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Wage War — Church
Ears to Hear
Hearing
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Mike:
15 “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Hearing from God
God is Speaking — from the beginning of time — “Light, Be!’
I want to talk about words this morning
In the Bible - hearing appears before seeing
God's words and our words
There is a connection between hearing and speaking
Hear first - from God — — speak second - for God
words are very critical to what God has done and is doing
it was why with the Word He created everything
Generally choosing the way of natural sight over spiritual hearing is not very good
We need to train our spiritual ears to hear like Jesus did
the Word is full of His power
Jesus
the first thing we learn about God in Genesis is that He speaks
And God said, “ light, be”
then the Holy Spirit acted upon that Word
16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
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and light was
God is Speaking — from the beginning of time —
26 “I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”
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47 “He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
In the beginning was the Word….
and the Word was with God…
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and the Word was God.
49 “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
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LOGOS is the unchanging printed Word of God.
50 “And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
RHEMA is a faith-infused utterance from God that is a specific, relevant revelation delivered via the Holy Spirit to a person for salvation, direction, illumination, clarity, insight, or guidance.
people are desperate to hear
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10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
they— we — were created to listen
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if you don't speak with God's voice
15 “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Then another voice will take the place
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the voice of our culture
they are listening— are we speaking?
8 “For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
Holy Spirit
Paul said it this way…
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14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
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“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
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The parable of the Sower
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“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.
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first thing we need to learn about words is the importance of hearing
In the Bible - hearing appears before seeing
3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
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There is a connection between hearing and speaking
13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
Hear first - from God — — speak second - for God
I cannot speak for God — unless I first hear from God
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11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Generally choosing the way of natural sight over spiritual hearing is not very good
it really doesn’t work for us
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24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
We need to train our spiritual ears to hear like Jesus did
Jesus and hearing
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8 “But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Let’s look at what Jesus said about hearing and Himself—
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10 And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that
“I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”
‘Seeing they may not see,
Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
And hearing they may not understand.’
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“He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
18 “Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
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33 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.
“For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
“And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
But the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but you shall speak only the word which I tell you.”
Relax, because God wants you to truly hear Him more than you want to hear from God.
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
“For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
But the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but you shall speak only the word which I tell you.
Jesus heard first from the Father and then spoke and ministered out of what He heard. The Son doesn’t speak a word unless the Father speaks a word first.
Words and the Holy Spirit
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The parable of the Sower
To know how the kingdom of God operates, we must understand the beginning of all parables.
Then He spoke many things to them in parables,..
“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
He starts out with a the keyword — listen
He adds “behold” for emphasis
open your spiritual ears and hear
And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
Pay attention
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
God fills the earth with the knowledge of the Lord by sowing his word into people
This is the underlying truth — God is sowing his word into us
Are we listening?
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
Good seed — the Word
Shallow soil person
“Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
2. Rocky soil person
“But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
3. Thorny soil person
“Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
4. Good soil person
“But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
After He told the parable
“…When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
then he spoke to his disciples and said to them…
And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that
‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’
At the conclusion of the explanation He said…
“Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
Jesus spoke to them according to their ability—
And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.
Relax, because God wants you to truly hear Him more than you want to hear from God.
Ruth:
He who has ears to hear…..
In order to wage war effectively one of the first things we need to be able to do it to hear.
Jesus Heals a Deaf-Mute
Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. 33And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, 35Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. 36Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
Explanation of the Story:
Here is a man who is deaf and has trouble speaking. Maybe he heard at one time…we don’t know but what we know is he had a speech impediment. We know that his inability to hear has effected his speech. Hearing is so connected to speaking. We must be able to hear to be able to speak. His friends bring him to Jesus because they want to be able to understand him and they want Jesus to touch him and bless him.
It is interesting to note that in this part of the story Jesus takes him away from all the voices that surround him. He takes him away from the village voices…away from the neighbor’s voices and away from the multitudes voice. Jesus wanted him to hear his voice and he wanted to take this man away from the voices that come from a natural source and speak to him from a spiritual place. …actually from God’s hearts. So he takes him out of range of all the multitude. The second thing Jesus did was put a finger in his ear. Then he spit (on that finger? where?) Then he touched the man’s tongue. Jesus looks up to heaven…and sighs (probably because he is sick of all the ways the devil has robbed His creation) Why did Jesus do these steps? Is this a formula we are meant to use for seeing people healed? No. He does what he does because throughout this encounter….…Jesus is doing what he hears the Father saying to do. He is obeying what the Father tells him to do. Then he says “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.
Verse 35 tells us this… 35Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.
Jesus restored his hearing first and then his speaking.
We were designed by God, in both the natural and the spiritual realms, to hear first and speak second.
Jesus says…..
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
The days we live in are full of all kinds of problems and situations coming against us in multiple ways and we must be ready by hearing what the Spirit says. We can not focus on our situations and circumstances. How they appear to us is different from how God see them. Nothing that happens takes God by surprise.
Remember you are seated in heavenly places with Christ. He see the whole picture. He has you covered. His heart is for you. The voices all around you…the village voices…Those all around you want you to focus on the smaller picture. We must understand that the Father is speaking and He is speaking to you. You can hear his voice. From the beginning God intended us to hear His voice. That it would be our rudder in life. His voice would lead us through the dark valleys and over the outrageous mountain tops places. His voice was meant to be your fellowship. From Adam and Eve’s creation God enjoyed fellowship with them. Fellowship is that sharing back and forth together. He with you…You with Him.
God has been speaking to mankind all through the Word. He tells us that His sheep hear His voice.
The sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. That is your God. He calls you by name and lead you out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Blessed is the man who listens to me,Watching daily at my gates,Waiting at the posts of my doors.
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
I think of Samuel and how God called to him but Samuel didn’t recognize his voice. Eli told him…Say Speak for your servant hears. Interesting! So Samuel follows what Eli tells him and then he hears God speak ever so clearly.
Throughout the Word of God …God has been speaking to man. Trying to get their attention. I believe God is speaking all the time. We need to follow Eli’s advice and say Speak for your servant hears.
You were meant to hear God’s voice. Jesus says in
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
The challenge this morning is to cause your spirit to laid hold of this truth. God is speaking to you. He wants you to know what is on His heart. He wants to fellowship with you. God wants you to hear him speak more that you want to hear God speak.
God speaks to us so that He can speak through us!
Jesus tells us in….
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Jesus condemned the attitude of his generation. No matter what he said or did, they took the opposite view. They were cynical and skeptical because he challenged their comfortable, secure, and self-centered lives. Too often we justify our inconsistencies because listening to God may require us to change the way we live.
He who has ears to hear let him be listening and let him consider and let him perceive and comprehend by hearing
He who has ears to hear let him be listening and let him consider and let him perceive and understand by hearing
He who has ears to hear let him be hearing, and let him consider and comprehend.
He who has ears to hear let him be listen and let him perceive and comprehend by hearing,
He who has ears to hear let him be listening and let him consider and understand by hearing.
He who has ears to hear let him be listen and consider and comprehend by hearing.
Why is it critical to hear God speaks us? Every situation we face is so complex. Jesus understands it from the inside out and He knows what needs to be spoken and what needs to remain unsaid.
Every person you encounter is intimately known by the Lord. He knows just what they need to hear and how it should be phrased to touch their heart. He understands the heart of those we meet.
Even when we pray it takes hearing what the Father is saying to pray effectively.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual
The Kingdom of God will be advanced in your life and in this county when we as a people hear what God is saying and then faithfully say what He has given us to say.
We can’t listen to the multitude of voices clambering for our attention. We must let go of all those voices. We must not listen to our own voice but to God’s voice. “Your Kingdom come Your will be done.
Hearing involves listening. Are you really listening to God? He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit is saying.
We have to be quiet and listen to hear God speak. Prayer is not a monologue it is a dialogue. Him speaking…us listening. We speaking Him listening.
When is the last time you asked the Lord. What is on your heart? What do you want me to know or understand? These are a great place to start in hearing the voice of God.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your ways,And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,And do not return there,But water the earth,And make it bring forth and bud,That it may give seed to the sowerAnd bread to the eater, 11So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;It shall not return to Me void,But it shall accomplish what I please,And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
That is the beauty of God’s Word going forth from His mouth. When God gives you a RHEMA about a situation, then you know it will not return void and do what it was supposed to do. In fact, that is God’s character. That is the importance of hearing His voice.
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