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A daily devotional moment by Chris Garcia

There are three things that we can learn from the life of Samuel from the Book of Judges. The first was that he was a child. You must be childlike to receive the things of God. Number two, he was ministering to the Spirit. He was ministering to God daily. He wasn’t caught up in trying to get something from God. Finally, and most importantly, the third thing is, that we see, that God speaks when he ceases and rests. What we see is, God, begins to move when he ceases and is finally at a resting posture. So what do we mean by that? We mean that there is a time, number one, when we must be like children. Number two, there is a moment when God seeks your ministering to Him and so you minister to Him. Once you enter into rest and you cease from your work or ministering, He then speaks. You see, that is what worship will do. How many times has this happened? You begin to worship. You begin to enter into praise. Then all of a sudden there is this beautiful stillness. This is felt inwardly in your spirit and you enter into a time of rest. Then the presence of God comes in when you enter into that resting state. What did He say to Moses? He said, "My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” So what do we see? We see that when Samuel ceases and he lays down and enters into rest, that he then hears God's voice. What does that mean for us today? It is simple, it means this, be childlike. Minister to Him and don’t worry about what you are going to get from Him. Finally, be at peace, be at rest. When you cease your strivings and your trying, you are agreeing with Heaven. Because in the world, there are always strivings. In contrast, in the heavenly, there is only rest. The curse of man is the toil of the ground. It is to toil. It is the works. But the language of Heaven is not that way at all. The language of Heaven is the opposite, there is no toil. There is only rest. In Ezekiel, the scripture says that God forbade the priest to sweat when the Glory came. What does sweat represent? The toiling and the works. So there is a moment in which you have to get to a place where you are absolutely at rest. That can mean when you lay, down or 9 times out of 10, it is when you are quiet and you get yourself still. That is when you begin to hear the Voice.

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