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 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. 

Ezekiel 2:1 God Is Willing To Talk

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He said to me, “So of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” Ezekiel 2:1 

Getting to be able to talk someone in a very high position is often very difficult to impossible. Those in a very high position of authority are often too busy to be able or willing to talk to someone who is not really all that important. The average person does not carry enough importance for high level authority to take time to listen to. He has more ‘important’ things to tend to.

Most people will not even attempt to speak to someone in great authority. Others will do drastic things (such as riots, or picketing) to catch the attention of the leaders.

Ezekiel had a vision of God and had fallen down in fear and being overwhelmed. God immediately tells him to get up and that He will talk with him. Ezekiel was no one special at this point, yet, the God of the universe was willing and ready to talk with him.

There are many people, even in the church, who do not think that God is willing to talk with them. They are nobodies, so why would God talk to them?

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He wants to talk to people. God is ready to share what is on His mind, what is doing and is planning to do. And just like some people, He is willing to talk to whoever is willing to listen.

One of the awesome things about God is that He is able to talk to anyone and everyone all at the same time. Unlike people in authority today, they are limited to their time and space to be able to talk to people. There is no way a human can to talk to everyone at the same time, but God can.

You may feel as if you are unimportant to God, but that is not true. God sent Jesus to die for you, so you have high importance to Him. God wants to talk to you every day.

God has something to say to you, but you must be willing to listen and hear what He has to say. Tune out the things and cares of this world and begin listening to what God has to tell you.

Hear what God is saying through the scriptures and by His Holy Spirit. Stand up today and begin listening to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be willing to listen to God’s voice in your life; that you will stop to hear what God has to tell you; and that you will obey God’s word to you. 

Jeremiah 25:4 Refusing To Listen

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And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. Jeremiah 25:4 

Everyday as a person drives down the road he can see signs that tell him the speed limit and to not drink alcohol and drive. Yet, many refuse to listen to those signs and warnings and will do both.

Many feel that they are exempt from those laws or that they can drive better than anyone else. They drink and drive, then many will cause accidents and even death because they had refused to listen to what was told to them. They chose, rather, to do their own thing.

Jeremiah accuses the people of Israel of refusing to listen to God. They had been sent many warnings by different prophets, yet they would not listen to what was being said.

Every prophet that was sent to the Israelites were sent to people today, along with new servants with the same message. The message has been the same since God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden–follow and obey God.

Just as it was with the Israelites during Jeremiah’s time, people do not listen or pay attention to the message. God is still telling people to not follow false gods, to turn away from all sin, to live a holy life, to believe in and obey Jesus and to be His witness in this world.

Yet, many, even in the church, are not paying attention to what God is saying. The false gods of pride, wealth, fame, self, sex, and greed are being worshipped everyday, both inside and outside the church.

Those who claim to believe in Jesus, must listen to what God is saying. They must turn away from sin and follow Jesus with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. This can only be done when they are listening.

Have you heard what God has said? If you have heard are you listening–obeying God’s word?

At a minimum God has called you to be separate, to turn away from all sin, to obey God’s word, and to be His witness. No matter where you are in this life in your walk with God, there is always room to grow and do better for God. There is always more to listen to and obey.

Do not be like the Israelites and most of the world and not pay attention to God, His word and His servants.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will listen to what God is saying; that you will apply what God is saying to your life; and that you will live your whole life for God.