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Summary: This sermon looks at peoples relationship with God in light of their willingness to hear Him. Somtimes God allows hardships (CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW) God will bring us to a point in our lives where we will put our antennas up and listen.

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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW ?

May 22, 2005

Text: Numbers 22: 21-35

Introduction: Have you seen this guy on the verizon wireless commercials? How he goes all over the world asking “can you hear me now?"

Communication has become a big part of our lives today, it allows us to stay in touch with loved ones.

God has His own wireless service provider (the Holy Spirit) and He’s asking “can you hear me now”?

Sometimes we just don’t listen, or can’t hear.

Illustration: An old couple was sitting by the fireplace. He looked over at her, had a romantic thought, and said, “After fifty years, I’ve found you tried and true.”

The wife’s hearing wasn’t very good, so she said, “What?”

He repeated, “After fifty years, I’ve found you tried and true.”

To which she said “After fifty years, I’m tired of you too” (from sermoncentral.com)

We need to realize there is big danger in having a bad reception or ignoring the calls of God. Eternity is at stake!!

Background: Balaam, a man in the Bible who had bad reception and didn’t listen to good.

Balaam was asked to curse…,God said no, Balaam went anyway (because of money) and it almost cost him his life.

Text: Numbers 22: 21-35

T.S. We all need hear and obey God when He speaks to our hearts

I. DO YOU HAVE A SIGNAL ?

A. Do I have service? (salvation)

1. Do you have a contract ? “covenant with God” ( John 14:3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

2. Has you bill been paid ? (Rom. 10:13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Have you ever called upon Him?)

B. Am I to far away from the tower?

1. Lost ? (2 Peter 3:9) Tells us The Lord is , “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

2. Backslidden ? (the more you live in sin the less you will hear that still small voice.)

C. Is something wrong with my batteries ?

1. Do you have the right batteries ? (Eph. 2:8-9) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2. Have you had charged lately ? (Heb, 10:25) Tells us to forsake not the assembling of ourselves together, but to exhort one another, and more so as we see the day approaching.

D. Do I have the right service provider?

1. God ?

a. Is it the God of the universe, The great I AM, The Alpha and Omega ?

b. (Rom. 8:16-17) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…

c. Who’s your daddy ?

2. Devil ?

a. Is it the god of this world ,The prince of darkness, the great deceiver

b. (John 8:44a) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.

c. Who’s your daddy ?

II. IS YOUR RINGER ON ?

A. Have you silenced the ringer ?

B. Have you ignored His calls ?

1. If we don’t answer, calls are forwarded in to voicemail.

2. Many of us don’t check our voicemail.

III. IS YOUR RECEPTION A DECEPTION ?

A. Are you only posing as something your not ?


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