Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 7, 2019

Hearing

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

James 1:22-25  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.   Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (NIV)

These verses are very self-explanatory.  Either we do what scripture says or we don’t.  Jesus talks about it in His parable of the farmer spreading out seed.  Some lands on rocky soil and doesn’t take root.  Please refresh your memory by reading starting with Matthew 13:3.   The farmer is God.  God is the One tossing out all the seed into all types of soil.  The seed is God’s Word, Jesus, and all that God has provided in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  The Word never changes.  What does change in this parable is the soil.  The soil represents the ears of mankind.  We must ask what kind of ears do we have.  Eyes have lids and are able to close.  God didn’t provide lids for ears.  He designed ears to stay open and always hear.  What are we tuned in to hear?  Do we hear the rocks – all the material things around us that seem to scream for attention?  Do we hear the weeds – all the fleshly desires of our sinful hearts?  We train our ears to hear the seed, the Word of God, through study and meditation on the scripture and through prayer – the practice of talking with God and then listening what He says to us, both through the scripture and through the soft voice of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s be sure we practice hearing

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