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Summary: Oftentimes, we get so busy listening to the cries of our everyday duties and the “hustle and bustle” of life, that, if we are not careful, we will miss hearing the most important voice of all. That of our Lord!!

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Hearing From Heaven

Scripture Reading: I Samuel 3:1-10

Scripture Text: Rev. 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;

Rev. 2:7 [NJB] Let anyone who can hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches:

Introduction:

A nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones’ chests would plug the

stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response to equal four-year-old David’s. Gently he tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disk over his heart.

“Listen,” she said, "What do you suppose that is?" He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap-tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. "Is that Jesus knocking?" he asked! (SermonCentral.com)

Do you know when Jesus is “knocking”?

Do you recognize and acknowledge His voice when He speaks to you?

Are you listening for the voice of the Lord?

At least fifteen times, the phrase “...let him hear..” is repeated in the New Testament,

and there are many other references to the people of God “HEARING FROM HEAVEN”!!

God still desires to speak to His people even in these last days.

Oftentimes, we get so busy listening to the cries of our everyday duties and the

“hustle and bustle” of life, that, if we are not careful, we will miss hearing the most important

voice of all. That of our Lord!!

I. Why Does God Wish To Speak To Us?

A. He wants to bless us.

Deut. 6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Jeremiah 29:11 [Living] For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 139:17 [GW] How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are!

Psalm 40:5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

B. He wants to give direction to our lives.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

1. We can only be led by the Spirit if we are listening to Him!

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

2. Ex.= Philip/Gaza (Acts 8); Peter/Cornelius (Acts 10).

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

C. He wants to correct us and tell us how we can live to please Him.

2 Tim. 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.


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