When God called to Samuel He didn't tell him Who He was - He was teaching him to recognize His voice. Samuel knew someone was speaking but he didn't recognize that it was God. Eli didn't ask Samuel to put a cot next to him - he told him to go back to his place! Two interesting points about how Samuel had his first conversation with God: 1) He was in his proper place. When we are in our "place," the spot God has put us, we are in position to hear and see God! Wherever you are in life, BE ALL THERE! 2) He was now "ready" to hear God's voice. The first two times Samuel was in the proper place but he wasn't READY. The third time he was 1) in his proper place, 2) ready to hear God's voice.
1 Samuel 3:9 (5/8/14)
May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers
1 Samuel 1:12-15 (4/27/17)
Bad Dad • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* We get a glimpse of the type of person Eli was and why maybe he was not a good father. * He rebuked a woman who didn’t need to be rebuked * He assumed something about a person that didn’t line up with reality and in haste rebuked her before he questioned her. * This shows his willingness to act without thinking. * On the flip side, we see later on that he didn’t rebuke his sons even though they needed to be rebuked. * Son on the one hand he rebuked someone who didn’t deserve it because he judged by outward appearance, but on the other hand he refused to rebuke someone who did deserve it because he didn’t have the courage to confront. * Hannah was an easy target - his sons were not.
1 Samuel 1:24 (4/26/18)
Quantify • April 26, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* The best thing a young entrepreneur can do is quantify how much is enough. * You need a plan to: * 1) Quantify your hours. * When you get to a certain point financially will you use that money to buy your time back? * At what point do you stop working 70 hours a week and cut it to 30? * 2) Quantify your income. * When you get to a certain point financially will you increase what you give in tithe? * The goal is to get to a point where you give away more than you take home. * Hannah shows us how to do this. * It was her idea to give her son away after he was weaned. * She got to keep him for a few years, but then she let him go. * She didn’t keep holding on. * This worked out for her with 500% ROI (1 Samuel 2:21).
1 Samuel 2:1 (4/27/17)
The Secret to Joy • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* If we’re not experiencing joy in our lives, we need to re-joy (rejoice). * How do we do this? * By being willing to give back to God what He has given to us. * The moment we give something back to God we will experience a joy that can be found in no other way. * Notice Hannah - she was filled with joy after she was willing to give him back to God - her one and only son. * She ended up having 5 kids in his place, which is a 500% return. * Are you experiencing joy in your life? * If not, then you need to re-joy by giving back what God has given you!