! Praising God for speaking through someone to my sister... telling her to stay at home... so that she could avoid being in the exact spot of the terror attack at the exact time  in New York. God, I’m ever so grateful for Your voice! Hallelujah!

November 2, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, I trust in You and want to hear your voice.

 Give me the understanding to know You are talking to me. In Jesus name I pray,Amen.

November 2, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

November 2, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

November 2, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Lord, please give me wisdom to know your calling and the sensitivity to hear your voice, in the miighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen!

November 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: November 2, 2017

Prayer: Heavenly Father please speak to me in a way that I understand and teach me to know when it is You. I really want to know Your voice and to follow You closer. I want to walk with You, and talk with You today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

 

I know of many times that God was speaking to me through people, things that I ask and saw it in something that came to me in the world of his beauty, places and things. I ask for Gods help a few years back then I saw the cross in the tree acoss the cottages in a cluster of trees. It's so beautiful and it's still there right in the center of those trees. I went for a walk 10:00 p.m. this summer. I was just going to go down the street my husband and daughter could see me. Then I thought I was to go right on the street at the bottom and do the 14 mile. I said Father please let me do this by myself and walk beside me on this dark roak to get my 1/4 mile in. I said I feel like Peter when he wanted to step out of the boat but I will really give it my all and not get scared. So I went and I did it I felt great. The nest day sevvice was at 4:00 p.m. and Pastor started to tell the storty about Peter when he saw the Lord and wanted to get out of the boat. The water was kicking up he got scared and fell into the water. That was my sign that my Father, was talking to me because I ask just like Peter. He was letter me know you did well and went with me on your own. I didn't get scared and it was a blessing for me I was so proud and my husband and daughter gave me a bih hug and said you did well. Then I told them I was talking to God and what I said so when Pastor the next day stated to talk about Peter and getting out of the boat. My husband heard it and he said see the Father, is letter you know you did what you said he's proud of what you did. I have one too that my husband and I was at the lake talking about how many in my family that stopped talking to me have money and I said true but the money had them. Next day we had service and Pastor said those same words about people with money. Just a few things that I wanted to share with who ever wants to read this. Thy Will Be Done <3 Blessings! 

 

Thank you Pastor for the beautiful devotion that filled my head with many meomories. :-)

November 2, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please speak to me in a way that I understand and teach me to know when it is You. I really want to know Your voice and to follow You closer. I want to walk with You, and talk with You today. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

November 3, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Amen 

November 3, 2017