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    What Samuel can teach us?

    As one reads about the life of Samuel in 1 Samuel, there are many life lessons one can apply to their own life.

    Here are four life lessons from Samuel that every Christian can use to help them to be a better Christian.

    First, we can learn the power of prayer.
    In 1 Samuel 1 we see Hannah
    could not have children, so she prayed fervently for a son.God answered that prayer, by providing Hannah with Samuel. Samuel continued the discipline of prayer.We read about Samuel praying for Israel in 1 Sam. 12:23, where Samuel states,Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.May we have the confidence and faith as Hannah and Samuel did as they talked to God in prayer.James 1:6 reminds us, But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. May we pray with confidence and faith.

    Second, we can learn how to be faithful to the Lord.
    Samuel grew up knowing the Lord and the Lord used Samuel to do His will (1 Sam. 3:19). Samuel never fell away from the Lord.Samuel remained steadfast in his faith and devotion to the Lord.What an example for us, especially when we understand that people of faith in Samuels day were rare.Today it may seem that followers of God are in the minority and there are very few of us keeping the faith.Maybe this is how it always has been, but we must keep in mind that just like Samuel we can be faithful to the Lord despite the majority of people not following the Lord.

    Third, we can learn obedience.
    As Samuel grew to know the Lord, he learned to be obedient. 1 Sam. 3:19 tells us, And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.Samuel never failed to do the will of the Lord.In this world it is hard to sometimes do the right thing, to even obey God.But Samuel re-minds us we can obey God, even when it seems difficult.In fact, we must keep in mind that it is al-ways right to obey God (1 Sam. 15:22).

    Fourth, we can learn how not to raise our children.
    If there is one flaw in the life of Samu-el it is that he failed to guide his children in the ways of the Lord (1 Sam. 8:3).It seems he followed in the footsteps of Eli in the way he raised his sons, who were worthless and evil (1 Sam. 2:12).It is very easy, especially for spiritual leaders, who spend their time helping teach and lead others to the Lord, to neglect their own families.Each parent has the responsibility to teach their children the ways of the Lord and set a godly example before them (Eph. 6:1-4; Deut. 6:7).If we do not teach our children, the ways of The Lord then who will?May we lead our families in all the ways of the Lord and not neglect their spir-itual wellbeing.

    Prayer, faithfulness to the Lord, obedience, and raising godly children are four lessons we can learn by studying the life of Samuel.In Heb. 11:32 Samuel is known as a person of faith, what will we be known for?

    God needs people like Samuel today, people who are willing to give their loy-alty and devotion to the Lord all the days of their life, will you be one?

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    Camden Ave. Church of Christ