Summary: Just by listening we can change our lives forever
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Change Your Life Through One Simple Skill
- We need to understand that our world is a fast changing world.
- Change is not necessary bad - if fact change is normal
- Change is really a sign of life.
> The medical definition of death is a body that does not change...
+ We Change
> During my sermon your body is going to change - about ½ million cells in your body are going to die and be replaced with a half a million new cells during my message.
> Our skin replaces itself every month... X
- 70-80% of the dust in your house is dead skin that has flaked off.
>Your stomach lining has a complete change every 5 days X
> Your liver changes every 6 weeks; X
> Your skeleton every 3 months.... X
> Your whole body every 5 years for men & 7 for women X
- Change is natural
- To not change is to die....
+ Our World Has Changed
> The digital watch you have on your wrist contains more computing power than existed in the entire world in 1961.
>Your late model car has more computation power to get down the street
> Than all the computers combined in the Apollo 11 space craft that carried Neal Armstrong to the moon.
+ It has been estimated that more information has been generated in the last 30 years than in the previous 5,000 years.
+ Change Your Life Through One Simple Skill
> The most basic of all human needs are food clothing and shelter
> The next most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.
> The best way to understand is to listen
> If we listen we will change our lives
+ How Is It Simple
> Writing takes 12 years to learn Used 9%
> Reading takes 6-8 yr. To learn Used 16%
> Speaking takes 1-2 years to learn Used 30%
> Listening takes 0-few Hr. To learn Used 45%
+ Research On Listening
> We spend about 40% of our waking hours
listening, yet most of the time we’re only listening at 25% efficiency, and that creates many of our problems.
> James 1:19, NIV - "My dear brothers, take
note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry …."
+ Examples of Poor Listening
> Noah - preached 120 years - only 8 saved
> Lot - Cities of Sodom & Gomorrah 4 saved
> Pharaoh - 10 plages - He lost his son
> Have you listened to Christ call?
> Christ is coming again as a thief
> 2 Pet. 3:10 KJV But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up
> Video (Thief in the night)
+ Why Poor Listening Skills?
Four things that will hinder my hearing:
> 1. Ignorance
> I Don’t Know
- Jailer heard Paul & Silas
Acts 16:30–32 ..... Sirs, what must I do to be saved?31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord......
> 2. Disobedience -
> I Don’t Care
- Heard and somewhat religious but never responded to Christ