HIS BEATITUDE SIR GODFREY GREGG DD
When is the last time you experienced the reality of God’s presence?
To our Patriarch Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, Matriarch-Elect Hon. Janet McClean, our Cardinal Sir Eric Alleyne, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of England, Clergy, brothers, sisters, friends and well wishers greetings.
Our days are often so hectic that I’m afraid we don’t find much time to seek after the Lord’s presence. After hitting the snooze button too many times, we crawl out of bed, and we’re late before we even get started. The rest of the day is spent catching up, getting things done, and crossing them off our to-do list. By the end of the day, our bodies and minds are exhausted. But little attention has been given to our spiritual side.
If we are not familiar with God’s presence, how will we hear Him when He speaks? My brothers and sisters don’t take things for granted. A minute spent in the presence of God is worth more than a days work. As we study this morning’s message, I urge you to keep an open heart to receive the blessings.
That’s the situation that faced Hannah’s son Samuel.
After Hannah weaned Samuel, she took him to Eli and offered a prayer of dedication. Then God began the spiritual change Israel so sorely needed. Eli’s family went about their business, “but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest” (1 Samuel 2:11). Eli’s sons gradually became more corrupt and audacious, but “Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD” (1 Samuel 2:21).
Then one night Samuel heard a voice calling out to him. Thinking it was Eli, the boy ran to him and said, “Here I am, you called me.” But two times, sleepy Eli told Samuel he didn’t call him, and he sent Samuel back to bed. We are all familiar with this story and how we should fit in.
When Samuel came the third time, Eli understood it was the Lord calling Samuel! He told him that if it happened again, he should say,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening. – 1 Samuel 3:9 Believers are you ready for this still small voice?
When Samuel again heard his name called, he did as he was told. Then the Lord spoke, telling Samuel about his judgment against Eli’s family. Eventually Samuel grew and was recognized as a prophet of the Lord.
What the Lord spoke to Samuel was not a new law or doctrine different from that of Moses. God spoke words of warning, direction, and encouragement to Samuel as he spent time in the Lord’s presence.
The Holy Spirit did the same to Philip, Peter, Paul, and others in the New Testament book of Acts. So it is with us today but you must be positioned to hear the voice. O, Hallelujah for the grace of Almighty God. My Mystical family hear the voice of God and make the transition.
Those who deny our need of the Holy Spirit’s direction and help today because “the canon of Scripture is closed” totally miss the point. It’s not new truth or doctrine He brings.
We already have God’s unchangeable truth in Scriptures, but what we need is the Spirit’s life and power!
The timing of God’s visitation to young Samuel was pretty incredible. During this era in Israel, there was little evidence of Heaven invading earth.
In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. – 1 Samuel 3:1
Religion was a predictable, mechanical affair with priests and sacrifices, but little of the living God. Superficial religion was corrupting the nation, but the God of Israel rescued His people and turned things around. So The Mystical Order came to restore some pride and dignity in the Faith we so loved. We have to do our part to keep hope alive in the hearts of our followers.
He can do it again now for us. But it must begin with someone, even a boy, becoming acquainted with and treasuring the presence of the Lord.
In Eli’s day, God was everywhere (as true today), but His manifest or revealed presence (which usually means His blessing) was absent. What’s worse is that no one seemed to miss it. There is no escaping that this is where so many of us are at today in both so-called evangelical, spiritual and charismatic churches.
The only answer to a lukewarm church or a struggling Christian is the same as ever — the fire of the Holy Spirit! O, God hear our prayers and let us be able to hear your small voice. Hear O Israel the Lord our God is one Lord. God bless you.