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.