Tag: listen and obey God

Anyone with ears to hear must listen…

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“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches…” (Revelation 2:7 NLT)

Hear the cry of the Lord to the Church of Jesus Christ, especially the American church.

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit…”

Hearing, listening, and understanding is critical to survival and effective ministry in these last days.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt 4:4).” In other words, we’ll live if we hear, listen, and understand what the Lord is saying at this very moment.

“But I’ve never been very good at hearing God!”

Maybe you’ve never been taught how to distinguish God’s voice from all the other voices around you.

In John chapter 10 Jesus talks about His sheep knowing His voice and not listening to any other. 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 states we are children of light and should walk accordingly, not allowing the darkness to overtake us.

In order to hear God’s voice there are several things you must do, if you’re going to be able to discern truth from error (God’s Spirit, or voices which CLAIM to be from God).

1. Read, study, memorize, APPLY God’s word. Do that which you know to do. Do it now, and always.

Determine to be a doer of His Word (written or otherwise) BEFORE you hear what He has to say!

2. Be in community with other followers of Christ. God gives individual assignments, but He’ll never contradict His Word. Having godly relationships helps us watch out for one another.

3. Receive reproof and correction. God won’t only speak of great and glorious things; but He’ll always speak as a loving Father.

He’ll show you where you’ve messed up, but also give you hope and a way to correct your error.

Remember Jesus’ words to the seven churches…”I know your works…there are things I like, and things you need to change…”?

4. Guard your heart. Be very picky about what you listen to, watch, talk, and think about. And no, it’s not because you won’t look like a Christian. It’s because things contrary to God’s word, if allowed to come into your spirit unchecked and unrestrained, will cause your ability to be sensitive to God’s voice to diminish to the point of spiritual deafness.

5. Determine to love what He loves, and hate what He hates.
“You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.” (Hebrews 1:9 NLT)

These words were spoken about Jesus, but should apply to anyone who claims to be His disciple.

6. Expect to be led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14-16). It’s not only your privilege, it could very well mean your life, and the life of those around you.

7. Set aside your own opinions and solutions. Allow God’s word, His voice, to change your mind.

“Trust in the Lord…in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6

What would happen if EVERY believer did just that? What if we all had ears to hear, listen and understand what the Spirit is saying?

Church, we MUST hear, or we will surely miss out on what He wants to accomplish in this nation!

We MUST hear and obey the voice of the Spirit, even if it goes crosswise with our opinion.

We MUST understand what He is saying to the churches. 

He knows what it will take to bring in the harvest.

He understands what needs to happen to shake the powers of darkness, and to release those bound by unclean and vile spirits.

He has the answer for EVERY trick of the enemy!

And He even knows what it will take to make this nation great again.

(By the way, making America great again really isn’t a priority to God).

Do YOU belong to Jesus? Do you have ears to hear? Can you listen and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches?

And are you ready for action?

The Spirit of God says, “It’s time.”

Are we too comfortable to walk by faith?

imageMaybe this is something just for me, but probably not; I don’t believe I’m the only one who’s ever too comfortable to walk by faith.

What do I mean?

I wonder if part of our walk of faith includes moments, times, incidents (or whatever you’d like to call them), when God pulls back and allows life to happen.

Why?

Because He wants/needs us to go a certain direction but we’re quite content to hang on to His latest blessing.

He’s prepared a table for us in the presence of our enemies, and we’ve called in the construction crew to build us a permanent dwelling. 

But David said, “Though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death…”. The table was intended to be a temporary place of refreshment and nourishment, not a retirement home.

We find an oasis in a desert and want to turn it into a resort.

But God wants us to walk by faith.

He has divine appointments for us to keep; appointments we don’t know anything about, but will learn of when it’s time.

When we walk by faith.

Elijah was a person just like us. Sure, he was a prophet, but he wasn’t perfect. James declared Elijah “was as human as we are…” (James 5:17 NLT).

So let’s look at how the very human prophet acted after he told the king of Israel, “As surely as the Lord , the God of Israel, lives – the God I serve – there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word” (1 Kings 17:1 NLT).

God instructed Elijah to go to a brook called Kerith, and set up camp. Elijah, walking by faith and obedience to God’s word did that very thing.

Sure enough, where God guides He provides, and a flock of ravens arrived every morning and evening with meat and bread for the man of God.

So Elijah had food and water, though a famine was hitting the nation.

But Kingdom living was never intended to be a selfish kind of existence. As God told Abraham in Genesis 12, “I am blessing you, so you can bless others”.

Elijah was blessed, but God needed to move him along so he could bless others.

Elijah was becoming too comfortable to walk by faith; so he needed a little nudge.

What happened next? Elijah’s blessing dried up.

It’s amazing how ready we are to hear from God when trouble hits home.

God tells Elijah to go to a certain town and find the widow who’d been instructed to feed him.

Now if that had been me, I’d have driven into town and looked for a woman who looked like she had money to burn.

But God had Elijah’s attention, and was able to lead him to the right person, who by the way, needed a miracle before she could help anyone.

But isn’t that just like God?

Elijah could bless someone because he obeyed God and left his blessing.

He left his place of comfort for a place of obedience.

Another example. Do you recall Jesus, on more than one occasion, telling His disciples to “Go into all the world…”? He told them they’d be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, and everywhere.

So what did they do?

Stayed home. The church was growing like wildfire at home. It was exciting and no one was leaving town.

Until they became too uncomfortable.

Until persecution arose.

Philip went to Samaria and preached Christ. The whole area came into salvation. Miracles, excitement, great offerings…; who’d want to leave?

But the Lord said, “Arise and go down toward Gaza, which is desert” (Acts 8:26).

What did Philip do? “He arose and went.”

And Ethiopia was soon to receive the gospel.

What’s God doing in your life? Are you blessed? Are you comfortably blessed?

Are you too comfortable to walk with God?

One last example.

Genesis eleven. The Tower of Babel.

After the flood, God instructed mankind to replenish the earth. He wanted them to spread throughout the world and start communities everywhere.

But they had a better idea. They became too comfortable to walk by faith.

They rebelled, demonstrated their rebellion with a tower meant to be an display of defiance.

What did God do?

He fixed it so they HAD to move.

Kind of like He did with Elijah.

Sort of like He did for the early Christians.

And possibly like He’s trying to do in your life.

Well?

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