It seems that the heaven was closed, that there was no way through, no answering voice, no sense of a listening ear; and with deep heart exercises about the matter you have been tempted to doubt the promise, question the faithfulness of God, raise questions as to the truth of His Word.
When you permit Him to remove all the safety-features of your personal life and when you dare to listen to His voice and dare to trust His Word implicitly – even when you don’t understand or when the very circumstances of life seem to thunder the opposite – then He’ll reveal His nearer presence to you – in a different way than ever before.
He listened to the Father’s voice – preferring to do the Father’s will than His own.
Let us submit to the leading and the guiding of the Holy Spirit of Christ. Let us listen to the Father’s voice – preferring the Father’s will to our own. Let us submit to the Holy Spirit and be sensitive to His inner promptings, for in so doing the Spirit of God will abide in us as we abide in Him – and as we abide in Him the Spirit of Christ will become our abiding reality.
William Newell succinctly writes the following on appropriating God’s word:- Paul does not ask a thing of the saints in the first 3 chapters of Ephesians but just to listen while he proclaims that wondrous series of great and eternal facts concerning them; It is not until he has completed this catalogue of realities about them – does he ask them to do anything at all! And when he does open his plea for their high walk as Christians, everything is based on the revelation before.
A life with Christ as central is a life that abides in Him; rests in Him – trusts Him. The fruit of a life that looks to Christ in all things – is one that walks as He walked.. and Christ walked in spirit and truth by obediently listening to the Father’s voice – Christ lived a life in submission to the Holy Spirit – He lived a spiritual life.
Clamour of Life
The world is being rocked by earthquakes and submerged in mud-slides. People are rushing hither and thither to seek for answers and search out solutions. Many eyes are being distractedly – removed from the Source of understanding. Men’s hearts are failing within them.. believers and non-believer alike. Ofttimes we are like the disciples who get fearful of the crazy things around us. Sometimes the distresses that are coming on the world can cause us to fear. Should we not listen to the still small voice of His perfect peace that loves His own..
THIRD : David accepted responsibility for his actions, his thoughts and his choices. David was willing to learn from the wisdom and instruction of others – he listened to the word of the Lord and was jealous for the honour of God.
But only one was a man after God’s own heart who was jealous of God’s holy name. Only one had a teachable spirit and was prepared to listen and learn God’s will. Only one had a right attitude of heart towards God, only one took responsibility for his wrong actions,. Only one was prepared to listen and learn – only one was prepared to cry out… Search me..
There are still a few watchmen on the walls crying, prepare ye the way of the Lord, but there is one frequently overlooked warning to which we would be wise to heed:- a warning to apostate Israel, but one that can be applied to Church-age apostasy:- forewarning of a time of peculiar famine – a notice of great thirst in the world – a famine of hearing God’s lovely word – a scarcity of listening to God’s pure voice.We read in Psalms: how sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 – and yet a time is coming when there will be a severe famine and thirst in the land.
The Word of God is true, vital and more accessible that at any time in history, yet Amos warns of a time when people just don’t want to know and will not listen – and resistance to hear His voice and reluctance to follow His Word is rife today.
Amos calls it a famine of hearing God’s Word – a famine of listening to God’s voice..
Seven times the Spirit warns the Church, he who has an ear..let him hear, but too often ears are tuned to listen to the wrong voices, declaring a false gospel.
Pharaoh is an example of a man who heard God’s truth but stopped listening. Pharaoh hardened his own heart when God’s truth was first presented to him. Three times we read that in pride and arrogance Pharaoh hardened his heart, but finally God sent a famine of hearing His words, to Pharaoh – finally God Himself hardened Pharaoh’s progressively desensitising heart. Pharaoh is an old testament type that can be expressed as a spiritual truth today.
The truth expressed in this example is no different from today’s end times, for if truth is being presented and yet repeatedly rejected, God finally sends a famine – a famine of hearing God’s word – a famine of listening to God’s voice.
There are still a few watchmen on the walls crying, prepare ye the way of the Lord. Perhaps you’re a one such watchman on the wall crying, listen to the word of the Lord.
Remember the prophets of old all discovered the truth that Amos penned: many don’t want to hear God’s Word – many don’t want to listen to God’s voice.
Scripture indicates this will be the sad state of Christendom at the end of the Church age. But we can still join with Joshua and others that listened to the voice of the Lord: but as for me and my house we will serve to the Lord. As for me and my family we will trust His word and listen to His voice.
You be faithful to hear to His word and listen to His voice and obey His command. You be faithful in your own way to feed on His Word so you can feed His sheep.
So do not fall short of the grace of God by refusing to listen to Him. Take heed of Israel’s shortcomings and loss – and be warned, and give the more earnest heed to these instructions in the book of Hebrews – that you do not neglect so great salvation.
They witnessed His works and they listened to the gracious words that He spoke. They observed His signs and were eye-witnesses to His many miracles and healings. They were personally taught as they sat at His feet – and they loved Him as their Master.
These disciples knew Jesus as a Man and they were personal witnesses of all He did. These apostles knew Christ as God incarnate and worshiped Him as Saviour and Lord. They listened to the sermon on the Mount as Jesus taught of His coming kingdom. They were party to His discourses, warning of a coming time of tribulation and trouble.
But Christ clearly tells us we are not to carry burdens alone, whether they be our own aching load or the strains and liabilities of others. We have been called by the Lord to cast all our burdens on Him and we have a responsibility to listen to His voice and respond to His instructions.. if we are to learn the secret of true and lasting refreshment and rest.
God will not compromise His Word just so that our reason can be satisfied, and if God has stated in Scripture that this is how it is, then we have no option but to listen to what God tells us in Scripture and put it into action.
The man walking after the flesh, holds fast to his self-acquired truths of God, even when their legalism conflicts with the Word of God and the Spirit of truth. The old man “in Adam” will not listen – this man will not see the fullness of God.
Peter tells us to: “humble yourself, under the mighty hand of God..” The new man in Christ will submit to His way and His time and listen and learn.
to give or to withdraw what seems so good to us, in order to achieve His best for us – if we trustingly follow His leading… if we quietly listen to His voice.
Let us not only be guided by Him, in the crisis of life, but in the daily duties of life. Let us listen to His voice in those small decisions that we are so apt to take… decisions we make without seeking His skilful loving guidance… decisions we are prone to take without listening to His gentle promptings.
Walk of Faith
We too are to walk by faith. He leads and we follow. He speaks and we listen. His best is yet to come. Lead ME, Lord.
Purity of speech drops like sparkling dew onto a parched and thirsty land. It blesses the one that listen, it commends the one that delivers and it has value that cannot be measured. Would that all I say could be identified with such purity of heart! Would that all I think could be worthy of God’s intense, unchecked scrutiny! Would that all my words and thoughts pass through His purifying fire before delivery!
The Father’s Will
Throughout His life Christ listened to every word proceeding from the mouth of God. It was His delight to obey His Father and it was His joy to do His Father’s will – for He listened to His Father’s voice and He was guided by His Holy Spirit.
Over 160 times Paul directs and redirects our attention to this vital, positional truth, and when the spirit of God grabs our attention so unmistakably – we should listen. This isn’t a nice little emotional feeling of inner warmth or some physical experience, This is scriptural truth.
Know or KNOW
Philip ‘knew’ the man, Jesus of Nazareth. He knew He was the son of Mary, brother of James and Jude. He watched this performer of miracles with incredibility. He listened to the lovely words that poured like healing oil from His lips and agreed:- never a man spoke like this man, and they wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.
Israel were commanded to HEAR their faithful God and to LOVE Him. Likewise, the Church are to LISTEN to our Lord and LOVE Him with our whole being. The Church is to hear all that the Spirit says to us – and not to wax cold towards Him. As Christians we need to return to our first love – the One who first loved us.
These vital truths are for our learning and were played out in the time of Nehemiah. They are still true today and need to be fastened in our hearts and secured in our mind. Let us without reservation listen and love… listen to His voice and to hear His word – encourage each other to fall in love with our Lord, all over again.
Remember to listen to the word of the Lord and trust Him in all things To trust in His faithfulness and let God fight our battles.
God and King
It is the personification of God Who is the One for Whom I should be listening. It is my Saviour and Lord, my God and my King Who demands my contemplation. It is my beloved Bridegroom for Whom my heart should be aching – that I may know Him more – that I may love Him better.
more interested in looking for an event and listening to calculations. Many are craving for the medium rather that aching for the Mediator. Many are yearning for the rapture instead of looking to Jesus. Many are anticipating the event instead of watching, listening – and yearning for their coming Lord.
Yet the downward spiral of those that follow in the path of Demas is outlined here:- Demas loved the world and forsook the path of a disciple. This man is one that stopped waking God’s way to listen to Mr.
A Praying Man
Israel was God’s nation, who was to listen to the word of the Lord and obey His voice. They were also commanded to love their faithful God with all their mind and strength, but Israel had become indifferent to their God and this caused Nehemiah deep pain. But Nehemiah was a man that had a passion for his God and a love for God’s people – and so Nehemiah interceded for his people – he prayed to the Lord on their behalf.
Pray for the Church
There are many in the body of Christ who have become indifferent to the word of God. There are many in the church that do not love the Lord with all their heart and mind.. some have failed to listen to His voice and have left their first love – the Lord Jesus, and like Nehemiah we too need to pray for the church – to intercede on their behalf.
Servant of God
Nehemiah began his prayer declaring the faithfulness of his covenant-keeping God. He acknowledged God’s greatness, and His willingness to hear His peoples’ cry. Nehemiah prayed day and night in earnest trust that God would listen and hear him – and his intense intercession was for his own nation – the people of Israel….. Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, Who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes be open to hear the prayer Your servant is praying before You day and night – for Your servants, the people of Israel…… Nehemiah 1:5-6
The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated the way God designed us to live our lives. He maintained close fellowship with God – His food was to do His Father’s will. He listened to the guidance of the Spirit – and laid aside His glory for a season – the Lord Jesus Christ learned obedience through the things that He suffered.
We can never get this knowledge of God merely by reading, by listening, by attending meetings.... You may understand it all by mental apprehension, know the terms and the verses, and use them – but what about the dynamic of this thing?
If we listen in the stillness till our hearts begin to respond to what He is thinking and feeling about the matter in question, whether it concerns ourselves or others, we can, from that moment, begin praying downwards from the Throne, instead of praying upwards from ourselves. -L.T.
When we preach the historic facts of the life and death of Our Lord as they are conveyed in the New Testament, our words are made sacramental, God uses them on the grounds of His Redemption to create in those who listen that which is not created otherwise.
If we preach the effects of Redemption in human life instead of the revelation regarding Jesus, the results in those who listen is not new birth, but refined spiritual culture, and the Spirit of God cannot witness to it because such preaching is another domain.
Let the person who has ears listen to what the Spirit says. (Revelation 3:22 GW)
There is a time when we must sweep our books aside, when we must shut ourselves up from the voices of men, when we must get quiet with the Lord and listen, and more, we must seek to cultivate, by the grace of God, the ear that is always open to the Lord even when all the other sounds are around us.
It is difficult, yet not impossible, that in the raging of the street and the rush of the business life the Lord should say something; but He will only speak to those who recognize the value of listening to the Lord and who are giving Him His place of silence to speak when possible.
and Paul warned and instructed of the need for maturity in the Christian life. Obedience is the most important exercise in the Christian life: obedience to His Word; listening to His Voice – compliance His Commands. And instruction on spiritual maturity in the body of Christ, is the focus of most of Paul’s messages to the Church of God. Paul tells us that: he that is spiritual judges all things..
Abound in all Knowledge
How do we abound in all KNOWLEDGE? In Acts 17 we are told to search the scriptures daily.. and we are to listen to the voice of God in our heart, for the Spirit of Truth will guide us into all truth. We do not seek after the knowledge of man, and we do not apply our own wisdom in a matter… we search it out in Christ.
Others perhaps thought it to be pretty good, but the crisis when – now, listen to me, men and women who are in ministry, or contemplating it – the whole turn came upon the recognition of this principle, this principle of the Cross when, with the door closed, I said to the Lord ‘I am finished in all ministry, I am never going to preach again unless You do something now.
The Lord is ever listening to all the words we speak and the thoughts of our hearts.
Is this not a wonderful comfort to know that God is ever watching His own – guarding us from danger; directing the way that we take; listening to our whispered prayer – hearing our humble worship, for the watchful eye of our God is upon all those that reverence His name.
Trust Verses Doubt
And yet, Isaiah the prophet identifies the one who walks in darkness and has no light as the on who does not does not reverence the Lord or listen His voice.. and gives his wise counsel:- “Let him trust in the name of the LORD.
Israel is a prime example of a people that heard but did not listen – until they reached a point of prideful rebellion, where Jesus had to say : hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive Matt 13:14 and Isa.6:9.
Pharaoh is another example of a man who heard but did not listen, and Pharaoh, in prideful rebellion..
hardened his own heart against the truth until…“the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh – and he hearkened not unto them… Exodus 9:20 (Pharaoh didn’t listen to the truth of God’s Word through Moses)
Well, Listen:- We are to trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon God.
Stop: Listen: Wait
Simply put, don’t trust in your own intuition. Don’t be influenced by the ranting of others. Simply trust in the Lord and wait for His soon return. When we put our trust firmly in Him, God can work in and through us. When we are impulsed to react on impressions, we block His workings. If minds are distracted and hearts are distressed because the Lord delays…Wait. If darkness overshadows and terrors strike… wait, just wait.. If you start to rush hither and thither to discover answers – simply stop and just listen and just wait.
However, we do need to be willing to LISTEN to His voice, whether it is internal or external - and we do need to respond when we receive prompting from His written word, so that we do not fall, for where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counsellors there is victory.
The truth of the Gospel that Peter taught on that day caused over 3000 men of Israel to repent of their sins and to be born again into the newly-formed body of Christ. But Peter was to astonish these fledgling believers and those that were listening to his teaching even more, by announcing that this same Jesus was not only resurrected from the dead as David foretold, but He had ascended into heaven in power and great glory and been exalted by God to sit at His right hand - where He is now seated on God's heavenly throne.
At the beginning of Hebrews we are informed that God has spoken in these last days through His Son, and throughout the epistle there are quotations from the word. When God speaks, His children should listen; take note; learn the lesson He is teaching; hide his instruction in our heart and apply His truth in our lives.
We may not have been party to this unique transfiguration experience and heard the audible voice of God instructing us to 'hear Him..' but we have the opportunity to listen to the voice of our Father, every day of our lives, as we listen to Him speaking to us through the vast treasury of truth that is contained in the holy scriptures.
He knew that neglecting the Word of the Lord was a recipe for disaster and like Mary of Bethany he learned the one thing that was needful – to listen to the voice of the Lord and to meditate upon all that He has said day and night – and like them we too need to ponder it in our hearts and talk about it to other believers.
Should not we who are His children, made in His image and born of the Spirit, humble our hearts before Him and bow our ear to listen to the whisper of His still small voice... as He speaks to us His words of comfort and guidance?
As the Babylonian military leaders and soldiers were preparing to march against Judah; planning their siege against Jerusalem and agreeing their battle strategies, the children of Judah and Benjamin refused to listen to Jeremiah's pleading cries to escape the wrath to come.
Although the Lord warned Jeremiah that the people would not listen to his words; remember their covenant with God or return to the old ways of righteousness, this weeping prophet was faithful to his calling..
These citizens experienced God's wrath, when fire and brimstone rained down on the rebellious citizens, who refused to listen to the truth and escape from the Lord's inevitable judgement - God condemned these cities to destruction and reduced them to ashes - making them an example to all who would live ungodly lives.
What refreshment these simple words have bestowed on many little lambs, who have listened to the voice of their Good Shepherd – that Great Shepherd of the sheep, Who opens His arms wide, to embrace all who will trust in His name.
Our job is to listen to what the Spirit says to us, for the one that is submissive to the promptings of the indwelling Holy Spirit is that one who will be guided into the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ and be given godly wisdom and discernment in every aspect of our lives.
Mary of Bethany is found on three occasions simply sitting at the feet of the Lord Jesus, communing with her Saviour, listening to His word - looking to Him, learning of Him, loving to be with Him, and pouring out her worship to Him - and in so doing her spirit was refreshed and her soul revived.
Work that we do for the Lord is good and profitable, but it must be combined with worshipping at His feet - looking to Jesus, listening to His Word and seeking that deep and intimate communion with Him that Mary found - as she sat at His feel and looked to her Saviour.
As we continue to read this passage, we find that his song of praise changes into practical instruction on the fear of the Lord, and of taking to heart the truth of His word: Come, you children, listen to me, David declared, and I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
And so Paul asked the challenging question: Tell me, those of you who want to live under the Law: are you really listening to what the Law says? Do you really understand the purpose of the Law?
don't you understand the reason that the Law was given in the first place? Tell me...those of you who want to live under the Law: Are you really listening to what the Law says?
No surprise that as Paul sought to hammer home the freedom we have in Christ by challenging these legalists with the question: Tell me, those of you who want to live under the Law: Are you really listening to what the Law says?
We are not to submit to the yoke of slavery which Christ removed when we were saved - and we do this by believing the truth of His word, and not listening to the lies of the enemy or unbiblical teachings from false prophets.
before exhorting the whole church towards improving their ways with a promise of reward for those that have ears to hear Christ's urgent call... and listen to all that the Spirit is saying to the churches.
A promise was given to the faithful little remnant in Thyatira, who listened to His voice, obeyed His instruction and held on to what they had..
The return of Nehemiah and his courageous stand against all opposition while rebuilding the wall contributed to their resolve to return to the Lord their God and so, Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding - on the first day of the seventh month.
What a spectacle that must have been, to see the people of God standing before this Ezra, listening intently to the reading of the Law of Moses on this first day of the seventh month.
Either way they would remain God's covenant people, but unbelief and disobedience would have disastrous results. Sadly that generation of Israel chose not to listen to His voice; know His ways or obey His word - and we are warned not to follow in their footsteps.
The New Testament lists many eye-witnesses, occasions and numbers of believers who verified Him to be resurrected, as they handled the glorified wounds in His body, and listened to His reassuring voice as His opened the Scriptures in their very hearing.
All of us who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ will be despised, rejected, persecuted and killed, because of Christ - Who came to pay the price for the sin of the world, and gave His life as the ransom price for whosoever would believe on His name - but how few have ears that really listen.
that in all our day-by-day dealings we remain submissive to His leadings and obedient to His corrections - that we trust HIS Word, listen to His voice and depend on Him alone - not relying on our own human abilities, actions intuition and strength - but doing only those things that we hear from Him.
After a period of national fasting, individual repentance, prayer and the confession of their sin (and those of their Jewish forefathers,) the entire Jewish nation stood up, as one – to listen to the public reading of the Law of Moses and to give heed to the nations priestly leaders, who rehearsed a national prayer of praise and thanksgiving before the Lord.
It may even be that we are called to simply sit at His feet and take time, to listen to His voice.
Let us be ready to hear His still small voice in whatever situation or circumstance of life we find ourselves, and let us trust His word implicitely, for He knows the way that we should go, if we are simply willing to listen to His voice.
When Jesus summoned the crowd to come, and listen to Him, together with His chosen disciples, and made His astonishing demand... that anyone who wanted to follow Him was to deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow Him... we find that this requirement was recorded immediately after Peter had pronounced his divine revelation from God.
Jesus is the anointed of God, and it was to Jesus that the Father directed our attention when His voice thundered on the holy mount, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased, Hear HIM – listen to HIM”.
But Isaiah is not left under any such illusion as to the reception he will receive, for the Lord told him to Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.'
Many decades of rebellion and disobedience has caused Israel to become a people who listened without hearing and looked without understanding.
The Lord Jesus knew that these men whom He loves so dearly, would be an easy prey to the enemy, who as a roaring lion goes about seeking whom he may devour - how important it was that they listen carefully to His instructions and diligently apply them in their lives.
All that He desires of us is that we listen to His voice, hearken to His word, trust in His love and obey His commands so that every step we take may be directed by Him – for our eternal benefit and for His glory.
Let us learn to listen to the word of the Lord and hearken to His voice behind us - leading us, guiding us and telling us which is the way that we should go, so that we do not turn to the right hand or to the left – but keep our ears ever open to His still, small voice of love.
I take delight in Him. Listen to Him was the heavenly command..
and keep on listening to Him was `God's clear direction... to the three disciples on the holy mount; to us and to all who are looking for His any day return.
The promise of Christ's return still stands today and the solemn instruction to “HEAR HIM' and to keep on listening to His voice and reading His Word remains as important as ever, for the days is at hand when Christ will indeed return to set up His millennial rule on earth and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords - but first the trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ will rise first and then we that are alive and remain..
Let us be diligent to listen to all He says and to apply it to our lives - and let us comfort one another with the truth of the glorious Gospel of grace knowing that Christ died for our sin and rose again so that whosever believes on HIM will not perish but have everlasting life.
Comparisons and contrasts are used by the Lord to get His point across but when He reiterates a truth it is because He want to emphasise the importance of a matter and we would do well to listen to the word of the Lord and to read, mark, learn, inwardly digest and note all He has to say.
Godly comfort was an important provision for the early Christians but they had to learn to listen to His voice and carry out His instructions.
The early Christians had to learn to listen to the Spirit's leading in their lives, for when His gentle voice is heeded He brings comfort, inner calm and a peace that passes our human understanding, but when His guiding tone is ignored or His promptings are resisted, He can be grieved or even quenched, in a believer's life.
Moses foretold His coming, and commanded the people of Israel to hear Him, and to listen to Him.. because He would speak to Israel on behalf of God, and He would converse with the Almighty, as man's representative.
The incorruptible Word of God abides forever, and is able to discern the inner heart and motives of every man - even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. The incorruptible Word of God is able to discern the very thoughts and motivations of the heart, and we should listen to all that it says.
It must have been hard to be a Jew listening to Paul declaring that a real Jew is not one that is descended from Abraham but one who manifests a godly life and that true circumcision is a matter of the heart and not in the cutting of the flesh on the 8th day.
that we heed the sombre warnings given to us by the writer to the Hebrews - that we consider Christ; listen to Him and give heed to all He has said.
And if the perfect Law taught that every transgression and disobedience would receive the just penalty, of death - how vital that we listen to God's final revelation in Christ, Who Himself paid that price on our account.
Noah did everything according to the word of the Lord, but despite his urgent warning, few, if any, listened - unaware that the waters of judgement would come like a thief in the night and sweep them all away.
Noah deserved death as much as every other sinner but he heard God's call; listened to His word; obeyed His instruction and built an ark for the saving of his family.
May we listen to God's call, trust His word; obey His command and respond to His voice when we hear Him say Come unto ME all ye who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest for your soul.
The incomparable privileges we have in Christ, the benefits of our heavenly inheritance in His coming kingdom and the glory that is ours in Him, are accompanied by a severe warning, for those who refuse to listen to His word and obey His voice..
We must never forget that we are to listen to His voice, heed His instructions and live by faith “today“. We are to encourage one another day after day, for as long as we live and keep growing in grace as long as it is called “Today“.
In Deuteronomy, God promised that if Israel listened to God's voice and obeyed the covenant they made with Him, then they would be blessed among all the peoples of the earth - however, they would be punished for their disobedience.
It means that their outward behaviour is an indicator of whether or not they listen to their own, inward conscience and respond appropriately - or whether they ignore the inner sense of right or wrong and disregard the promptings of the heart.
Since the cross, ALL who believe, both Jew and Gentile, are redeemed by Christ's shed blood, as a completed action - and today we are living in the last days, which is why Paul said 'NOW is the 'day of salvation, and reminded the Corinthian Christians that God had said, at the right time I heard you, and on a day of salvation I helped you.' Listen - NOW is really the 'right time'!
Sadly, these legalists seek to return believers to pre-cross slavery under the Law, instead of living in the post-cross freedom under grace - which is why Paul quoted Isaiah in his epistle to the Corinthians, when he wrote... we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain- for He says, 'at the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.' Behold, NOW is 'the acceptable time.' Behold, NOW is 'the day of salvation'
what a joy to hear Christ words of commendation: I am glorified in them, for if Christ was glorified in the lives of His imperfect disciples with their many failings and frailties, the Lord may also be glorified in our lives - if we will but listen to His voice and obey His commands.
John had been one who had walked with Him by the way, listened to His teachings, seen the signs and miracles Jesus had performed; witnessed His tender-mercy and loving compassion; been empowered to carry out mighty signs and great wonders in His holy name.
It was the first day of their new year, the feast of trumpets, and the apostate nation of Israel stood in the city square and started to listen to Ezra the priest reading the Word of the Lord - he read from the book of the Law, that had been given by God to Israel.
As they listened God’s word being read to them, this errant nation as one man, realised how far they had wandered from their God – how deeply they had fallen into sin.
Like Israel we should listen to the Word of the Lord, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
We too need to be like that little group of faithful elders that listened to Paul’s passionate preaching on the shores of Miletus, when he reminded them to be unafraid of teaching the truth and encouraged them not to shrink back from witnessing of Jesus – both in public places and private homes.
And so Saul listened and heard and responded to Christ's reply, but from that moment forward he had to re-examine his preconceived notions about God and lay aside so much of the erroneous traditions that exchanged the truth of God for man's developed traditions.
How important that like Paul we listen, hear and respond to Christ's call in our own live.
Let us be ardent admirers and reverent worshippers of the Lord Jesus and let us soak all we do for the Lord in humble prayer, as we listen to His guiding voice in our hearts, praying: Thy will not mine be done.
Let us not resist the rod and staff of our Saviour but listen to His voice and trust His leading when He steps into our busy lives and calls us to turn aside and rest awhile - in the green pastures to where He has brought us.
The loving-kindness and long-suffering of the Lord is beautifully expressed in this little verse, but the final part of Isaiah's utterance is very disturbing - for we read, BUT they would not listen.
But despite their great privileges and precious promises they would not harken to the word of their God; listen to the warnings of Isaiah nor change their ways when admonished by other prophets of God.
As we consider the rebellion of Israel in the book of Isaiah and their refusal to listen to the word of the Lord, each one of us should challenge our own heart and consider our own response to the Word of God.
Do we listen to His voice or shut our ears to His leading and guidance?
Because of the glories contained in the gospel of Christ, Paul does not get discouraged even when those that he is teaching choose not to listen to the good news – but reject the truth of God’s amazing grace.
Paul knew that there was a reason that many refused to listen to the gospel of God’s grace.
History not only illustrates God's long-suffering mercy towards His people but also records Israel's ongoing infidelity and their incredible fall into apostasy, for we read - but My people did not listen to My voice.
It teaches us that God is ready to listen to the man or woman who acknowledges their sin and reminds us that God is willing to re-establish sweet fellowship with His children, if they confess their faults to Him.
His prayer demonstrates God's willingness to listen to the private prayers of individuals, as well as the collective intercessions of the people of God.
A parable is so much more than an earthly story with a heavenly meaning for Israel had ears but did not listen to the Word of the Lord and though they had eyes, they neither saw nor understood the enormity of His gracious message -
but when the Holy Spirit fell in great power upon all those who were listening to the message of Salvation at the house of Cornelius, Peter was able to open his mouth and proclaim with confidence and conviction: I most certainly understand now..
Instead of repenting of their sin, listening to His teaching; obeying His word; accepting Him as their Messiah and proclaiming Him their rightful King, He was rejected by His people, who cried instead, 'we will not have this Man rule over us'.
but we must never forget that in these last days God has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He appointed Heir of all things, and through Whom also He made the universe - and we are called by the Father to:- “listen to HIM'
Let us not be anxious about anything but listen obediently to His voice - trusting in the Lord with all our heart and not to leaning to our own understanding, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So Eli sent him back to bed - twice... but told him that if He was to call again, Samuel was to respond and listen to all that God had to say.
And Samuel replied, Speak, for Your servant is listening.
Samuel was ready and willing to hear the word of the Lord and responded with words that many others have uttered down through centuries of time - SPEAK LORD, Your servant is listening.
The Lord is no respecter of persons and the eyes of the Lord continue travel to and fro, looking for a man or woman who has a listening ear, a trusting heart and a willing spirit that is ready to say 'speak Lord, your servant is listening'.
Both men and women, rich and poor, black and white, Jew and Gentile... are all people whom He will use if they are ready to listen and obey His voice and trust in the Lord with their whole being.
For much of His life Jesus worked as a carpenter in obscurity, in the little town of Nazareth, learning how to sit obediently at His heavenly Father's feet, as He humbly listened to His voice and was willingly guided by the Holy Spirit.
Let us never forget that the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to ALL who believe and let us share the truth with all who will listen - so that many who kneel before Him will do so willingly, and joyfully confess Him as Saviour and Lord - to the glory of God the Father.
The victory Christ gained at the cross is our victory too, but do we listen to His instructions without believing His word - like the leaders of Israel who listened to His Sermon on the Mount - but did not hear what He said?
Jesus knew that total dependence on His heavenly Father's instructions, listening to the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, standing on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God and praying without ceasing..
And His sheep hear His voice and hearing and recognizing the voice of our good, heavenly, caring Shepherd comes from listening to His voice attentively – hearing the Word of God repeatedly and trusting the truth of all that He says – trusting the gracious words that proceeds from the mouth our great Shepherd of the sheep, for He has promised that none shall pluck us out of His hand.
We are the sheep of His pasture and we must be receptive to His call; we must carefully listen to all He says; we must trust all that He does, even when we don’t understand.
He is the Alpha and Omega of all grace and truth, and those who know God will listen to us speaking His Word of truth.. but those who are not from God will not pay heed to us - and by this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
deny both the fundamentals of the gospel of grace and the truth of God's Word - and they will not listen to the truth.
An antichrist spirit that is not from God and a spirit of error that will not listen to the truth.
Earlier in their history the nation had become respected and revered by the surrounding peoples, because they saw God working through Israel, but as their disobedience grew, so their former glory faded - yet they refused to listen to any prophetic warnings and would not repent of their wrongdoing or return to God and trust in His deliverance.
At the right time the Messiah would come and those who believe on Him would never be confounded or ashamed, while those who refuse to listen to His voice; align themselves with the world and choose to remain blind and deaf to His word, would be utterly crushed by it.
He listened to God's voice, he followed God's commands and he carried out the work God called him to do.
No matter where God places us, may we like Nehemiah listen to God's voice, follow His commands and diligently carry out the work that God has called us to do, knowing that He Who started a good work in us is faithful to complete it, in the day of Christ Jesus.
Those who listen to Christ are able to hear what God Himself is saying, but those who reject Him rejects the One Who sent Him.
Not everyone listened to Christ’s words and not everyone paid attention to the message of the seventy, but those who believed on Him were given the right to become sons of God.
Those who accepted the message of the seventy, not only listened the words of Jesus but also to the Father Who sent Him.
The Church of Christ are ministers of the new and better covenant and anyone who listens to us and heeds our words, not only listens to the Lord Jesus but also is listening to the Father, in heaven Who sent Him.
The anger of the Lord is such that Isaiah calls on the heaven above and the earth beneath, to bear witness to the Lord's accusations against His rebellious people. 'Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; for the LORD speaks' we read. 'Sons I have reared and brought up, but they have revolted against Me.
The life of faith is filtering our thoughts; actions; attitudes and words through the holy Scriptures, as we listen to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit; follow His directions and trust in the Lord with all our heart.
They have encouraged generations of Christians to pay heed to the promptings of God's voice and to listen to what the Spirit says to them - both as individuals and collectively.
They too were to listen to the Spirit's warning voice.
putting Christ first and listening carefully to what the Spirit of God was saying.
These important seven letters were written for believers down through the ages, including Christians of our own age and generation - and we are called to listen to the leading and guiding voice of the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, Who challenges each one of us to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil..
Day by day may we listen to all that the Spirit of truth says to us through the Word of God.
At the moment we are passing through life not quite understanding why certain things are taking place in our lives - but if we are prepared to listen to His still small voice and follow His gentle command, we will all one day gaze in awe and wonder as we see the whole magnificent tapestry, of which we are one small part.
We read that “the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day, and there was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.'
We're not to drift through our Christian life in a careless and carnal way, but rather we are to give close attention to entering into God's rest, by resisting temptation, by listening to His truth, by applying His word, submitting to the Holy Spirit and in utter dependence upon our Lord Jesus Christ.
He was born for this priestly role and anointed as God's great high priest by the Holy Spirit, Who rested on Him in the likeness of a Dove at His baptism. His exquisite position was further confirmed by the thunderous voice of the Almighty God saying: This is My Beloved Son - listen to Him.
To Adam God said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you.
In this verse Moses gives the listening congregation his concluding exhortation, which is a call to total commitment to the Lord their God, all the days of their life.
He reminded them that the self-dependent, unbelief, spiritual pride and rebellious attitude of the previous generation had angered God, and their survival as a nation demanded total dedication to the Lord and an utter commitment to trust His word, obey His commands and listen to His voice.
There are many scriptures that warn of the poison that can fall from the tongue and the damage that unguarded words or fiery tempers can produce, and others that advise us to listen to what is said, to hear what is spoken, to guard our lips in what we say and our reactions in all we do, which can so often spark a fire that harms so many people.