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Summary: We claim to be free, but are we? This power packed message deals with the things that keeps us bound!

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“What’s That Noise?”

Text: I Samuel 15:1-3, 7-9, 12-15, 24-26, 31

I Samuel 31:1, 4-6

II Samuel 1:3-10

Romans 6:1

Hebrews 12:1

I. Introduction

If you ignore revelation you will find yourself in a situation. Saul ignored revelation and found himself in a situation. Some of you are faced with the same problem. You have heard revelation and ignored it and now you have a situation. I encourage you to listen this morning. Saul is commanded by God to kill everything. Every man, woman, boy, girl, and animal nothing was to be spared. Saul wasn’t told to pick and choose what he wanted to keep. He wasn’t given any wiggle room to select his favorite items to spare. The call was to destroy it all.

That is the command we have received in Romans 6 and Hebrews 12. We have been instructed to destroy every trace of sin, every hit of evil is to be put away, and every weight is to be dropped.

But like Saul, we approach God and claim obedience when in reality we haven’t followed through. Saul says to Samuel, “I have obeyed the command of the Lord.” We do this as well. We parade before men and claim obedience. We have done this, we have given up that, we have sacrificed this vice or that habit but truthfully we have yet to lay aside every weight. We have yet to kill everything that God has commanded us to kill.

II. The Question

And so we come to a poignant moment in this account. Saul is claiming obedience when Samuel says, “If you have obeyed, then what is that sound I hear in my ears?” “If you have followed the word of the Lord what is the bleating I hear?” What is that sound?

I am here to ask you a question this morning. What is that noise? I know you claim obedience but I still hear the sound of that dating relationship you were commanded to break off. I know you say you have given everything to Christ but what is that noise? I hear the sound of attitudes, lusts, addictions, habits, friends, music, and movies that were supposed to be destroyed. What is that noise? Behind the smile, behind the songs, behind the shouts I hear a noise. I hear the sound of chains rattling, bondages that were supposedly broken last year during revival, last Sunday during prayer, or in Life Group are still dragging behind you.

III. Worship vs. Repentance

Samuel’s ears couldn’t ignore the sound. Testify all you want, Saul. Dance all you want. Clap as loud as you can. Celebrate victory if you want but I can still hear the noise!

We try to do what Saul did. He is caught in disobedience and so he begs Samuel to ignore his problem, his chains, his bondage, his relationship, and join him in worship. Samuel let’s just go and worship like nothing is wrong. That is what Saul did and that is what we do.

Come on Pastor Steve, let’s worship. Crank up the music and sing the songs. I know when to cry, to raise my hands, the motions to go through. Ignore the sound and let’s worship. I am comfortable in the worship. I can hide the problem in the worship. I feel good in the worship. But Samuel refused to ignore, as do I! The noise of the chains, the noise of the things in your life that should have been killed drowns out the sound of the guitar, the drums, and the worship. Go ahead and sing. Go ahead and dance. Go ahead and shout but I still hear a noise.


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Todd Marler

commented on Jul 11, 2010

Ely is incredibly powerful in his preaching. His preaching reminds me of the preachers from my youth. May God continue to raise up (again) preacher like Ely who are not afraid to preach with God giving power!

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