Bishop B. Manjoro
“And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.” 1 Samuel 3:6-11
Today I will be talking to you about knowing God.
It’s one thing to talk about God, serve Him, and yet another thing to now Him.
We know this story of how Samuel’s mother struggled to conceive.
But finally the Lord heard her prayer and she gave birth to Samuel.
He was dedicated to the house of the Lord and was called by God.
When he was called the church wasn’t on fire. It had backslidden especially due to the record of the wickedness that was being done by Eli’s sons at the temple.
Where we read it said “then God called Samuel the third time. And he went to Eli.”
Eli said when he speaks again say Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.
Last Sunday, I was teaching that you get it before you get it. From the first get it to the second, get it there is warfare!
If someone gives you $200 and says go buy a suit.
You already have a suit. But to actually go and get the suit and put it on you you have to do something!
You get to act and fight to get it! If it’s raining outside it means you have to find a way to go into town and buy the suit.
Whilst you are still with the $200 for the suit then council people come and say, “haaa we have come to close water because you owe us $100.”
Then you take from the suit money. Before long, someone else comes with another claim, “you took this and this from me, I have an emergency I need $100, urgent.”
By end of day the suit money is gone! You got it but you didn’t get it!
Does this sound familiar?
Back to the subject of knowing God, from the time God calls you up to the time God reveals Himself to you there is a fight.
You may be called whilst on fire and later come across things that make you bitter in life and weaken your gift.
From the time you were called to the time that you walk in the fullness of your calling it’s a fight!
It takes maturity.
In simpler words, “pasina struggle hapana kubudirira kwehushumiri or hupenyu” To get where you must get in life, be ready to stand and fight.
I was telling someone last week that we have to be careful because in life we may miss it and give up when we are almost there.
We then lose what we have laboured for, for all the past years.
You see there are business people who are successful and die leaving chaos behind.
The sad thing is that their businesses go down with. And as Africans we quickly say haaa baba vanga vakaromba ava, vaive nechikwambo!
Why the sudden vanishing of his wealth and success?
Listen to me clearly.
No it’s not that he was using charms. No! It’s because when he was alive the children never learnt the struggle of the father as he built the business.
They never learn what got him to where he is. So they can’t take over and can’t run the business.
They know the money, the shops, the buses, the inheritance yet they don’t know the struggle the father went through!
They don’t know what was in the heart of the father! That’s the problem!
An anointing without a struggle will easily fade.
One pastor was in the bush with a lorry looking for pit-sand and stones for building a church hall.
He was a part of the construction.
Others may not have come but he would be there daily working with the shovel.
Yet some just want a hall to drop from the sky! Chese chausina kutambudzikira hauchibati zvakanaka!
The anointing doesn’t come cheap.
In this season desire to get deeper and know the Giver and Supplier of the anointing.
Seek to know God!
For with God all things are possible Mark 10:27