Saturday, March 15, 2008
“BE A READY LISTENER”
The bible talks a lot about hearing. This is not just a thing that you do with your ears. You do this with your heart. You hear many things that have no value and add nothing to your life.
James 1:19 (amp) Understand [this], my beloved brethren, let every man be quick to hear [A READY LISTENER], slow to speak(slow to murmur), slow to take offense & slow to get angry.
vs 22... Be a doer of the word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it...
vs 23 For if anyone listens to the word without obeying it & being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror;
vs 24 for he thoughtfully observes himself, & then goes off & promptly forgets what he was like.
The only way a person is going to be able to hear is to put their faith in what Jesus did at the cross. When they do that, God gives His grace & the help of the Holy Spirit to work in your heart. That will allow you to be a doer of the word & not a hearer only.
Rom 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
By Hearing & hearing & hearing...
This is a continual process. Hearing and doing what the word says. Hearing God’s word & believing that word. You can’t just hear anything & have the God kind of faith . Only hearing God’s word can produce that.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door & knock; if anyone hears & listens to & heeds my voice & open the door, I will come in to him & will eat with him, & he [will eat] with me.
JAMES 1:25 Be no a forgetful hearer
People become dull in hearing, mentally lazy, blind, & unwilling to hear.
Some do not have an “ear to hear” because of a harden heart.
(to truly “hear” Jesus’ words is to believe them, to use them immediately in decisions & attitudes, & to base life on them...) (life application bible)
To hear Jesus’ words is to make Jesus your true Lord. (They shall know my voice)
James 1:22 Doers not just hearers.
Luke 8:18 Be careful how you listen...
Is 55:1-3 (amp) Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy & eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. vs 3-Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.
Incline your ear and hear. Be a ready listener!