As told in TPM CHURCH, ROYAPETTA 26-APR-2009 SUNDAY SERVICE
I Samuel 7:5-6
"And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.
And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. "
Here we can see that, for the Lord to do some work , there are two things to complete. There are some works to be done by Israel and some part to be done by Samuel, then GOD will do his part for Israel
Philistines- They are the devil spirit which will always try to turn children of GOD away from the blessings of GOD. These are the forces which will always be an obstacle to the spiritual life and spiritual blessings of people.In Gen 26:15 "For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth" , we can find that Philistines will always try to stop the joy of salvation and joy of anointing of the children of God. Here the well represents the joy of salvation and joy of anointing of the children of God. To overcome Philistines in your life you need to have the experience of Mizpeh.
Here for the Lord to work for us, we can find four things we have to do from our part
Gather all Israel to Mizpeh (I Samuel 7:5)
It shows fellowship. In Acts 2:42 it is written , "and they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers". The children of God whosul always have the fellowship with church, saints and God thru prayers. Otherswise the Philistines will enter and take away your peace.It also shows Fellowship through prayer:"Where two or more are gathered in my name, there will I (God) be also".
Drew water, and poured it out before the LORD (I Samuel 7:6)
It shows pouring our heart in the presence of the Lord. Hannah poured her heart in the presence of Lord, I Samuel 1:15. A God's child should always learn that he has to tell his suffering to no one in the world, but only to the Lord. See Elijah, the prophet told his suffering to the Lord and He appointed crow for feasting Elijah. Our God is Mighty God and he will always be able to deliver you. if you go to human with your suffering , they cannot help and you will be them.It also shows a faithful life.
Fasted on that day (I Samuel 7:6)
If you want to enter heaven, a God's child should atleat fast 2 days in a week according to scriptures . In Mathew 5:20 , "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.". Our righteousness should exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, who will fast one day in a week. In Luke 18:12, "I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess." In the scriptures we see that Esther fasted 3 days , Jonah fasted 3 days and so on...
We have sinned against the LORD.(I Samuel 7:6)
It shows the expression of confession before the God.In Romans 10:10,"For with the heart man believed unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation".
For those who ever did the above four things, Samuel ( workers of God) will have to do offer prayers and sacrifices before the God.
I Samuel 7:5, "Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD". Then the workres of Lord will pary for you and offer sacrifices. The sacrifices are praise offerings before the Lord.I Samuel 7:9, "And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel"
When we complete these parts, the Lord will do his part for us.
I Samuel 7:9,10, "The LORD heard him .And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel".
Our Lord will do mighty things for us.