Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hearing Aids


James 1:19  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

My dad used to say that: “If people would take some of the cotton that was in their ears and put it in their mouths everyone would be a little better off.”

The ability to hear well is a great gift from God. Think how valuable is the gift of being able to actually hear God. Yet, it’s easier than some might first imagine. And, if we have trouble hearing Him … God is willing to help.

Acts 2 KJV
8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12  And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13  Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 ¶  But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22  Ye men of Israel, hear these words …

Herein these scriptures we see two major miracles – Divine utterance and Divine Hearing Ability – or in other words … the Holy Spirit’s Hearing Aid!

There is no shortage of God’s voice in the earth, rather what is lacking are those who hear. Hearing God is critical to following God.

Luke 5:15  … and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.

Luke 6:17  … a great multitude of people … came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,

Mark 5:27 When she heard … she came … and she touched …

Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice …

Truly there are some who:
·        Cannot hear
·        Do not hear
·        Will not hear

Some cannot hear the voice of God because they simply do not know His voice, and there is no one to tell them. Multitudes around the globe sit in darkness waiting for someone to shine the light of life upon them. These are those whom Paul spoke of when he said:

 Romans 10
13  For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."
14  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?
15  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!"

Acts 10 – Cornelius heard the voice of God when he heard the voice of the Apostle Peter.

Some cannot hear and others who can hear, simply do not hear. Jesus spoke of a group of people who had grown hard of hearing.

Matthew 13:15  For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’

What makes people who can hear become people who don’t hear?
·        Fat
·        Distracted

These aren’t bad people … they are just either too busy or too lazy to listen.

While some people cannot hear and some who can hear, do not hear, there are others who simply will not hear the voice of God. People who for one reason or another have closed their own ears and refuse to hear another word. These often stand on high principles of personal faith in their own reasons. Some are:
·        Purveyors of pet doctrines
·        Protectors of petty problems

However, God is still speaking and many simply need help hearing Him.

Tonight I want to give 5 Hearing Aids

1.   Clean out your ears
a.   Of preconceived ideas
b.   Past problems
2.   Get close to the source
a.   Positioning is everything
b.   It helps to know what the conversation is about
3.   Pay attention
a.   Keep distractions to a minimum
b.   Quiet other voices
c.   Fasten both eyes and ears on the source
d.   Don’t interrupt
e.   Take notes
4.   Clarify
a.   Ask relevant questions
b.   Stay on point
5.   Confirm
a.   With others: Did others hear what you heard
b.   Verify with the source: Ask for a repeat

God’s voice is not limited to only answering our prayers.

God often speaks to us about things we have never yet considered. The Prophet wrote:

Isaiah 50:4 ¶  "The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

God speaks to us of things before they happen.

Isaiah 42:9  Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them."

God speaks not only to us and God speaks through us.

God speaks to you about you – He may or may not speak to you about anyone or anything else, but God will speak to you about you … the only question is – will you hear?