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“Filled With Spirit”

Yes, I said Spirit, not spirits.

Hannah had no children. Her husband Elkanah had a second wife. They had several children together.

On one of the families trips to Jerusalem, Eli the priest accused Hannah of being drunk,

You are invited to read the following verses.

1 Samuel 1:9-20
9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple.
10 In bitterness of soul, Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord.
11 And she made a vow, saying, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.
13 Hannah was praying in her heart and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.”

15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.
16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her.
20 So in the course of time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”

So indeed, Hannah was filled with the Holy Spirit.
When Samuel was weaning, Hanna would surrender her son to work in the Lord’s service for the rest of his life.
And Samuel would be the last judge and do many great things for the Lord.

May we too be filled with the Holy Spirit of God and allow Him to work His greatness through us.
Amen

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