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Friday, September 22, 2017

Conformity with the ministry of Samuel


READING: 1 Samuel 3: 15-21

King James Version

15. And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD. And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.


Samuel began his ministry under Eli at the time when the Lord had rejected the ministry of Eli because of the corrupt practices of his children.  There was scarcity of the Word of God in Israel and Israel lacked spiritual direction (1 Sam.3:1). God abandoned the old Prophet – Eli and called Samuel into service and used him to deliver a message of judgement against Eli and his family.

Samuel did what God commanded him to do, and the Bible recorded that "The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground.  And all Israel….knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord.  Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh.  For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord" (1 Samuel 3: 19-21).  The presence of the Lord, confirms the ministry of a man. The Lord restored His presence, revelation and His word again at Shiloh through Samuel - His approved servant. We should earnestly covet God's presence in our lives and ministries.

Verse 1
Come to me, LORD, when first I wake,
As the faint lights of morning break;
Bid purest thoughts within me rise,
Like crystal dew-drops to the skies.

Verse 2
Come to me in the sultry noon,
Or earth's low communings will soon
Of Thy dear Face, eclipse the light,
And change my fairest day to night.

Verse 3
Come to me in the evening shade,
And if my heart from Thee hath strayed,
Oh bring it back, and from afar
Smile on me like Thine evening star.

Verse 4
Come to me in the midnight hour,
When sleep witholds its balmy power;
Let my lone spirit find her rest,
Like John, upon my SAVIOUR's breast.

Verse 5
Come to me through life's varied way,
And when its pulses cease to play.
Then, SAVIOUR, bid me come to Thee,
That where Thou art, Thy child may be.

Orin I.O.M.502

1. Wa s'odo mi, Oluwa mi,
Ni kutukutu owuro;
Mu k' ero rere so jade,
Lat' inu mi soke orun.

2. Wa s'odo mi Oluwa mi,
Ni wakati osan gangan;
Ki 'yonu ma ba se mi mo
Nwon a si s' osan mi d' oru.

3. Wa s'odo mi Oluwa mi,
Nigbati ale ban le lo;
Bi okan mi ba nsako lo,
Mu pada; f'oju 're wo mi.

4. Wa s'odo mi Oluwa mi,
Li oru, nigbati orun
Ko woju mi; je k'okan mi
Ri 'simi je li aiya Re.

5. Wa s'odo mi, Oluwa mi
Ni gbogbo ojo aiye mi;
Nigbati emi mi ba pin,
Kin le n' ibugbe lodo Re. Amin.

PRAYER: Oh Lord, cleanse me from every defilement or corruption that can cost me Your presence.

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