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Here I Am

  • The child Samuel ministered to Yahweh before Eli. The word of Yahweh was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision. It happened at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see), and the lamp of God hadn't yet gone out, and Samuel had laid down to sleep, in the temple of Yahweh, where the ark of God was; that Yahweh called Samuel; and he said, Here am I.' 1 Samuel 3:1 WEB

    The flickering of the lamp still gave light to the room where Samuel was sleeping. He was now about twelve years old and was serving at the temple. That night the Lord began to speak to him. What is interesting, is that the high priest of Israel was sleeping just a few doors down, but the Lord chose to speak to young Samuel instead.

    When we want something done, we like to speak to those at the top. 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 is not your position in the church that determines if the Lord will speak to you. If that were the case, then the Lord would have spoken to the high priest that night instead of 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, and reminded us that those who spoke against Moses died. Samuel immediately came to my mind, then David, and Amos, and Jeremiah. The list goes on and on.

    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 go prophesy to the high priest Amaziah (Amos 7:14). Jeremiah was just a youth when the Lord began to speak to him, and he prophesied to kings (Jeremiah 1:6).

    The preacher was simply trying to stop gossip about the leadership of the church, but that is not biblical thinking. It is hubris to think that God is your pet, and that He will only speak to those that you permit Him to. God speaks to whoever He wants to, without getting our permission. He has always done so, and He will continue to.

    Will the Lord speak to you? Absolutely, 'My sheep hear My voice' (John 10:27). Remember that God will never contradict scripture, and He will always confirm His word in multiple ways so you will know that it is Him. Like Samuel, you just need to be willing and say: Here I am Lord!

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I am listening today. 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.

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Linda Burt
Linda Burt

Thank you Pastor Dion for your great devotional. I am struggling with keeping faith that God will help my son find a job. It’s been six weeks and bills are piling up. His family is getting desperate and I can only help a small amount. But I know God is faithful and has always provided in the past. 

November 29, 2018
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

Linda, I'm praying for you & your son... <3       Abba Heavenly Father, You know Linda's son's needs & we know that all provisions come from You so I ask that You provide for all of his needs. Let his cup runneth over, Lord,,please. In the precious name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.

November 29, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, I pray You would lead Linda's son to the perfect job for him where he can use his talents and provide for his family. I pray for strength and patience for him. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

November 29, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I am listening today. 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. < God bless

November 29, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

November 29, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Use us Lord and speak to us in a way that we understand and know beyond  a doubt it is you, help us fulfill your will in our lifes Amen!

November 29, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I find itt amazing how many different ways God can speak to us! Thank You for just being there Father!

November 29, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I am listening today. 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. Thank you Father.

November 29, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

November 29, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

This devotional was right  what l was needing praise God  for l will wait  and listen  for the word  amen God is so great 

November 29, 2018
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Every day when I pray, I then read your message for the day and you answer the question I have just finished praying about. Thank you 

November 29, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

November 29, 2018
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Connie Cote
Connie Cote

Amen!

November 29, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

November 29, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,we love you and worship you Jesus.Amen

November 29, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes, Father I am listening. Speak to me and confirm Your words. Thank you Pastor Dion for this message!

November 29, 2018
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen may we all be ALL IN for Jesus

November 29, 2018
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Elaine Tomasello
Elaine Tomasello

Amen.

November 29, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I'm willing to hear Your voice, speak to me words that I understand and lead me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Thank you Pastor, we are willing . God bless.

 

November 29, 2018
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

November 29, 2018
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Paul Boore
Paul Booreedited: November 29, 2018

This word was just when I needed it!  Praise God on High!!

Pastor Dion,  God speaks through you.   Amen.

November 29, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

The GREAT I AM spoke/called and Samuel responded with "here I am"!

Oh Lord, my God, may it be so that I always hear your voice and respond immediatley! May I always be sensitive enough to listen and always be willing to do what You ask me to do and follow Your leading, asking and praying in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!      Thank you Pastor Dion!

November 29, 2018
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Mary  Ann
Mary Ann

Amen !!!

November 30, 2018
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Great reminder..Amen!  God is Good & that is it!

November 29, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

November 29, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

November 29, 2018
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Mary  Ann
Mary Ann

What  wonderful way to be able to talk with God,our Heavenly father, Lord touch me so I may hear you better..Amen !!!

November 30, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I am listening today. 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, Lord hear my prayers. Thank you.

December 1, 2018