Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do you have enemies? Are you facing obstacles? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To acknowledge GOD in everything therefore winning any obstacles or hindrances over to GOD. IV. TEXT: 1 Samuel 7:3 (New Livi
Do you have enemies? Are you facing obstacles?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To acknowledge GOD in everything therefore winning any obstacles or hindrances over to GOD.
1 Samuel 7:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you are really serious about wanting to return to the Lord, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the Lord; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”
Surrendered life is secret to overcoming every obstacles
1 Samuel 10:25 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Then Samuel told the people what the rights and duties of a king were. He wrote them down on a scroll and placed it before the Lord. Then Samuel sent the people home again.
1 Chronicles 29:29 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
All the events of King David’s reign, from beginning to end, are written in The Record of Samuel the Seer, The Record of Nathan the Prophet, and The Record of Gad the Seer.
B. Purpose of writing: Account of the history of Israel from 12th to 10th B.C.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Return to the LORD GOD with all heart, soul and mind
"If you are really serious about wanting to return to the Lord"
1. Return came from the Hebrew word:"shub" meaning to turn back, to take back, to retreat.
Retreat from your idolatries back into the arms of the Mighty GOD.
a. the reason is idolatry, if you're really serious, return to the LORD with all your heart, mind and soul. Even if Israel has finest, powerful weapons of mass destruction today in our times, they still will fight a losing battle for battle is the LORD's (1 Samuel 17:47)
1 Samuel 17:47 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
2 Samuel 22:48 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
He is the God who pays back those who harm me; he brings down the nations under me
2. Greatest enemy left to conquer is ourselves, if we don't have expressed idolatries most probably it is ourselves. Stop worshipping yourselves by crediting your success and victories back to yourself, turn back to GOD, acknowledge GOD today in everything, every success and victories are from Him for He has already commanded it to us.
Judges 5:11 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Listen to the village musicians gathered at the watering holes. They recount the righteous victories of the Lord and the victories of his villagers in Israel. Then the people of the Lord marched down to the city gates.
3. You might ask an obvious question of what are the connection of these things if Israel wants to win the battle against Gaza? Remember the physical starts with the spiritual. There was no physical light before that we can benefit from, but GOD said, "Let there be light. and there was light" If the physical light started with the Spiritual GOD then everything have to start from something or specifically Someone, and that Someone is GOD. The Spirit gave birth to everything physical we use our five sense on.