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No Empty Promises, No Empty Words

posted Aug 26, 2009, 7:06 PM by Website Administrator   [ updated Aug 26, 2009, 7:07 PM ]
1 Samuel 2:12-4:1a
September 14, 2008

“Far be it from me!” is a scary phrase when spoken from the mouth of God. Wrapped in the phrase is a subject, action, event that is counter to the character of God. Its reference reflects on a poor position, outside the will of God where His promises fall void on the grounds of disobedience. A promise made is not broken if the recipient rejects it through rebellion; rather it is voided. Bottom line; we can’t live outside the will of God and expect success in leaning on His promises.

1. Honor receives honor; despise yields disdain (2:30)

1.1. Treating the Lord’s Offering (2:17)

1.2. Rejected Rebuke (2:25)

1.3. Sin Participation (2:29, 4:18)

1.4. Failure to Restrain (3:13)

In contrast our goal should be to always stay near to God, so that our words would never fall to the ground, but rather would be elevated & elevating.

2. Let none of your words hit the ground (3:19)

2.1. Relational Knowledge (3:7a vs. 2:18, 26, 3:1)

2.2. Revelation of the Word (3:7b vs. 3:21)

2.3. Realization of Calling (3:8)

2.4. Ready for the Lord’s Presence (3:10)

2.5. Reflection of His Word (3:21-4:1a)