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Summary: Samuel was able to find success in his life. You can do the same if you follow the steps to success

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Samuel

How to succeed at life

Introduction

A. What if I were to tell you that you could have the most successful life

B. First thing that comes to mind is what is success

C. By success to I mean $$

D. Do I mean fame?

E. Do I mean having a lot of material possessions?

F. Living a simple life?

G. Rising up kids who love the Lord? Does that give me success

H. Let us look at Samuel’s life and find out what it means to Succeed at life

I. First we have to see where he began

J. His mother was Hannah. Hannah was not part of royalty

K. Just a common lady

L. She could not become pregnant and her husband’s other wife would make fun of her for that

M. Finally she prayed to God and had Samuel

N. She made a deal with God that she would give Samuel to God and let God use him

O. As soon as he was done nursing, Hannah gave Samuel to Eli in order to fulfill his promise

P. From those very humble beginnings we are going to look at what caused all the success that Samuel experienced in his life

Q. This did not happen overnight there were step he had to take

R. The three Steps to a successful life

· Talk To God

· Tell Others

· Truth as a Priority

I. Talk to God

A. Explanation

1. We hear that we are suppose to talk to God all the time

2. We have heard this time and time again

3. But we do not really understand what that means, let us look at Samuel

4. The first time that Samuel heard the Lord speak was one night as he was sleeping

5. Samuel thought Eli was calling him. Eli was his mentor (Read 3:1)

6. However, Eli was not, in fact Eli became really annoyed at the number of times Samuel wok him up

7. Finally Eli realized that the Lord was calling Samuel, and Samuel should respond to the Lord

8. We also learn that Samuel used some interesting military strategies

a) He led them into battle by having a concert of prayer

b) Read 7:3-11

9. Every time Samuel needed advice, needed council he went and talked with God (read 8:6 for example)

B. Application

1. How can we apply this to our lives?

2. You know what is really sad? What we have done to prayer

3. First of all let us define what Prayer is, Prayer is talking to God

4. With that in mind, how do we talk to our friends?

5. If we can talk to our friends then we can talk to God

6. The Lord’s prayer was put in simple terms that they could understand

7. The important thing is to talk to God, and to listen to God

8. The talking part is not that hard for us to understand (especially for some of us)

9. Listening to God is tough for must of us

10. To wait on the Lord, Sometimes God will use audible voices

11. Most of the time it will be a quit feeling that you have inside

12. When you get those feelings, make sure you test it against the Bible

13. Talk to God, this can be done wherever whenever

C. Illustration

1. You know where some of my favorite prayers come from? New Christians, and the Psalms. The usually have some of the most honest heart opening prayers that you will ever here. Sometimes I hear people say well he didn’t say Thee and Thou and stuff like that. That is not the issue hear. Honestly open up your heart and talk to God. That is what prayer is meant to be.


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