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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/21/2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

HANNAH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/21/2013

1 Sam. 1:1-18
FROM BARRENNESS TO BROKENNESS, Lesson 1b

v. 9-16 HANNAH WAS BROKEN

These verses give us clear information that Hannah was broken by her barren condition.

v. 10 – Bitterness of soul – This speaks of the pain of a broken heart.

v. 16 – The word “complaint” refers to “trouble”. The word “grief” refers to “provocation”.

v. 11 – Hannah made a vow to the Lord. She wanted a child so bad that she was willing to give the child back to the Lord.

Hannah was brought to the end of herself. She found herself broken before the Lord. She confessed her inability and cast herself on the Lord’s ability.

If we are ever going to see the Lord move in great power in these days, we are going to have to come to a place of brokenness. We are going to have to realize that nothing we can do will ever save a soul. We are going to have to confess our own inability and seek His power.

We are going to have to do like Hannah and bow before the Lord, trusting His power alone to get the job done. If we are ever going to see souls saved in these barren days, we must humble ourselves before the Lord. We must reach out for His power. We must recognize our own impotence. We must get broken before Him!

Like Hannah, we must come to the place where we want to see souls saved for the glory of God alone! Not for numbers on a report; not for bragging rights; not for our own self reasons, etc.

Can you honestly say that you are broken in the presence of the Lord? What I mean by brokenness is simply that we come to a place where we are yielded totally, in body, mind and spirit, under the control of the Holy Spirit, (Rom. 12:1-2, Eph. 5:18).

v. 17-23 HANNAH WAS BLESSED

Hannah called on God. He heard her and He gave her a son, Samuel (v. 19-20). See Hannah’s faith in v. 18. She took the words of Eli to heart and believed God. Hannah gave her son back to the Lord (v. 24-28).

Every time God opened a closed womb in the Bible, a great character was born. (Isaac, Joseph, Samson, Samuel, John the Baptist). Who knows who will be saved in this church if God were to open the womb and save souls here?

When Edward Kimball witnessed to 17 year old D.L. Moody, he could not have known that just that one conversion would lead to millions being born into the family of God. You never know what God will do!

Conc: When the church gets properly burdened and broken before the Lord, He might just open the womb and let us hear the cry of newborn spiritual babies.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 10:17-18 (New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,
18 To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“On Bended Knee” By: Robert Gay (1992)

Verse 1
On bended knee I come, With a humble heart I come;
Bowing down before Your holy throne.
Lifting holy hands to You, As I pledge my love a - new, -
I worship You in spir - it, - I worship you in truth;
Make my life a holy praise unto You.

Verse 2
On bended knee I come, With a humble heart I come;
Bowing down before Your holy throne.
As I look upon Your face. Show Your mercy and Your grace.
Change my life, O Holy Spi - rit make me fresh and ever new;
Make my life a holy sac - ri - fice to You.
Make my life a holy sac - ri - fice to You.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Sovereign God! You made the heavens, the earth, and the sea and everything in them; and made known to all your Son, The Lord, Jesus Christ. They gathered against Him, threatened Him and crucified Him. Grant us the boldness to speak Your name and to be about our Father’s business, just like the first century believers. Stretch out Your mighty hand to heal and to perform great signs and wonders through the Holy name of Jesus. Father, we pray not for ease and comfort, but for courage to continue sharing the Gospel of our Lord and Savior to lost souls. Enable us to model Jesus via good works done in His name and to Your glory. It is in His name that we pray these things. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/21/2013 11:17PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Some of us had to be broken and come humbly before the Lord. When we reach out to God we have to confess our weakness confess it to God. Relying on His power, we will become stronger in Him. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic. Sending you God's richest blessings for your continuing teaching.

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TONYVAND1 3/21/2013 5:37PM

  Boldly proclaiming His name

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NELLIEH1 3/21/2013 3:35PM

    The crying of newly born believers in Christ, hungry for spiritual milk after their time of starvation, leads to their joyful shouts of praise and thanksgiving! Perhaps we/I need to go back to that genesis time with GOD, humbling ourselves/myself in the sight of the LORD who is a consuming fire. Brokenness, like repentance, is a precious gift. May all the me/I/mine/myself be laid down at the foot of the cross.... When was the last time of truly weeping over sin?

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JADOMB 3/21/2013 12:04PM

    I think the world had been steadfastly headed in the Sodom and Gamorah route for decades. It is broken right now, but is it broken enough, I doubt it. As individuals we all reach different points in our lives when we have either reach a bottom point or came close to it. This happens in many various ways and to many various degrees.

What is sad to me though is that so many people, peoples and countries have to hit bottom before they let Jesus in. This is sad. God is much more than just a safety net, he is EVERYTHING.

My prayer is that people come to see and understand God in a way that they DON'T need to hit bottom to accept him in. That they can still walk with him, love him, worship him without being broken, just humbled. AMEN

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/21/2013 10:27AM

    Just what I needed this morning! I have already been thinking along these lines, so this is answering my heart's plea to know more. Thank you, Lord!

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CASTIRONLADY 3/21/2013 9:56AM

    In brokennesss, we meet the Lord and in brokenness, we can be used of God.
Thanks for being that constant voice in the wilderness.


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LOSTLIME 3/21/2013 9:03AM

    Thank you,Vic! The lesson is just what I needed this morning. I like the hymn and the prayer.

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RSSSLHB 3/21/2013 8:55AM

    emoticon Vic

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JOANIE69 3/21/2013 7:56AM

    Such a beautiful lesson and hymn and prayer, Vic. I have been broken before the Lord, and yet it is so easy to drift farther away at times. We don't even notice it until we realize our leanness of spirit. We forget to wait upon Him as we scurry around in all our own 'foolish busy-ness'. There must be a coming to the Lord every morning, even if for a moment - to restore our souls; renew our vows ; and to seek His face. We must be ready only to act at His prompting and command. Thank you for pointing this out to me today...I am happy to remain in Christ, and he in me...all Glory to God Who makes it possible. Blessings, Joanie

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AZMOMXTWO 3/21/2013 6:53AM

  thank you

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