Summary: A message on Listening and hearing the voice of God.
DOES GOD HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY?
Are We Listening?
Illustration: Listening Devices
Stethoscope For listening beyond the surface at the vital organs of the human body. Are we trained to listen beyond the clutter of our everyday noise to hear the vital heartbeat of God?
47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
We live in a world that has forgotten how to listen, Worse yet we live in a place were God is ignored and his word Is considered old news and not relevant. It is our fault that God is considered irrelevant. God is not the one who is out of touch it is us that need the adjustment! We live our traditions and they think that god is old. We want to honor God with our traditions but instead we build alters that embarrass Him (disciples at the transfiguration) Us with steeples and crosses. And annual things. Our traditions have set barriers between the world and God. WE want to remember moments. GOD want to make memorable moments. We live in the success of the past God lives in the reality of the Now! His Name Is “I AM” Not “I Was”
God Has something to Say to Us but we will not listen to Him.
Jer 29:11-14 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."
Does God Answer Us?
Isa 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
We are invited to listen to him!
Isa 34:1 Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it!
We are called out to by Him
Jer 7:13 While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.
When We Listen WE:
Can Know he Hears Us;
Ps 17:6 I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.
Ps 4:3-4 Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.
Can Know He Saves Us
Ps 18:1-3 I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
Can Gain Instruction
Isa 28:22-26 Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land. 23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. 24 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil? When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? 26 His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.
Jer 33:2-3 "This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it-- the LORD is his name: ’Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Isa 46:12-13Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness. I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel.
Zech 13:9 This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ’They are my people,’ and they will say, ’The LORD is our God.’"
Know You Are Safely and Securely HIS