Hearing In His Word 7-14-14

We have heard a lot of preaching and teaching about listening to what is said but are we really hearing what God’s Word is telling us?
In Ezekiel many times it says “hear this” or “Hear Me” etc. God spoke to His prophets so clearly they could tell His voice from their own and wrote it down! Can we do this today? Do we hear what He is saying?
Let us assume that we each are reading our Bibles on a somewhat regular basis; do you hear His voice directing you on what to do with what you have read?
Secondly, do you do what He said to do? Speak to whom He said to speak? Help whom He said to help? Even if it puts you out of your comfort zone?

Through out the Word of God there is proof of people suffering disaster after disaster because they just did not get it; they did not listen and hear the word of the Lord God.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the cheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Jesus used this illustration but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. John 10:1-6

If you know God, know Jesus, then you should know His voice. We have ears to hear, we have eyes to see; we have been sent; but do we hear what the spirit is saying to the church today?

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Job 42:5

I guess it all comes down to do we believe? IF we believe then we can call upon Him and if we can call upon Him that means we can listen and hear what His Holy Spirit is saying to us.

We can listen in the Word itself, we can listen via worship or praise music and we can listen to those who are given to us to teach us. Those whom God sent to us to tell us what He wanted us to know!

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” so then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth…” Romans 10:14-18
Sometimes we think we know more than God. I am serious here, we think He allows us to sit in church and not get fed. When I think about this I laugh because God will feed us from a flower in the garden, show us great and mighty things if we are listening to hear what He says in this regard.
We listen with our heart, not our physical ears, but spiritual ears.
When you sit in church and the preacher is telling you a story or message you have heard before do not turn off your heart’s ears! Keep them tuned in and ask God what it is He wants you to get from this message! 
When you are reading your Bible for the ‘umpteeth’ time and begin to read it by rote; ask God what He wants you to hear from Him today. There is always something new to learn, always something new to hear from His word.

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. Psalm 16:7

 God will give us counsel, instruct us in how to live, how to fellowship, whom to be linked to in friendship and even in marriage; but we must first learn to hear the Word of God. We must first have faith.
Faith is trusting in a great big God who can move mountains, calm seas and take care of you, and me!
That is taken from a song that gave me such encouragement during the birth of my youngest child that I had perfect peace even though he was born “beyond blue”.
Had I not taken the instruction from a little kids worship song brought to me through my daughter and she via her Vacation Bible School at Crossroads Church in Concord, California; I may have been a total basket case who could not do anything. But God spoke to my heart and gave me peace; I knew that my  baby boy would come home full of vinegar and spice!  This boy is the one who would run across the whole continent if he were aloud to when he was two!
If my daughter had not heard the song; heard the Lord in the song; the Spirit would not have passed it on to me. She sang it like a broken record, she was only 3 she probably did not have a clue that God was using her, she just sang what God put on her heart to do.
Today when I hear her sing, it delights my heart. She has a beautiful voice, if you have ever heard it you will agree. I encourage her to sing more because her voice brought God’s message to me. The message was ‘peace be still my child, trust me to take care of your child as I do you”.
Again He has given me this message when I sent my daughter off to University in another state; “Trust me to take care of her, she is my child too”.
Hear the Lord today my friends, He wants to speak to your heart; Trust Him to do what He knows to do and keep your children as He keeps you. He loves you and will never leave you.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to trust You and know your voice as we are Your Sheep. In Jesus name, amen,

Suggested reading: Psalm 16:1-11, Romans 10:1-21,  John 10:1-43, Proverbs 3:1-36