Summary: Living is full of temptations and pitfalls aiming to destroy your journey. Here is one key to assist us in our walk with Christ. We must Watch What We Hear.
To our heavenly father and in the name of Jesus..who loves me...I bring you greetings this evening. How can I say that God loves me? Ephesians 6-14. Well, because I am a child of god; seeded in heavenly places with Christ, anointed by the holy ghost with power; called to preach the gospel to the world as written in Ephesians 6: 14: I have a helmet of salvation, a breastplate of righteousness, , a shield of faith, a sword of the spirit, a ring of relationship, and the belt of truth around my waist… praying always with supplication in the Spirit, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.I have been cleansed by the blood of the lamb and set apart…so that no weapon formed against me shall prosper; I need some help in here tonight….and I’ve come this night…to Youth Explosion 2002…..to talk to the youth and to those charged with training the youth. Now we know that children have short attention spans…They don’t always hear everything. I have two of them myself and they often don’t hear what I am saying. How many of you know what I’M talking about? However, if the truth be known some of adults have short attention spans
too…and don’t hear everything that is being said. So for about 15 minutes if that’s alright I want to talk from the Title of “Watch what you hear”.
Lets look at the last point: watch what you hear. Theme comes from Mark 4: 24..God is good.
Preach that…no teach that
Background Text. Gospel. Mat, Luke, John, and Mark. 35 yrs. John Mark. Apostle Paul’s stories. Common Man. Chap 4 starts at sea – lakeshore. Puff Daddy and JaHeem.
Mark 4: 24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. 25For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
So Jesus is saying what? ….the action word is heed …..
Heed …In webster dictionary - pay attention, listen carefully, be careful, be on guard, and watch over…so lets apply this to hear our savior.
So what is the #1 reason to watch what you hear? “What you hear will affect your faith”.
Turn to someone and tell them that what hear will affect your faith.
But what do we know about faith? Can you see it… What does it look like. Have you sat down and spoke to this thing called faith? Have you seen faith’s phone number on the caller ID? Of course not…but Why not? The answer is right in the word.
Hebrew 11:1 as it says 1Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen.
So What makes up this faith – buy kindgom – Belief in asking and action in paying. Mc Donald Story
We all know that faith is important and in Hebrew 11: 6 says that without faith its impossible to please god. Living a life apart from faith…I can do fine by myself attitude…its all good. But it’s not all good. How many of you want the victory. We all like to win…so look at this
1 John 5: 4 says 4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. By what??? By faith.
Go with me to JOHN, LUKE, AND ACTS TO Romans 10:17…We need to hear and not just go on what we have heard. We are about to discover something now. 17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (2nd). So are you born of faith- etc..hear junk. You know the story of David and Goliath. But I want to look at actions before that time.
Ancient road – Bethlehem –mountains - southern valley of what are called the great valleys. Philistine armies in fortified positions…Saul and his men of Israel were in the valley of elah…which was in soe-cho the city of the shef-fee-ya of judah. About 14 miles south of modern Jerusalem.
Philistine champion… six cubits in height. Shaq 6’8 Goliath is 10 ft and 400 lbs. The word says he “the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening..challenge..intimidated..worthless
Mar 4:24 Take heed what you hear and Rom 10:17 so then faith cometh by hearing.
So notice in 1st Sam 17:11 as it “11When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.’