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Hear Ye HIM??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #68
“While he yet spake,
behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:
and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said,
This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased;
hear ye him.
6 And when the disciples heard it,
they fell on their face,
and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said,
Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes,
they saw no man,
save Jesus only.” Matthew 17:5-8
Have you heard the voice of Jesus? No, not audibly with your ears, but with your heart and mind? Jesus speaks in unique ways, at unique times, and usually with a unique calling. The problem is we don’t always hear for the clatter of the world. Or sometimes we tempt/test God by saying, “God, if you don’t want me to do this/or that, then stop me!” Well, I can tell you, I have said that more than once, and on more than one occasion, God has sent events, circumstances, or people to “stop” me, and on more than one occasion I just ran full throttle ahead into a fray that cost me dearly. Scripture warns us over and over again, that we must cultivate a heart that is open to the voice of God, and that when we don’t there are consequences to pay.
Paul had a lot to say about how to avoid unpleasant consequences.
“This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit,
and ye shall not fulfil
the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
“If we live in the Spirit,
let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
Jesus closed each of the seven letters to the seven churches of Revelation chapters 2 and 3 with a phrase that should resound in our hearts as well as our “ears”! Do you have an “ear to hear”?
“He that hath an ear,
let him hear
what the Spirit saith…”. Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 23
If Jesus repeated this call to the seven churches–to those who claimed HIS name, it would seem to merit our attention to what HE is saying to us–to you and me–today, from HIS WORD as well as HIS Holy Spirit’s voice to our hearts.
James described it in another way, as he reminded us of our ability to “forget”. And believe me, at my age, I certainly know that fact well! But will we heed James’ call and stay in The Word, or will we continue to live lives ruled by our culture rather than our LORD?
“But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word,
and not a doer,
he is like unto a man beholding his natural face
in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself,
and goeth his way,
and STRAIGHTWAY FORGETTETH
WHAT MANNER OF MAN HE WAS.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein,
he being NOT A FORGETFUL HEARER,
BUT A DOER OF THE WORK,
this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 If any man among you SEEM TO BE religious,
and bridleth not his tongue,
but DECEIVETH HIS OWN HEART,
this man’s religion is vain.
27 Pure religion
and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless
in their affliction,
and TO KEEP HIMSELF UNSPOTTED
FROM THE WORLD.” James 1:22-27. (Added emphasis is mine.)
So, my friends, will you “hear ye HIM”, or will you continue to be a “FORGETFUL HEARER” and go your own way? As Jesus warned us in Matthew 7, the broad way (our way) “leadeth to destruction”!
“Search me, O God,
and know my heart:
and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way
and lead me
in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Amen and Amen!!!