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Let Your Heart Be Broken (1 Samuel 4:1-12)Taylor Walker, February 7, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Wednesday service
People today want to put God in their own little box creating their own religion. Some want God to do what they want Him to do. God doesn't work this way as He works in His own accord. Everyone will go thru some sort of sorrow during their life. We shouldn't question Gods works or will. More and more people are turning away from God each and everyday. We must be careful to not let those people to question Gods will and who He is. We as Christians must be strong, study His word to know the differences between the devil and God. We must understand and that God doesn't need us in order to do His will. Therefore once we get ourselves out of His way, His will is done in perfection. One can't win an argument with God, it will always be Gods way. Grief can quickly turn into anger. One must break under God or anger will consume you. Brokenness leads to surrendering and once you've surrendered to Gods will then He will give you great peace. We shouldn't let one person to hold us back from worshipping God. How can you love God if you can't love your fellow man?
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1 Samuel 4:1-12
1And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men. 3And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies. 4So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. 5And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. 6And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp. 7And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore. 8Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. 9Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight. 10And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. 11And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain. 12And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. (KJV)