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“Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God and having Jesus as my Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
"Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sins to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."
Today's Samuel chapter 5 to 7 is a blue print to God's children and a way out of us in this dark world!
It's because the Israelites had been totally defeated by the Philistines for more than 20 years but with the rise of Samuel as a Judge(leader) and a priest, he spoke to his people the first time to get rid of all the idols and commit to God and to serve God only.
The result is, they listened to Samuel and waited for Samuel's order!
Surprisingly, the tactics of Samuel ordering the Israelites was not a warfare strategy but a spiritual warfare strategy:
After that God acted and they did not have to fight, just like many years ago the Israelites took the city of Jericho! And after their victory, the Philistines did not attack them again!
The most wonderful thing is that this new leader Samuel gave glory to God and he took a stone, set it up and named it "Ebenezer" which means "Thus far the Lord has helped us."
The darkness of this world today is somewhat like the Philistines wanting to destroy the Israelites at that time! May God raise us to be leaders to fight this warfare with a spiritual warfare strategy to lead people to get rid of their idols and to commit to God and to serve God only so that we can experience "Ebenezer"!