The Path Back

June 19th, 2012

RG AUDIO 0619121 Samuel 7:2-9

Israel was back at Mizpah in hope of national revival. How do you rebuild hope, confidence, and strength? Samuel proposed a seven-step program of national restoration (vv. 5-6):

1. Forsake the Idols: To return to God required removing all they had set in his place and to serve him only.

2. Assemble: As long as Israel remained scattered, they would be a weak people.

3. Intercede: God’s people must “stand in the gap” and pray for the fallen, near and far.

4. Demonstrate: They drew water and poured it out before the Lord, symbolically offering their very lives to God.

5. Fast: The ancient spiritual discipline combines self-denial and a refocusing of life priorities upon seeking God.

6. Confess: Confession opens the door to God’s blessing.

7. Offer: The offering of a lamb sealed their rededication, “and the Lord answered” (v. 9b).

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