Summary: There are two Greek words translated as "word" in the Scriptures. The Greek words are "logos" and "Rhema". Faith Comes by hearing and hearing by the word "Rhema" of God.
I am convinced that we are too easily distracted in the rush of this modern world .....we live in.
There are so many choices .... There are so many distractions ..... all demanding our time and ....our attention.
Sadly it seems that we only hear ....what we want to hear .... and we often completely tune out ....the voice of our Lord.
We do not take time .... to hear His voice.
Maybe we do not really have .....as Trusting a relationship with Jesus.... as we may think we have. (Pause)
How much time do you set aside for the one you call your Savior? How much time do you spend... with the one you call Lord?
Do you hear his voice?
Are you really tuned in ......to hear his voice? (Pause)
The following story may help explain what I am, trying to say:
"Two men were walking along a crowded city sidewalk. Suddenly, one of the men remarked: "Listen to the lovely sound of that cricket."
But the other man could not hear the sound of the cricket at all.
He asked his friend: "How can you hear the sound of a cricket ... amid the roar of the traffic and the sounds of the city."
The first man, who was a zoologist, had trained himself to hear the sounds of nature.
He didn’t explain to his friend how he could hear the sound of the cricket, ..... instead, he reached into his pocket, ....pulled out a half-dollar coin,.... dropped it onto the sidewalk, .........And watched intently as a dozen people began to look for the coin as they heard it clanking amid the sounds of the traffic and the sounds of the city.
He turned to his friend and said, ..... "We hear ....what we listen for."
Beloved... (Slow) We hear what we listen for.
Are you tuned in to the voice of Jesus.
Do you really seek His voice?
What are you listing for?
We hear what we want to hear.
Knowingly or unknowingly we all make choices of who we are listing too.
This Gospel reading is a promise to those who call themselves followers of the Christ.
This Scripture is a truth .... it is a wonderful promise.
My sheep hear my voice!
It does not say we could hear his voice or we should hear his voice or we might hear his voice.
The Scripture is Crystal Clear: My Sheep....My Sheep!..Hear My Voice.
I know this will sound strong .....but maybe it needs to be said: "If you are not hearing his voice then you are probably not walking in his will." (Pause)
"So...What is God’s will for each of us?"
How can I know his will? (Pause)
What does it mean when we say that: "We want to know the will of God?"
To know his will is to say... we want to discern, we want to understand, we want to know His plan for our life.
We want His guidance in our decisions so we can make wise choices. (Pause)
Knowing the voice of God results in ....... finding the will of God.
You can be assured that God wants you to know His will.
The Scriptures tell us: BIBLE Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. END ( Matthew 4:4 )
The Greek word for "proceeds" speaks of a continuing function.
It means something that happened in the past, ....is happening in the present, .... and will continue to take place in the future.
Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
So...It is imperative that we know the voice of God.
We live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
There are two Greek terms translated "word" in the Scriptures. The two Greek words are "logos" and "rhema".
Logos is has been described as the general word of God.
Through reading and hearing the Scriptures you can receive all the knowledge you need concerning God and his promises; .... but just through reading you do not necessarily receive faith.
You will receive knowledge and understanding about God, but you do not necessarily receive faith.
Paul shares this truth with us in Romans when he states: BIBLE "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." END Romans 10:7
In this passage the Greek term for Word is not logos, but Rhema.
Faith specifically comes by hearing the Rhema of God.
Logos has been defined as "the written or said word of God," and Rhema as "the saying, the action word of God."
That is God giving, a specific word ..... to a specific person ..... for a specific situation.
Faith comes hearing and hearing by the Rehma of God.
And the writer of Hebrews shares this truth (Hebrews 11:6) BIBLE "..... Without faith it is impossible to please Him." END