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Listening to God

November 27, 2020

Faith Filled Friday blog

Scripture: James 1:19-25

The Lord wants all believers to walk in a close relationship with him. Listening to God is necessary to walk with God. We must learn to listen to God, to hear His voice in order to know God’s will for us.

Listening to God

There are two types of listeners

Be purposeful in listening by attending church and listening so that you learn and grow in the Lord. It is also necessary to put into practice what you learned.

Passive listeners will sit through a sermon and even enjoy it, but they have no intention of applying what they hear. Church attendance might be part of their lives, but they fail to grow spiritually.

The Bible teaches us to listen intently

God spoke to Peter, James, and John encouraging them to listen to his Son (in Matthew 17:5).

In Mark 4:3, “Hearken” Christ said to begin his parable of the sower. He wanted their attention.

And in Mark 7:14 when the Lord wanted to make sure everyone was listening, he said, “Hearken unto me everyone of you and understand.” In Mark 7:16, Jesus says, “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.”

God has spoken throughout history

The Bible gives many examples of God speaking to us. Think of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Saul of Tarsus, Jonah, the apostle John, and many more.

What happens when believers don’t listen to God?

Those who do not have Jesus in their hearts are primarily influenced by news articles, television shows, family, and the advice of friends, even a few strangers.

If you do not know the scriptures or spend time talking with Jesus, you can be easily deceived and drift into sin.

Unwise decisions and sinful choices mark our lives and almost always hurt those around us.

You might decide to ignore biblical passages that do not agree with your choices. That is not a smart thing to do.

How do we listen to God?

1. Read the Bible. He will never tell you something that contradicts his Word. Read at least a small portion of Scripture each day, and ask God to speak to you through it.

2.Listen to the Holy Spirit. One of his jobs is to guide you by speaking to your spirit.

3. Pray. Prayer is talking and listening to God. You can pray to God any time of the day or night. You can make a quick one-sentence prayer or enjoy a lengthy chat.

4. Be watchful. Look for the Lord to reveal himself to you through circumstances. When life takes you by surprise, ask him what He is doing. Watch for him to guide you through open and closed doors.

5. Expect Him to guide you through others. He will use pastors, parents, friends, family members, and at times, even strangers to lead you. Just be careful to evaluate everything in the light of the scripture.

What’s the appropriate way to listen to God?

1. Reflective – Meditate on the Bible passages that you read. That is, slowly and thoughtfully read a section over and over again.

2. Prayerful – As you read God’s Word, ask for his help in understanding and applying it.

3. Submissive – Be willing to obey whatever the Lord tells you to do. That it not always easy to do and it may even be something you do not want to do.

4. Expectant – God promises to speak to us, which means you should expect that he will meet you in a personal way.

5. Patient – On important decisions, it’s sometimes necessary to pray for days, weeks, or even longer before understanding what the Lord is saying.

Conclusion: As a Christian it is important to have a personal closeness with Jesus. Nothing in this world compares to hearing God’s voice. Remember, God does not always speak out loud to us. It is that still small voice we hear.

Here are a few more verses:

Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. Proverbs 22:17

Make me to hear joy and gladness… Psalm 51:7a

Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me. Revelation 3:20

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