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That 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

    It had grown dark and the young boy Samuel was lying on his bed, when God suddenly called him by name. He got up and ran to his elder, Eli the high priest. Samuel woke him up and said 'Here I am' for he thought that it was Eli who had called him. Eli told him that it was not him and to lie back down. The Lord called to Samuel three times. Each time, Samuel thought it was Eli and woke him up with "Here I am.'

    After being disturbed for the third time, Eli realized it was the Lord calling him. He told Samuel to go lie back down and instructed him to say: 'Speak Lord, for your servant is listening' if he heard that voice 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 story is that Samuel thought that the voice of the Lord, the One 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 so natural that it is easy to miss, and we may not even 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 Him guiding us all along.

    '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 and talk with You today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Annette Hunt
Annette Hunt

Lord more of you and less of me..

May 26
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

 I really want to know Your voice and to follow You closer.

I want to walk and talk with You today,

In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

Amen!

May 26
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmannedited: May 26

Oh God speak to me and make me receptive to your instructions. Give us confidence and strength God. Help me to stay the  course and not allow doubt to seep in. Praise God. Amen and Amen 

May 26
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Jesus,help us to understand your voice when you call us to do your will . Amen 

May 26
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

May 26
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! God can speak so many different ways and still be Him! He does not speak very often, but when He speaks, we should listen.  

May 26
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

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 and talk with You today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen. " Speak Lord, for your servant is listening."

May 26
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord Jesus!

May 26
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I thank You for all Your blessings, give me the opportunity to listen to Your word in a way I understand and lead me to follow Your instructions. That Your Holy Spirit whisper the word I need to hear, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN. Glory be to God Almighty. 

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful devotional, God bless you. 

May 26
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Julia Forrester
Julia Forrester

Good morning thank you I really enjoyed the prayer at the end of the blog today of the devotional really like the part about asking to help me when to know it is the spirit speaking to me and really wanting to know your voice and follow God closer asking to walk with me and talk with me that is so sweet and so practical never thought of praying like that thank you

May 26
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Speak to me Lord, your servant is listening!

May 26
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 26
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Amen, Lord! Amen!

May 26
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen

May 26
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

May 26
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Hallelujah,  Amen!

May 26
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you again for this devotion! It is true that in the begining when God speak to us we dont know it is God. I always thought when I was a child that I just had a really strong conscience but now I know it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me. I now hear Him regularly He gives me insight into situations and problems When we were forced to sell our house recently because I got laid off from a job I had been working at for 13 years, God told me who the buys would be when they came in, and he also told me that they would make an offer. They did make an offer 3 days later but I was very dissapointed with their offer but I think God wanted me to have Faith and watch Him work. They did end up buying our house and they were christian people. God is amazing!!

 

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