1 Samuel 3:1-11 by Pastor Dan Walker
In this message, we look at the principles for positioning yourself to hear God's direction. The story of the boy Samuel first hearing from God provides the biblical basis for these principles. Interwoven with the story of Samuel is the way that God has led Life Church to it's permanent church home.
Duration:34 mins 2 secs

Hearing God’s Direction

Achieving Godly Goals – Part 4

Life Church January 30, 2011

Pastor Dan Walker




John 10:27 (NIV) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.




Acts 1:8 (NIV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.




1. _________ in God's church

1 Samuel 3:1 (NIV) The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.




A. Discover God's __________________

Ephesians 2:21-22 (NIV) In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.




B. Serve God's _________________

Romans 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.




2. ________ in God's presence

A. Remain close to God __________________

1 Samuel 3:2-3 (NIV) One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) pray continually;




B. Keep the ______________ fire burning

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NIV) Do not put out the Spirit's fire;




3. _________ from God's mentors

1 Samuel 3:4-6 (NIV) Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am." 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. 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."




A. Learn to ____________ God's voice

1 Samuel 3:7-8 (NIV) Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel a third time, 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.




B. Learn to ___________ to God's voice

1 Samuel 3:9-10 (NIV) 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. The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."




C. Learn to ___________ God's voice

1 Samuel 3:11 (NIV) And the LORD said to Samuel: "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle."