Saturday, December 11, 2021

The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

The LORD called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 1 SAMUEL 3:4 

Ernest Hemingway once lamented, “I live in a vacuum that is as lonely as a radio tube when the batteries are dead and there is no current to plug into.” Not so the Christian. We have a mission and a message. God has placed us on earth for a brief time to do an urgent work. Our lives have purpose, and all our days are scheduled in His perfect will. We travel an appointed way. What is the burning vision for your life? What does God want you to do? Ask Him to show you. Read His Word, seeking His will for your life. Tell Him you’re available. Say, like Samuel, “Here I am.” Find something to do and begin doing it. Find a need and begin filling it. Perhaps it’s visiting someone in the hospital or nursing home or working with children in the church nursery. Perhaps it’s singing in the choir, making visits for your church, or serving as an usher or greeter on Sunday morning. Be faithful in that smaller things, and the Lord will give you more work to do, and more and more—all for His glory. He wants to use you. He has a purpose for your life, and He alone can give you a vision of His will. - Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening 

Are you one?  Are you attentive to the voice of God?  Do you have Spiritual Ears that hear?

We who are in Christ have a responsibility to listen for the voice of God in order to fulfill the Will of God.  To the Churches that Jesus personally addressed, He made that statement. The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. 

We don't get to pick n choose what parts of the Word of God to obey and what to ignore. We are called to obedience. We are to follow Jesus with a whole heart. We aren't to reinterpret what the Bible says in light of the culture of the world. 

You who say you are in Christ, are you listening?

Are you putting your walk with Jesus as your top priority?

The deeds done in the body for a believer are those things that we do that were for us to do as per the leading of the Spirit.  We have a job to do. The condition of our hearts determines how we obey.

As Peter had been told when he was pointing to the deeds of another Disciple, "What is that to you? YOU follow Me!"

You, my Dear Reader, if indeed you claim the name of Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior, cannot sit on the sidelines in life waiting out your years living as you want.  Regardless of your age, apparent limitations, anything you see as limitations are not limitations to God. Moses tried that with God and God had issue with him, "Who created your mouth?" 

Your life should be a reflection of Christ.  Not a reflection of the world. 
Your daily activities should include your personal life in Christ. Not just certain days and certain times.  Jesus, in teaching the Disciples, had their attention 24/7.  

You have a responsibility, but are you living up to it?
You will answer, as will I, for our listening to the Spirit.  
This time of year we hear songs that ask the question "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
We hear of the story of Jesus coming to save us.  We see within the story of the sacrifices He made to come to this world to do the work of His Father.  We are to follow in His footsteps. 

Excuses for not obeying are never going to fly with Jesus.  
You may claim you don't have the time.  Make the time. 
You may claim you don't have the resources.  God owns all you have and can provide if you are willing to obey. 
You may claim you don't have the ability to pray. Yes you do. If you can talk to anyone you can talk to Jesus.  
You may claim whatever you want but those are excuses.  They cannot limit God. 
Lastly, if you do not obey, God WILL find believers who will and to them will go the rewards in Heaven rather than to you. 

Temptations abound in this world to take our eyes and ears off the Spirit of God.  Jesus told us the Spirit world teach us all things in Christ Jesus.  We need to have ears that hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. 

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