Revelation 3:13 Are You Really Listening?

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:13

With all of the noise and busyness of life going on it is easy to hear without really hearing. They listen without really listening, but only hearing the words.

People hear what someone is saying, but a few seconds later could not repeat what was said, because they were not really listening. Others will hear it, but not take it to heart, acting upon what was said in obedience. Children are often blamed for doing this, but many adults have the same problem.

As Jesus was talking to the seven churches, He states that whoever has ears needs to hear what the Spirit is saying.

All throughout the church there are many believers who struggle with listening to God and really hearing what He is saying. God is always speaking, sometimes by His Spirit directly to a person, other times through another person, and other times through His word.

Words about repentance and leaving the life of sin are heard, but many do not repent or change at all. The Spirit will direct a person in what is needed to be done but is often ignored. Rather than listen and obey God, many choose to please self and the world bringing down judgement upon themselves.

Hearing what God says through His Spirit, His word and others does no good if there is no action put to what was said. It also shows that there is no trust in God or love for God when obedience does not follow.

Believers who hear and act upon God’s word show that they love and trust God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. They are not just warming a seat on Sunday mornings, but truly living for God.

God is active and speaking with you each day. The challenge for you is if you are willing to hear what He is saying.

There will be times God will point out to you that you are straying from the path you were once on or has you on. Other times He will point out that you are walking correctly and need to keep doing it.

His words are to correct, encourage and build up, not destroy as the world does. As you listen, hear and obey God’s word you will grow to be more like Jesus doing His will.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear what God is saying to you; that you will obey what God is commanding; and that you will trust God’s word to you.

Revelation 1:3 How To Be Blessed

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

No one wants to be cursed or have a bad time or bad situations occur in his life. Everyone wants things to go well and in their favor.

People are seeking every day ways to enjoy life and have everything go their way in the best way possible. They are seeking the blessings and favor of other people around them or over them.

As John opens his letter, he tells the people that anyone who reads this prophecy, hear it and take it to heart are blessed, because the time of the events occurring is near.

Believers are no different than the rest of the world in desiring to be blessed and things go well for them. Although most want the blessings, very few are willing to do what it takes to be blessed by God with eternal blessings.

Statistically very few believers read the bible on a daily basis. With that in mind, fewer yet take what is written in the bible to heart.

Throughout scripture God has written down what a person is to do to have life, an abundant life in Christ. This abundant life can be found in living in Christ Jesus and obeying God. It is in hearing His word and applying it to one’s own life continually.

As a person applies God’s word to his life, he will be blessed beyond any measure, in ways the world cannot understand or receive. God will fill the person with joy, peace, comfort, strength, power, and His favor. These are ways one will be blessed that the world cannot have nor give.

In your life you have struggles and challenges. You desire that God would bless you and give you His favor. Begin with examining your life.

Are you in His word daily? Are you applying His word to your life daily? Are you trusting God with your life daily?

As you do these things, God will bless you, though you will still have struggles and challenges in your life. There will still be sickness, pain and suffering, but you will have His peace, His joy, His salvation, His forgiveness, His strength, His wisdom, His guidance….His blessings.

You will be blessed by God. Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s word; that you will believe God’s word; that you will follow God’s word; and that you will know the blessings you have in Christ Jesus.

Philemon 1:4-5 What Are People Saying About You?

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. Philemon 1:4-5

One of the most common things to occur in every nation around the world is people like to talk about other people. No matter where a person goes, there are other people watching what that person says and does and some will talk about it. The more others know who the person is, the more likely it will be that they will talk about him.

Sometimes this is done as gossip, but other times it is just talking about what one had seen or heard.

Paul opens his letter to Philemon thanking God for him, because of what he is hearing about his love for other believers and his faith in Jesus.

Most people feel as if they are alone and no one is really watching or listening to them. They do not feel important enough to be seen or recognized, yet, people are watching and see them all the time.

Believers are watched by other believers and by the world, and both are talking. Someone always sees when something is said or done that is wrong, and someone always sees when something is said or done that is right.

Although the world does not believe in Jesus, they often know what to expect from a believer and how he should speak and act. Believers in the church know how a person should speak and act.

Those who chose to love everyone unconditionally and have true faith and trust in Jesus, will stand out as different. People will be very quick to talk about that type of person, both in the negative and in the positive. Some will be jealous and angry, while others will be encouraged.

You may or may not feel alone and unrecognized, but people are watching you and some are talking about you. They will talk about what they are hearing and seeing in you.

What will people have to say about you? Are you the person who loves everyone in the church unconditionally and with God’s true love? Or are you the person who is extremely judgmental towards others?

Are you the person who has faith in Jesus? Or are you walking around in fear and doubt?

Again, what are people saying about you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will love others as God loves you and them; that you will have true faith in Jesus; that others will see God at work in and through your life; and that you will be used by God to reach the lost.