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TITLE: How to Get the Glory Back
TEXT: 1 Samuel 7:1-12
PROPOSITION: Like Israel, sometimes we get the ark back
but not the glory of God.
KEY WORD: Requirements
SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 7:1-3
Ark of the Covenant was taken (stolen).
had been gone for 20 years.
the Ark of the Covenant was back but not the glory of God.
wander away from God – We return but it is not the same.
are some requirements for getting the glory back.
Real Returning (Desire)
you do return unto the Lord with all your hearts"
claim to want revival – not from the heart.
put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you"
– all the foreign gods – occupation, agriculture, harvest, prosperity
– Female – Fertility, sensual pleasure
money, material gain – sex and pleasure – Sound familiar?
your heats unto the Lord" (NIV – "commit yourselves to the Lord")
live in a non-committal society
commitment to marriage, family, home
commitment to local church
commitment to job, loyalty, extra effort
commitment to friends, relationships
it doesn't work out, move on to greener pastures."
you cannot commit to human relationships – you will not commit to God.
Real Service (Work)
serve Him only"
involved – find a place to work. Listen to announcement, bulletin.
is much to do – little time to get it done.
just include God in our activity – serve Him ONLY!
He will deliver you"
must look honestly inside yourself
go – Allow God to change you and set you free.
put away the idols – vs. 4
confessed their sin – vs. 6
Lord delivered them – vs. 10
– Lord Helped us – vs. 12
With desire, repentance, commitment and service – you can be
Then the Glory of the Lord returns
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