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A Caution about Listening to Others

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A Caution about Listening to Others

 

In an effort to hear God’s voice and be led by the Spirit, we must be careful about listening to too many other voices. What do I mean?

When God revealed His plan to Mary regarding her newborn son, Jesus, the Bible says, “she treasured these things in her heart!”[1]

When you treasure something, you guard it. You don’t leave it laying around or show it to just anybody. It’s precious.

Did Jesus seek the advice of His disciples after God revealed His plan for the cross? No, He didn’t seek their advice. However, they offered it anyway! And Jesus told Peter, “Get behind me Satan. You have in mind the things of MAN, not the things of God!”[2]

When you get advice from others that seems contrary to what God may be saying, who’s advice will you follow?

In 1994, when my wife, Dorene and I came here to be your pastors, we had a dear friend who told us she didn’t think this was God’s will. At first it rattled me, but then I realized God might have been using her to test my resolve. It’s all good. We still love her!!

How do we hear God’s voice? Remember, it starts by wanting to hear him.

“What Do You Mean, I Have to Wait to Hear God?”

Yes, that’s right. We have to wait to hear God’s voice. Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don’t wait to actually hear from the Lord.

In one of my very first classes in Bible College, our professor said, “When you get into the ministry there will be moments when you have a big decision to make. If there’s a voice that says, quick, quick do it today, that voice is probably not God. It’s probably the devil!”

And then he said, “Most of the bad decisions I ever made came because I didn’t wait long enough for God to actually speak.”

The prophet Isaiah wrote often about waiting on God. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, mount up wings like eagles, run and not be weary!”[3]

He said something very similar to that in – Isaiah 30:15-18:

This is what the Almighty Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: You can be saved by returning to me. You can have rest. You can be strong by being quiet and by trusting me. But you don’t want that. You’ve said, “No, we’ll flee on horses.” So you flee. You’ve added, “We’ll ride on fast horses.” So those who chase you will also be fast. One thousand people will flee when one person threatens them, and you will flee when five threaten you. Then you will be left alone like a flagpole on top of a mountain, like a signpost on a hill. The Lord is waiting to be kind to you. He rises to have compassion on you. The Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him.

Then God made a promise. If we will wait, He will lead.[4]

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[1] Luke 2:19

[2] Matthew 16:23

[3] Psalm 27:14

[4] Isaiah 30:21

Developing a Listening Ear toward God

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Developing a Listening Ear toward God

A really great question to ask ourselves when we desire to hear God’s voice is, “Where is God at work in my life?” That question is at the very heart of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

  • What is God doing now?
  • What is God saying now?
  • What is God wanting to do in and through me?

And here’s the beautiful thing about developing an ear for God:  when we consistently hear what God is saying to us, that’s a very clear sign that we are growing in the Lord.

Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons (huios) of God.”

Babies cry “Abba,” [daddy, my daddy].

There are three levels of listening to God’s voice:

  1. Crisis level: “God help me!”
  2. Intermittent level: run hot and cold
  3. Constantly abiding level: trusting God from the bottom of your heart

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD!”[1]

[1] MSG

 

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