How well do you listen to the Holy Spirit? If you don’t listen to Him, you’ll have major problems in life and won’t make it as a Christian if you don’t, or won’t, listen to what He’s saying. Jesus said to listen to what He’s saying. Throughout the Gospels, He says, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 11:15, 13:9 and 13:43. After He ascended into Heaven, He still kept telling His people to cultivate a “hearing ear.” In Revelation, He says “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13 and 22. Why does he keep telling us to listen? Well, it’s totally important for the Believer to cultivate a listening ear because NOT listening is so common and that’s why many Christians make messes of their lives. Some people don’t listen to what the Holy Spirit says because they’re what the Bible calls “dull of hearing.” This means that the Spirit of God is speaking, but they aren’t listening. Hebrews 5:11, “we have many things to say, things that are hard to get across, seeing that you’re dull of hearing.” Can you imagine that? God having many things to say to you, but He has a hard time. When a person is dull of hearing, it’s not only hard for God to get through, but for other people, including men of God, to get through. Instead of hearing what’s being said, the dull of hearing persons listens to how he or she THINKS.
The problem isn’t that God isn’t speaking, the problem isn’t that the Bible isn’t inspired, it’s not the preacher doesn’t preach the Word, but the problem is in the hearing. Jesus says that peoples’ hearts get dull, or gross, then, they close their ears, shut their eyes. How come? Because, if they let the Lord rule their hearts, open their eyes, and then listen, they’d have spiritual understanding, vision and would hear what God is saying. That’s how Jesus put it in Matthew 13:15. Another problem is when you have what the Bible calls, “itching ears.” When you have itching ears you only hear what you want to hear and you don’t hear the whole thing. 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “in the last days, people will have itching ears, and will heap to themselves teachers who will tell them only what they already want to hear.” These people want to hear about the power of God but not about turning around and walking with the Spirit. They’ll go from church to church trying to find someone that will give them all the promises of God without them walking in faith and obedience.
When you have itching ears, you’ll find the teachers you want and you can find the ones that make you feel how you want to feel, but you’ll lose the power of God and you might find a church where you can run around hollering, whooping, shouting, dancing and crowing like a rooster. That doesn’t mean you’re listening to the Holy Spirit but it might mean that you’re listening to your carnality. The Holy Spirit might be saying, “Be still and know that I’m God.” Psalm 46:10. You might just enjoy running around and whooping it up. Instead, you want to be like the people Jesus was talking about in Luke 8:15: “having heard the Word and keep it…” It’s a matter of being honest and knowing that there’s a LOT that you don’t know and being humble enough to listen to what God has to say. Second, having a good heart. A heart for the things of God and being willing to listen and DO what He’s saying to you. Third, listening to the Word. See, the Word of God is inspired. Inspired means “inspirited”. That’s means it’s literally indwelt by the Spirit of God. 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: complete, lacking nothing, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” The Bible is indwelt by the Spirit of God and is profitable and you get more OUT of it than you put in it. It’s profitable to listen to God.
Jesus said that ears that hear are “blessed.” If you have blessed ears, you’ll hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to you. Blessed ears hear and blessed eyes see, Jesus said, “Blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears because they hear.” When you listen to God, you’re blessed! Blessed ones hear what God is saying. He’s talking – the trouble is that people have stopped listening when you read your Bible, you’ll discover that all the heroes of the faith got their inspired ideas from listening to God and that’s why Jesus says, “LISTEN!”
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