Tuesday March 31, 2015
Walk In Truth Ministries
God Can Only Tell WHEN I AM LISTENING
Dr. James Sutton II , Pastor-Teacher
Every day in our lives we communicate in many different ways, sometimes verbal and others nonverbal. In our lifetimes mean in women will say approximately 3,000,000 words. We will write letters, text and now tweet. Communication and words can travel around the world in the click of a mouse. There has never been such great access to words than the 21 century. We spent most of our day having conversations with no substance or full understanding. The way we communicate is evolving and yet our understanding and comprehension has devolved.
The challenge has nothing to do with information or the quantity of information. We have a listening problem which is manifested in strife, war and conflict. If we are not taking the time to fully understand each other in peace, are we really hearing from God? There is no peace in America today because very few people have the patience to listen. We have reduced our communication to primitive gestures and sounds. We are so distracted and caught up in our own ambition and self-centered thoughts, to the point of idolizing ourselves ( 2 Timothy 3:2). How can we hear from God if we are consumed by our own self-interest and unhealthy self-preservation.
It is soul-searching time are you willing to listen to the divine communication of King Jesus and the media for the kingdom sake. Are you willing to deny your ambitions as good as they may be and follow Christ wherever he tells you to go and do what ever diligent to do. Can you imagine God telling to take the gift and give it back to him so that he can get better, first you have to trust him, hear him and obey. To the our world it may appear as if you are losing but, in eternity you are building up treasures and decorating your mansion. ( Matthew 16:24-25, Matthew 10:39, Luke 9:24)
God is talking, but are you listening. Better yet do you really want to listen to God. Have we actually been obedient and the in hearing and adhering to God’s word where people see transformation in our lives. Have we heard the divine communication to begin the divine construction. Why would people want to be a Christian when you doubt if you’re hearing from God. Your doubt is manifested in your lack of movement and maturity. Other so many self-serving sins in your life that cloud your communication with God. Our hearts have become hardened against God and we have become dull of hearing (Hebrews 3:8, John 12:40, Jeremiah 16:12).
After hearing and responding to the efficacious call to salvation we must begin to listen for instructions in righteousness. What I mean by this is, hearing the call and accepted Jesus Christ is just the beginning and now we must train our ears to hear with our heart through faith. We begin to see what Jesus is trying to say to his church. A good example of that, is the prophet Samuel hearing God at a young age.
(1Sa 3:1) Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.
(1Sa 3:2) At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.
(1Sa 3:3) The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.
(1Sa 3:4) Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, "Here I am!"
(1Sa 3:5) and ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay down.
(1Sa 3:6) And the LORD called again, "Samuel!" and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again."
(1Sa 3:7) Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
(1Sa 3:8) And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.
(1Sa 3:9) Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
(1Sa 3:10) And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant hears."
In this passage we see a young Samuel hearing the voice of God, but because he did not have a relationship with God yet his revelation could not be fully realized. God called his name three times and Samuel responded to the only person could have been talking, so he thought. Through the words of the wise profit Eli there was enough light left in his life to tell Samuel, “here I am God and this is your servant Samuel”. Samuels relationship with God was into into by his obedience to his teacher Eli. The interesting part of the story is, once the connection was made through obedience the word of God came against Eli’s spiritual father. Eli had ignored the abuse of the priesthood by his two sons. Just because you are the earthly founder of a ministry does not mean that you are to set up family dynasties if you have not shown to be ready to accept all the responsibilities. We have to remember God spoke profits visions and dreams (Numbers 12:6 -8). Listening to God does not always mean that he will tell you something that is pleasing to you or that you necessarily want to hear. God’s word is sharper than any two edged sword and it divides the bone from the marrow and the muscle from the tendons. Simply put, the word of God tries to remove all the obstacles that will prevent you from hearing from God and living an abundant holy life. The key will you sit still long enough in this fast-paced world to listen. Often times we need a word of discipline before we are ready for a word of encouragement. How can a Christian mature if they continue to desire baby food and never weaned themselves to the solid word of God.
There is a danger to hearing God’s word and not responding to it. Those who suppress God’s word are delusional and headed right into the hands of Satan. The word of God is a light unto salvation to those who accepted or damnation to those who don’t. (Romans 1:18-19, Isaiah 49:6, Acts 13:47, Psalm 27:1)
There are times that you need to hear from the people of God and there are other times where God will communicate directly to you by illumination and revelation of his word. God will also communicate with you through dreams and visions, but they must line up 100% with the concepts and precepts of holy Scripture. There is nothing God wants to reveal to you outside of and between Genesis(the beginning) and revelation (the end). If there’s any other gospel that’s not talked about in sacred Scripture it is to be disregarded and avoided at all cost. These doctrines are doctrines of demons and considered heresy by the most high God. Galatians 1:8-10, John 14:6, John 10:9-10, John 10:1)
Sin Is the Cotton In Your Ears
Homework: List 3 more things that prevent you from hearing from God.