Yearn and long after the Lord: 1 Samuel 7,2

Introduction: Israel was defeated and the ark of God was captured by the Philistines in Ebenezer and taken into the temple of their god, Dagon. The Lord proved to them that He is the only God, beside Him there is no other and at the mention of His name and in His presence everything that exalts itself bow. So the Philistines were forced to return the ark of God, but the ark was not sent back to its original abode but displaced and transported into Kirjath Jearim. After a long time, the children of Israel came back to God for help and He delivered them from the hand of the Philistines. They took some steps that caused the Lord to help them and to wrought victory for them over their enemies. A

Take away the idols of your heart: 1 Samuel 7, 3-4

Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the Lord, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only (1 Samuel 7, 3-4). As we study yesterday, the children of Israel after a long time came back longing for the Lord and seeking Him. But it wasn't enough for them to yearn for His presence and for His glory. They had to go a step further: Serving Him with all their hearts. Over the course of the twenty years that they forsoo

Watch and Pray 1 Samuel 7, 5-6

And Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.” So they gathered together at Mizpah, drew water, and poured it out before the Lord. And they fasted that day, and said there, “We have sinned against the Lord.” And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah (1 Samuel 7, 5-6). The whole assembly of Israel gathered in Mizpah and prayed and fasted. This is as relevant to us now as Christian as it was to them. As a child of God we need to develop a lifestyle of prayer. We can never grow spiritually beyond our prayer life, meaning we cannot grow as a believer without a regular and constant communication with the Father. Prayer is a dialogue or communication

Let go of past failures and do not be afraid 1 Samuel 7, 7-8

Now when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel had gathered together at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. So the children of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” 1 Samuel 7, 7-8 While the revival was taking place at Mizpah and the children of Israel found their way back to Yahweh, the enemy also was making his moves as his manner is because he doesn’t relent from pursuing. Listen child of God, the enemy will always try to come against you that is why we need to constantly watch and

Lean not on your own understanding 1 Samuel 7, 10

Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the Lord thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel (1 Samuel 7, 10). The Israelites came to a juncture where they recognised that their strength and ability over the years have failed in this battle against the Philistines, and since the last battle with the Philistines, they have been under their control. This had pushed them to come back to Yahweh in an act of repentance. In the previous verse, the Israelites out of fear of the Philistines coming against them asked Samuel to intercede for them. Israel cried o

Set boundaries for the enemy 1 Samuel 7, 11

And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car” (1 Samuel 7, 11). The children of Israel drove the Philistines far from their territory and built a memorial of the great deliverance wrought for them by Yahweh at the same place where they were defeated twenty years ago. The stone was set to remind them of the help of God from the oppression and assault of the enemy and their renewed faith in God but also a point of demarcation between Israel and the Philistines. The bible says they pursued the Philistines as far as below Beth Car. Beth Car became a borderline when the story is told of that battle and where the enemy was limit

Subdue through obeying the Word of God 1 Samuel 7, 13

So the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel (1 Samuel 7, 13). This was a long lasting victory as the bible says the Philistines were subdued all the days of Samuel. To subdue is to bring under control, to tame, to defeat, to crush, to quash and overpower so while Samuel was around, the Philistines were overpowered. Samuel was a prophetic voice in Israel at that time having taken over from Eli. Prophets in those days speak the word and the mind of God to the nation. The bible says “and the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation (1 Sa

Engaging the hand of God in our lives 1 Samuel 7, 13

So the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel (1 Samuel 7, 13). The children of Israel subdue the Philistines throughout the lifetime of Samuel and the hand of God was against their enemies. The word of God not only subdues the enemy but engages the hand of God on our behalf. The bible says “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10, 31) for the hand of God is powerful and mighty (1 Peter 5, 6) to lift the humble and to discipline the disobedient (“Wherever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity, as the Lord ha

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