God has Called & God Is Calling - For Us To Know Him Through Ministering To The Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. So the Lord called Samuel again for the third time” 1 Samuel 3:7-8 Why was God calling Samuel? We know God wanted to speak to Samuel, but why to Samuel? The one singular and distinguishing characteristic we are shown about Samuel is that He ministered to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:28, 2:11, 2:18, 3:1). In the garden of Eden, “the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:9). In the book of Exodus, after God had delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses went up to the Lord because “The Lord God called to him from the mount

Speak, Lord, For Your Servant Is Listening

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening’” 1 Samuel 3:10 This is the fourth time that God called to Samuel as he was lying down in the temple at night. Each time God called, little Samuel got up and went to Eli, the elderly priest who, after the third time, discerned that God must be calling to Samuel. Eli told Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if he calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’” (1 Samuel 3: 9). Each time God called to Samuel, there was an apparent growing urgency, culminating on this fourth occasion with God

God Reveals Himself To Us As We Minister To Him

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. So the Lord called Samuel again for the third time” 1 Samuel 3:7-8 “Samuel did not yet know the Lord,” but his mother, Hannah, had dedicated Samuel to God and had brought him up, in his three years, to be devoted to God. Look at how much God wanted to reveal Himself and speak to this small child who was “ministering to the Lord” (1 Samuel 3:1) with such devotion. This was the third time God called out to Samuel. Praise God, as blood washed children of our Father, through Jesus Christ, you and I do know our Lord. The true word of God, Jesus Christ, has been r

The Lord Calls Yet Again

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord called yet again, ‘Samuel!’” 1 Samuel 3:6 The first time God had called to him, little Samuel did not know it was the Lord. So, Samuel got up and went to Eli, the priest, assuming he had called him, as he was sleeping in the temple next to the ark. Scripture goes on to tell us that, after Samuel reentered the temple and laid back down, “the Lord called yet again, ‘Samuel!’” This second time God called, He emphatically said “Samuel!” with an exclamation point, emphasizing His strong desire to speak to this small child who loved to minister to the Lord in His presence. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, has spoken to us, His church, which He is now He

Ministering To The Lord Is The Way To Hear From God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. The lamp of the Lord had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was, that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, ‘here I am’” 1 Samuel 3:1,3-4 This Scripture certainly shows us that “ministering to the Lord” is the way to hear from God. Instead of people calling out today and saying, “Oh God, where are You,” it would be far better if we would all humbly quiet ourselves in His presence, and remain in His presence, until we hear our God saying, “I am right here. Where are you?” James

Samuel Shows Us How To Hear From God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. The lamp of the Lord had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was, that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, ‘here I am’” 1 Samuel 3:1,3-4 “Word from the Lord was rare in those days,” yet Samuel, at three years old, heard from God. Once more we behold this sacred truth and blessed insight, this divine relationship which exists, between our ministering as a priest to our Lord in His presence (purifying our hearts and minds), and His speaking to us (ministering as a priest in His

Here I Am

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. The lamp of the Lord had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was, that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, ‘here I am’” 1 Samuel 3:1,3-4 Samuel had bonded with God through ministering to the Lord. He even preferred to sleep in the temple, to be near the ark, to be as close to the Lord as possible. Little Samuel felt safe with the Lord. He was at rest, in fact, when God called Him. This reminds me directly of the account in the book of Acts, of Paul and the elders of the church

The Kingdom Of Heaven Within You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy” 1 Samuel 2:18 This verse reminds me of what our Savior, Jesus Christ, declared when he said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). When we are “ministering before the Lord” as a child of God, we are entering the kingdom of heaven, which is within us, as we meet with our indwelling resurrected Lord of Life, Jesus Christ. God is looking for true followers today who will be “converted and become like children,” like Samuel, and enter the kingdom of heaven to minister to the Lord. Each of us have been given th

The Little Child Within You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy” 1 Samuel 2:18 What a beautiful heart Samuel had, that he wanted to minister to the Lord so much. His mother Hannah, had dedicated him in prayer to God and had left him with Eli the priest, “and he worshiped the Lord there” (1:28). His father, Elkanah, went home to Ramah, “but the boy ministered to the Lord” (2:11). Oh may we learn now, what Samuel seemed to know even as a boy, that is, to always draw near to the presence of God and minister to Him, no matter what. Samuel was not from the tribe of Levi, of the priests; his father, Elkanah, being “an Ephramite” (1:1). Samuel “ministered to the Lord

“But The Boy Ministered To The Lord”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest” 1 Samuel 2:11 Samuel’s father went home to Ramah, “but the boy ministered to the Lord.” This is the first time in Scripture that the phrase “ministered to the Lord” appears. Ministering to the Lord is so simple that even a child can do it. However, ministering to the Lord is so special that only a child of God can do it. The act of ministering to the Lord comes out of who we are. I am a minister to the Lord therefore I minister to the Lord. Samuel, as a little child of three, had been brought up thus far by his mother, Hannah, who had dedicated him to t

Let God’s Presence Fill Your Absence

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.’ And he worshiped the Lord there” 1 Samuel 1:28 Hannah, who was greatly loved by her husband, yet childless, sought the Lord and prayed fervently for His mercy upon her, that she would bear a child which, she promised God, “I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life” (vs. 11). Scripture says, “The Lord remembered her” (vs19) and Samuel was born, whom Hannah did dedicate to God. The first reference to little Samuel, just three years old, as his mother brought him to the

Come To The Resting Place

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes; for you have not as yet come to the resting place and the inheritance which the Lord you God is giving you” Deuteronomy 12:8-9 God wanted, and still wants, all of His people to “come to the resting place and the inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you.” In the Old Testament, God spoke of this in reference to His people coming into the promised land (vs 10) and establishing God’s dwelling place in Jerusalem (vs 5-7). In the New Testament we, also, are not to be “every man doing what is right in his own eyes,” for God’s will is still that

We Have Become God’s Holy Habitation

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God and I will praise Him. In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; in Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation” Exodus 15:2,13 These words of praise, from the song of Moses, after God had delivered the people of Israel from Pharaoh’s army, drowning them in the Red Sea, speak of God’s ultimate goal in redeeming His people, namely “You have guided them to Your holy habitation.” The sign of our full redemption is that, not only are we delivered from sin, but we are also delivered to God’s holy habitation! Today, as Christians

May The Cloud And The Fire Of The Lord Bless Your Life This Day

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thus Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel” Exodus 40:33-34,38 We are the present day tabernacle of our “Lord.” Jesus Christ, by His blood, has made us to be a kingdom of priests to God our Father (1 Corinthians 3:16, Revelation 1:5-6, 5:9-10) and, being so, it is now our divine privilege and call to minister to our Lord in His presence. This last verse in the book of Exodus shows us what God provides for us as

Making A Place, Within, For Our Lord To Dwell

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thus Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel” Exodus 40:33-34,38 The book of Exodus concludes triumphantly, from God’s perspective, in the establishment of the tabernacle, with His Own actual, continual, dwelling presence among His people. Roughly the second half of Exodus is taken up with God’s specific directions concerning the construction of the tabernacle and the preparation of the priesthood, both being dedi

“That I Might Dwell Among Them”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will also consecrate Aaron and his sons to minister as priests to Me. I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God. They shall know that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God” Exodus 29:44-46 God came to dwell among His people and it was through those who would “minister as priests to Me” that God meant for His people to know and realize His dwelling presence among them. It is clear from this passage that this is exactly what God intended for His people to know, His actual dwelling presence among them, and He saw consecrated priests, ministering to H

“For Glory And For Beauty”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them, and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty. You shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him; and you shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve Me as priests” Exodus 28: 40-41 Our Father God clearly looks at being a “a priest to Me” (Exodus 28:1) as something truly glorious and beautiful. This is God’s Own anointing, ordination, and consecration for us, the body of Christ in this day, that we would be His Own “royal priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9) so that He might fill His church with His Own glory and beauty. Ou

Receiving Your Anointing To Minister To The Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me” Exodus 30:30 God considers ministering “as priests to Me” to be an anointing and an act of consecration. In this day we, the body of Christ, have been freely offered and called to this same anointing and consecration, to be “a royal priesthood, a people for God’s Own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1st Peter 2:9). O bride of Christ, step out of the “darkness” of separation into the anointing and consecration of “marvelous light” oneness, of our being God’s “royal

Dwelling With God & Ministering To Him Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to Me” Psalm 101:6 God’s word of entreatment through King David, in this psalm, is saying that our Lord is looking for faithful people of the land, “that they may dwell with Me.” So, in this day, let us show God our own faithfulness, and our own understanding, through dwelling with Him in our inner court, abiding with and “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2) in fellowship each day. The next statement in this psalm can be taken two ways. First, “He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me” c

The First Time God Said The Word “Priest” In Exodus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me” Exodus 28:1 Probably most likely, when people hear the words “priest” or “minister,” the automatic assumption in one’s mind is to think, “priest to the people” and “minister to people.” So it is enlightening, to say the least, to see that, in the book of Exodus, when God first used the word’s “priest,” and “priests” (as we saw yesterday), that it is in reference with “minister as a priest to Me” and “you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6). God’s origin of His use of the words “priest” and “priests,” in th

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