How to Hear From Heaven

How to Hear from Heaven
I Samuel 3:1-15
1The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 
3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 
4 Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 
5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 
9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 
12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 
13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God,a and he failed to restrain them. 
14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ”
15 Samuel lay down until morning…

Set the Scene
Hannah traveled to Shiloh each year
    With Husband
    To Make Sacrifices to God
She was barren, She pleaded with the Lord for a son
    God answered her prayer
Our motivation for seeking God’s answer to our prayers should always be the preservation of Spiritual Legacy

Core Value: Family Focused
    Motivating Factor for The Cross
Joshua 24:15 - choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, … as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Serving Isn’t Hearing

Ministry is not a Substitute for Private Devotion to God
Hearing from Heaven is More About Position than Experience
Are You Dedicated?
Your Dedication will Determine Your Position
    Your Position will Determine Your Ability to Hear AND Understand
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 
    What we Hear from Heaven must Match the Word

Samuel’s dwelling was in the Temple, where the Ark of the presence resided
stay in place
live in position
Ephesians 6:13-14 Having done all to stand, stand, FIRM
Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers. 

Where Are You Planted?
Where Are You Positioned? 

I Thought That Was Your Job?
Ephesians 4 - I’m sent to train you, not to hear for you
Psalm 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
    Priorities Position Us
        Our Position has the Greatest Effect on How Well We Hear God
Critical Listening
“Speak Lord your servant is listening.”
Your ear is a muscle, and can be trained and refined, through critical listening, to Hear from Heaven.

v15 15 Samuel lay down until morning…
I Samuel 3:21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.