Matthew 17:5 Listen To Him

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

Hearing someone speak is easy to do. Everywhere a person goes he can hear other people talking. Just because he hears a person talking does not necessarily mean that he understands what it being talked about or that he even cares about what is being said. Most of what people hear goes in one ear and out the other, it is ignored.

While up on mountain with Jesus, some disciples were with Him and a bright cloud covered them. God spoke out of the cloud telling them to emphatically listen to Jesus.

Listening takes hearing to a whole new level. It is much more than just hearing words. It is understanding and following those words. It is carefully paying attention to what is being said and putting into practice what is being said.

Jesus taught many things about how to live life on this earth and how to please God. Many believers have heard these words, but never attempt to put them into practice. Or they do not understand what He said. They are not really listening.

To follow Jesus means that one will leave his past behind and become someone very different. This is not a option, as many think and act like it is. In order to be different, one has to emphatically listen to what Jesus says and then apply it his life. It is no longer about self, but about pleasing God.

Later when Jesus left the earth He sent the Holy Spirit to remind His followers of what He said and to guide them in how to live that way. Every believer still needs to listen to Him.

As a believer, you have probably heard many things that Jesus said, whether by reading it in the Bible or hearing it preached. Do not allow those words to just go in one ear and out the other, but actually emphatically listen to what is being said.

Allow Jesus to change you into a new creation by His word abiding in your heart and life. Take time every day and throughout every day to meditate and think about what Jesus has said.

Are you hearing or listening to Jesus? You need to listen to Him!

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear Jesus speaking into your life; that you will listen to what God is saying; and that you will apply God’s word to your life.

Micah 7:7 Watching And Waiting

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But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 

When a person is driving down the road and suddenly his car breaks down he begins to wait. He will make a call for a tow truck to come and rescue him from being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a broken vehicle. Once the call is made, he watches and waits in hope for the one to save him from his troubles. He has hope in the tow truck driver.

During the time of Micah, the nation of Israel was being overrun and destroyed. There appeared to be no hope. Yet, Micah says that he will watch and wait in hope for God to hear him and save him.

In recent weeks there has come a time of destruction, violence and sickness across the land of America and many other nations that has not been experienced in many years. Fear of sickness or death is gripping the hearts of millions of people. There does not appear to be any hope left.

Most people are looking to the government and other leaders to bring an end to the death and destruction. They are putting a false hope in other people.

Believers are to look to God for their salvation, both the salvation of the souls and their bodies. God is still in control, even though He may appear to be distant. He is in the process of redeeming those who love and serve Him.

Until God does a work and removes the destruction and sickness from the land, people must watch for God to move and wait for Him to move. Everything will be done in His perfect timing. God hears the prayers of those who call upon Him in their days of trouble.

You may be crying out to God to be rescued from some situation in your life that is currently threatening you. Do not stop watching and waiting for His answer. God hears your cries.

Know that God hears you and will save you in the end. It may be by removing the situation from you or it may be by removing you from the situation. Either way you must watch and wait for His move in your life. Do not give up watching or waiting upon God, He is faithful and will do what He has promised.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will watch for God’s move in your life; that you will wait patiently for God to meet your needs; and that you will see God work in your life. 

Micah 2:6 Refusing To Listen

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“Do not prophecy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophecy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.” Micah 2:6 

No one likes to hear bad news, when it is about themselves. They only want to hear good news, positive things.

People who go to the doctor and receive some bad news about their health, often go to another doctor to get a second opinion. Or the ignore the news, not believing it is the truth. They do not want to believe that the bad news is the truth.

Micah was bringing bad news to the people of Israel. Their prophets were telling him to stop prophesying that way. They did not believe it would happen as they were being told.

God has not changed over the years since Micah’s time. He still is against sin and sinful practices. He still warns people to turn away from sin or else there will be disaster and punishment.

All over America and most other nations, sin is promoted as good. Anyone who speaks out against sinful practices is listed as a hater or as one who wants to take away someone else’s freedom to do and live as he desires. As this is done believers are told to keep quiet and keep their belief to themselves.

Every believer is placed upon this earth to be a witness of who Jesus is. One of the things Jesus is, is holy and pure. The believer is also supposed to be like Jesus and tell others to be like Him–holy and pure.  This requires a turning away from sin.

Those who choose not to turn away from sin will eventually face a final judgement. Punishment or correction for living in sin may occur in this life. God does this to warn people of what is to come, giving them a chance to repent.

When God is speaking to you about some warning of judgement to come, do not ignore it. Take it to heart and change as He is calling you to change. Do not allow your heart to be hardened like the world and ignore the prophesies.

If you choose to purposely live in sin, then disgrace will overtake you and you will be destroyed. However, you have the opportunity to turn from sin and follow God. Do not live for evil, but live for God and His holiness and righteousness. Listen to the prophets for God wants to give you good, not punishment.

I pray today you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will listen to what God says through His prophets; that you will not give God a reason to bring on disaster; and that you will speak the words of God to this world. 

Ezekiel 37:4 Hear God’s Word

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Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!'” Ezekiel 37:4 

People like to talk and people like to be heard. However, there is a difference between listening to and being heard. With so much talking going on with so many different people and things, there is often too much noise to really hear what one is saying.

Along with all the noise, people are too busy to stop and really listen and hear what someone else is saying. People pass in a store asking how a person is doing, but rarely stop to hear how the person is really doing. The answer often falls upon deaf ears.

God told Ezekiel to prophesy to some dead bones lying on the ground. Those bones were to hear the word of God, whatever that was.

God is still in the speaking business. He wants to tell the world something and most are too busy to listen. They are dead in their ways of doing things and refusing to take a moment to listen. Their ears are as though they are dead men, hearing nothing.

Being stuck in sinful ways is to be a living dead person. One is dead to what God is saying. This can even occur within the church. Every week millions of people go to church, but never really hear what is being said. They do not act upon what God’s word tells them to do, not do and what to be like.

Just as with the bones in the valley with Ezekiel, believers need to wake up and hear the word of God. God was telling those bones to come to life, and God is telling people to come to life today. Every believer is to put off all sin and live the life Jesus is giving them.

You can ask yourself how well are you listening to God’s word. By this, are you doing what God’s word says to you? Or are you staying dead and not hearing what He is saying?

Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly. However, for you to enjoy that abundant life, you must accept what God has for you. In other words, you must listen to what God tells you and act upon it. Serve God with your whole life, not just a part. Really live for God and not be dead bones anymore.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive to God; that you will hear God’s word; that you will act upon God’s word; and that obey God’s every word to you.