Not Yet – But it’s not over

February 18, 2012

This is Part 8 of the Saturday Sermons series.

Main Point: This message was used to inspire faith in those that have been praying and waiting a long time for their personal promise or prophecy to come to pass. Samuel faithfully served in the temple for 9 years before the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel. The scripture emphasized the word YET. Meaning: it hasn’t happened, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. The notes aren’t that in depth. I didn’t include any conclusion. I concluded this message by having people come to the front and claim the promise that they had been waiting for. I ended the service by them speaking out loud what they were praying for and had them use the word YET. I haven’t seen my child come back into the church … Yet.

Not yet, but it’s not over

Text: I Samuel 3:7,21



A. Worship is giving what we desire most.

  1. The day she received her miracle was the day she vowed to give her treasure back to God.

B. Worship changes you.

  1. I Samuel 1:18 – and her countenance was no more sad.
  2. Worship may not immediately change my circumstances but it should change my countenance.

C. Worship Creates more worship.

  1. I Samuel 1:19 – and they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped.
  2. The next morning she is back. Usually Israel came once. But worship causes you to come back.

D. Worship elevates.

  1. I Samuel 1:19 – and came to … Ramah (high place)
  2. Worship brings you to a higher place.

E. Worship affects generations.

  1. Hannah gave Samuel to the Lord. This positioned Samuel to step into the priesthood. And changed a nation.

F. Worship leads to out of order blessings.

  1. Samuel is accepted into the priestly family. His dad wasn’t a priest; therefore, Samuel shouldn’t have been a candidate.
  2. Matthew 15:22-28 – Worship will cause Jesus to give the Children’s bread to Gentiles before it was time to do so.



  1. He ministered as a priest, not by birth, but by divine placement of God.
  2. Only if your father was a priest should you have the chance. In spite of that, because of grace (Hannah) he is here.
  3. Those born right and living wrong (Hophni and Phineas) are taking it for granted. Not Samuel. He knows he shouldn’t be here …but grace. He’s at the church because of Grace.


  1. Hannah means grace in the Hebrew.

A. Grace got Samuel here.

  1. And you here. I’m here because of grace. Grace travailed for me. Grace birthed me.
  2. Ephesians 2:8 – for by grace are ye saved.
  3. Titus 2:11 – the grace of God that bringeth salvation.

B. Grace isn’t for sale.

  1. Hannah was mistaken for a drunken woman acting in a manner similar to a harlot.
  2. Grace isn’t to be adulterated by those looking for a license to fulfill their lust.
  3. Romans 6:1-2 – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound. God forbid.

C. Grace doesn’t lead you from commitment. It leads you to it.

  1. I Samuel 1:22 – that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide forever.
  2. Grace committed Samuel to the Lord.
  3. Acts 11:23 – Who when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
  4. Grace will cause closeness and a hunger for the Lord.
  5. In both of these scriptures, Lord or Lordship is the focus.

D. Grace is with me as I grow.

  1. I Samuel 2:19: each year, Grace visited Samuel and as he grew, Grace covered him with new clothes.


  1. I Samuel 3:7 – Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.
  2. Revealed – denude, make bare, unveil.
  3. Know – ascertain by seeing. Or a manifestation of God.
  4. Josephus states Samuel was 12 years old at the time of his calling. From 3-12 he sat serving and worshipping.
  5. Faithful and he grew on – I Samuel 2:21
  6. The fullness of faith can only come when your faithful.
  7. Note: twice the word yet is mentioned in verse 7.
  8. Some promises have yet to be seen.
  9. That doesn’t negate the fact that they are still promises with heavenly potential.


  1. We need to put YET into our vocabulary.
  2. Not yet. But it’s coming.
  3. I’ve got a prophecy, but not yet.
  4. Stay in the house, serving, worshipping: it’s coming.
  5. I Samuel 3:3 – and before the lamp of God went out in the temple.
  6. Just in time.
  7. 3 times God spoke to Samuel until he finally realized who it was. Or God will do what it takes to get the miracle through to you.
  8. Eli lay sleeping in the vicinity of this visitation, but was not aware of God’s voice. It’s not enough to be close; you’ve got to be connected.
  9. Samuel mistakes the voice of God for that of His pastor. Seems like the two sounded the same. Food for thought.
  10. When Samuel heard the word of the Lord he ran to Eli. When the miracle is in progress it ought to put passion in you.
  11. God’s gifting has a way of energizing you.
  12. Judges 6 records the last prophet … until now that is.
  13. I Samuel 3:19-20 – And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.
  14. When it comes: your ministry goes to a whole new level. Your message will stick and not fall. The people to whom you minister will take notice. It’s a God thing.
  15. I Samuel 3:21 – And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.
  16. Fulfillment – revealed + Knows + and God is showing up again in Shiloh.
  17. I Samuel 4:1 – And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.
  18. Kingdom influence.
  19. It came for Samuel. It will happen for you.
  20. Not yet. But is surely is not over.
  21. Pray that prayer again.
  22. Ask that friend to come to church again.
  23. Proclaim that prophecy again.
  24. Walk around that property again.
  25. Go to the hospital room believing again.