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My name is Wilhelmina Lundy and I am a servant of God, I serve as one of the leaders in the Walk It Out ministry, I am the founder of Journey In Praise Ministries and that is in the podcast, blogs, and broadcast (The broadcast will be back up soon but you can catch previous studies on Youtube and periscope).
I Samuel Chapter 7
Verse 1 – 4
The Ark was in Kiriath Jearim for twenty years, all the people mourned and sought after the Lord. Samuel said to the house of Israel ” If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourself of foreign gods and the ashtoreths and comment yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out if the hands of the Philistines. The Israelites put away there Baals and Ashtoreths and served the Lord only.
when we come to the point in our life when we know that there is no way but Gods way we need to get in the place of letting go of all things that are not of God. the things that we put before a relationship with him. Samuel tells the house of Israel that you have to let those things go if you want God to come in and be your provider and your protector you must allow him in all parts of your life. Samuel tells the house of Israel that if you want to RETURN to the Lord you’ll have to give all your heart and remove foreign gods.
verse 5- 11
Samuel tells the house of Israel to assemble all Israel at Mizpah, they poured out water to the Lord, fasted and confessed their sins to the Lord. Samuel lead the people at Mizpah. When the Philistines heard that the Israelite’s were at Mizpah the rulers came up to attack the Israelites. When the Israelites heard what was going on they were afraid, they asked Samuel not to stop crying out to the Lord on their behalf so that the Lord would rescue them from the hands of the philistines. Samuel took a baby lamb and offered it up to the Lord as a whole burnt offering. while Samuel was offering the sacrifice the philistines came near to battle with the Israelites. The Lord let out a loud thunder that scared the philistines. The men of Israel pursued the philistines and slaughtered down to Beth Car.
As I read these verses I couldn’t help but think of the sacrifice of the lamb. It reminds me of Jesus’s sacrifice to save us. It’s when we ask for forgiveness and give our whole heart to God, he steps in and protects and provides for us.
verse 12- 16
Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named the it Ebenezer and stated “Thus far the Lord has helped us” The Philistines were subdued and did not invade the Israelites again.
As long as Samuel lived the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines. The towns from Ekron to Gath which the philistines had captured from Israel had been returned to her, Israel delivered neighbors from power of the philistines, and there were peace between the Israelites and the Amorites.
Samuel continued to be the judge over all the days of his life. Year to year he went from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah judging Israel in all those places. He always went back to Ramah were his home was, and there he also judged Israel. And he built an alter there to the Lord.
When we think of a Judge we know that it’s the person who was sent to be our intercessor, the one who will go to the Lord on our behalf and past judgement for the people of God. When we start our walk with God and begin to build our relationship assignments are put into our life. Samuel was walking in his assignment being available to God’s people when they needed him.
Praise God! Think about the moment Samuel sacrificed the lamb. The people of Israel was sacred but knew that they had to return to the one true and living God. They through out their idols and gave it all to God. when was the moment you allowed God to have it all?
Now for the important part; If you are looking for salvation and would like to know where to start. download the free bible app, google, or turn your bible to Romans 10:9 and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe with your heart that God raised him from the dead then you shall be saved. get yourself in to the word and build a relationship and a foundation of faith that will take you a mighty long way. Be Blessed