Did you even hear that? In the Word 3-28-16

Did you even hear that? In the Word 3-28-16

Sometimes we go to church we do the ‘church things’; and then we come home and go off to the world for the week. We should be paying attention in church; we think we heard the message as it was presented, but what was it? What did it mean to me?
Do we even listen to the Word spoken to our hearts or do we just get caught up in the moment of worship but do not dwell there?

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Proverbs 1:2-5

We are given the Word of God from a Shepherd’s mouth and from His heart to ours but sometimes we do not receive the word we are given. We put up our shield of faith as a blocking thing instead of a protecting instrument. Faith comes by hearing…

But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 So, faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. 18 But I ask, have the people of Israel actually heard the message? Yes, they have: “The message has gone throughout the earth, and the words to all the world.” Romans 10 16-18

Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it? I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. Galatians 3:2-6

Many people went to church yesterday and many heard the Resurrection Story preached but did they even hear what God was saying to them personally in it or have they heard it so many times that they just tuned out?  Each time we hear the Word spoken, discussed or referred to we should tune in, even if it’s not the story you wanted to hear, or if you are tired of the same old thing” God will speak to you through the message again.
Our job is to use that Holy Spirit we have been given at salvation to understand what it is that God has given to each of us individually speaking from our hearts to His and back. When we worship, we celebrate His goodness; when we hear the Word we need to glean from it. What does it mean to glean His word? To obtain it, draw from it, piece by piece, word by word, line by line gather it up and keep it. We ask ourselves each time we hear the word, what am I going to learn from this? We ask the Lord; “What can I do with this you have allowed me to glean?”

In the Bible story of the young widow woman, Ruth, you can find out how she gleaned behind with the other workers and grabbed what was left behind. She did this to feed her mother in law Naomi. In doing so she had substance for a meal and inadvertently met her future husband.
When God gives us food, via the Word of God our Bible, or church services and study groups, we need to pick up everything and be nourished by it.
We need to be sure we have listening ears to get even the leftovers!

Ruth had to pay attention to where grain was dropped, or left behind in order to get them; we need to pay attention to the Word spoken and be sure we get every morsel.
So here is my challenge for you this week; after you read the suggested verses go a through it again and see what you left behind and glean from it!

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to get it all!  Give us understanding and clarity to glean from Your Word the message meant for us to hear each day. Then help us to share the nourishment with our loved ones and those around us that they may benefit from the gleaning as well!  In Jesus name; amen