“God Returns to His People” 1 Samuel 4-7January 17, 2021
GOD RETURNS TO HIS PEOPLE
After a long silence God returns to His people who are living in disobedience. We have to ask ourselves if we are not guilty of the same thing today.
TREATING GOD LIKE A GENIE
Instead of asking God for direction, Israel drags God into their plans and expect His blessing. Can the same thing be said of the Church today?
This child’s name means “the glory of the Lord has departed” and is a summary of Israel’s condition. Can the same thing be said of the Church today?
THE CHURCH IN AMERICA
The 2 Great Awakenings (1730-1840) were the height of the American Church. Today we are waning and impotent from not having learned the lessons of Israel.
“I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
2 Chronicles 7:12-14
Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence (disease) among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.